My experience was truly amazing January 27, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/27/2018 to 12/22/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Bordeaux

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Being abroad was more than worthwhile. It is hard to put into words what an incredible experience I had in France. Truly there were no downsides to studying abroad for me. I gained a deeper cultural understanding of France and Europe and I greatly improved my language skills. I also met a lot of amazing people that I will hopefully see again in the future.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

In Bordeaux they have a health clinic only for local university students. It is 100% free of charge. A truly amazing resource.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Living in Bordeaux and studying at Sciences Po was awesome. Bordeaux is a very authentically "French" city with an interesting history and culture. I would easily consider living/working there in the future.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

On pouvais parler que le fran├žais.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 200 level
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Talk to your host family Go to events sponsored by Erasmix Join clubs and/or sports at the university to get some language practice

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • University classes/host university
  • Bordeaux itself
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe another overnight group excursion would be cool
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Trams are the superior form of public transportation. French university classes don't have a lot of homework, it's up to you to do reading and research outside of class

Individual Course Reviews

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Comments: I already wrote a review for all my courses and sent it to the director of the school in France.
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