A Cultural Experience! August 09, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/07/2019 to 05/17/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Bordeaux

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about French culture, food and wine, living semi-independently, and a lot about myself. I love to travel and was able to visit a lot of other cities in Europe as well.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

My main academic challenge was learning the material in French. The courses aren't harder than at Middlebury, they're just in a different language. The French system also emphasizes memorizing what the professor says in class. Overall, I enjoyed my courses.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed with a host family that was kind but also gave me space to relax and be independent. It was a good cultural experience.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I found it difficult to integrate with the local students, but I'm also pretty introverted.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A

* Safety:

Bordeaux is a wonderful city. I never had any issues with safety.

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

I really loved Bordeaux. They have a great way of life and the people are friendly and kind. There are a lot of great shops and restaurants, and the city is beautiful. Academics are important, but only a part of the study abroad experience.

Finances

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50

Language

* 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

The language pledge can be difficult, but I would encourage people to try to stick to it. You really improve a lot if you do.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Talk to people!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Bordeaux the city
  • Travelling
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Classes
  • Social integration with French students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's really tiring at the beginning but it gets a lot better. And try new things!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

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French

Course Department: French
Instructor: Breton
Instruction Language: French
Comments: I did not learn anything in my French class. It was pretty boring, but there was very minimal work.
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Conf: Culture General

Course Department:
Instructor: Gaiffas
Instruction Language: French
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Conf: Economie

Course Department:
Instructor: Assouai
Instruction Language: French
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Conf: Methodes en science politique

Course Department:
Instructor: Ferry
Instruction Language: French
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Enjeux economiques de la culture

Course Department:
Instructor: Le Heron
Instruction Language: French
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Sociologie Politique

Course Department:
Instructor: Tiberj
Instruction Language: French
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Mouvements artistiques et litteraire du 20e siecle

Course Department:
Instructor: Taliano
Instruction Language: French
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