Getting out of my Comfort Zone September 07, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/07/2019 to 05/13/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Bordeaux

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile! I learned a lot about myself, French culture, and my French skills improved.

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.

* 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?

* Safety:

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

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? $50-75

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

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? French 230
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Group excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Communication with administration
  • Class choices
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I didn't realize the extent to which the French education system is different from the American one.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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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State and Government in Africa

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Instruction Language: French
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Political Studies Seminar

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Instruction Language: French
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Intro to Gender Studies

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Instruction Language: French
Comments: Already provided review to administrator
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Artistic and Literary Movements

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Instruction Language: French
Comments: Already submitted review to administrator
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History of the European Idea

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Instruction Language: French
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Contemporary Issues Seminar

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Instruction Language: French
Comments: Already submitted review to administrator
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French Language Practice

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Instruction Language: French
Comments: Already submitted review to administrator
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