An unforgettable experience in India August 10, 2017

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 12/26/2016 to 05/01/2017 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Delhi

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had a great time while in India. I learned a lot about being independent in a big city and in a school where students are encouraged to take initiative.

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:

Amazing food everywhere. As for the program, we cooked for ourselves, though Vinita also helped us find a tiffin delivery service. LSR cafeteria has good options (also cheap!)

* 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


* 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

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Beginner
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? We mostly spoke English, though we would use basic phrases on the streets from time to time. It would have been better to have a focus on speaking in the Hindi classroom, so that the students can build confidence in speaking.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • Independence
  • Making Indian friends
  • Ability to travel
* What could be improved?
  • Organization in administration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I didn't know what to expect before arriving in Delhi, and I think now it's almost better to expect the unexpected and let yourself go with the flow of things.

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

Course Name/Rating:

Political Processes and Institutions in Comparative Perspective

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Mahesh Panicker
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: