Intense...but in a good way November 09, 2017

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/29/2017 to 05/20/2017 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Irkutsk

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Language Skills improved, had a lot of time in the culture, not many other international students

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 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? ~$100

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? Intermediate
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? English (native)
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? Eat meals with your hosts!

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • Group trips
  • Location
  • Host mother
* What could be improved?
  • Classes
  • Class room location
  • Living in different part of city
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Have no expectations and you'll be fine.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Political Discourse in Russia

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Instruction Language: Russian
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Russian Grammar and Speech

Course Department:
Instructor: Anna Litovkina
Instruction Language: Russian
Comments:
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Siberia in Modern IR

Course Department:
Instructor: Mikhail Rybalko
Instruction Language: Russian
Comments:
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Course Name/Rating:

Fantasy in Gogol's Prose

Course Department: N/A
Instructor: Наталья Валерьевна
Instruction Language: Russian
Comments: Yes very good course
Credit Transfer Issues: