Study abroad in Kunming July 03, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/23/2018 to 06/08/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Kunming

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Chinese skills, maybe worth it

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.

A little bit too much work

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was a hotel

* Food:

Good if you like Chinese food, also very inexpensive

* 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

Might have gone to Middlebury Hangzhou though

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)

Everything except western brands were very inexpensive

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $10
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No

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

Could only speak Chinese during the program

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? Chinese 301
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? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The classmates
  • Exploring the city
  • Meeting new people
* What could be improved?
  • Academically too intense
  • Should be more opportunities to explore
  • Course selection process was unclear
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? N/A

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

Course Name/Rating:

云南印象一

Course Department: 中文
Instructor:
Instruction Language: 中文
Comments: The tests were too hard
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

国际新闻

Course Department: 中文
Instructor:
Instruction Language: 中文
Comments: It was very reading based
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

商务汉语

Course Department: 中文
Instructor:
Instruction Language: 中文
Comments: My favorite class while abroad
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Chinese tutorial

Course Department: 中文
Instructor:
Instruction Language: 中文
Comments: Not too many evaluations
Credit Transfer Issues: No