Amazing personal, academic, international, and relational exploration. August 05, 2018

By (Hamilton College) - abroad from 02/22/2018 to 06/09/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Kunming

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Language skills How to explore How to relate with people places and cultures that are very different and that you don’t understand completely How to love your best life during a great once I the lifetime opportunity How to be in close relations with locals and other students How to work in a group How to balance and make choices between academics and other types of learning How to be humble with everything you don’t know while still trying to learn as much as you can

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.

Too academic at times and did not push us to interact with locals, instead pushed us to stay in room and study

* 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)

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? Beginner
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Chinese fourth term
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Just speak Chinese

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* 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 people teachers locals roommates and other students
  • The places we viaiting
  • The figuring out how to work in an extremely new environment t
* What could be improved?
  • Less strictly academic things
  • More interviews and interactive assignments
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing, I just suggest be determined on how much you want to learn academically and experientially