Fun Abroad in Spain January 25, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/26/2018 to 12/22/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Madrid

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Totally worthwhile, learned a lot about myself and was able to improve my spanish.

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?

Apartments are the way to go!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The recommended clinic is awesome.

* Safety:

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

Middlebury was great, they helped a ton and were super friendly.

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? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Live near a grocery store.

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? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? High level spanish
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? Don't hang out with other english speakers

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • Events
  • Language Intensity
  • Program Heads
* What could be improved?
  • Number of required events
  • Information Week
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I was well prepared, wouldn't have wanted any more info

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Teoria de Juegos

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: FRANCISCO MARHUENDA HURTADO
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Very difficult, really horrible instruction. Final was really challenging and covered things we never learned in class.
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Mercados y el Medioambiente

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: ANDRES MONTERO APARICIO
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Challenging but doable if you have a background in econ and have taken Micro Theory. Good teacher, was understanding about the whole international thing.
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Historia de España: Siglo XX

Course Department: History
Instructor: MARIA DEL ROSARIO RUIZ FRANCO
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Informative and interesting, but poorly planned between lecture and discussion sections. Very easy final for international students.
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