European Exploration June 29, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/23/2018 to 12/21/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Madrid

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worthwhile for personal exploration and spanish language improvement.

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.

I found the Middlebury program in Madrid lacking in knowledge in terms of Carlos III courses that were recommended. I also found the Middlebury language course extremely grammar heavy and poor in cultural studies.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived with a single woman who was reserved. I felt that I filled an important role in her social life and felt as though I did not have the same flexibility and independence as my fellow study abroad friends.

* 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? No

I thought the academic component was weak. I lost passion for my studies in Madrid early on.


* 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? $30
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you are staying with a family, try to bring lunch from home.


* 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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Spanish 310
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? Live in a host family.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Language Pledge
  • Travel
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Course selection process
  • Middlebury course at Sede Prim
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to live in a huge metropolitan european area.

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 Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Adv Intermed SP:Comm in Contxt

Course Department: Spanish
Instructor: Beatriz Del Valle
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Extremely grammar heavy. Not useful for integration into Spanish culture.
Credit Transfer Issues: None
Course Name/Rating:

Rudiments of Psychology of Work

Course Department: Employment and Labour Relations
Instructor: Luis Aramburu-Zabala Higuera
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Slow pace of class. Material not very interesting
Credit Transfer Issues: None
Course Name/Rating:

Modern History of Spain

Course Department: Humanities
Instructor: Enrique Villalba Perez
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Professor spoke very quickly. Hard to understand.
Credit Transfer Issues: None
Course Name/Rating:

Contemporary History

Course Department: Sociology
Instructor: Jose Luis Dominguez Lopez
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Best class of my semester
Credit Transfer Issues: None