Enjoyed Madrid and its culture, failed to integrate and to make local friends August 08, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/20/2018 to 12/14/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Madrid

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned about how societies outside my own function, and improved my Spanish. Worthwhile

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.

Not a walk in the park, not particularly difficult. Normal amount of work for a college semester for a humanities student.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Some guidance, could have been more support system. Hard to make local friends. I admit however that many of the shortcomings are due to lack of student initiative and not taking enough advantage of what middlebury is offering us.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed in a student dorm in a very nice neighborhood. The facilities were extremely clean and well maintained, always felt very safe. Well located. Major downfall: the administration/ bureacracy was a NIGHTMARE. The elevator didn't work for the first two months of my stay, and I was on the sixth floor. Getting them to fix it only happened upon the involvement of a local lawyer family friend.

* Food:

Food in Spain is amazing.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Spent most time with Americans, but did get to know the city quite well and had some family and family friends in Spain with whom I spent time

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Felt very safe in Madrid, only normal overall city precations. Took great care with regard to pickpocketing, but never felt physically unsafe.

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)

Cheap city. Main money was wasted going out

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150-200

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

Great encouragement, relatively poor application on our part

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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • UC3M
* What could be improved?
  • Support to students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? UC3M is not a walk in the park, grades are stressful because of a tighter conversion rate than one anticipates.

Individual Course Reviews

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Instruction Language: Sintaxsis Superior
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Historia Contemporánea

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Historia Moderna de España

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