Un Estadouni-dense en Madrid October 31, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/01/2019 to 06/01/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Madrid

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It all depends on you, but there's a certain maturity process that comes with living in a new culture and country. Spain, of course, is beautiful.

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.

Great professors and administrators; other students were generally but not always pretty studious.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Fantástico. They're very nice folks.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It's a major city - it'll be tough. Do some research on homestay vs apt; and if you decide apt, make sure you like your neighborhood.

* Food:

Genial.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

if you find some sort of group that you fit in with (ie a University club or roommates), you'll really get to see Spain in a non-academic context.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Madrid is very safe for a metropolitan city.

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

Fantastic program, although I wouldn't want to take only courses at the Sede. A good mix would be to do UAM - Sede or Getafe Sede

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)

Can be very expensive or very cheap. As the 1927 American classic from 'Big Boy,' tells us; It All Depends on You.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat (or drink too much) out and you'll save a lot of $.

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
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? Try to make friends with your contacts at the Spanish University and try to limit your English, as to really improve your speaking.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Classes
  • Travel
  • Administrators
* What could be improved?
  • Language Pledge
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Know that the language pledge isn't very followed here in Madrid, but the administrators, professors, and the city make it all very much worth it.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Don Quixote

Course Department: Spanish
Instructor: Prof. Layna
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Art in Spain

Course Department:
Instructor: Prof Ruth
Instruction Language:
Comments: Awesome class
Credit Transfer Issues: