Mostly Amazing, Some Parts were horrible November 01, 2023

By (Computer Science, Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/01/2023 to 05/26/2023 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Madrid

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes. Improved language skills and independence.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I really enjoyed the classes I took at the Sede Prim.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program


* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host mom was very mean and racist.

* Food:

My host mom didn't make vegetables for the 5 months I lived with her.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt like I had Spanish fields and I community abroad.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had horrible allergies abroad and was not give help that I needed.

* Safety:

Mugging was an issu but otherwise I felt safe.

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

I liked how it gave you the opportunity to make your abroad experience different.


* 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)

Madrid was very cheap.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100$ a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan trips far in advance and try to visit places in the off season.


* 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? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300 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? 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
  • 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?
  • Language
  • Sede Classes
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Host Families
  • Class trips/programming
  • Student Support abroad
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how far away the local universities are outside the city and how much time that would take out of your day.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department:
Instructor: José Carlos Vela Bueno
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: It was challenging and fast past. Included museum field trips, essays, and exams.
Credit Transfer Issues: No. I would suggest it definitely!