Life-changing January 26, 2024

By (Spanish Language, Literature, Amherst College) - abroad from 08/21/2023 to 01/08/2024 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Madrid

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Improved my Spanish, made new friends, learned more about Spanish culture, traveled to new places - absolutely worthwhile

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 learned a lot about Spanish art and grammar, but overall the classes were very academically easy compared to what I'm used to at Amherst.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived with a host family and loved it. They were really sweet, helped me practice my Spanish, and made me feel comfortable in Spain.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I only got a flu vaccine while I was there, but it was so easy to make an appointment for the same day and everything went smoothly.

* Safety:

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


* 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? 105 euros


* 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? 400 level
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

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?

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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?
  • Speaking Spanish
  • Traveling
  • Meeting new people
* What could be improved?
  • More diversity
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The majority of the people in the program are white. Furthermore, Spain is not a diverse country racially or religiously.