I'm glad I went, but it was really hard a lot of the time March 31, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/30/2017 to 12/23/2017 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Montevideo

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I grew substantially in my Spanish abilities and my confidence using them. I also came to better understand aspects of myself as a person and how I react to some types of difficult situations.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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 think I would've preferred to be in a more cosmopolitan and international city, and to be in a program where I was better integrated with local students and other international students.

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)

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? 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-level
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Opportunities to use Spanish
  • Level of independence
* What could be improved?
  • Course selection/registration
  • Opportunities to meet local students/other interationals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Going abroad means a lot of time with very little to do and can be exceedingly lonely at times, especially in Montevideo.

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

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Contemporary International System

Course Department: International Relations
Instructor: Martín Natalevich
Instruction Language: Spanish
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Political Communication

Course Department: Communication
Instructor: Montserrat Ramos
Instruction Language: Spanish
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Challenges: Eastern Europe & Russia

Course Department: International Relations
Instructor: Kaloyan Stanev
Instruction Language: Spanish
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Uruguayan Language & Culture

Course Department: Spanish
Instructor: Sylvia Murninkas Minster & Hecsil Coello
Instruction Language: Spanish
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Intenship in Uruguay

Course Department: Internship
Instructor: Sebastián Horta
Instruction Language: Spanish
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