Todo Tranquil August 27, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 03/05/2018 to 07/24/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Montevideo

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
How to live in a new culture and create bonds in a foreign language. It was definitely 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.

Intense course load, but very gratifying.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very kind, helpful and informed

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Incredible host family

* Food:

Great food, quality meat

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Towards the end I felt very integrated and informed

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Didn't have any

* Safety:

I felt incredibly safe all hours of the day

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)

Lived okay on a student budget. About $50 a week

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50 a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Start slowly saving well in advance

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

5

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? Lower 300 Spanish course
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? Just keep pushing

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
  • 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?
  • The support from coordinator and director
  • Locals
  • Mate
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Bring less stuff

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Photography

Course Department: Communications
Instructor: Leo Barrizonni
Instruction Language: Spanish
Comments: Fun class, learned how to use a camera
Credit Transfer Issues: Not sure yet