small city living September 17, 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?
it was worthwhile, gained independence skills and language skills

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.

* 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

wish i had lived somewhere with more access to travel and outdoors experiences

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 45$
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? buy food from ferias not the grocery store

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

required 100% of the time

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? 380
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? immersion experiences and classes where you do readings in 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
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • socially aware and progressive students in my classes
  • fun readings in my classes
  • small program that gave direction but independence
* What could be improved?
  • more housing options
  • more help meeting local students
  • more openness to/encouragement to travel
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? i dont know!

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 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:

photography

Course Department: communication
Instructor: leo barrizoni
Instruction Language: spanish
Comments: not challenging, assessed with photo portfolios
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

contemporary latin american history

Course Department: international studies
Instructor: pedro isern
Instruction Language: spanish
Comments: it was not super challenging. we read interesting works. participated in class less. assessed with one long research paper, an oral presentation, and two exams.
Credit Transfer Issues: unknown
Course Name/Rating:

contemporary culture and society

Course Department: international studies
Instructor: sebastian moreno
Instruction Language: spanish
Comments: the readings were challenging but the evaluations were not.
Credit Transfer Issues: unknown