Paris, Je T'aime Past Review

By (Neurobiology and Neurosciences., Middlebury College) for

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes! It was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life!

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.

I think it would have been nice to take less hours of courses, because then I would have had more free time to volunteer, make French friends, etc. As I said above, I wasn't crazy about the French educational system. I did however love the courses at teh Centre Madeline, and I wasn't focused on my academic experience in France- I was more focused on my experiences outside of the classroom.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The courses offered at the Centre Madeline were great! Also it was key to have a place where I could use the computers and print. It was also great having the program co-ordinators there to ask advice and things like that. One weakness is that I would have liked to have taken less hours of courses so that I could have taken advantage of more of the extra-curricular activities offered!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved my host family! (Madame Laroussinie) It was about 40 minutes to Paris 7 by metro and 20 minutes the Centre Madeline on foot. I could tell that she really cared about me, so I felt like I had a support system. She also let me be very independent, so it was a great balance of support and freedom. I really can't say enough about my experience!

* Food:

She was a wonderful chef!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved the Normandy trip!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Safe and healthy!

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Language acquisition improvement?

The language pledge was key for my improvement. I started off at a relatively good level of French, but by the end of the semester, I felt fluent. I did everything I could to really live in French (watching TV shows dubbed in French, reading French books, listening to music in French), and so having that experience improved my French very rapidly.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The language pledge
* What could be improved?
  • More computers
  • More trips!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Definitely do the language pledge- it's hard at first, but if you start right away, it will feel natural, and you will greatly improve your French!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Langue et Culture 2

Course Department: Centre Madeline
Instructor: Patrick Guedon
Instruction Language: French
Comments: I really enjoyed this class- it was very small (8 students) and discussion based, so it was very low-key but I learned a lot.
Credit Transfer Issues: I haven't applied for credit yet.