Good for cultural exposure not for academics November 29, 2017

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/05/2016 to 03/29/2016 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was mostly about staying in a different culture and improving language skill rather than learning something serious in an academic area.

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? 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
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Being able to stay in a different country.
* What could be improved?
  • The academic aspects.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the internship requires 16 hours of work per week on top of 4 courses, and a final report of 25 plus pages and a presentation. I would not choose to do the internship if I knew.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Spacial Analysis

Course Department: Geography
Instruction Language: French
Comments: A lot of the assignments and exams are based on knowledge of French geography.
Credit Transfer Issues: