Would not recommend April 10, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/29/2017 to 12/22/2017 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I worked hard and improved written french. Also was able to meet french students

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.

Academic rigour was certainly there but little support was provided and I felt like I was left to drown

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

One member of staff was supportive, whereas showed very little signs of caring about students being in tough situations.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Worst. experience. I have had in my life so far. Placed in an apartment with a dog despite having specified that I was allergic in the housing questionnaire. Then when asked to move, said that no options were left which would fit my criteria. Finally, had to move a month after getting to paris and the building in which i was placed was being completely re-done i.e. walls taken down, floors replaced, outer part of building rebuilt while i lived there. Wifi was practically non existent.

* 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

Paris school did very little to support me. Living situation gave me depression and anxiety.

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? $150 per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? do grocery shopping once a week and make enough for leftovers for lunch

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

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
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • Students
  • Classes
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Administration
  • Level of care
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Living in dorms is better than host families, at least from my group's experience

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Advanced French

Course Department: Middlebury Paris
Instructor: Guedon
Instruction Language: French
Comments: Challenging. No trips, professor was passive aggressive and petty. Made me feel personally attacked and I saw my level of french regress during that time.
Credit Transfer Issues: