Not as romantic/perfect as I thought but I grew in a huge way April 17, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/06/2017 to 12/22/2017 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think independence and self-meditation and motivation were the biggest things I gained during my time abroad. 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.

Academic rigor at the Middlebury School was good. I'm a STEM major, not an art history major, so the shift was definitely different but there were plentiful resources to help me with that.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration was efficient and effective.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The outsourcing of the housing to Host Families in Paris ended with placement of me and several of my classmates in subpar living conditions with hosts that were often

* Food:

Food in Paris is wonderful, but can sometimes be expensive. Definitely had to save a lot of money by buying cheap sandwiches and kebabs.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Paris is pretty easy to get integrated in, if you make a little effort to explore the city and get to know where you're living.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

There were no problems with health care.

* Safety:

Safety is no problem, but there is always the thought in the back of anyone's mind of strikes or terrorist attacks (but not really).

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)

Most of my personal expenses were on food, and granted I often had to save on food but not too much.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50-100 euros
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy cheap foods! Honestly some of the best food I had in Paris was cheap sandwiches and brea/cheese combos, as well as just kebabs and other cheap ethnic foods in any of the ethnic districts.

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

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? FREN 342
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? Meet people to talk to, engage in conversation with your host families, try to meet classmates (granted this is ridiculously hard)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The freedom and the free time to explore the city with my friends
* What could be improved?
  • The housing!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive studying abroad is but also how to save money and how to optimize the experience while saving cash

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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:

Medieval French Art History

Course Department: Middlebury School in Paris
Instructor: Julie Stevenson
Instruction Language: French
Comments: The class was not too challenging but very interesting, and had several field trips to local monuments and museums that allowed us to visualize what we had been learning about.
Credit Transfer Issues: No problems here.