I studied hard and met amazing people from all over August 23, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 06/11/2018 to 05/17/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My French improved drastically and I improved my ability to live in an urban setting.

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.

* 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

I found it exciting to live in Paris for a semester and the opportunity to come in contact with students from all over the world.

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)

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? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Multiple 300 level courses
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Live in a student foyer. Do not live with a host family

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • My friends
  • The professors
* What could be improved?
  • Too many people are encouraged to live with host families
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had a better idea of what I wanted to study and how the French university system works

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:

Stories and memories of WWI

Course Department: History
Instructor: Loez
Instruction Language: French
Comments: Extremely challenging but I found the content engaging and the professor knowledgeable
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Return of Tragedy in 20th century French theater

Course Department: Theater
Instructor:
Instruction Language: French
Comments: I found this course very enjoyable and informative as a course for second language learners. The plays we read were interesting and I appreciated the in class discussions and lectures
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Intermediate French

Course Department: French
Instructor:
Instruction Language: French
Comments: I found this course to be a good review of french grammar but I felt as though I should have been placed in the higher class. It was very slow at times
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