study abroad Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/03/2018 to 12/21/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
i learned that adjustment is difficult but it was worthwhile

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


* 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

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? french 221
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? join student orgs

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • classes
* What could be improved?
  • student integration (like if there were language partners)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? which classes I should not have taken

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: Middlebury
Instructor: Patrick Guédon
Instruction Language: french
Comments: it was a little off track at points and as students we felt a bit condescended to
Credit Transfer Issues: no issue
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Course Department: middlebury
Instructor: Boniface Mongo Mboussa
Instruction Language: French
Comments: it was a little unorganized but very informative
Credit Transfer Issues: no issue
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Course Department: paris 3: eahii
Instructor: Abdelghani Benali
Instruction Language: French and Arabic
Comments: The professor was late or absent every week and I feel as though I barely learned and I was also not really assessed properly (the final being the same as the midterm which had been completed as a class)
Credit Transfer Issues: I may have trouble getting this to count as part of an Arabic major considering the lack of learning
Course Name/Rating:

Oral and Written Expression

Course Department: Eahii
Instructor: M. Mortada
Instruction Language: French and Arabic
Comments: not challenging and there was barely any work
Credit Transfer Issues: It may be an issue to transfer for Arabic major
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Modern Literature

Course Department: EAHII
Instructor: Zaïneb Ben Lagha
Instruction Language: French and Arabic
Comments: We actually had work and assessments but the professor missed several classes and cancelled my final (rather than having me take it from the States)
Credit Transfer Issues: This may be hard to transfer for the Arabic major
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Figures de la traducteur

Course Department: LGC
Instructor: Tiphaine Samoyault
Instruction Language: french
Comments: Very good class
Credit Transfer Issues: no issue
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Intercultural Experiences

Course Department: LGC
Instructor: Ines Horchani
Instruction Language: French
Comments: the best class ever
Credit Transfer Issues: no issue