In the Library with a Croissant Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/02/2019 to 05/17/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned French.

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? No

I would have gone to Bordeaux--I did not have any other choices besides Middlebury programs.


* 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)

The homestay is absurdly expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150, and I was living extremely frugily (eating black beans and rice for many meals)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Change the program so that we don't have to stay in homestays--or find a more affordable option--they are extremely expensive.


* 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? French230
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? Watch tv shows and listen to podcasts

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?

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?
  • French cuisine
  • French museums
  • French books
* What could be improved?
  • Have grades pass/fail (or at least a couple)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I would be spending the vast majority of my time in the library.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
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:

Urbanization and Globalization

Course Department: Geography
Instructor: Eric Verdeil
Instruction Language: French
Comments: The class was somewhat repetitive but interesting.
Credit Transfer Issues: I am unsure
Course Name/Rating:

Advanced French

Course Department: French
Instructor: Patrick Guedon
Instruction Language: French
Comments: The teacher was very often off-topic and unfortunately much of the class felt like a waste of time. We learned little grammar and when we did, it was in hyper-rapid short bursts that did not sink in well.
Credit Transfer Issues: I don't know
Course Name/Rating:

European Union

Course Department: Political Science
Instructor: Marion Gaillard
Instruction Language: French
Comments: One of the best professors I have ever had
Credit Transfer Issues: Unsure
Course Name/Rating:

History of 20th Century

Course Department: History
Instructor: Thomas Maineult
Instruction Language: French
Comments: Very difficult
Credit Transfer Issues: Unsure
Course Name/Rating:

History of French Empire

Course Department: History
Instructor: Andre Loez
Instruction Language: French
Comments: Difficult and too fast
Credit Transfer Issues: Unsure