Immersed in Paris and in French, failed to make lasting French connections August 08, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/02/2019 to 05/22/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Intercultural skills

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.

* 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

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? 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? 394
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • French language committment
* What could be improved?
  • Support to students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The grading scale is FAR more difficult to attain that it is made to seem. Thankfully them come in and modify it later in the semester because they know it is difficult. But living with that uncertainty was very unnerving.

Individual Course Reviews

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L'Union Européenne

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La grande monarchie de France à la Renaissance

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L'histoire de l'Algérie

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La christianisation de l'Europe

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Histoire de l'Islam Médiéval

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