Improved my french, experienced the culture, personal growth January 13, 2020

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/02/2019 to 12/23/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think it was very worthwhile. My french certainly improved and I really enjoyed being immersed in the culture.

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

While it was difficult at times, I really did feel like I saw genuine progress in my French. I also think that overcoming some of those challenges really gave me a sense of confidence and pride. With that being said, I do think that I was lucky, and I could see how this experience could be a hit or miss one.


* 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? 220
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

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
  • 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?
  • The improvements in my French
  • Cultural immersion
  • The cohort
* What could be improved?
  • Acknowledgement of academic concerns
  • Orientation could have been a bit more concise
  • Academic workshop covered topics after they became irrelevant
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish someone could have told me about how the Language Pledge can be detrimental to your mental health.

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:

Sociology of Gender

Course Department: Sociology
Instructor: Emmanuel Beaubatie, Daniel Dider
Instruction Language: French
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History of Economic Thought

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Jaques Généreux
Instruction Language: French
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Financial Inclusion and Development

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Pauline Bensoussan
Instruction Language: French
Credit Transfer Issues: