No expectations yet not that bad overall March 10, 2020

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/28/2019 to 12/21/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think it was worth it

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.

The courses at my host university were a lot less rigorous and engaging.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Paris 7's science administration was terrible.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The foyer was under construction and the kitchens always had cockroaches, but my room was nice.

* Food:

Amazing food and many different cuisines available

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Did not feel very integrated, but think I would have been if i spent the whole year

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Amazing! I got food poisoning and had to front the bill for SOS medicine and it was very affordable and insurance covered everything and the medication.

* Safety:

catcalling.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy frozen veggies and protein, it lasts longer and is super easy to make.

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? 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?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* 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?
  • The people i met through the program
* What could be improved?
  • Student living arrangements for non host families
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That being abroad is not for everyone

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Historie de l'Afrique l'Asie et l'Amerique

Course Department: Histoire
Instructor: Mutliple
Instruction Language: French
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Biologie Integrative Animale et Vegetale

Course Department: Biologie
Instructor: Multiple
Instruction Language: French
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Biologie Moleculaire et Genetique

Course Department: Biolgie Integratice Moleculaire et Genetique
Instructor: Multiple
Instruction Language: French
Comments:
Credit Transfer Issues: never got the opportunity to check