Enjoyed Paris, program was disappointing July 14, 2022

By (International Politics and Economics, Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/04/2022 to 05/18/2022 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learning how to be independent and getting to experience another culture and language fully.

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

Poor communication. Little support.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Didn’t get preferred housing option, the team communicated poorly and had to find my own accomodation.

* 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:

I was assaulted while in Paris. While the program was intially helpful there was no check in, I felt very limited in the resources I could consult, and essentially went through it alone.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? 500$


* 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? Intermediate
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

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Language
  • On site classes
* What could be improved?
  • Communication
  • Feeling supported
  • Getting to know other program students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I was going to have to do mostly everything myself. Covid had a real impact on my experience.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: French
Instruction Language: French
Comments: Teacher did not create a positive classroom atmosphere.
Credit Transfer Issues: