Traumatizing August 24, 2022

By (French, Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/31/2021 to 05/25/2022 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
France is a misogynistic country. French people are rude and arrogant. Their education is something I don't wish upon my worst enemy. Food is pretty good

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.

It was rigorous in a very weird way. We were not explained what we had to do for class, and all the hard work was guessing what the professors at the Sorbonne wanted

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was good. Although ignored me when I explained I was having a difficult time at the Sorbonne

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was okay. Although the family just accommodated me because she wanted money. I lived in a small apartment far away from the city. I basically paid the exact same for a similar study abroad experience, and they put us in a luxurious apartment up in Neuilly Sur Seine with a big family. I don't understand why Middlebury has to send us to the lowest of the low. I saw a lot of other students who had dirty super far away apartments.

* Food:

It was fine. My host was a penny pincher, so she would buy the cheapest food she could find.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Not at all. I only spoke with American people because Middlebury made no effort to integrate us to the French culture. I had to go out of my way using Tinder and other dating apps to find French people. Sometimes it felt like I had to sell sex to have a conversation in French

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It was good. I had no problems with the health insurance.

* Safety:

Far away, and she lived in a sketchy area

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

I had to get on tinder to make friends. I did not have enough money to go to a dance class or meet people more organically. I felt dependent on Tinder to make friends, and it made me suffer a lot


* 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)

It was okay. I survived.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? No money saving is possible in Paris.


* 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

They encouraged us to use the language all the time

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? All of them were high level courses
How many hours per day did you use the language?
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Don't speak in English. Get on tinder to find French people because the program will only make fake connections (like the language buddy we were supposed to have that never happened).

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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Food was okay
  • Coffee
  • Museums (but they were very misoginistic. It felt jarring to see naked women upon naked women)
* What could be improved?
  • Host families
  • Administration and help given to students
  • Going to the sorbonne is a waste of time
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Going to the sorbonne is a waste of time. Making local friends is nearly impossible

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:

Greek art

Course Department: Art History
Instructor: n/a
Instruction Language: French
Comments: Awful. She did not explain what we had to do, and screamed at everyone for not doing a good job.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
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Course Department: French
Instructor: Middlebury French Instructor
Instruction Language: French
Comments: It was too early in the morning and pretty boring. There were some good points she made though. Her teaching is terrible. She is impersonable and not a good teacher overall
Credit Transfer Issues: no
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Course Department: French
Instructor: Xavier Le Person
Instruction Language: French
Comments: I liked it. It was challenging and I got to experience the French learning method
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Course Department: French
Instructor: Patrick
Instruction Language: French
Comments: It was challenging, and I felt I was actually learning
Credit Transfer Issues: no
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Art History

Course Department: Art History
Instructor: Sabinne Berger
Instruction Language: French
Comments: It was good. I understood what I had to do towards the end
Credit Transfer Issues: no