Middlebury Paris: Great for Language, Awful for Nearly Everything Else February 21, 2023

By (French, Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/29/2022 to 12/16/2022 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to speak French at a near fluent level. I would say it was worthwhile, but I would much rather have studied with a less intensive program that allowed me to speak English a bit more often. I was incredibly stressed and confused during my time in the city and Middlebury did very little to remedy this.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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? No

Absolutely not, I was wholly unsupported by the administration and the Middlebury student body. It is not meant for first-generation or low income students, and I would encourage any student who shares my identity to search for another program.


* 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? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't study 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

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? Advanced French
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? Don't study with Middlebury if you want a stress-free experience, but you will most definitely learn the language whether you want to or not.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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
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?
  • Middlebury professors are very caring and understanding
  • Paris is beautiful and there are several low-cost ways to have fun in the city
  • My host family was incredible. So nice and accommodating throughout my entire stay.
* What could be improved?
  • Communication with students
  • Class selection process
  • Resources for low-income students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that this program would leave me feeling very alone and unconfident in myself. I lost a lot of my personality while I was abroad and it has taken me quite some time to feel like myself again back home.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Intermediate French

Course Department: French
Instructor: Patrick Guedon
Instruction Language: French
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

French Literature and Cinema

Course Department: French
Instructor: Prof Degeneve
Instruction Language: French
Credit Transfer Issues: