It was a great experience but the program itself needs some work! March 06, 2023

By (Environmental Studies, Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/05/2022 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 be responsible for myself and manage my finances. I also learned how to make friends in a foreign country. It was worthwhile.

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.

more than enough rigor, less than enough resources.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were very good at handling textbook issues, but not very good at helping students when unforeseen issues arose.

* 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

I couldn't have chosen a better city to live in. The program could use some help supporting students, and there was little communication between local and middlebury professors, but overall it was a great experience.


* 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)

Paris is expensive.

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? Cook for yourself as much as possible.


* 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? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? 300
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? Listen to French music, watch French movies, speak it as much as possible. Go out of your way to speak it outside of class.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The new friends.
  • The food and culture.
  • The language improvement.
* What could be improved?
  • Student support.
  • Too many info sessions during orientation.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The first month is hard no matter what, so take it slow and don't expend yourself too much.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Intermediate French - Low

Course Department: French
Instructor: Patrick Guédon
Instruction Language: French
Comments: Not very challenging, but the teacher was good at addressing things that the whole class needed to work with.
Credit Transfer Issues: N/A
Course Name/Rating:

Le Spectacle de Paris dans la litterature et la cinema francaise

Course Department: French
Instructor: Jonathan Dégenève
Instruction Language: French
Comments: It was challenging and very educational. It felt like a true Middlebury course.
Credit Transfer Issues: N/A