Living life in a third language August 08, 2023

By (IPE, Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/05/2023 to 05/16/2023 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
How to live in a big city, improving my french language skills, becoming more independent etc.

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.

* 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? Yes


* 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 very expensive but doable if you learn how to manage your money.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Keep track of your expenses on excel!


* 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? 0235
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? Be proactive even when you feel uncomfortable

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Paris
  • Learning French
  • The friends I made
* What could be improved?
  • Have more opportunities to talk to all the students during orientation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't be shy about your french level skills!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

French- Advanced Level

Course Department: French
Instructor: Pascal Some
Instruction Language: French
Comments: The course was challenging but we had an amazing professor.
Credit Transfer Issues: Not yet