Crazy ride September 13, 2023

By (Architecture & French, Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/01/2023 to 06/13/2023 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My time abroad allowed me to broaden completely my cultural perspective.

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.

The architecture program was very intense at ESA. I was extremely busy every single weekend.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Poor organization when it came to courses and class credits. Simply very unsatisfied with the way things went down.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived by myself.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Medicines were accessible everywhere.

* Safety:

Felt safe for the most part but also had some scary moments as well.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I made the most with what I had although I wished the administration was better and actually took the blame for the lack of organization


* 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 easy at all as an architecture student spending on average 40 euros a week on materials.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200


* 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? 300 level
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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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Culture
  • Food
  • CITY
* What could be improved?
  • Administration
  • Support
  • Informing students about the experience more detailedly
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? What to really expect in terms of work and exchange experience.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Architecture - Atelier L1S2

Course Department: French
Instruction Language: French
Credit Transfer Issues: