Comme une Parisienne September 15, 2023

By (Comparative Literature, Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/04/2022 to 05/20/2022 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Paris

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A n awesome getaway from the Middlebury campus and into one of the most vibrant, dynamic city in the world. I loved the opportunities the program had for us, especially academic internships and museum trips. I felt that a was way more confident communicating with people in French after the program ended, and felt part of the city.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200 euro
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Use student benefit for museums free entry!


* 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? 200 level literature
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? Communicate with ppl and immerse in academic internships and trips

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* 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?
  • Location
  • Diverse opportunities
  • Language pledge
* What could be improved?
  • Clearer instruction about learning at local university
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The French style of college academics

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

French language

Course Department:
Instructor: M. Guedon
Instruction Language: French
Comments: Teaching style was a bit harsh.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Paintings by 20C Writers

Course Department:
Instructor: M. DeGeneve
Instruction Language: French
Comments: A bit challenging but intriguing!
Credit Transfer Issues: No