The journey to cultural immersion Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/29/2016 to 05/26/2017 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury In Rabat, Morocco

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
it was very hard but worthwhile. I did not learn only to speak a language or facts about a foreign country, I understood a completely different culture.

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.

very academically rigorous, but extremely rewarding. Resources were not the very best they could be but this is also understandable since it was the first year of the program.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

the director and coordinator of the program were constantly alert and followed students closely.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

satisfied, although did have some problems with the host families. This is not a fault of the program I feel and more with specifics of the host families

* Food:

food was good, and host families cared about cooking. One of the host families I stayed with however would not cook enough food at times.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I think the program tries to get students involved in the culture but at times there can be a feeling of being secluded from the culture as academics can take a toll and you're studying with international students all the time, not Moroccans.

* 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

language skills and knowledge about the local country increased vastly, the program was very rigorous but the results are incredible.


* 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)


* 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? Advanced
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? Arabic 302
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? try to blend in as much as possible with locals, and not with other students in the program

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • langauge component
  • rigor
  • teaching
* What could be improved?
  • wifi on campus
  • internship
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Morocco is a completely different country from any western country, which can come with various challenges. The important thing is to come in with an open mind and be ready to adapt, or your experience will be even more challenging.

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:

Modern standard Arabic

Course Department: Arabic
Instructor: Hafida Socarno
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: it was challenging and learned a lot as well. The instructor also managed to make the course interesting the entire semester
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Moroccan Arabic

Course Department: Arabic
Instructor: Rim Charida
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: challenging and rewarding. Professor worked constantly to make the class useful and interesting, and found a balance between reviewing old material and yet learning plenty of new material
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Anthropology of the Maghreb

Course Department: Sociology
Instructor: abdelmounim Choqairi
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: full of informations and facts about the anthropological reality of Morocco, but the professor did not make the lectures too interesting
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History of the Maghreb

Course Department: History
Instructor: Zakaria Boudhim
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: interesting course and good professor. Perhaps the material was lacking in that the professor was absent various times which lead to the course falling short of the amount it was supposed to cover
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