I would go back in an instant Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/30/2017 to 05/17/2017 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury In Rabat, Morocco

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Language, cultural perspective, friends

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.

Overall, I had accessible, knowledgeable teachers and courses that forced me to expand my vocabulary. Some professors had trouble simplifying the language of their lectures/readings while still teaching us new and interesting content, but over the course of the semester, many found a happy medium.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Samir and Achraf make a perfect team. They're serious about what they do, but they're fun and approachable.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I love my host family. The were welcoming, loving, and traditional. They completely took me in.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt as integrated as I could have felt without knowing the dialect or French. The program made an effort to connect us to Moroccan college students.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It was easily accessible, and the directors were more than willing to give advice or accompany me to the doctor.

* Safety:

Rabat is very safe; I never felt in danger.

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

Finances

* 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? Around $30

Language

* 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? Arabic 301 (third year Arabic)
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Directors/instructors
  • Location
  • Host Family
* What could be improved?
  • Language classes
  • Cultural opportunities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had learned the basic greetings and pleasantries in Moroccan dialect before going. I would have immediately felt less awkward knowing them from the get-go.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Moroccan Colloquial Arabic

Course Department:
Instructor: Jawad El Bakili
Instruction Language: Moroccan dialect
Comments: The class focused on basic vocabulary and suffered from a lack of structure. We often didn't review the homework or do drills to absorb the information. I didn't feel as if anyone took the class very seriously.
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Modern Standard Arabic

Course Department:
Instructor: Najat Kribaa
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: The class was challenging, but had trouble meeting the level of every student. It was a little easy for me, since a large portion of it was review, but hard for other students who came from different programs. The professor made an effort to make the work interesting and personable, but we spent little time on grammar.
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Contemporary Political Issues in Morocco & North Africa

Course Department:
Instructor: El Abdi Abdelilah
Instruction Language:
Comments: The instructor had trouble using slightly simpler language that we would understand (and spoke in a heavy accent), and then mistook our misunderstanding his language for misunderstanding the content. We spent weeks learning very basic political concepts. I did love the research papers we all wrote, and I got a lot out of mine.
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Berber Communities in Morocco

Course Department:
Instructor: Boulhiah Hassan, PhD
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: This class was fabulous. The lectures were organized and just hard enough so that while I understood the main ideas, I learned new words. The professor was professional but accessible; we could interrupt him at any time for clarification or a word definition. He made his expectations very clear and I learned a lot from every assignment, both in terms of language and content.
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