study abroad August 06, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/28/2019 to 05/17/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury In Rabat, Morocco

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a wonderful host family and dialect and knowledge of culture

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.

I liked my language courses but one of my content courses could have been better. My dialect course was awful at first but they were very receptive and changed professors partway through.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

they are the best

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

loved it

* Food:

wonderful

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I was not very integrated.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was completely assisted when I needed a rabies shot.

* Safety:

Be careful at night esp. if you're fem.

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)

easily

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? maybe 25 or so, depends on travel

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

they knew we were breaking the language pledge but didn't really fix it

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? courses in licence 3 in paris
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? Don't break the language pledge, speak it with host family

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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
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?
  • host family
* What could be improved?
  • the content courses-- i would have loved a literature course
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? how i needed to consciously do the language pledge

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

history of ideas

Course Department: french
Instructor: rim laabi
Instruction Language: french
Comments: It was good to have a course at the university. there were field trips :)
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darija

Course Department: arabic
Instructor: achraf
Instruction Language: arabic
Comments: was wonderful after the professor changed, terrible beforehand
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fus7a

Course Department: arabic
Instructor: najat
Instruction Language: arabic
Comments: really good course, i felt like there was favoritism though as the professor knew some students beforehand and not others
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politics of maghreb

Course Department:
Instructor: hafida
Instruction Language: arabic
Comments: she is extremely knowledgeable but it was difficult to follow at points as well as very unorganized
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amazigh communities

Course Department: sociology
Instructor: hassan
Instruction Language: arabic
Comments: he was a lecturer but tried to keep it interesting. he translated a bit more words than necessary but was very nice and understanding
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