Unique Arabic Language Immersion Experience May 05, 2021

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/01/2020 to 05/21/2020 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury In Rabat, Morocco

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learnt a lot about the Moroccan culture and languages. The food is awesome and people are hospitable to foreign students.

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

Samir and Achraf are top. Always helpful and available when a need arises.

* 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

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)

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

We have a pledge to use Arabic at all times.

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? Fluent
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?
  • Courses
  • Living with a host family
* What could be improved?
  • Transportation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing in particular

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Moroccan Darija

Course Department: North African Studies
Instructor: Najat
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: Wonderful professor, very approachable, helpful, and patient. Knows how to engage her students.
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Course Name/Rating:

Berber Communities

Course Department: North African Studies
Instructor: Belhiah
Instruction Language: Arabic
Comments: Course was challenging, but Prof Belhiah was always well-prepared, engaging, and listened to us. Reasonable assignments and a project at the end of the semester. Highly recommend the course.
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