If I could do it again, I would do it in a heart beat! May 18, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 03/07/2018 to 07/07/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Tokyo

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I satisfy my curiosity about Japan since I was a kid. It was worthwhile!

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were rigorous, but in all fairness it is because of the language barrier. The language classes were phenomenal.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administrators for the program were also professors for the cultural courses. Without them, the experience wouldn't be enriching

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I have mixed feelings because the dorm was great, but the dorm only had American students.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt that I was making strong connections with the students because of my participation in the club. However, one semester was too short

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The safest I felt ever.

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

I love it, Middlebury has done a great job providing us an experience we could never get if we just traveled to Japan.


* 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)

This would be difficult for students without a stable income. Students have to pay on average 15 dollars a day for meals.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? At least 100 dollars
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not impulse buy


* 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? Japanese Language School in Middlebury
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? Keep watching the shows in Japanese

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The internship program
  • The school
  • The friends
* What could be improved?
  • Opening more courses that are in English if its part of the major.
  • Meal Plan
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that one semester was not enough

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

History of the Middle East

Course Department: History
Instruction Language: Japanese
Comments: There was so much information. I really wish that there were in class group discussions, but because it was a lecture that wasn't possible. It was hard to participate because no one wanted to talk. This is not the teachers fault, it is the problem that comes with such a huge class.
Credit Transfer Issues: Students must face the language pledge which is a huge hindrance of what classes you can take. Sometimes you can't take classes that are for your major because it is in English.