Great Country, Interesting School January 04, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/25/2017 to 06/29/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Tokyo

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
i gained more independence but i did not feel as if my language skills improved a lot.

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.

not very rigorous but allowed for study abroad engagement

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

don't know much aobout this

* 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?

don't really know much

* Safety:

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

yes, but i would only go for one semester instead of a year.

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)

transportatino pricey

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

encouraged but not very enforced

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? Intermediate
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? JPN 202
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • food
  • travelling
  • exploration
* What could be improved?
  • guidance for students
  • chances for students to engage with local students
  • another school perhaps
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? everyone tells you to go for a year and going for 1 year was fun but after a semester the freshness and fun kind of dies so maybe consider going for a semester.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Korean I

Course Department: Korean
Instructor: OHE, Hye-Gyeong
Instruction Language: Korean and Japanese
Comments: not super challenging, teachers were very nice and fun, participated very often, assessments clear
Credit Transfer Issues: no