Awesome January 25, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/20/2018 to 11/30/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Tokyo

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Mostly insight into what makes me happy.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* 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

If you want to go to Japan through a Middlebury program, it is ICU.

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)

More expensive than anticipated because there was no kitchen in the dining hall. Personal travel also cost more than expected.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250/week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You can never have too much money. Save early.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Advanced
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 500
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? Watch videos in the target language on YouTube

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The safety of the country
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? N/A

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Seminar on Ethics

Course Department: Philosophy
Instructor: Kawamoto, T.
Instruction Language: Japanese
Comments: Papers, exams, presentations
Credit Transfer Issues: No