Adventure and immersion unlike any other program Past Review

By (Bowdoin College) - abroad from 08/25/2019 to 12/21/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Yaoundé

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Language acquisition, cultural insights, lifelong friendships.

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.

An unparalleled language and cultural immersion experience. Fascinating, rigorous courses through Middlebury in a unique, exciting context. Complete integration in daily life largely because in Yaoundé, there is no choice but to go about life as locals do- this is what makes the Middlebury School in Cameroon a truly unforgettable adventure unlike the typical study abroad program.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Unbelievably capable and caring director.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Amazing host family

* Food:

Delicious everywhere.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Highly integrated because of the language pledge and level of immersion in daily life.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Easy access to an excellent doctor via WhatsApp.

* Safety:

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


* 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)

A confortable semester in Yaoundé can be cheaper than 10 days in Copenhagen if you are mindful of spending and avoid expensive meals out in expat areas.


* 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

All students abided by the language pledge 100% of the time, except occasional calls home.

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? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Senior seminar in French literature
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? Speak, read, write and go full send on the language pledge.

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

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?

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?
  • Level of language and cultural immersion
  • Daily life in Cameroon
  • Food!
* What could be improved?
  • More excursions around the country
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That those four months would go by faster than other other

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.