Great Professors, Too Few Students May 02, 2017

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/01/2016 to 05/13/2017 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Yaroslavl

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a ton of Russian.

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.

The program teaches you a lot of Russian, but our coordinator, Anna Melnikova, is really the reason why I really enjoyed the program. She took care of all the students and was super helpful in integrating us to the Yaroslavl way of life.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Anna Melnikova, the Yaroslavl coordinator, is an amazing person who takes her job seriously. I can't imagine being able to make it around in Yaroslavl without all of her help. She made sure we could reach her 24/7 and she was especially helpful when a student in our program got sick and had surgery.

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* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

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How well were health issues addressed during the program?

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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

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
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • The administration
  • Language immersion
  • Field trips
* What could be improved?
  • Number of students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing.

Individual Course Reviews

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RUSS 2415Y Advanced Russian Grammar

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RUSS 2428Y Russian Phonetics

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PSCI 2418Y Modern Hist & Contemp Politics

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RUSS 2450Y Russian Cultural Studies

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