Happy I did it, wish I knew what i was getting myself into February 26, 2020

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/02/2019 to 12/20/2019 with

Sciences Po: Paris - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
yes it was i learned a ton about myself, the language, and what i want in life.

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.

Excessively rigorous, no one really told us how difficult it was going to be.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

did not feel supported whatsoever. multiple students had extreme problems with the administration. they handled the metro strike incredibly poorly and offered minimal advice.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

i think all students should be housed in foyer internationale des etudiantes. was by far the best housiig option.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

sciences po kids were extremely unfriendly, but i eventually made friends in my foyer.

* 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? No

I would absolutely not ever go back to sciences po. the prestige on my resume was absolutely not worth the stress/anxiety.


* 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)

I spent more money in a week than I would in two months at Middlebury. Food, activities, etc were astronomically expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 500 euros


* 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? 220
How many hours per day did you use the language?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Opportunities to engage with culture in the city (you don't really have to travel)
  • becoming better at french
  • made me realize i can survive anythiing
* What could be improved?
  • Better administration/advising in the paris office
  • more grade leniency/pass fail for spo students
  • letting people live together in same foyer
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? how difficult the school was how horrible my gpa would be coming back

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

constitutional law of the 5th republic

Course Department:
Instructor: Vanessa Barbé
Instruction Language: French
Comments: extremely challenging. assumes knowledge of french politics, political structure, law system. professor was genuinely mean and did not want exchange students in her class, she made it impossible to participate.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Religion and politics

Course Department:
Instructor: Prof Albanell
Instruction Language: French
Comments: pretty easy class, lots of exchange students.
Credit Transfer Issues: