Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad

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The Middlebury C.V. Starr Schools Abroad feature 38 sites in 17 countries and are characterized by a focus on integration with the host culture, both linguistically and socially. In addition to taking academically rigorous courses, students are able to participate in internships, volunteer work or campus activities with local students, and at most of our sites students live with local families or peers. With the exception of our programs in Oxford, England and Delhi, India, all communication is in the target language under the Middlebury Language Pledge. By pledging to speak only the target language while abroad, students have the best chance of acquiring fluency and actively engaging in the local environment.

Founded
1949
Headquarters

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
United States

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Jillian-Jo
8/10

Studying in Rio is an opportunity that not many get. Niterói has so much to offer and provides students with complete cultural and linguistic immersion. The program is coordinated in a way that bolsters this kind of immersive learning environment, but also giving a small liberal arts college feel during the linguistic competency course. Overall, UFF has a wide selection of classes available, and the Gragoatá campus is gorgeous! Students and professors are very helpful and understanding of the fact that you are an international student.

Yes, I recommend
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Lorenzo
9/10

I was in Morocco for the entire academic year and it was run very well, especially since it was only the first year of the program. The coordinator and director of the program make sure that the host families and apartments are in line, and academics are very well handled, as they are rigorous and the professors chosen are capable of explaining material in Arabic to non native speakers. The director and coordinator are very responsive to students' needs and are very personable; I did not feel alone because of them. The program was not perfect, as sometimes there were some scheduling issues with tests and some issues with some professors, but considering that it was the first year of the program it was very well run.

How can this program be improved?
Changing professors and scheduling tests and research papers, although since I went the program has already improved on these aspects
Yes, I recommend
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Abigail
8/10

The program was great for language learning abilities. It required us to speak Chinese at all times, so it really helped me learn Chinese and learn how to live in a non-Western city. However, the dorm life was challenging, and although it helped me navigate a campus, I did not get close with my roommate. I would have liked to have opportunities to acclimate more with the campus community. The professors were amazing and really cared about us.

How can this program be improved?
Respond better to student grading/academic confusion needs and help them become more a part of a campus community
Yes, I recommend
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Sarang
7/10

As a language intensive, Middlebury China is probably one of the most challenging college level programs out there. Many of my peers felt the workload was often a little overwhelming, as we had to study a new Chinese lesson every two days. Although it says you are eligible to go on this program with two years of college level Chinese, it is strongly recommended that you partake in a summer intensive beforehand. The language pledge is taken quite seriously by most people, and everyone in the program my semester improved their Chinese greatly.
The teachers and staff on site are all friendly and extremely helpful, especially Lili, one of the main program coordinators.
The college is located in the cultural center of Kunming, and has many places you can walk or take a bus to quite easily.

How can this program be improved?
One of the classes you must take is a one-on-one with a Chinese graduate/PhD student who helps you write a 5000 word essay about a certain topic. I honestly didn't think this class was as helpful to the students that were on the lower levels, and the teachers don't have much experience teaching to foriegn students making the process more frustrating. I wish they would make this component an opt-out, and rather have a supplementary speaking/writing class.
Yes, I recommend
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Nina
8/10

Classes at UC3M are less engaging/intense than classes in the US, but the language pledge for Middlebury Schools Abroad will ensure you really learn the host country's language. In addition to the 3 classes at UC3M, students take a language class through Midd at the Sede Prim, which is very good. This program gives you a fair amount of independence. As a computer science student, I was able to take some classes in Logroño, but it was kind of a pain to have classes in 3 different places so if that sounds like you, try the other Middlebury in Madrid program at UAM

Yes, I recommend

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