Middlebury - C.V. Starr Schools Abroad
Middlebury - C.V. Starr Schools Abroad Programs
The Middlebury College – Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Oxford Humanities Program offers an academically rigorous curriculum of reading seminars, field research...
Middlebury - C.V. Starr Schools Abroad Reviews
Excellent academics with many opportunities
Submitted by Mason - Walla Walla University | May 18, 2016
The program at M-CMRS is well organized to help students adapt and thrive in a new environment. During my semester at CMRS I found the challenge of the tutorial system to be fulfilling and exciting as I learned new skills in research methods, literary analysis, and in-depth note taking. The fast-paced format of the classes pushed my limits and helped me develop and become more comfortable with my writing process.
The staff members at CMRS are very helpful and are dedicated to the success of each student. Their interest surpassed academic advisement and they were deeply aware of each student’s mental and physical wellness.
The CMRS program is perfectly structured to enable students to experience all parts of Oxford student life. The location is right in the heart of Oxford and makes interaction with the greater population quite easy. Social events were frequent both within CMRS and at Keble and the other Oxford schools.
I would recommend the CMRS program to anyone interested who is passionate about Medieval and literature studies as well as anyone interested in experiencing the Oxford system. Overall a very valuable experience.
Study abroad in Paris
Submitted by Student - Middlebury college | February 13, 2016
I had a great experience in Paris on the whole. I enjoyed my classes, the close proximity with native French speakers, and the opportunity to immerse myself in a city and country with such a rich history and culture. At times it was hard to find community because of the nature of being in a foreign city, but generally, these moments are compensated by the fact that there is so much to do and discover in Paris.
Program: Middlebury School in France: Paris
Seeing different sides of Russia
Submitted by rgab - Middlebury College | February 13, 2016
I was overall satisfied with this program and all the negative experience are mostly my own fault. Let me start with the negatives and have a happy ending instead.
1. It is harder to make friends with Russians but once you make friends, they are going to be really good friends. The professors might announce your presence in the mainstream course, so be prepared for that but mostly, it will earn you only glances in your direction. To make friends, you need to start talking to people, introducing yourself, and if you find someone who's open to meeting up with you, then meet up with them! I made two friends that way in my spring semester.
2. Your experience will depend on the group dynamic and since you're going to be spending much time with the people in the program, do try to get along or else group hang outs can turn tense quick. I had a hard time coping sometimes because I did not have the support network I needed but that was mostly my own fault, so find something that you love doing and do it!
3. Moscow is an expensive city, so take advantage of financial aid and grants from programs like Boren or Gilman.
On to the positive aspects of the program:
1. So much travel! I appreciate this aspect very much. We traveled all over Moscow and we visited St. Petersburg, Tatarstan (Republic), Ekaterinburg, and Suzdal. Other programs usually do not have this much travel! You will see just why Russia considers herself to be a Eurasian country with Slavic, Christian, Muslim, Turkic, Asian, and European people's living in this huge country.
2. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. We have bugged them constantly every day and night with questions and they are always there to facilitate and to assist. No complaints about it from me.
3. Just like anywhere, your professors going to be good or bad. Professor Trufanova is engaging and great, so I recommend taking a mainstream course with her if you can. I would also recommend taking courses in the Higher School of Economics to get a different experience and meet different people. That school differs slightly from the RGGU, so don't hesitate to take classes there.
4. Although the classes could be in separate campuses throughout the city, the metro is amazing, so don't fear. Just know that you will have to commute quite a bit if you decide to get out of your comfort zone (staying within RGGU).
Program: Middlebury School in Russia: Moscow
The Best Study Abroad Location!
Submitted by Jessie Ralph - Middlebury College | December 02, 2015
I think that Córdoba is probably Middlebury College's most underrated study abroad program in Spain. Generally only a few students in the program decide to study in Córdoba, but I think that this program provides one of the most language immersive and culturally rich study abroad experiences. The Universidad de Córdoba offers a wide variety of classes, including some specifically about the city and its landmarks. These courses allowed me not only to fine tune my language schools but also to learn about the city I was living in. All of my classmates and roommates were warm and inclusive. Although Córdoba is a relatively small city there are lots of places to explore. I found some of my favorite bars, restaurants and cafes when I got lost wandering through the winding streets of the city. I would most definitely suggest Córdoba to anyone who wants to study abroad in a true Spanish city.
Program: Middlebury School in Spain: Córdoba
The best for language immersion, but not for the faint of heart
Submitted by amscorese - Barnard College of Columbia University | July 25, 2015
I came to Spain principally because I wanted to become fluent in Spanish. And, to a certain degree, I did achieve that goal (as in I can now understand most of what the Spanish-speakers in the US are saying on the street and can communicate with them at a reasonable pace though I'm obviously still somewhat slow). You can't help but become immersed in the language because Córdoba is not that big a city, and it's also gorgeous and full of fantastic art and history. I do wish the program administration had an active base within the city, because they were all located in Madrid so it kind of felt like we were on our own after orientation (though the directors did visit us from time to time to catch up). We also had to find our own housing once we got there (though with the aid of a native Cordovan contracted by Middlebury) and I ended up with an awful living situation because the landlord wasn't completely honest when I signed the lease. But it is a great real-world experience, and if you're passionate about art history (especially Islamic art and architecture), definitely worth considering.
Program: Middlebury School in Spain: Córdoba