A life changing experience. September 17, 2019

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 10/07/2018 to 06/21/2019 with

Hertford College, University of Oxford - Visiting Students Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes it was worthwhile. I learned how to be more self-sufficient and to be unafraid to seek out opportunities wherever they are.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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? Yes

I had the exact academic experience that I hoped it would be, which enabled me to concentrate on my specific areas of interest and demonstrated to me that I love this work and aim to pursue it as far as I can.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 30-40 pounds
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make use of the dining hall as much as you can.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • The academics
  • The fellow students
  • The location
* What could be improved?
  • I'm not sure - I recognize that this isn't helpful but I don't have an immediate answer
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that it can be quite difficult to attempt to study a new subject in the first term, as it likely requires much self-teaching, and probably should be avoided.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!