"I'd rather be a leper than a Tab!": Getting "stuck in" at Oxford Past Review

By (History & Economics, Davidson College) - abroad from 10/01/2014 to 06/05/2015 with

IFSA: Oxford - Oxford University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My tutorials with Dr. Drolet revolutionized my thinking! And I've formed connections that will last for years to come!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

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


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
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?
  • Academic Experience (libraries, tutorials, etc.)
  • Extracurricular Events (Oxford Union, Weekend at the Kilns, etc.)
  • Friends (formed lasting friendship here)
* What could be improved?
  • Better social integration
  • Housing availability during the lengthy Spring vacation
  • Orientation programming
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's very easy to isolate oneself while at Oxford!

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!

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

History of the British Isles V: The Eighteenth Century

Course Department: History
Instructor: Dr. David Kennerley
Instruction Language: English
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18th-century Political Economy and Slavery

Course Department: History
Instructor: Dr. Michael Drolet
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Perhaps the best class I have ever taken. Drolet is by far the finest teacher I have ever had.
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The British Empire: Imperialism & Nationalism

Course Department: History
Instructor: Dr. Aurelia Annat
Instruction Language: English
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Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Dr. Simon Cowan
Instruction Language: English
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