Oxford: Smart British People Know how to Have Fun Too! Past Review

By (Political Science & Economics, Tufts University) for

IFSA: Oxford - Oxford University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was wonderful. It made me a better student. I realized how much I love America. I discovered quirky British words, and things they do totally differently. Oxford is basically Hogwarts. I would highly recommend.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I didn't really have to interact very much with the program leaders.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I really appreciate living on campus with the British students at St. Catherine's College, which is not possible at every Oxford college

* Food:

English food basically lived up to expectations, which were not very high. Certainly edible, not particularly exciting

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Oxford is a wonderful college town, and I loved the British people I met. There are always events in college or around the university. I just had a wonderful time.

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I would say on average at least 60 pounds a week. Oxford was a very expensive city, and my college provided basically only dinner at a discounted price. There are lots of sandwich options for lunch, but between 3-5 pound sandwiches every day, some groceries, nights spent at the pubs etc. my weekly expenses definitely added up.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bank of America customers can use Barclays ATMS without being charged - that makes a huge difference. Be careful how much you are spending on your pay-as-you-go phone: they are cheap to get, but its easy to use up your credit really quickly.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Think about whether you want to live with British students - some of the older, more classically 'Oxford' colleges house their study abroad students across town (the only exception I found was Worcester College).