Best year of my life, fingers crossed for grad school there November 01, 2017

By (Physics and Philosophy, Kenyon College) - abroad from 09/28/2016 to 06/17/2017 with

IFSA: Oxford - Oxford University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely worthwhile. The best year of my life, hands down. I'm applying to go to graduate school there right now because I can't wait to be back

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Most intense academic experience I've ever had, I absolutely loved it because it was exactly what I was looking for

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The IFSA Butler London staff were absolutely delightful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

LMH has visiting students live with other undergrads in dorms which was really nice, but the dorm I was in constant disrepair

* Food:

LMH's hall food was mediocre so I cooked for myself. Tesco was a 10 minute bike ride away and I could get decent food for much cheaper

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I worked really hard to integrate myself into the community by joining lots of clubs and meetings lots of people. My best decision was to join an a cappella group, the Alternotives. They took me under their wings and thanks to them I really feel like I got the full Oxford/UK experience

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Never got sick but I knew where to go if I did, and Boots had everything I needed

* Safety:

Since LMH was so far from most places worth going, I ended up cycling everywhere. Traffic got wild at times with careless drivers and lots of cyclers and I wrecked a few times but with the proper safety equipment and good judgment you should be fine.

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)

Living in Oxford is quite expensive compared to living in the US, but by budgeting well I was able to get by just fine

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 60


* 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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  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The academic experience
  • The a cappella scene
  • The city of Oxford
* What could be improved?
  • LMH needs to repair their dorms
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Traveling around the UK and Europe can be done easily and cheaply, it just takes a lot of research. Do that in advance, because when term hits you won't have time for it

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!