I won't trade that experience for the world November 05, 2018

By (University of Missouri - Kansas City / UMKC) - abroad from 06/28/2018 to 08/04/2018 with

IFSA: Oxford - Oxford University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Traveling to another country, living a different daily life, and participating in different activities has deeply shown me a different culture and taught me a lot; especially that it was my first time to travel and live by myself, so that increased the responsibility sense to a very observable high level.

Review Photos

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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

Last year, I went through some challenges that required some extra time and energy so my results were not up to my normal standards. I was trying to find something that would give me my power and confidence back. Then, I found out that studying abroad is the most challenging thing that I could do during the summer of 2018, and I was confidently right. It helped re-charging up my ideas with positivity and helped me prove my method in the possibility and existence for all our dreams.

Finances

* 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)

the program provided almost everything even the snacks during our Wednesday excursions so I really didn't need anything except my personal expenses and souvenirs

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Maximum about $50.00 or less
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Book your flight ahead of time.

Language

* 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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  • Americans
  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • Study strategies/ researches
  • Wednesday excursion
  • IFSA staff communication with us
* What could be improved?
  • Food/ Vegetarian options
  • Health care at Oxford area
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? N/A because IFSA staff provided me with everything I need to know and prepare for. I received the whole weekly Pre-Arrival series before I travel and they were super helpful. I used them as a guide to prepare everything ahead of time.

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!