Would have been better for half the time Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 10/03/2016 to 06/15/2017 with

Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford - Visiting Students Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I got to do a lot of independent research, which was valuable.

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.

very rigorous, no supports.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were very nice.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Dorm style, fine.

* Food:

Too expensive for low quality.

* 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? No

It just wasn't a fit for me, it was rather lonely.


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The other study abroad students
* What could be improved?
  • Mental health supports
  • integration of local and study abroad students.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is not a good fit if you have chronic anxiety and/or depression and you have have as rigorous academics at Wellesley.

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!