Studying Abroad in Oxford August 21, 2023

By (Politics and Physics, Brandeis University) - abroad from 10/02/2022 to 06/17/2023 with

Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford - Visiting Students Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The tutorial system was intense - and initially somewhat overwhelming - but provided a great opportunity read broadly and then refine my skills at writing and oral presentation. Working and living with local students and was also a very enriching cultural experience.

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

It was a challenging academic experience, but I received the support I needed and ultimately found it quite rewarding. LMH and Oxford as a whole were enjoyable to study and live in, and having three shorter terms provided both a needed break from work and a chance to explore further afield.


* 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)

Dinning hall food was ~5 GBP per meal, but hall was closed on weekends.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 120 GBP


* 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
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
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?
  • Tutorial system
  • Unique environment in Oxford
* What could be improved?
  • Communication before the start of term
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The academic experience is fast paced and mostly self directed, which can be overwhelming at first. Also, some courses will have collections (which my or may not be important for your grades) at the start of each term on the last terms material, so be sure to study.

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!