Fantastic Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 10/05/2015 to 06/18/2016 with

Lincoln College, University of Oxford - Visiting Students Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worthwhile. I think the best parts of the year were travel abroad and the friends I made.

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.

Oxford is different from Midd. It is almost totally individual reading and writing an essay (at least for Humanities), with one hour per week with the tutor. So it is totally self-driven and there's little face-to-face interaction. If you're smart, curious and motivated then its ok, but you have to be ready for that system. It is much better for graduate than undergraduate education. And of course you can only take classes in whatever your program is, not in lots of different disciplines. I loved the experience over there, but because of the extracurricular groups, intl friends, travel, experiences, etc. and not really the education.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration was good except sometimes they were reluctant to let me change courses at the beginning of terms (which isn't done at Oxford). Students in the future should be aware that once you pick your courses for the term it is very difficult to change.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was fantastic, had a third-story room ("the Middlebury Room") inside the college overlooking the Bodleian Library.

* Food:

Lincoln apparently has some of the best food of Oxford colleges. It is good, except there's only one serving, and little fresh fruit, so I ended up buying a good deal of extra food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very integrated, I had almost entirely British/international friends for the year. I would advise make an effort to follow british culture/politics/sports, but its not essential. Americans are novelties/everyone likes to talk to them.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any major health issues over there. But be aware of environmental factors before applying. Because its situated in a natural depression, Oxford is a sink for pollen/smog/H20. Thats a real problem if you have asthma/respiratory issues. Also be careful to study in good light--my eyesight declined over the year.

* Safety:

Safety was absolutely fine in Oxford.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

See previous comments. Oxford is great except for the educational structure and the place where it is.


* 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)

I spent probably $150 on food each week, but I also ate out of college a lot. One thing to be aware of is events and especially balls cost money, so budget that.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? See above
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat in college if you're trying to save money as its heavily subsidized.


* 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
  • 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?
  • Being in Oxford
* What could be improved?
  • Communication beforehand/whats expected in the program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? See previous

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

History and Politics Program

Course Department: DPIR mostly
Instructor: Various (I did 6 tutorials, the full required load, for the year)
Instruction Language: English
Comments: See comment on overall educational experience above.
Credit Transfer Issues: Have transferred credit yet.