Challenging program, independent learning June 16, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 10/08/2017 to 06/16/2018 with

Lincoln College, University of Oxford - Visiting Students Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This was a very valuable experience. My classes were challenging and interesting, and my writing skills improved considerably. I enjoyed the opportunity to explore Oxford as well as travel elsewhere in England and in Europe.

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.

The academic quality was excellent. Courses were interesting and challenging.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program for visiting students was somewhat disorganized, and information on it was difficult to find. This made preparation for study abroad stressful. However, everyone whom I contacted was very helpful, and things were sorted out quickly once I arrived.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My room in college was basic but pleasant, with an en-suite bathroom.

* Food:

The food in hall was mediocre. I rarely ate in hall.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Overall, I felt quite safe while in Oxford. However, a small percentage of the homeless population was very aggressive in asking for money, including approaching me at an ATM and following me. Additionally, I was once sexually harassed by a homeless man. These were very isolated incidents, though, and while I was uncomfortable, I never felt that I was in danger.

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

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)

Language

* 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
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • Classes
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? 2 classes per term. Don't bother going to lectures (no one else does, either). Depending on subject (mine was PPE), allow about a day and a half for reading and then a day and a half for essay writing for each tutorial.

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!

Individual Course Reviews

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Labor Economics

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Comments: The labor economics course was very basic. I was assigned 4 essays over 8 tutorials, and each essay only required a superficial synthesis of the literature, with little or no application of concepts.
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International Relations in the Era of the Cold War

Course Department: Politics and International Relations
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Comments: This course was an excellent follow-up to a previous class on the Cold War from the perspective of American foreign policy. It was time-consuming, with approximately 300 pages of reading each week, but well worth the time.
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Politics in Russia and the Former Soviet Union

Course Department: Politics and International Relations
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Comments: This class complemented a course on the Cold War very well, beginning with perestroika before moving on to the post-Soviet period. Approximately 300-400 pages of reading each week, depending on essay topic selection.
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Introduction to Formal Logic

Course Department: Philosophy
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Comments: The Intro Logic course was interesting and challenging without being overwhelming. Problem sheets were assigned each week. I found the course helpful in preparing for the LSAT.
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Q-Step2

Course Department: Economics
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Comments: This statistical analysis course (R) was somewhat helpful, but very basic. Having a good understanding of statistics and limited exposure to STATA, I chose Q-Step 2 instead of the Intro course, but still found that the course moved very slowly. However, learning R was helpful.
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Comparative Government

Course Department: Politics and IR
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Comments: The CG course was a challenging and interesting follow-up to introductory CG courses I had already taken.
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