This program is not that valuable, from an international perspective. Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 09/01/2016 to 12/10/2016 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury – CMRS Oxford Humanities Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So and so. It was a different experience than studying at my home institution, very challenging and I guess I feel good about myself, knowing that I managed to complete the work I was assigned every week. The tutorials of the program were very interesting: one-to-one with an Oxford professor and weekly discussions on the assigned topics gave me the opportunity to really learn about them.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

N/A We had to cook for ourselves

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Not at all, I felt like studying in isolation. There was minimum two none interaction with local students.

* 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 was a good experience but I would not do it again; homework was way too much (about 4000 words per week, 2 essays), minimal interaction with locals and barely any free time to explore the city.


* 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)

Not easy; England is an expensive country and we had to buy our own food, so we spent a considerable amount of money.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about 150 per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? -


* 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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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
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?
  • Tutorials
* What could be improved?
  • students should be living in the dorms with local students
  • students should be taking classes with local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I should have had lower expectations, on a social life perspective. Given the workload, I would not have time to do the things I wanted (interact with locals, explore England) anyway.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

The Inclings

Course Department: Humanities
Instructor: Julie Dresvina
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very interesting course and not challenging at all. We learnt a lot about English, fantasy literature.
Credit Transfer Issues: N/A (haven't tried transferring anything yet)