Beautiful Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/30/2016 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?
My writing skills have improved as well as my ability to explain my work.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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

Oxford is a wonderful place to live in and explore the surrounding landscape.


* 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 including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50 pounds
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make ALL of your food, try to eat out as little as possible. Also OxCoop is a great resource for students who want fresh, local, and affordable produce and essentials.


* 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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  • Other
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Proximity to other places
  • Living quarters
  • People
* What could be improved?
  • Junior Dean staff
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How important time management would be.

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:

Art of the Garden

Course Department: Garden History (Art History)
Instructor: Dr. Oliver Cox
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was challenging but the most fun I had throughout my entire time abroad. The professor was incredibly knowledgable and became a mentor for me by the end of the course. This was a tutorial course so I participated often as it was in the style of one-on-one discussion. I was assessed by level of engagement in discussion, creative work and written papers.
Credit Transfer Issues: None