Not perfect, but an interesting and enjoyable experience Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/05/2017 to 04/14/2017 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury – CMRS Oxford Humanities Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was a lovely change of scene, I loved the local area and academic culture, and traveled a lot. It was definitely worthwhile!

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.

Depends on your tutor and what course you take. Overall, I enjoyed all my tutorials, but there were definitely varying levels of intensity.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They're kind and fun people, generally helpful when they can be.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Having a roommate isn't ideal, but otherwise the building is fine and well located.

* Food:

Dining halls are very average, but you can easily cook well for yourself.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

This is definitely the weakness of the program - it's hard to integrate into local culture if you're only there for such a short time. And you're living separately and taking your own courses.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

NOT easily accessible. The GP is always booked for weeks and there's basically no other resources.

* Safety:

Very safe.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I would try and directly enroll for a year if possible.


* 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)

It's generally pretty expensive but you can definitely budget if you try. It's just tempting to spend money on food, drinks, etc..

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy in bulk, cook meals with others, try to be ~semi~ strict with eating out, drinking out etc.


* 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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  • 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?
  • Libraries
  • Tutorials
  • Culture
* What could be improved?
  • Integration into local academic environment
  • Grading scales across tutorials
  • Health services
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the language courses are not academically rigorous at all.

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

Course Name/Rating:

Introduction to Archaeological Methods

Course Department: Archaeology
Instructor: Pete Hommel
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was all fascinating! Lots of interesting reading, my tutor catered to my interests and we always had great discussions. A good blend of different literature, trips, etc.
Credit Transfer Issues: