Learn in an historic location with extraordinary guidance Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/09/2017 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?
Yes, I've learned a lot about my own process but also got a glimpse at what being an academic would look like.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Extremely rigorous in a way that really helps every student no matter what level they come in at grow.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration at CMRS was super nice and helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Integration at CMRS is much more dependent on the student's drive.

* 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

It was worth the experience of studying in such an old institution and working with the tutors.


* 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? Spent about 70£ per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Meal prep on Sunday. Talk to your roommate about shared fridge etiquette. You don't both need to buy 4 sticks of butter or each have your own gallon of milk.


* 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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  • 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?
  • Tutors
  • RadCam
  • CMRS staff
* What could be improved?
  • JCR
  • transition between tutorials to seminar paper to research paper
  • stress
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? the extent of academic challenge

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:

The Inklings

Course Department:
Instructor: Juliana Dresvina
Instruction Language:
Comments: Yes. 1v1 was very challenging and was a wonderful opportunity to grow as a writer and a thinker.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

20th Century British History

Course Department:
Instructor: Aurelia Annat
Instruction Language:
Comments: Very challenging. I grew a lot.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Research course

Course Department:
Instructor: Paul Monod
Instruction Language:
Comments: Very challenging. I think there was a disconnect between working on the paper for a month and then turning it in and not hearing too much about it afterwards.
Credit Transfer Issues: no
Course Name/Rating:

Shakespeare 2

Course Department:
Instructor: Ralph Hanna III
Instruction Language:
Comments: Challenging but had a much needed lighter, more casual tone than the tutorials.
Credit Transfer Issues: no