Challenging program that can be lonely at times, but is ultimately rewarding April 11, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/28/2018 to 12/05/2018 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury – CMRS Oxford Humanities Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Independent working skills, time management. Yes.

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:

Had to cook or almost all 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

I would because it is covered by financial aid. Otherwise I'd rather do a more culturally immersive program in eastern or western Europe.


* 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)

Had to pay for all food out of pocket.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Probably $100


* 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
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • University is very historic
  • Interesting tutors
* What could be improved?
  • Work life balance
  • Meal plan
  • Relationship with RAs
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Inability to travel much during semester.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

ECON 0220 Microeconomic Theory

Course Department: ECON
Instructor: Silvia Palano
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Challenging. Lots of independent research and problem solving. Stimulating meeting enhanced learning. Excellent tutor who pushed me to consider intuition behind economic concepts. Assessed on problem sets and papers.
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RES 2499f The Making of Europe

Course Department: HIST
Instructor: Sarah Griffin
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Research was challenging and helped me gain independent working skills. Very little meeting time with tutor due to course structure. Assessed only on final product.
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PSCI 0810 Political Philosophy I: Plato to Machiavelli

Course Department: PSCI
Instructor: Sophie Nichols
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Challenging, interesting, great course structure, interesting discussion with active participation.
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Spanish 201

Course Department: SPAN
Instructor: Thomas Clark
Instruction Language: English / Spanish
Comments: One-on-one spanish instruction was less effective than the class setting at Middlebury
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