Challenging yet rewarding. September 30, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/04/2019 to 04/13/2019 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury – CMRS Oxford Humanities Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I've become a better writer!

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.

The quality of academics depended greatly on tutors. Some were not as engaged, organized and present as others.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing arrangements + location: great. The building was very old which created some issues: continuous high heat over the weekends and loud noises coming from heating system.

* Food:

We made our own.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Staying in a dorm with Middlebury students made it difficult to engage with the local community.

* 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

I am not sure the program fit my interests as a psychology major.

Finances

* 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)

Having to figure out food on our own was difficult/costly.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook, don't eat out everyday!

Language

* 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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  • Other
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?
  • living in a town, in the uk
  • improving my writing skills
* What could be improved?
  • more choices for seminar course
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I assumed, because of the tutorial system, that the program would fit everyone's interests. I found that the humanities majors/those interest in medieval history had a much better time than others.

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

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Education Policy research

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Behavioral Economics

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Vikings seminar

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Cultural differences in child psychology

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