Studying in the City of Dreaming Spires November 04, 2019

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/03/2019 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 became a much better writer and researcher during my time abroad, learned about English history, literature and culture and gained valuable culture understandings of the U.K.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Middlebury-CMRS's academics were incredible. It was easily the most challenging and rewarding semester of my college career.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration could not have been more supportive! They did a stellar job welcoming, orienting and providing continuous support to students throughout the semester.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved the community of St. Micheal's hall. Although the building had some major issues with heating and water supply that led to some discomforts, overall it was an great place to stay.

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* Social & Cultural Integration:

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* Health Care:

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* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I had a wonderful time at CMRS, gained valuable friendships, and learned more than I ever have in such a short period of time.


* 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)


* 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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  • 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?
  • The academics
* What could be improved?
  • The amount of contact with British students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had had a clearer understanding of CMRS's relationship to Oxford and that I would be an associate student at Keble rather than a full student there.

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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Gothic Nature and the Sublime in 19th Century Novels

Course Department: English
Instructor: Becky Varley-Winter
Instruction Language: English
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The Inklings

Course Department: English
Instructor: Julie Dresvina
Instruction Language: English
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Shakespeare II

Course Department: English
Instructor: Edwina Christie
Instruction Language: English
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