Challenging but rewarding! April 22, 2020

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/09/2020 to 04/20/2020 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury – CMRS Oxford Humanities Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I made great friends and had a better understanding of what I want academically moving forward.

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

This program was very academically fulfilling and helped me figure out what I really want out of my course work moving into senior year. It was extremely challenging but definitely worthwhile. I was lucky to meet incredible people and make new close friends!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration was very sweet and attentive to any and all needs - I think they really went above and beyond.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The kitchen was difficult to navigate and hard to keep clean but I really enjoyed cooking for myself every day.

* Food:

Cooked for myself and with friends - it was so fun to make group dinners.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I did not have enough time to participate in non-academic activities/join clubs beyond hanging out with friends from the program which was a bummer.

* 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 wanted to focus on academics and this program provided a lot of useful direction for my studies moving forward.


* 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)

spent about $150 each week - not cheap!!


* 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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • My classes
  • The city - Oxford is wonderful
* What could be improved?
  • The kitchen facilities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had been better prepared/informed to choose my classes.

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:

Greek Literature

Course Department:
Instructor: Cornelia van der Poll
Instruction Language:
Comments: Very challenging but rewarding - I wish my tutor had provided more feedback on my papers.
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Course Department:
Instructor: Rebecca Varley-Winter
Instruction Language:
Comments: Challenging, helped develop my poetry and exposed me to great works. Loved this tutorial and my tutor was the sweetest!
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Shakespeare Tragedies and Comedies

Course Department:
Instructor: Ralph Hanna
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