Oxford is great. CMRS is better. May 01, 2020

By (Wesleyan University) - abroad from 01/08/2020 to 04/16/2020 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury – CMRS Oxford Humanities Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Time management ability, historical insight, research ability. Although the program is quite short, I believe all of us encountered friendships that will be long lasting and meaningful. Yes, it is definitely worthwhile.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The CMRS building is quite old, but the location is awesome. It does not provide much housing options besides double rooms.

* 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

The Oxford CMRS program is way beyond my expectation. The 4-month program is structured almost like an entire undergrad-level curriculum, which covers all necessary academic trainings, such as researching, reading, writing, discussion, independent study, etc. CMRS definitely further developed my intellectual curiosity and challenged my academic ability. Tutors and the admin team are amazing. Marie-Louise is one of the best teachers/human I've ever met.


* 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? Yes

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Tutorial System
  • Communal Kitchen
  • Weekly lectures
* What could be improved?
  • The first two months are almost too intense, but the last month only has a research project. Maybe the workload can be even out a little bit.
  • We need better tutors for some subjects!
  • The housing condition.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The intensity of the curriculum, especially for the first two months.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.