Exceptional February 17, 2022

By (Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Carleton College) - abroad from 09/01/2021 to 12/12/2022 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury – CMRS Oxford Humanities Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I really like visiting new places, and I met a lot of awesome people. It was worthwhile.

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.

I greatly enjoyed the academics. My courses were challenging but manageable.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The on-site administration was fantastic.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My room at Commonwealth House was nice.

* Food:

I made most of my food while I was there, and I'm not the greatest cook in the world, but the food in the Keble dining hall was very good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt fairly integrated with the local culture, and I think there are plenty of ways to feel even more integrated.

* 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 really enjoyed feeling like I could take classes in a country that I had never visited and participate in athletics.


* 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)

I didn't spend much on food.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30, unless I was buying train tickets too which could add c. $50.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Academics
  • People
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • I don't think there is anything I would improve
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I am glad that I took a language tutorial because it helped to balance out the writing aspect of the program, which is significant.

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!