I am so glad that I went and it was a perfect break from Middlebury life! June 29, 2022

By (IPE, Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/17/2022 to 04/16/2022 with

Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury – CMRS Oxford Humanities Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think my writing definitely improved a lot! I also learned to plan my life with more agency. It was 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.

It is definitely a challenging and rewarding experience, and it will truly improve your writing skills. Half a star deducted for the lack of clarity about grade and performance in the middle of the course. The grading might sometimes be arbitrary and depend on your individual tutors.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I ate out for most of my meals and it is important to learn to control your budget!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There is not much interaction with Oxford students, yet travel is accessible and town is await for your exploration!

* 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


* 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 ate out everyday and spent about 30 pounds on food. Not a great example and should've learned how to cook!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 300-500
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Maybe make your own food and plan ahead! I think everything in the UK is about the same numerical price as it is in the US except it's in pounds. Not accurate but just for reference!


* 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
  • 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?
  • Academic Rigor
  • Free and Independent Life
  • Travel
* What could be improved?
  • Clearer instructions and mid-term feedback in the students' performance
  • Better communication with administration
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Writing work might sound a lot but you will get through it! Your experience might depend on your expectations of your tutors, and good luck!

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:

International Relations

Course Department:
Instructor: Paul Hansbury
Instruction Language: English
Comments: If you have some prior knowledge about IR, the conversation with Paul is definitely intellectually engaging and challenging! I love to talk to him so much!
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Modern Africa

Course Department:
Instructor: Jonathan (Jono) Jackson
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Jono is very chill, friendly, and supportive. I wasn't familiar with the topic and I was glad that I learned a lot with him!
Credit Transfer Issues: