Hard academics, life-long American friends, and free time. July 12, 2022

By (Humanities, Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/05/2022 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 learned how to be independent and it was for sure worthwhile. But, I also learned I never want to live in a hostel.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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?

had to pay for electricity, kitchen utensils were crusty, random people also living there (including children), back breaking mattresses, gross carpets, no closet space, common room was a dark and cold dungeon in another building, inconsistent wifi. Literally living in a hostel.

* Food:

What food?

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Was not 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 loved the people and it was great to hang out with them but I didn't feel like I was at Oxford and the living situation was bad.


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other
* 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?
  • American friends
  • Tutors
  • Freedom
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Orientation
  • Connection to Oxford
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The reality of where I was living and how not a part of Oxford it is.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Vikings and Saxon History

Course Department: History
Instructor: Antje
Instruction Language: English
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Social Psychology

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Danielle Shore
Instruction Language: English
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Ancient Greek Art and Architecture

Course Department: Art History
Instructor: Steve Kershaw
Instruction Language: English
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