An Eye-Opening Experience Past Review

By (University of British Columbia) - abroad from 08/06/2018 to 08/13/2018 with

Oxbridge Academic Programs: Oxford - The Oxford Seminar

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learnt how to be more independent and I was able to experience what it was like if I were to study abroad for my university years. This is a worthwhile experience and one I thoroughly enjoyed!

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.

My experience at Oxford exceeded beyond my expectations. I was able to broaden my perspectives on the courses I took which was: business (my major), law, literature, and economics (my three minors). By taking these courses, I was also able to finalize what I would like to study as my undergraduate degree. During my week stay, I was able to do many activities such as, punting, witnessing a football game, watching a play, and visiting the Christ Church College (which was where they filmed some parts of Harry Potter). Taking part in the Oxbridge Academic Programs helped me step out of my comfort zone and I was able to meet many amazing people. I would definitely take part in the program again!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

On-site administration was all very welcoming. The staff here made sure we were all comfortable with our stay. When I arrived at the airport there was little to no trouble at all. The staff who pick you up would be waiting for you right when you come out and you will have no trouble finding them.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed at Corpus Christi College and the housing there was great. It was clean, neat, and at a reasonable size. However, the rooms tend to get very hot during the summer and there are no AC or fans. I would definitely recommend opening the windows during the day. The dorms were very close to the Quad which was where all the students would meet before classes and have breakfast and dinner.

* Food:

Oxford provides breakfast and dinner only. We get to go out for lunch and explore the many restaurants and markets outside of school. The food that the school provides was good and had a lot of variety; however, it could get a bit bland with the flavours.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt connected to everyone as we all came from different parts of the world. You could meet someone from your country to someone that comes from across the world. The amazing thing about taking part in the Oxbridge Academic Programs is that you can learn about the different cultures everyone brings with them.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not experience anything that requires healthcare nor did I have to take any vaccines before going to Oxford.

* Safety:

Oxford is a safe city and at night, there would be patrols outside our dorms. However, I do recommend taking extra caution when on the streets because the cars tend to drive fast and the buses drive very close to the streets.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I would definitely choose the same program; however, I would travel to a different city and attend a different university. The Oxbridge Academic Programs have many different universities that one can travel to and attend at. I would go again because this is an experience that you won't be able to get elsewhere. I was able to experience what it was like living abroad in a dorm at a university. This prepares many students for what to expect if they plan on studying abroad during their university years.

Finances

* 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 spent 200 pounds during my week stay at Oxford. This includes my lunch, snacks, and souvenirs such as the Oxford sweaters I bought for myself and my family.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I was at Oxford for a week and spent around 200 pounds (this includes my lunch and other souvenirs).
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? When it comes to buying the Oxford sweaters, you have to check the stores and see which ones have the best prices.

Language

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

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  • International Students
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?
  • The courses
  • Activities provided
  • People (students, teachers, staffs)
* What could be improved?
  • Dorms (AC wise because it does get a bit hot in the summer)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? When I first came to Oxford, I thought: how bad could the rain be? Remember to bring an actual waterproof raincoat and not a sweater because there is a possibility that it will rain (as mentioned in the package that is sent out to all of the students before attending Oxford).

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:

Business

Course Department:
Instructor: Alex Winfrey
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Business was my major during my week stay at Oxford. We focused mainly on the stock market and what it takes to manage a business. Our professor taught us about the basic patterns of the stock market and how to predict it's next move. This was all new to me because I never studied about the stock market before, but our professor was able to make it easy to understand. We mainly used a website called AMP Trading View and in groups we each made a demo account (which does not involve real money). It was definitely a competitive class as our week long project was to see which group can earn the most money using the website. This is a very useful way to train our minds on how to act when in a competitive environment. I would recommend learning poker before taking this course because we played a lot poker to learn about risk assessment and taking risks. Overall, this course helped broaden my perspective on the stock market and business in general. It also helped me find ways to remain calm when under pressure and when I am in a competitive environment.
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