The oxbridge experience is a life changing one. Past Review

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Oxbridge Academic Programs: Oxford - The Oxford Seminar

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned being responsible, punctual, open-minded and thoughtful. I was all alone there so I had to be responsible of my room keys, money, and stuff. The classes, breakfast, trips and dinner start at the exact time stated so I learned to respect time and be punctual. I became open-minded because I had to make friends and communicate with the people there regardless of our differences. I am more of a thoughtful person now for the expositions I had back in Oxford from the people, lectures and the city itself.

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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.

It is more of a cultural immersion than educational, yet it is really interesting.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The directors of the programs were very nice, friendly and cooperative. I had to borrow a laptop and a fan and they handed them for me. However, I had an issue that I had to give back the laptop by midnight at a time which I hadn't finished working on my presentation yet and the office won't open until 8am in the morning.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The accommodation was comfortable and clean. The rooms are cleaned everyday in the morning. The only annoying thing was that in summer the weather is hot and the rooms aren't well prepared for that( no AC nor fans), but I managed to borrow a fan from the office.

* Food:

The food was good, there was a variety of choices for breakfast and dinner along with some desserts. For lunch we used to go out to some neighboring restaurants.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

This program was amazingly a cultural immersion program. I went there alone and I met people from all around the world and had so much fun spending time with them as if we knew each other for a long time. We're all still in touch and plan to have a reunion soon. Also, the city has a special impact for it is truly the city of dreaming spires. The university, colleges, chapels, gardens, rivers and parks all had influenced me for making me feel connected to the city and with it's history.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any health problems there, but my friend had a knee dislocation and she had been accompanied by the staff to the hospital. She was fine afterwards and completed her week normally.

* Safety:

The city felt safe because it had a lot of students housed there. Also, we used to check in early in the office at night.

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

This program is rich in knowledge, exposure and cultural immersion. I took a major course and 3 minors that I had to choose upon my interests. I saw were many poets, films, philosophers and experts studied. The schedule of the day was so convenient and the organized field trips were amazing. I had the chance to watch a game for oxford united. I drank the traditional english tea in the afternoon with icecream from G&D's afterwards.


* 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 around 270 pounds over lunch and some souvenirs for me and my family. I also bought books from blackwell's library and some oxford university hoodies.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $400
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Always save from your allowance a small amount of money; this way you will save money fast with not feeling in need of money from someone else. Also, manage how much you want to spend each day.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the people
  • courses
  • city
* What could be improved?
  • rooms
  • guidance
  • welcoming
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more how to punt and organize my time.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department:
Instructor: Max Cohen
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I took this major course over a week every morning, it was taught passionately and effectively. The course was taught not in the traditional learning process, but throughout hands-on activites, trips, researches, analogies and interaction.
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