Rehearsed scams in housing and academics; don't fall prey November 15, 2020

By (University of California - San Diego / UCSD) - abroad from 09/23/2019 to 12/15/2019 with

Oxford Study Abroad Programme (OSAP): Oxford - Study Abroad at Oxford University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Academics and college life were great but I had to force my way into college community--OSAP doesn't help. My semester had a lot of loner American students that hung out only with themselves.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Housing scams abound, be wary. This diminished the quality of the overall experience

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Juds*n is really hard to deal with and made my Oxford experience terrible. OSAP/WISC's office is really bad about remediating and fixing housing concerns; they lease from a notorious landlord company in Oxford with dilapidated housing. They have a strict no refund policy, and only assign housing when you land so they basically scam you. They do it semester after semester, and are experts at this point

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

There is huge variation in quality of housing directly associated with whether you come from one of their feeder schools (like all those Wellesly reviewers lmao). If you come from a school that doesnt send many students to them per year, expect the worst. The trend is clear when you arrive, trust me.

* Food:

Food in college is great and you have to pay for it out of pocket. Good options in town

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Really well! Even as an associate student (which means OSAP basically has you audit, and the actual college doesn't recognise you as a student--again, huge scam they downplay before you arrive).

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

you go to a NHS office which is free healthcare for everyone. Appointments need to be scheduled well in advance.

* Safety:

It's good! loads of students. Just stay in the main streets.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

See other responses; they cheat you out of your money

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)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
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?
  • umm Oxford city
* What could be improved?
  • Juds*n's hostility
  • Housing needs to be adequate/liveable
  • False advertising
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it's a literal scam