A great personalized academic experience! August 12, 2022

By (Philosophy and Psychology, Wellesley College) - abroad from 10/03/2022 to 06/17/2022 with

St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford - Visiting Students Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile! Doing the reading list made me improve individual learning skills and learned to pull challenging arguments together. Thoroughly analyzing these arguments helped me to better shape my own judgements when discussing these ideas with my tutor.

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.

Overall a great experience, and I enjoyed my tutorials with most of the Oxford tutors. I love how my tutorials became more personalized with my academic interests.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Absolutely great housing! Appliances were mostly new and the Porter's lodge was helpful and responsive.

* Food:

Great selection of food and amazing breakfast and formal dinners.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Almost everyone I have met is friendly and approachable

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Safety has never been a concern during my time at Oxford.

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

I was given the platform to pursue any topic I am interested in exploring further within my major. Because of the opportunity to have personalized tutorials, I took an interdisciplinary approach to my studies.


* 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)

breakfast and formal dinner were cheap and amazing

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 60 pounds per week for breakfast and dinner


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* 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?
  • personalized tutorials
  • amazing food and culture
  • extensive library resources
* What could be improved?
  • research opportunities for visiting students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It was difficult to find a research program that would take visiting students. I wish visiting students were given more opportunities to pursue research.