Amazing! July 16, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/30/2018 to 06/22/2019 with

St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford - Visiting Students Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot of new insights regarding the subject I'm studying and related career aspirations, so yes –– it was worthwhile.

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.

I thoroughly enjoyed the independence that Oxford and its tutorial system offered. Although the course layouts and teaching style were very different to that of my home university, I learnt a lot and saw great improvement in my writing and analytical skills.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was okay overall –– my room was big and spacious, but I found that living arrangements often varied within my building (some rooms were smaller, others were en-suite etc.).

* Food:

Food was great.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There's somewhat of a divide between visiting students and non-visiting students –– my advice is to get involved with the college as soon as possible (most commonly via sports) and/or volunteer!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A –– I didn't use the healthcare offered by the program.

* Safety:

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

Definitely! Teddy Hall is quite small in comparison to other colleges, so I would say the visiting students often become quite close and get to know each other pretty well.

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)

Oxford can be quite expensive. Try to eat at the dining hall as much as you can to cover your meals.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to cook for breakfast/lunch, visit the dining hall for dinner.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Coursework
  • Physical Environment
  • People I met :-)
* What could be improved?
  • Better integration of visiting students and non-visiting students in college
  • Coursework structure
  • Explanation of academic-related expectations for visiting students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be openminded about trying new things and meeting people, and try to be as involved/present as you can.

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.