A Leap of Faith into the Best Year Ever Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 10/05/2015 to 06/18/2016 with

University of Oxford - Visiting Students

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a faith in myself and a newfound passion for my subject. I liked having more time to myself to work on my subject, as well as more time to spend with friends. This was completely 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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

This was the perfect mix of freedom and education. I really loved being a part of the British grading and education system. I felt completely immersed and made wonderful lifelong friends - American, British, international, etc... Everyday was an adventure, one that I looked forward to embarking on.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $90
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? set a daily budget for yourself - it is ok to go over, but by setting a guideline, you can assess when you are spending too much or when it is alright to splurge


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

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  • Local Students
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?
  • the tutorial system
  • the students
  • the Oxford experience
* What could be improved?
  • home institution and exchange institution transfer credit knowledge
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? just how much fun I would have and that those little activities that you thought you would never do would actually turn out to be the activities you loved the most

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!