Oxford University - Unparalleled, Life-Changing Experience Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 01/11/2016 to 06/18/2016 with

University of Oxford - Visiting Students

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Going to Oxford was incredibly worthwhile. I would even go so far as to say it was the best five months of my life. The tutorials were rigorous and engaging, and the one-on-one teaching/learning style was exactly what I craved. The social aspects were far from lacking; I became friends with many local students and American study abroad students alike, and was completely immersed in the local English culture.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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


* 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)


* 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
  • 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?
  • The welcoming nature of Oxford University students
  • The dedication of tutors to teach material in a way that fit my specific interests
  • The gorgeous city of Oxford itself
* What could be improved?
  • Integration with Oxford Uni students was very dependent upon living arrangements; Americans who were sequestered amongst other Americans were less likely to form bonds with local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I knew more about the tutorial system and the freedom of study it offers.