A Dream for Library Nerds! June 17, 2018

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/30/2018 to 06/16/2018 with

University of Oxford - Visiting Students

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to manage my time in order to read a couple of books, make an outline, and write an essay within a week, and how to navigate the library systems and their individual opening hours in order to maximize my time. I also quickly learned that I needed to deliberately make time for friends and reach out to them, in order to counteract the inherently lonely style of the tutorial system, which gives you a lot of unscheduled free time. I also learned how to travel within Europe (how to navigate European airports, and get the cheapest flights and accomadations). Overall, I became so much more confident in my ability to navigate on my own, as well as in my academic ability, and it was absolutely worthwhile!

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The tutorial system was isolating (as you need to work mostly on your own), but really intellecutally rewarding if you were studying something specific and unique to your interests!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

St Anne's College was really accomadating with visiting students!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The walls were thin sometimes and the dorm would be noisy; the kitchen was dirty and often people's things would be stolen. However, I appreciated having my own room and sink!

* Food:

British food lived up to the expectations! However, the hot desserts and sweet pastries were great.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was generally harder to make friends with matriculated students because cliques quickly formed, but when you did interact with them or become friends, they were very kind!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The pharamacy was really helpful when I needed medical assistance

* Safety:

Oxford overall is a very safe city!

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

Getting to study at Oxford was an incredible experience, both academically and personally! I loved getting to know the beautiful, quirky city (where the best food was, where my favorite libraries are--the Taylorian is a gem!--and where to for a breath of nature--Port Meadow and University Parks are beautiful!) and getting to feel at home within it. The academics were tough and required a lot of time management and self-supervision, but were so rewarding during the tutorial: knowing that you had enough of a grip on the subject matter to have a one-on-one intellecutal conversation with a tutor for an hour was so heartening!

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 was expensive to live in, and, if you ate out, meals would be at least 10 pounds, but meals in hall were more affordable!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? +60 pounds per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cooking would've reduced my expenses a lot!

Language

* 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
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
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?
  • Getting to know the city
  • Having a lot of free time and independence to do what I wanted
  • The pleathora of events, speakers, societies, and volunteering opportunities
* What could be improved?
  • More interactions with matriculated students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? No matter how uncertain you are in your ability to make friends or excel academically, you will manage and come out more confident in all aspects! And more well-traveled at that.

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!