So Many Essays January 04, 2019

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/04/2018 to 12/01/2018 with

University of Oxford - Visiting Students

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I did learn a lot about British culture during this program. And having Oxford on your resume certainly doesn't hurt. I'm glad I went just to have had the experience of studying in a different country, even though I didn't love it.

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.

* 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? No

I chose Oxford mainly for its prestige. My experience wasn't horrible, but in retrospective I would have chosen to go somewhere with a nicer climate.


* 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? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? A pound is worth more than a dollar!


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • N/A
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • being able to focus on my subject
  • taking classes with people from other American universities
  • traveling to other countries
* What could be improved?
  • classism
  • food
  • healthcare
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It gets dark at around 3 p.m. in England.