Best Year Ever June 01, 2022

By (English, Wellesley College) - abroad from 10/04/2021 to 06/22/2022 with

University of Oxford - Visiting Students

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it 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.

Required lot of reading, writing, researching

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Naomi was very helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

So clean, so big I loved the en-suite room

* Food:

Terrible food. British food is an abomination

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was so fun acclimating! Pubs, people, the accent

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Very poorly, the nearest hospital was terrible

* Safety:

Walking home alone as a woman was pretty safe

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

I loved every aspect, I will definitely apply to grad school here


* 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? $1000


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? Fluency
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
* 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?
  • People
  • Traditions
  • Academics
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How many dresses are needed for events. SO MANY.

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!