Travel and Learn November 07, 2017

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 10/01/2016 to 06/17/2017 with

Worcester College, Oxford University - Visiting Students Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about what I love in literature. I also learned how to write quality essays in a short amount of time. It was definitely worthwhile.

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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.

It was really a great experience. Academic rigor and intensity were moderate, and resources are unimaginably abundant.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Nice and helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

There was a lamp, bedsheets, pillows, hangers, an individual bathroom, a fridge and even a safe for each student. The room is cleaned and trash dumped every other day by a "scout".

* Food:

Food at Worcester College ranks among the top ones at Oxford. Formals are the best. I also had my favorite dessert of my life at Worcester.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Worcester pays the most attention of integrating us with the local culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

We had meetings on this.

* Safety:

Oxford is a safe town. You can walk around at midnight alone.

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

UK is a great place to travel to any locations talked in the books you read. I went to where Wordsworth wrote poems and where Shakespeare was born, immediately after reading them. I also had a brilliant studying experience with the Provost of the college. He is probably one of the most important people who influenced me throughout my life. I learned not only literature but also how to live and treat people kindly from him.

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)

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Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Not much. Around 50-100 dollars at most.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you want to travel, travel with the Oxford University Walking Club.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • N/A
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Library resources
  • Formals
  • Traveling around the country
* What could be improved?
  • It was good enough
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I should have known there were quilts in the dorm. A UK bank card is necessary there. I should have known how many beautiful landscapes and legends UK has.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.