Worthwhile experience January 12, 2018

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/03/2017 to 12/02/2017 with

Worcester College, Oxford University - Visiting Students Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was a valuable experience to study abroad and meet different people. I enjoyed the balance of academics and free time.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I expected my tutorials to be more intense. The September Seminar was good though.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration was confusing. Information was coming from multiple sources and sometimes very last-minute.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Single with personal bathroom. Everything was great except for the thin walls.

* Food:

Hall food was in general good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Social scene was very different.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Did not have to see the nurse

* Safety:

I felt very safe.

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

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 60-70
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get a card without foreign exchange fees.

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? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Freedom
  • Travel
  • Convenience
* What could be improved?
  • Organization
  • Integration
  • Orientation
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Tutorials for visiting students may be different than tutorials for local students. Also, the tutorial system is better suited for humanities.

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!