Academics are solitary, but social scene is great January 05, 2019

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

Worcester College, Oxford University - Visiting Students Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to better navigate resources on my own and it was worthwhile in its own way.

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.

Very fast paced, weekly essays are due. Also very solitary and essentially a self-study. Professors were supportive, but it really depends on what professor you get, other students were not as lucky as I was.

* 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

Did not grow as much academically.

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)

Things are quite expensive so be sure to save up beforehand.

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?

Select all that apply

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Local students
  • Social scene
  • Exploring England
* What could be improved?
  • Academic support/resources
  • Administrative clarity
  • More visiting student excursions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You're really on your own for the academics.