Crying in Radcam: A Nine Hour Saga December 09, 2021

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 09/05/2021 to 12/04/2021 with

Worcester College, University of Oxford - Visiting Students Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned efficient reading/research strategies that helped me produce phenomenal literature within a tight schedule. The brevity of the term tested by entire bodily ability to sustain itself, and that pressure is an old friend, but I learned how to work through my writing bit by bit instead of wholesale. The tutorial system allowed me to look closely and critically at my own academic tendencies and I feel like I grew from that. It was worth it.

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.

* 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? Yes

This program killed me, and I would let it do so over and over again. The academics will push you to produce better work than you've ever achieved, you will enter a great writer and exit as one worthy of a marble bust or small statue, something of that sort. Worcester specifically offers great infrastructure for English, the library is well stocked and I felt like I met a good deal of English students. The campus is also stunning, which helps.


* 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? estimated 100 USD, give or take
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Oxford is expensive. Choose what is worth it, not everything is cool enough for the experience.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* 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?
  • Academics
  • Social life
  • Cultural sites in Oxford
* What could be improved?
  • HOUSING- please no more mold in canal I am begging
  • Food- dining hall is way too expensive
  • Water- unfiltered/seemingly unsafe to drink and hot water is rare
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is not going to be hard, it is going to be HARD hard. Be prepared, take care of yourself. Please sleep and eat, no matter what is due tomorrow at 10am.

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!