The Middlebury-CMRS Oxford Humanities Program (Middlebury-CMRS) offers a semester or year-long opportunity to study abroad in the vibrant and historical city of Oxford, England.

Study Abroad: Oxford, England

Oxford is, I would consider it an urban town. It's super interesting to see how this urban landscape also combines with old cobblestone pathways.

Think churches. Think medieval architecture. Think beautiful golden limestone buildings. What was surprising was, Oxford was bigger than I thought would it be. There are so many nooks and crannies to it, and places to go and get lost.

For me, what was really important was that study abroad brought forth this change of pace, and place and face for a while. We lived in St. Michael's Hall, which is kind of our own separate dormitory, all of the students in the Middlebury program studied and lived together.

The location was fantastic. Being in the center of the city, you had access to essentially everything.

We could take a bus to pretty much anywhere, and day to day I'd get to explore the city a bit. So I spent a lot of my time outside on mini adventures, and walking around, and eating out, and painting.

Kind of a multitude of things. The program, from my experience, attracted a certain set of students that were there to, first and foremost, work really hard and knew that they were getting into this rigorous atmosphere. You're going to be writing every day, and I mean, honestly, it's not really an exaggeration.

You are probably going to be writing every day, but it's topics that theoretically you really love and pick for yourself, and want to explore and delve deep into and have conversations with your tutors about.

If you're looking for maybe sometimes a challenging but also fulfilling experience that's still connected to your academic journey, study abroad is a perfect way to help you broaden your own understanding of what you're studying within the context of a global society.

If you can and if there's a support system for you to kind of plan going abroad, then there's no reason not to. It's all great experience, studying abroad and exploring new places.

 

In association with Keble College in Oxford, Middlebury-CMRS offers a culturally immersive and academically rigorous experience that includes seminars, one-on-one tutorials, and field study.

Every aspect of the program is closely supervised by an academic board of college and university faculty in both the U.S. and UK to ensure that academic standards promote integration of students into the Oxford environment.

CMRS was founded as an educational charity in 1975 by Dr. John and Dr. Sandy Feneley, who devised its unique curriculum, created its remarkable library and were responsible for the success of the program until 2014.