What I Did in Oxford
Past Oxford Student Ambassadors
One of the benefits of the Oxford program is the flexibility of the tutorial system. Each student is paired with a tutor who specializes in the field they are interested in studying. At the start of the quarter, I had the chance to sit down with my tutor to craft a reading list and curriculum that encompassed a lot of the topics I wanted to cover during my time at Oxford.
You get a chance to dedicate yourself to the questions, issues, and ideas you care most about. The tutorial you choose becomes your entire life- you study it, live it, breathe it.
Josh Cobler - Winter and Spring 2018-19
The most meaningful part of my Oxford experience was making friends at Oxford, many of whom I still keep up with on a daily or weekly basis. It's especially exciting to know that I have life-long friends all over England and Scotland who I'll always feel comfortable reaching out to when our paths cross again.
Melodie Liu - Autumn 2018-19
Spending less time sitting in class and more time doing changed my preferred learning style for good. I've done Directed Readings back on campus every quarter since. I learned a different set of skills for time management and short/long-term planning that is super necessary for when you have a lot of unguided time, which will apply a lot to life beyond Stanford.
Jayaram Ravi- Autumn 2017-18
Frankly, I don't know what I expected with regard to the tutorial system. However, I did not anticipate the kind of work I did (a lot hours spent reading and writing in the library with a stack of books next to me), how close I would get to my cohort of Stanford students, and how much fun I found the tutorial process to be. I have been stressed/exhausted writing a paper but never once hated doing it. I enjoyed approaching my topic from a variety of angles.
Hope Schroeder (Symbolic Systems) - Autumn 2017-18
At Oxford, I quickly learned to manage my unstructured time so that I was ready for my tutorial each week. I filled in the other time with meaningful things like time at the Oxford Union and other clubs, weekend trips, and sports.
Jen Ren (Human Biology) - Winter 2016-17
I chose to study abroad in Oxford because I sought its unique academic experience. As someone whose primary coursework for my major happens in large lectures, I valued the tutorial system because it provided me an opportunity to have a close, one-on-one relationship in a way that I haven’t found at Stanford.
Alyssa Liew (International Relations) - Fall 2016-17
Having a one-on-one mentorship allowed me to explore my own interests; my tutor was so supportive in feedback given and also in what we wanted to work on in the next week. It was also a great way to connect with an academic expert about a topic you are truly passionate about and to learn as much as possible!
Suraj Bulchand (Management Science and Engineering) - Winter 2016-17
It was at Oxford where I truly internalized the wisdom of self-directed learning, realizing that I had the opportunity to craft discussions on what I hypothesized, what I disagreed with, and what mattered to me.
Alinna Brown (Mathematical and Computational Science) - Winter 2015-16
At Oxford, surrounded by beautiful libraries and thousands of resources, I felt like I was a part of a larger academic tradition, and grew to realize that my education wasn’t about the final product, but rather about the process of learning.
Jessica Zhao (Computer Science) - Spring 2014-15
Being in a new place for 10 weeks adds so much more spontaneity than being in a new place for a few days. Adventure is constant and it’s exciting to always have tons of events, places to explore and people to explore them with.
Alexandra Nutkiewicz (Individually Designed Major) - Spring 2014-15
I valued a more immersive experience in a smaller college town than one in a major European city in order to better experience the culture and customs of the University while having the chance to meet foreign students.
Jai Sajnani (Electrical Engineering) - Spring 2013-14
I wanted to spend my three months abroad in a location steeped in history and tradition. I had a greater desire for an immersive experience in an alternative college environment than for an experience in a foreign town (away from the central university), and wanted to experience the cultures and customs of Oxford University.