STUDENTS EXPERIENCE

Sarah Ismail AlAli

from UAE

Experience

University of Oxford Summer

I am more than happy to share my feedback with you.

To start with, I have my doubts before starting the course since English isn't my first language, however I was able to communicate, learn and experience knowledge and university life even for a small period of time. I was traveling somewhere else at the time and I had to rush things in the last moment in order to be in this trip but I am glad that I made this decision. After starting, I thought people wouldn't accept us as Arabs, but I was wrong, people show respect to all and they're there to help all the time. I was suprised by the organising skills the community showed it was amazing having a plan and following it where everything was fun and time was spent in a useful way. The best part was experiencing the debate especially in such famous place. I will never forget that. I did recommend this to my best friend and what I said "it's unforgettable and you would never regret it" I would say this again and again to anyone who ask why should they go. I was glad to be there and thank you for giving me this chance. I wish I can be part of it again and experience other things too.

Al Anoud Al Dhaheri

from UAE

Experience

University of Oxford Summer

Life is full of various events and experiences. But all of these are not equally important, enjoyable and memorable. In this life, some events become unforgettable memories for you and which teach you such lessons that turn out to be on of the basic guidelines in your life. My trip to Oxford is one of these memories, that taught me such lessons. I admit the truth that I was about to cancel this trip because of my "fear". But now, am honored and more than glad that I've got this opportunity. I've visited many regions in UK, however, Oxford is the closest to my heart. It is such a calm and safe city. There are many fun places to visit as well as many restaurants, and we - as Muslims - always have had "halal" options. We mainly lived in the student's dorms in Summerville College. The rooms were nice and the view was nicer though. There is a garden in the middle of the campus and a coffee shop as well, in which you can have a coffee and play billiard if you were interested. The Oxford University program was so organized, beneficial and enjoyable, as you will not be studying only, but enjoying all the time. There are activities every day, such as tours, punting and cinema night and many other enjoyable trips. Supervisors there were really nice guys, and they treated us as if we are from their family members. Moreover, the sessions and classes were so helpful and tutors and well qualified. I literally enjoyed being there, around people from different backgrounds, in that beautiful city, Oxford. To end this I would like to say that it is quite hard to say everything as there is so much to say, but I could summarize this in 4 words "DON'T MISS THIS EXPERIENCE!!"

Khawla Al Mutawa

from UAE

Experience

University of Oxford Summer

Your concerns, if any, before signing up? There was not any significant concerns that prevented me from taking part except maybe because I was a bit idle towards signing up and submitting all the paperwork. However, with my parents persuasion, I did take part of the trip.

What was the best thing about the experience? What pleased me most was definitely overcoming, by a margin, my fear of public speaking. Being able to debate in the Oxford Union was a spectacular, pivotal event. Although I had a rough start, I was able to ease into the idea of having everyone look at me, whilst judging me. In addition, the accommodations gave me a university feel, which is always a plus if you're planning on studying abroad, or somewhere that requires you to get settled in accommodations.

If you were to recommend this trip to your best friend, what would you say? Socialize with everyone, as soon as you get there. My only mistake was that I did not open up to others until the last few days of the course, and it was unfortunate since they were all nice people. Start writing the essay and work on the PowerPoint more than a few days before the deadline. I had to pull an all-nighter to complete the essay and PowerPoint.

Aisha Husain Alhammadi

from UAE

Experience

University of Oxford Summer

The moment I found out about this trip, I knew I should not miss it. Getting the 

chance to visit one of the most important universities is amazing, and experience living in it and taking classes at it made even more excited. However, this trip was not educational only, but to know more about living yourself, being independent and responsible, meeting a variety of people from all around the world and learning more about their traditions and cultures. two weeks are not that much, but to me, there were moments that I will never forget and people I'm very glad I met. It was hart to convince my parent about leaving but when I came back and told them how a great opportunity this was and how much fun and amazing everything is there, they were glad too. We learned so many things, since the first we've been there. Going on adventures and listening to lectures. Personaly, this was the best trip I've ever been to, and it will definitely have a great influence on my future, turning into a better, mature and more responsible person. I will never forget a moment from this trip, because every one moment has taken a place in my mind.

Afeya

from UAE

My experience at the University of Oxford was great! I will never forget it.

 

I met some students from different countries, and I had a great time with them.

 

I experienced many different activities first time in my life (such as punting, bowling), Regarding this sessions, we had two sessions one hour for each.

 

The sessions were really useful for me; because when I came back to school there was somethings that I already knew.

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