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Study abroad with the University of San Diego! USD is one of the highest ranking schools in the United States for student participation in study abroad programs. Needless to say, USD places a strong emphasis on international education, and is set on offering its students a variety of exciting options at locations all around the world. Opportunities for graduates and undergraduates alike are offered, and at a variety of different schools.

Check out some great opportunities below, and make sure to leave a review after your trip so that future students will have more feedback on the options available to them!

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Lauren
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

St. Clare's, Oxford= 5 Star Experience

Studying abroad in Oxford, England continuously goes down as one of the best times of my life. I think the best facet of the experience was the dynamic of living in a small town with one of the richest intellectual histories in the world but only being an hour away from the hustle and bustle of big city life in London. St. Clare's also provided the unique opportunity to live with international students. So despite being an English-speaking country, I also learned a good deal of Dutch from my roommate, German from the girl across the hall and Spanish and Korean from friends around the house. Day to day life consisted of grabbing a fresh scone from the Marks and Spencer down the street, hopping on the bus to my first class, and having a roundtable discussion with my professor and about six other classmates. St. Clare's employs the Socratic method so we were able to debate and steer the discussion of any topic in whatever direction tickled our fancy. It's such an interactive way to learn and moreover, puts students and teachers on a more level playing field so a mutual respect for each others ideas is formed. After class, there may have been time to wander the cobblestone streets of City Center, watch punters on the Thames and take in a lecture at Oxford University. Afterwards, the discussion would continue at the local pub with students and professors alike. It truly was like one large family, so much so that it immediately felt like a home away from home.

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LoveOxford
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Challenging, Charming and Forever Memorable

St. Clare's College was the perfect place to study abroad for those who want to be academically challenged but still have the experience of getting to travel and explore while abroad.

There was a great variety of class choices, especially in the humanities and social sciences, such as philosophy, religion, and history. I took 6 classes while I was there, and two of them were tutorial style where it was just myself and the professor. These classes were exrtremely beneficial because it allowed me to pursue my particular interests within a subject matter, and allowed for my writing to improve a lot, because I got one-on-one feedback throughout the semester. Three of my classes had between 4-7 students and were primarily discussion based. The last class I took was a seminar that revolved around a specific topic, and brought in different speakers from different disciplines. This was held on Oxford University's campus and had speakers from St. Clare's, Oxford University, and Oxford Brooks. All of my classes were very writing intensive. I wrote 16, 10-12 page papers while studying there, which yes, was a lot, but it improved my writing to a level that I was very proud of.

I lived in the dorms which were about 1.5 miles from city center and about .75 miles from class. The neighborhood was really nice and safe. There was a bus stop right outside the dorm, multiple markets, restaurants and bars nearby. The dorms itself were really nice. I had a roomate, and we shared a room which had two beds, two desks a kitchen and a bathroom. The rooms were cleaned almost everyday which was a nice touch. Every American would be paired up with an international roommate which was a really fun experience, and a great way to have Americans get to know people from all over the world. My roommate was from Belgium, while my friends had roommates from Norway, The Netherlands and Colombia.

There were plenty of bars, pubs and clubs in the City Center of Oxford to be entertained on the weekends. Most weekends though I was traveling to other countries. I would usually leave on Thursday night or Friday morning (no one had Friday classes) and we would take an express bus to London Heathrow which took about 1 hour. There was also another bus that ran every hour that would take you to the middle of London if you wanted to spend the day or weekend there. I found it to be the perfect hub to fly out of. I felt I could focus on school during the week, and do some small things around Oxford, and then could go off to something bigger over the weekends.

I loved my experience here, and would have stayed a full year if I could have (I only stayed for one semester). Academically and socially you will not be disappointed. And if you're worried about not getting the drastic cultural exchange because the UK is still an English speaking, western nation, the integration of American and International students at St. Clare's brings that element in.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you decide to study abroad with USD at St. Clare's?

There were several factors that drew me to the St. Clare's College study abroad program while I was an undergraduate at the University of San Diego. I wanted the opportunity to experience a different educational system and culture, as well as have the ability to travel in the region I would be living. I was attracted to the intellectual environment of Oxford as a city, and was very interested in taking British style tutorial classes.

At first I thought that living in England would not be as culturally enriching as many other study abroad locations, but the program at St. Clare's is unique in that it is an international college and hosts an English language school as well, so most of the American students get paired up to be roommates with a student from a non-English speaking country. Knowing this and that London was a convenient hub for traveling around Europe, I was convinced I would receive the breadth of cultural immersion I was hoping for.

What made your study abroad experience unique and special?

When I talk to many people about their experiences studying abroad, they often only cite social and cultural elements when explaining why their experience was so special and meaningful. For myself, the academic side of my experience was most memorable to me, with social and cultural components being a close second. All of the classes I took at St. Clare's had seven students or less and were focused greatly on discussion and independent thought and research. Two of my classes were tutorial style where it was just myself and the professor. We would meet each week and discuss a particular topic that I had done outside reading on.

My writing and scholarly research improved significantly through this process and I had a new sense of excitement moving forward in my studies. In all classes professors encouraged students to explore the areas of the class they were most interested in. A few of the classes I was taking, related to post-WWII history in Europe, which made traveling around Europe a very enriching experience. A weekly seminar series was also offered on the Oxford University campus and included speakers from various colleges and disciplines and revolved around a particular theme. At the end of each session, students and faculty would often make their way to a local pub to continue the discussion or just relax and have some fun.

Living in a dorm which consisted of students from all over the world was also a highlight of my study abroad experience. There were students from South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. There was a great sense of community and curiosity as everyone was so open and excited to share their culture with others. I found Oxford to be a very beautiful and safe place to live. It was nice living in a college town and then having the close access of London (about 1 hour bus ride) when wanting to change scenery or fly out of the country.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Studying abroad has changed me in many ways. I came to realize just how important both higher education and cultural awareness are to me. This new understanding inspired me to pursue research in international higher education and a career working with international students in American universities. In addition to my study abroad experience influencing my career path, traveling has become an integral part of my life, and I don't ever plan to stop. There is so much that can be learned through the cultural exchange that occurs while traveling. Every place you go, and every person you meet has a different story to tell.