Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University

Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University

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Wroxton College is Fairleigh Dickinson University's campus in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1965, Wroxton College was the first campus in the UK to be owned and operated by an American university. Since then, it has hosted more than 10,000 students from more than 200 colleges and universities for semester and summer programs. Housed in historic Wroxton Abbey, in Oxfordshire, the ancestral home of Lord North, Prime Minister of Great Britain during the American Revolution, Wroxton College combines challenging academics (taught in the British tutorial style), magnificent surroundings, and a wide range of cultural and travel opportunities.

Website
www.fdu.edu
Founded
1965
Headquarters

Wroxton Abbey
Wroxton near Banbury
Oxfordshire
OX15 6PX
United Kingdom

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Kate
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I knew going into college that I wanted to study abroad and specifically study abroad in England. Wroxton College gave me the perfect opportunity to learn in the traditional English way of learning, tutorial style, while living in a historical abbey but still having the opportunity to travel and explore. Wroxton College is accommodating to any and all majors as long as you plan appropriately. They also offer different programs with different lengths of time to fit anyone’s needs.

Living in the Wroxton Abbey is like stepping back in time. The history of the Abbey is something in and of itself that can keep someone entertained for a semester. Each room has its own piece of history. Some may be concerned that with a typical class of 45-50 it would be difficult to find a quite place in the Abbey but there are plenty of little hide aways that you could always find the space you need. Or if you would rather the comfort of your own room, most of the rooms at Wroxton are singles with on suite bathrooms.

When studying at Wroxton for a full semester, you learn in the traditional English style of learning. Typically you have 2-3 hours of lecture for each class a week and a 1 hour tutorial every other week. Lectures from range anywhere from a typical professor lecture to watching a movie, going on a trip, or having a special guest speaker. For tutorials, the class is broken up into groups of 3-4 and every other week a subject is assigned that the group is expected to present on. It gives the students the opportunity to take what they have learned in lecture and in their own studies and present it back to their professor in great detail and in fun and creative ways, for example as a podcast like I had to do for one of my English tutorials. This also gives the professors an opportunity to discuss on a more personal level anything that a student may not fully understand.
Grading at Wroxton is mostly weighed on essays and finals. All classes are different but for me I had essays dues about every 2 weeks between the 5 classes I was taking. All Wroxton students also take a class called The Anatomy of Contemporary Britain or known to students as “Inter”. Inter classes are taught by all the professors at Wroxton and focus on modern day England. Lectures include topics such as politics, culture, literature, art, sports and leisure. When you first arrive at Wroxton, you are given a list of topics and questions that you then have to write essays about for Inter. These essays are done at your leisure and are due in week 10 but these are the least stressful of the essays because they are based on your experience while living in England. For example, as a hospitality major, I choose to write an Inter essay about the concessions at a Premier League soccer match we went to.

While spending a semester at Wroxton, classes are scheduled Monday-Thursday and then there are trips every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Most trips are not mandatory but there are some that are required for classes. You sign up for trips the week before and give a 5£ deposit which you then get back as long as you show up on the bus. There are also 3 long weekend trips throughout the semester, London, Edinburgh, and Paris. These give the students 3-4 days to explore the cities and do whatever they want to do.

Wroxton College is located in the small, white, and close knit Wroxton Village. I never personally felt in danger while at the Abbey or roaming around the village. Larger Banbury is just a few miles up the road and it again is a very safe community. Wroxton has struck rules about who is allowed into the abbey and they keep track of who is in and out of the abbey using firecards. Wroxton students are also given Wroxton IDs so they can identify themselves as a Wroxton student.

Studying at Wroxton is an experience that you will never forget. You become a part of a large alumni pool who you can share experiences with no matter when the studied at Wroxton. Because Wroxton College is just a campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University, being at Wroxton provides you with all the normal support networks you would have at either of the New Jersey campuses or the Vancouver Campus. Wroxton does their best to balance all the hard work and long hours you put in with dance parties and fun events. They hold multiple formal dinners throughout the semester which is typically followed by the pub being open in the buttery and a DJ in the lecture hall. We also had trivia night and a scavenger hunt throughout the abbey. I was there in the Fall semester so we had a Halloween party and special Thanksgiving dinner. We also decorated the Wroxton Christmas tree and were given presents from Dean Baldwin. All personal books based on what he has learned about us throughout the semester. This goes to show the deep connection you grow with professors at Wroxton. Because you live and study all in the same environment, the professors and staff at Wroxton see it all. I always found there are there to lend a helping hand or useful advice on anything you are dealing with.

The Wroxton Experience is something I recommend to everyone who mentions studying abroad. I met my best friends while at Wroxton and found my home in England. It helped me grow as a student and as a person. It talk me that you can appropriately mix homework and classes with travel, fun, and a trip to the pub. A semester at Wroxton will be the longest 15 weeks when you are there in the middle of writing essays but once you look back on the time, you will realize it all went too quick.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Live in the moment! Take advantage of all the trips that you are interested in. Spend time with your friends even when you have work to do because being in the abbey is something you are going to miss for the rest of your life. I realized late in the semester that you’ll never be able to get enough sleep so just have fun and stay up to finish your homework. You can sleep once your essays are done.
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Katie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I did a short term program at Wroxton for my MFA, and it was a truly wonderful experience. The campus is gorgeous--it looks like it was pulled from a movie. You can walk the grounds and enjoy the fresh air, and there's plenty to photograph.

I loved the intimate setting that Wroxton provided for my program. I felt like I bonded a lot with the group, and the lectures were all interesting and worthwhile. The staff at Wroxton is incredibly friendly and accommodating. I have some food allergies and they went above and beyond to make sure I was cared for at every meal. My room was also great, and there's even a cleaning staff that tends to the rooms multiple times a week.

The location is remote but it's easy to call a taxi to go places, and the local train station can get you to larger cities. I went to Oxford one day, and it was less than a 20 minute train ride.

I'd recommend this to anyone who has the opportunity. It was great for my writing, and I'm so grateful I was able to go.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring good rain boots, lots of layers, and a camera!
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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The building and grounds are unmatched at Wroxton: you'll live in a facility full of more beauty and history than most museums. The faculty and staff are kind, and the peerless education you'll receive will set you in good stead for your future academic and professional career. Their connections to political and academic expertise will provide you with opportunities you would never get anywhere else. Wroxton's proximity to Stratford, Oxford, and even London mean that you'll be near to world-class experiences.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
The only thing I would have changed about my experience is that I would have stayed for a second semester.
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Melissa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The title of my review states how I felt about Wroxton from the first time I saw it in the Fall of 1991, and how I still feel about it today. My experience living and studying abroad there changed my life. I found in myself a sense of self-reliance I had not known before and the classes I took there changed my view about the purpose of Education. The physical place of the college is beyond compare, including the building itself, the grounds and the surrounding countryside. I highly recommend taking advantage of Wroxton's beauty, walk in the grounds as often as possible, explore the village and other places nearby. There are some amazing footpaths that run right next to the grounds of the college. Go explore!!
The classes offered at Wroxton make strong connections between information shared in class and the outside world. If you study British politics you will have Members of Parliament as guest speakers and tour the Houses of Parliament. If you take the Shakespeare classes, as I did, you will read the plays in class, discuss all aspects of the plays including variations in meanings of words, as well as staging. You will attend lectures at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford and see the plays performed on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theater. These experiences are a far cry from reading excepts of Romeo and Juliet in your high school English class. Take advantage of every opportunity, go on every weekend trip you can and be open to all the new experiences that living abroad provides. Go! You will never regret it. Wroxton had such an impact on my life that I have gone back twice to visit, once with my future husband, and then again with my husband and our children, and I still sy it is the most beautiful place on earth

What would you improve about this program?
There isn't anything I would improve. I have been very impressed with the building renovations that Dr Baldwin has been undertaking in the last several years. He has done an amazing job updating the facilities to accommodate 21st century learning while still honoring the historical nature of the building itself.
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Amanda
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Academics:
The professors at Wroxton really care that they present the information in lectures in a fun and engaging way. Moreover they actually care that you are retaining the information and that you are enjoying your time at Wroxton, and in the UK in general. I was a STEM major and decided to take a semester off from my major and satisfy some general education requirements my college had. Wroxton is perfect for that, I encourage all STEM students to take a break from math and science and spend a semester here!
Professors I had: Dean Baldwin, Dr. Morris, Dr. Garrity, and Professor Hart

Support:
Whether you need support in America before you get to Wroxton or support in England, it is always there for you. All Wroxton staff including Brian Swanzey, reception, cooks, cleaning staff, John, Ron, Andrew, Dean Baldwin, and all of the other professors are amazing and will stop at nothing to make sure you have all the information you need and are completely comfortable.

Housing:
I can't stress this enough: living in the abbey was a priceless experience that I would give anything to have again! You literally live in a mansion during your time at Wroxton. My room was giant with mahogany furniture and a king size 4-poster bed. The rest of the abbey is equally as stunning with cozy spots to study and watch movies and play games with your friends. The gardens and grounds are breathtaking, offering countless hours of exploration. Don't get attacked by the swans!

Safety:
I never felt unsafe at Wroxton. The campus is kept very secure and you are required to participate in many fire drills to prepare you for if there ever was a fire!

Fun:
Wroxton is FILLED with day and overnight trips typically Friday-Sunday every week (some weeks the trips are Thursday-Sunday). Oh the places you'll go. Scotland, France, London, Cambridge, Oxford, Brighton, Stonehenge, countless other places. I have never travelled so much than when I was at Wroxton. You aren't required to go on these trips, but they are always there if you do want to go, all inclusive too! Or if you prefer to travel on your own, that is easy! I had Friday-Monday off every week so it was easy to travel on the weekends as well as the fall break when you have about 12 days off.

Overall:
You will not regret going here!!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
No naps! You can take naps when you are in your home country! Don't waste any precious time studying abroad with wasted naps!

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Since 1965, FDU's campus in Oxfordshire, England, Wroxton College, has...

Alumni Interviews

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

Leslie Rodrigues

Leslie is a college student at Fairleigh Dickinson University in NJ. She is a Criminology and Psychology student who achieved her minor in British Studies abroad at Wroxton College in England.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because it is one of the most rewarding and well-organized study abroad programs offered at my college. Credits automatically transfer since Wroxton College is another campus that belongs to Fairleigh Dickinson University. Also, all of my friends have gone and told me nothing but positive things about their experience.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The University organized transportation from the airport, rooming and board, my class schedule, meals, transportation for trips, suggestions on what to pack, and so much more. They provide orientation before going to familiarize the students with what to expect when they are getting ready to leave. They were very well-organized and helpful. However, I had to find my own flights, which the cost was not included.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

One piece of advice is to take the academics very seriously.

The academics are very rigorous and stressful at times. They were much more difficult compared to my regular classes at Fairleigh Dickinson University. However, I felt like I learned more overseas than I did back home.

Remember that your mental health is very important so get plenty of rest and find ways to unwind during moments of stress.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

In this program, you will have classes from Monday to Thursday. Times depend on your own personal schedule. Breakfast is offered at 8 AM, followed by mid-morning tea time, lunch, mid-afternoon tea time, and dinner.

One day you will have tutorials instead of class, where you are given a topic and must present research and participate in a discussion in a group setting in front of your professor.

Trips are offered on Friday-Sunday, which are very rewarding and exciting.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear going abroad was developing very strong homesickness. This was the longest I have ever been away from my family. However, the program makes it a goal to keep the students constantly occupied, from classes to homework, to trips, and so much more. They also celebrate important holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, to make the students feel more at home.

What activities are there to do besides the trips, outside of the campus?

The campus is located close to the town of Banbury, England. There are shops, pubs, clubs, and so much more in the town. There is even a movie theatre.

On weekends, when my friends and I wanted to go out and destress and weren't on a trip, we would go downtown to Banbury and find something to do, whether it was going to a club or just watching a movie. It's also not a far away drive from Oxford, which has a student nightlife.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Andrew Rose

Job Title
Librarian and Creative Writing professor
Andrew started working at the College in January 2012 as a librarian. Since then, he has taken on other responsibilities, including teaching the Creative Writing course and overseeing the College's social media presence.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Traveling to Australia in 2008; an absolutely amazing country.

I stayed in Melbourne and Sydney and saw so much of the area. In many ways, it reminded me a lot of Great Britain. I'd love to go back one day, but it's such a long way!

The wildlife is something else. I fed kangaroos, met koalas and saw penguins. The food was good and the scenery spectacular.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I love working at Wroxton College. It is far and away the best job I've ever had.

My job has branched out from when I first started. I was initially the college librarian. I now also oversee our social media presence and teach the Creative Writing course. I am also the college archivist. I have learnt new skills and have had a lot of projects over the years which I've enjoyed working on, such as creating an on-line library catalog and building a whole new library in the George III room.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

How their time at Wroxton has had such a positive impact on their life. I think it's a fantastic experience and wish I'd been able to do something like Wroxton when I was a student. Students often say that they grow as a person whilst they're over here. And it's so nice seeing returning students as you really get to know everyone whilst they're here.

It's always sad having to wave goodbye at the end of a semester.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

There are lots of day trips and weekend trips arranged for the students and I'm fortunate in that I've gone on a lot of them - Warwick Castle, Kenilworth Castle, Bath, London, the Harry Potter Studio Tour, the Cotswolds... The list is almost endless.

The students always go on a long weekend trip to Paris and a long weekend trip to Edinburgh. I haven't done those ones yet, so maybe I'll get to go on those trips one day.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Wroxton College is a fantastic place to work. It's a unique building in a beautiful setting. The first time I walked up the drive, saw the building and toured the grounds, I could tell I was somewhere special and now I'm working here. I get up in the morning and want to go to work. Not everyone can say that.

I work on my own in the library and so in that respect I don't have a team, but at the same time I do because, as we're such a small, friendly community, all the staff in the college are part of my team. We have lots of events throughout the year like the talent show, choir performances, decorating the Christmas tree and it's always good seeing everyone come together.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

We have a fantastic building in a beautiful location and that certainly helps, but it's all about the people.

Provided you have good people that want to do their best and aren't just working for themselves but for the good of the whole organization, you'll succeed. The vast majority of the staff have been here for years. They don't want to leave and neither do I!

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