Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University

Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University

About

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

Reviews

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Savannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The professors of Wroxton College pushed my academic limits in ways that I had never before experienced. Every day was met with a new analytical challenge. It was an honor to be recognized as the highest achieving student in Dr. Baldwin’s Anatomy of Contemporary Britain course because he, like all the professors at Wroxton, hold their students to the highest of standards. But make no mistake, Wroxton’s excellence is not limited to the classroom. The staff of the school, including the housekeepers, kitchen chefs, administrative office workers, librarian (Andrew), handyman/choir teacher (John), and groundskeeper of over 50 years, Robert, all exemplify joyful dedication to their work. To study abroad at Wroxton is a humbling experience, filled with incredible highs from traveling, to challenging lows of home sickness. All-inclusive weekend trips to Edinburgh, Paris, and London make one feel like they’re living in a dream. Weekly trips to museums, old ruins, and historical landmarks make one appreciative of all the beauty and complexity that England has to offer. One leaves Wroxton better than when they arrived. It is the very reason I chose to invest my time and money as a student of Fairleigh Dickinson University. FDU, simply put, cannot afford to lose Wroxton College. I am proud to call myself an alumnus of Wroxton and have thought fondly on my memories made there nearly every day since.

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shannon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing academic and cultural experience in a bucolic setting. Weekly trips to Stratford. Lots of opportunities to travel and excellent support from staff. Banbury is an idyllic town, not too far from London (and not too close, either). As an English Major, the opportunity to see Shakespearean plays in Stratford gave me an in-depth understanding of his work in an atmosphere most people can only dream of. It’s an experience everyone should be able to take advantage of, and will enrich their lives in many ways.

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Marie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wroxton was the best part about my college experience! If I had the opportunity to I would book and flight and go back right now. The staff, grounds, and community are amazing. Wroxton helped allowed me to grow into the person I am today. As a history major, being able to be constantly surrounded by history and learning something new pretty much every second of every day was indescribable. I would recommend this school to anyone who wishes to be immersed in history and fun. The grounds are breathtaking and every second is an adventure.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go on every trip provided. Even if you are only half interested go on it, it is completely worth it. You will most likely never get to experience anything like this again, so take advantage. Travel as much as you can!!
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Elizabeth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

What a wonderful experience for a history major who loved architecture. I would spend hours walking about the buildings and campus, in awe that much of what I was seeing was as old if not older than much of my home country. The experience to travel was amazing, and very affordable. I loved living in a dorm setting, allowing me to interact with other American students experiencing the same opportunity to travel. Host families give a unique experience, but the faculty opened up their homes making us feel like we got the best of both worlds. The chance to travel when young is so important, and I look forward to my own children having this opportunity soon.

What was your funniest moment?
Our Christmas/Holiday celebration sharing silly gifts with each other.
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Michael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience I had in university. I would recommend to anyone. The abbey is great. The teachers and staff are great. The work load is strenuous but you will have plenty if time to travel and enjoy your self. The history of the abbey is really neat and the grounds are huge to explore or relax. The town is sleepy but safe with a few pubs to enjoy but Banbury is a short ride away to the mall or supermarket, resteraunts, etc. Lot of public transportation its easy to travel all over Europe. I took many trips to different countries plus they took us on many cool excursions.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Why did you choose this program?

Wroxton College isn't just a location to study abroad at; it is an experience. Many study abroad programs supply the school, housing, and possibly food for your stay. However, Wroxton fills your entire time studying abroad with day trips, weekend trips, and experiences that you will never forget. There is not a moment of down time at Wroxton. You are constantly immersed in English and European culture. And who wouldn't want to live in a 12th century Jacobean house? Living at Wroxton is like tasting what royalty is like in England. The grounds and house offer such an idyllic setting for classes and leisure.

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

Fairleigh- Dickinson University provided nearly everything for my study abroad experience. Flights to and from England were covered. Transport to and from the airports to the college were covered. Weekend trips, day trips, books for classes, lodging, and food were all covered. I basically only had to get transportation to and from the Newark Airport in New Jersey. Apart from that, you are free to spend and go on your own trips as much as you like when you are at Wroxton. I participated in nearly all of the included day and weekend trips the college provided, and went on my own 12 day trip in the middle of the semester.

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

I say this all the time: no naps! You might be exhausted from travelling and classes. But if you don't absolutely need to catch up on sleep, go on that trip, go explore with your friends, go for that bike ride. You can nap when you are back home. But studying abroad is a short time. Don't waste it snoozing away! I wish I had taken less naps when I was studying abroad. Any time wasted when studying abroad cannot be recovered. And never in your life will you have the freedom to travel to another country for a few months and basically only have to pay tuition.

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

I was lucky the way my schedule worked out. I only had classes Tuesday-Thursday. Classes meet for 2-3 hours every week, with another hour every other week (tutorials). At Wroxton, you will take 5 classes, and the bulk of your grade will be the final exams. Fridays-Sundays the college organizes day trips around England as well as some weekend trips to Scotland and France. These are voluntary, and you can choose to travel on your own on the weekends. In the middle of the semester there is a 12 day break, where you can travel where you want. During the week when I wasn't in class I typically spent 3 hours per class per week preparing for tutorials/writing papers. At Wroxton, there is a lot of down time to explore the Abbey/grounds with friends.

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 into studying abroad was making friends. I was going to a school where many people knew each other, and I would know no one. I am a shy person, however I thrive in a friend group. My fears were assuaged when one of my (now) best friends Kate came up to me at the Newark Airport and introduced herself to me as well as complimented my hair. Sometimes all it takes to make a new best friend it a sweet little compliment. We immediately became our "go-to's" at Wroxton and quickly expanded our group into six. I'm so thankful to have had Kate, Olivia, Kristina, Maria, and Chris at Wroxton. Sharing your study abroad experience with such a strong friend group makes it so much more fun. And even after studying abroad is over, you still have those friends for life.

What was the best advice you received before studying abroad that you took to heart?

"Experiences are way more valuable then items."

You remember experiences way more than that expensive souvenir you wanted. When I was abroad, I typically chose to spend my money on experiences, i.e. going places/doing excursions, verses buying material items. I'm not saying you shouldn't buy any mementos when you are abroad, but make sure you consciously saving some money to explore the place you are at. You can probably buy that mug, that flag, and that scarf in your home country. But you can't explore the Scottish highlands, climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, or go inside La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, in your home country.

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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