A great university town
Across The Pond actually recommended Oxford Brookes’ international foundation as a program that isn’t just geared towards people with English as a second language. It’s geared towards any international student, regardless of language.
Oxford is obviously a great university town and it is nice because it is a big city but at the same time it still has a very kind of small town feel almost. It’s the perfect size!
Oxford suits a lot of people, a lot of international students because you can get a feeling of what a UK city is like without it being a daunting size.
Taking an international foundation at Oxford Brookes has probably been one of the most beneficial moves that I have made. The greatest thing that this programme has allowed me to do was really develop my writing and understand how that fits in to the university system over here. It’s got me used to the way the UK grading system works and how a UK university wants you to write papers – that is not as big an issue over in the States. Having a foundation program that really focuses on writing papers has probably been a really great step in preparing for a degree program over here. I think I would have been a little bit unsettled jumping straight into a degree as I would not have expected to have so many written assignments.
My foundation lecturers are just great! I feel like they’re always looking out for the students’ best interests. I definitely would rate Oxford Brookes extremely highly on how satisfied I have been with the school. There are obviously some frustrations, but I think you’re going to find that at any school. I feel like when I raise issues with Oxford Brookes they’re actually concerned about them and they go out of their way to get you an answer. They do really try and promote the students’ satisfaction.
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