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Current Student Advisors

Maya Lewis — Winter 2011-12
MAJOR: East Asian Studies

I applied to the Stanford program at Oxford for several reasons: I’ve always wanted to study in Europe, I wanted to dive deep into my academic interests, and I wanted the chance to make new friends in a close setting. My experience there delivered on all of these goals and taught me so much more.

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Annie Prossnitz — Autumn 2011-12
MAJORS: History

At Stanford, we often focus on how what we are doing can change the world, but being abroad in Oxford allowed me to see how being in a new world can change you. I would recommend studying in Oxford to anyone who is eager for an experience that will challenge you academically, broaden you culturally, and surprise you constantly.

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Past Student Advisors

Lee Axelrod — Autumn 2010-11
MAJORS: English and French Lit, Art
ADVISOR: Joel Leivick

My term spent at Oxford was one of the most amazing—and surprising—experiences of my life. I left for England filled with anticipation, simultaneously feeling eager to explore a new country and a new university and feeling nervous about the intensity of the academic program at Oxford.  I returned to the US full of stories about all of the fun times that I’d had at Oxford and bursting with new knowledge about many different subjects.

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Reagan Thompson — Autumn 2010-11
MAJOR: International Relations MINOR: East Asian Studies
As a freshman, Oxford seemed to be the quintessential academic experience that would round out my Stanford experience. I remember sitting down with Lee Dukes to discuss studying abroad and after he explained the program to me, I was set. If I’m being honest, my main motivations for going to Oxford were to perfect my writing skills in advance of my honors thesis and to travel, as I had never been in Europe. Read full profile »
photo of Elizabeth Clair Elizabeth Clair —
MAJOR: History
Oxford remains unique among adventures. As a student, looking for knowledge, searching for education, and dreaming of scholarship and pedagogy, I found Oxford to be a phenomenal exploration in a foreign land. Oscar Wilde once described England and the United States as “two nations divided by a common language.” In spite of their similarity, our two countries maintain a significant and somewhat exotic separation where words like Pip Pip, Sugar Puffs, Cor Blimey!, High tea, Spring Balls, G&Ds, Moo Moos, Ben’s, Ahmed’s, and punting reign in their significance across the pond. In the past term at Oxford, I learned to take comfort in things that I recognized (ie Starbucks, McDonald’s, Coke, Pepsi, Gap/Banana Republic, Almond Roca) and, more importantly, find adventure in those that I did not.Read Elizabeth's profile »
photo of Samantha Wai Samantha Wai —
MAJORS: Economics  
“Members of a global community” was the phrase President Hennessy used to characterize one of the many hopes he had for the class of 2011. Before even matriculating into Stanford, I had always known I wanted to study abroad – it had been a personal goal, an opportunity I saw to broaden my own horizons. However, somehow the phrase that President Hennessy used in his convocation address stuck with me. I realized that studying abroad would be the opportunity for me to bring the Stanford community elsewhere, and to bring my experiences abroad to Stanford.Read Samantha's profile »
photo of Woubzena Jifar Woubzena Jifar — Spring 2008-09
MAJOR: Anthropology
Tutorial: Immigration Policies
ACADEMIC INTERESTS/RESEARCH: How do different cultures approach philanthropy? More specifically I am interested in exploring the development and expansion of NGOs in Ethiopia.
The first time I knew I wanted to travel abroad was during my Admit Weekend visit. I walked into the big auditorium in Hewlett (where Chem 31A/B lectures take place for those science majors) and found myself surrounded by potential Stanford students and parents looking down onto a group of panelists. I was overwhelmed by the number of overseas centers Stanford had and ecstatic to have such an opportunity to embark on one of them. As my Stanford career formed over the years and I became aware of my interests I never lost site of my goal to go abroad. Read full profile »
photo of Anne Stake Anne Stake — Autumn 2008-09
MAJORS: Human Biology Tutorial: Healthcare in the Developing World
ACADEMIC INTERESTS/RESEARCH: Health Policy, International Health
Whether I was sipping on afternoon tea, “punting” on the Thames, or eating feasts in formal halls lined with portraits of alumni like JRR Tolkein, Lewis Carol, Stephen Hawking or even Hugh Grant, my time studying abroad in Oxford was without compare. Read full profile »
photo of Georgina Blackett Georgina Blackett — Autumn 2007-08
MAJOR: History (Concentration: Modern Middle East)
MINOR: Middle Eastern Languages, Literatures and Cultures
ADVISOR: Priya Satia
ACADEMIC INTERESTS/RESEARCH: Third World Nationalism, International Development, Colonial and Postcolonial Lit, Ambiguous Adventures
My tutorial on the history of Arab nationalism in the twentieth century was at once the most challenging and fulfilling experience of my academic career. It allowed me to delve into my major (History) and concentration (Middle Eastern History) to a degree that just wasn’t possible on campus.Read full profile »
photo of DIana Peng Diana Peng — Autumn 2007-08
MAJORS: Human Biology and Sociology ADVISOR: Jay Bhattacharya
ACADEMIC INTERESTS/RESEARCH: Health Care Economics, International Health Policy, Economic and Organizational Sociology
In 8 weeks of my one-on-one tutorial, “The Economics of the Health Care and the UK National Health System (NHS)”, I knew more intricacies about the UK and American health care systems I could have learned in any amount of time at the Stanford campus. The opportunity to study with an expert in this specialized field was the greatest coup of all. Read full profile »
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