While studying abroad through the UA in Oxford Faculty-Led program, I was able to explore and do so much within the Oxford campus and surrounding town. However, I was also able to travel to other parts of England, and even France, with some of the other students in the program! Specifically, I was able to make day trips to London and Bath, and was even able to spend a weekend in Paris! Below are pictures and more details about each trip.
During the first weekend of this study abroad trip, I made two day trips into London! The train rides into London were short and the tickets were covered by our program costs, so it was a no-brainer to go explore. The first day I went with a faculty-led group to the British museum, and then the entire program went to see A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Shakespearean Globe Theater, so that was amazing. Then, the next day, some of my friends and I went back to sightsee, and we saw things like Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower Bridge! It was amazing to have the big city so closely accessible, while still also getting the smaller feel of Oxford at the same time.
Above is a photo of me at the Roman Baths! My friends and I decided to take a day trip there during our last weekend of the trip, and it was amazing! The train tickets were covered by the program costs, and it only took us about an hour to get there. We explored the Roman Baths and Museum as well as the surrounding city, and it was absolutely gorgeous. After we had walked around a bit, we grabbed a late lunch at a nearby cafe and it was absolutely delicious. It was a great way to have a chill day while also still exploring a new city!
The biggest trip that we took over the course of this study abroad experience was when myself and 12 other students rented an airbnb for the weekend in Paris, France! You would think that having all 13 of us staying in one apartment for a weekend would be crazy, but it was honestly amazing. We were able to do so much in the three days that we were there, such as see the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, and the Pantheon. Additionally, some of us took a day trip to the Palace of Versailles, which was beyond gorgeous as well. Plus, we went during Bastille Weekend, which is sort of like France's independence day, so we were able to see the Bastille day firework show at the Eiffel Tower. Overall, the entire experience was incredible, and I'm so glad that I was able to travel around during my study abroad trip.