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Dartmouth Oxford Exchange

2018-2019 Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Students

The Rockefeller Center is proud to announce this year's students participating in the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program.

Each year, per term, four Dartmouth undergraduates attend Keble College at the University of Oxford.

As fully integrated members of the Oxford community, students are encouraged to participant in extracurricular activities, join clubs and organizations, alongside their coursework in either Government or Economics under Oxford's legendary tutorial system.

This year's participants are:

Fall 2018: Albert Chen '20, Michelle Yao '20, Yifan He '20, and Luke Cuomo '20
Winter 2019: Elizaveta Maslak '20, Amy Guan '20, Peter Charalambous '20, and Taylor Lane '20
Spring 2019: Sarah Drescher '20, Alexander Rounaghi '20, Brandon Nye '20, and Iris Wang '20

Rocky and Me: Joby Bernstein '17 Senior Reflection

In the Rocky & Me series, Seniors reflect on their experiences during their time at Dartmouth.

Freshman trips was the first time I heard about the Rockefeller Center. My trip leader, Nick Shallow ’16, was a First-Year Fellow and involved with the Policy Research Shop. By the time I finished hiking that week, I was convinced that I needed to get involved with Rocky. I began by auditing PBPL 5: Introduction to Public Policy with Professor Shaiko during my freshman winter. At that point, I did not know if I wanted to be a First-Year Fellow or much about the course content. It only took me two weeks though to realize that public policy was for me and that I wanted to be part of the FYF program.

Dartmouth Oxford-Exchange Student: Anwita Mahajan '17

Through the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program, undergraduate students are able to spend a term living and studying at the University of Oxford’s Keble College. As a fully integrated member of the Oxford community, these students take courses in the British tutorial system that relate to their major and course of study at Dartmouth. Anwita Mahajan ’17, an Economics major, participated in this exchange term during the winter of 2017.

As one of the few off-campus exchange programs offered by the Economics department, Anwita was immediately drawn to the exchange opportunity at Oxford. Not only was studying abroad one of Anwita’s goals for her undergraduate career, she found this exchange program as the perfect way to balance the chance to travel with the chance to experience student life at such a prestigious university as Oxford.

Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Student: David Tramonte ’18

Through the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program, up to four Dartmouth undergraduates can attend University of Oxford’s Keble College each term. As a fully integrated member of the Oxford community, students take courses in the British tutorial system that can count towards their major. David Tramonte ’18, a Government major and Public Policy minor, participated in this program in the fall of 2016.

David has been involved with the Rockefeller Center as a First-Year Fellow and as both a participant and Student Program Assistant for the Management and Leadership Development Program. This is where he first became aware of the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program. It specifically interested him because of the dynamic history and scholarly atmosphere Oxford affords its students. The exchange provided David his first study abroad experience.

Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Student: Eric Chen '17

Each academic term at Dartmouth College, four undergraduate students participate in the Dartmouth Oxford-Exchange program, attending the University of Oxford’s Keble College. Through this experience, students become fully immersed in the Oxford community while taking pre-approved courses and living amongst Oxford students. A Computer Science modified with Economics major, Eric Chen ’17 had the opportunity to partake in this program in the spring of 2016.

Eric initially decided to apply to this exchange program because of his interest in both studying abroad and in the history and culture of the University of Oxford. Oxford is comprised of a central university and 36 independent colleges that operate under the British tutorial system. Eric was attracted to this different teaching style, where classes meet infrequently and students spend more one-on-one time with the professors.

Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Student: Joby Bernstein '17

The Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program allows up to four Dartmouth undergraduate students to attend Oxford University’s Keble College each term. These students become fully integrated within the Oxford community, living on campus, participating in co-curricular and social activities, and taking pre-approved courses. Joby Bernstein ’17, an Economics major and Public Policy minor, was one of four Dartmouth students to participate in this program last spring.

Having an interest in economics and government, Joby found this exchange program to be a perfect opportunity to combine his academic passions with his desire to study abroad. According to Joby, "the Keble exchange is unlike any other Dartmouth program, since Oxford is an academic culture shock for an American student.” By leaving the Dartmouth bubble and immersing himself in Oxford, Joby experienced a new college culture, living in a different country and in an environment without Dartmouth’s traditions.

12 Students Selected for Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange 2016-2017

The Rockefeller Center is excited to announce the list of students participating in the 2016-2017 Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange. Every term, the Rockefeller Center sends four students to study at Oxford University's Keble College. Students on the program take two courses in Government or Economics under Oxford's legendary tutorial system. 

Eric Jung '17, who attended Keble in Winter 2016, says, "[Classes] definitely taught me new ways of thinking that I've never thought about before - like how to find flaws in an argument, or logical fallacies." Students on the exchange are fully-integrated members of the Oxford community, living on-campus and participating in co-curricular and social activities. 

Dartmouth Oxford Exchange Student: Eric Jung '17

This past winter, Eric Jung ’17 participated in the exchange program sponsored by the Rockefeller Center to Keble College in Oxford University to continue his studies as a government major and public policy minor.

While at Keble, Eric really appreciated the depth of the tutorial system and the classes at Oxford. “They get straight to the application and analysis… I definitely learned a lot in a very short amount of time,” Eric says.  Eric especially enjoyed learning to think logically. “[Classes] definitely taught me new ways of thinking that I’ve never thought about before—like how to find flaws in an argument, or logical fallacies,” Eric says.

Outside of the classroom, Eric enjoyed Oxford’s housing system. “Oxford has these different colleges, and you’re kind of insulated in that college.” He especially loved the fact that each college at Oxford has its own library. During the term, Eric also took advantage of the opportunity to travel in Europe, flying to Sicily with the other Dartmouth students in the program.

Dartmouth Oxford Exchange Student: Devyn Greenberg '17

Devyn Greenberg '17 participated in the Dartmouth-Oxford Exchange Program at Keble College during 2016 Winter Term. Rockefeller Center Student Program Assistant for Communications, Niki Bakhru '17, interviewed her once she was back on campus about her term abroad.

NB: How would you describe your overall experience at Oxford? What did you enjoy the most?

Dartmouth Oxford Exchange Student: Megan Mishra '17

According to Megan Mishra ’17, participating in the Dartmouth Exchange Program at the University of Oxford’s Keble College was part of her D-Plan from the very start after talking to then senior Jonathan Pedde ’14 who had gone on the exchange the previous year.

As a fully integrated member of the Oxford community, students take courses in the British tutorial system that count towards their majors. Megan took two tutorials, one in public economics and one in microeconomic theory and policy. She found the specificity and depth of discussion each week challenging yet really rewarding. “The anticipation of an in-depth exchange with the professor, often one-on-one, pushed me to thoroughly study the material ahead of time,” explained Megan. “I think the tutorial system of learning really forces you to master the subject.” 


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