Experience a semester of your college education in Oxford

Undergraduate Semester in Oxford

The undergraduate semester programme offers undergraduates or students on a gap year a comprehensive study abroad experience, earning 15 to 18 units of transferable credit. Those who need to stay on track with their major and meet core study requirements are able to do so, with a flexible combination of courses offered.

The course has been running for over 40 years, providing a first-class educational and cultural experience. Our teaching approach is similar to the Oxbridge style, and living in the most famous and historic centre of learning in England enables you to immerse yourself in our international student community.

Your study abroad programme in a college that is home to over 100 students from over 20 countries will give you the opportunity to actively learn, fully engage with your study and really experience Oxford!

Course Structure

The courses offered provide a stimulating and participatory learning environment with subjects offered across a wide range. Teaching is in small seminar groups, with one of the subjects chosen taught by individual tutorials, the normal timetable being four seminar subjects with one additional as the tutorial subject. Each course carries three units of college credit.

There are fourteen teaching contact hours each week, with reading and preparation set for each class. The average class size is six, with a maximum size of twelve. The interactive method encourages students to question and discuss and the tutorial course further stimulates and encourages independent study skills, offering Individual support and close tutor attention.

Academic Progress

The flexible study curriculum within the programme enables each student to explore specific academic interests, develop knowledge and satisfy college requirements, with transfer of credit. This is an active and collaborative learning experience and student participation is an essential element, instilling confidence and developing critical and independent thinking.

The tutorial option is integral to the course, and enables us to run a course specifically for you. The specifically-targeted tutorial method gives focus and helps you develop as an independent learner. With this course especially and with all your chosen subjects we will work with you and your home college to create and run a study curriculum to meet your specific requirements.

Expanding Horizons

Living and working within an international community encourages tolerance and helps develop empathy; studying alongside others from different backgrounds and with different outlooks expands your intellectual horizons and cultural awareness. You will have the rare opportunity to meet and work alongside a diverse student group. In addition, you are able to explore Oxford with its rich cultural and historical heritage and enjoy the wonderful resources and opportunities which the location provides.

The undergraduate semester program includes a rich and varied programme of extra-curricular activities, cultural visits and excursions, and enables students to plan their own travel around the UK, and in Europe with new friends. It is a well-rounded program, beyond the purely ‘academic’, offering a great deal to the enterprising and ambitious student.

Housing

Students over eighteen are offered accommodation in college self-catering houses with kitchens. There is a choice of standard rooms with shared bathrooms or superior en-suite rooms, also a choice of single or twin rooms. All rooms are well-furnished, with a desk and study area and plenty of space for clothes and possessions. Students can cook their own meals, although when at college during the week most will take the option of lunch in our dining room.

Younger students may live in one of several supervised student houses, all in close proximity to the college. These houses are managed by a warden who has a separate apartment in the house, and cares for the welfare of each of those under their supervision.

A popular choice for those wishing to live with a local family is to take homestay accommodation, normally quite close to the college in North Oxford. Each student guest has a single study bedroom and meals are normally half board. Living with a family conveys the additional benefit of providing further insight into local life in Oxford.

Social & Cultural Activities

Enjoying the cultural experiences available in Oxford adds enormously to the student experience and there is a vast and rich choice on offer through the various student societies and clubs, which you are free to join. The cultural heart of Oxford encompasses theatre, cinema, art, music and debate, in which you might participate or enjoy as part of the audience.

There is a breath-taking history and heritage here, reflected in the buildings and institutions of the city. Visits are organised to some of these, including the more famous and impressive Oxford University colleges, the Art, Science and Natural History galleries and museums, and students are also encouraged to visit independently. Activities place regularly, such as Art classes, debates, theatre and cinema visits and music practice groups, or even treasure hunts and ghost tours of Oxford!

Sport

There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy your chosen sport, and those who wish may use the wonderful facilities at the nearby gym, compete for a college team, or join groups to practice and play in most sports. The more obviously popular sports such as soccer, hockey, tennis and badminton are organised; the range of sports and pastimes on offer is extensive, from windsurfing to go karting, from equestrianism to punting on the river, to name but a handful!

All sports and activities are run or supervised by college staff or sport professionals. We help arrange participation in most sports, as well as those directly organised within the college and will always try to cater for particular sports or activities requested.

Excursions and Visits

Regular coach visits are organised to nearby historic towns and their monuments, some dating from early times, and to other places of special interest. Stratford upon Avon, Shakespeare’s home town, Bath, named for its Roman baths and history, and Warwick Castle are all popular visits. Other days out are organised to places such as Stonehenge, Thorpe Park, Cadbury’s World.

London is an hour away by train or by coach. The transport system there is easy to navigate, by bus or the Tube (underground). Trips take place to West End Shows, such as ‘Les Misérables’, Sunday markets in Camden or Brixton, historic sites, such as the Tower of London , famous locations at Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, and buildings including the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace. There are boat trips along the river Thames and visits to museum and galleries, including the Natural History Museum and the National Gallery. Stores and shops such as Harrods in Knightsbridge, and Hamleys in Regent Street, and all the large stores and outlets on Oxford Street offer an extra dimension to a London experience.

Student Welfare

Student welfare and safeguarding are essential ingredients contributing to a positive learning experience, and are given strong focus. We strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment which engages students, stimulates learning and encourages success. Our high staff-to-student ratio enables dedicated support throughout your studies.

We strive to develop a strong sense of community and to look after the needs of everyone through a culture of mutual respect and trust.

To this end we encourage you to develop a sense of responsibility and independence, and thus achieve caring, trusting and respectful relationships within our whole community. Our diverse student body creates an environment where you can learn to appreciate different religious backgrounds, cultures and traditions.

Medical and Pastoral Support

A safe and attractive study environment combines secure residential housing with outdoor green spaces. We are committed to promoting the safety and wellbeing of our students and our specialist team offers a depth of experience in pastoral support and safeguarding.

Your Personal Tutor works closely with the whole college community to ensure that you flourish during your time here, offering support on both the academic and non-academic aspects of student life.

Residential House Parents are on hand for personal support outside of College hours, and to notify our pastoral team if required.

The College Counsellor is a health professional who can provide confidential support during your studies.

The College Nurse provides personal care for your medical needs between 8am and 4.30pm during term time.

You will be registered at the local NHS surgery Banbury Road Medical Centre, close to the college, where you can consult a doctor or medical professional independently.

Course Dates, Fees & Costs 2020/2021

Autumn Semester : 6 September – 19 December 2020. Half term 25 – 31 October.

Spring Semester : 10 January – 8 May 2021. Half term 14 – 20 February.

Registration & Course Fees

The Registration Fee is £100. Course Fees are £11,265 per semester, including course materials and travel insurance.  There is a refundable fees deposit of £500.

Accommodation Costs

College accommodation costs are in the range £3,690 to £5,835 for a self-catering room and half-board homestay costs are from £3,690 to £4,875.

Optional Extras

Additional one-to-one lessons are charged at £59 (55 minutes). Lunch is available in college, costing from £3 per day.   Airport transfers can also be arranged from London airports for between £120 and £175, depending on the airport.