Steeped in history and tradition, the University of Oxford is one of the world’s most renowned and influential institutions of higher education. If you are an outstanding student, you won’t want to miss a rare opportunity to study at Oxford.
During the three-week session students study two courses for 1.5 credits each in one of the two programs. History, Politics and Society offers seminars in British politics, contemporary British society, the European Union, and Soviet and post-Soviet politics. If that option isn’t your cup of tea, choose one or both of the English Literature sessions and study Shakespeare, the Romantics, modern literary theory, or women’s fiction.
You’ll be housed at Exeter College, one of the university’s medieval colleges founded in 1314. Possible excursions include a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s home, a tour of nearby Warwick Castle, and a visit to Parliament. There is no housing cost for this program!
In order to be considered, students must meet the following criteria:
-You must have completed your Junior year by the end of Spring semester
-You must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 by the end of Fall semester
-You must be majoring or minoring in English Literature, History, Political Science or International Studies
-You must know in advance which specific Oxford classes you would like to take and include this information with your application as well as one alternate class (see list below)
Your essay must be 400 words and address the following topics:
-your academic reasons for wishing to attend the program
-what you hope to get out of the program
-what you are likely to contribute to the intellectual life of the program
-include details of literary or political science courses you have previously taken, or indicate the relevance of the program to your present course of study
Please note that the Oxford program requires you to read the required texts before the program begins. You will receive a list of required reading at the end of April.
Each class at Oxford is worth 1.5 UM credits. Students can apply for either one or two sessions. Each class is limited to four UM students maximum, so popular topics like Shakespeare may not be available. Courses will be reserved for students on rolling basis, so apply early to avoid disappointment.
Remember that your application is not complete without the list of classes you would like to take at Oxford. You should meet with your academic advisor before turning in your application in order to make sure that the classes you take at Oxford will fulfill UM major or minor requirements.