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  • Locations: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Gonzaga applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Area of Studies: Art, Biology, Business, Business (Mgmt), Chemistry, Classical Civilizations, Economics, Engineering, English, History, Law, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies Featured Programs by Department: Honors
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.4 Program Type: Sponsored
Academic Level: Junior, Senior Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Apartment Application Fee: $50
Program Description:
The City of Oxford was founded in the time of Alfred the Great (about AD 800) and is one of the leading cultural and artistic centers in England. It has two major universities, Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University. The total student population is over 30,000, drawn from all over the world. London, with its wealth of cultural attractions, is just one hour away by train. Students also often take the opportunity while studying abroad to visit the Continent for a few weeks. Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Florence and Rome are easily accessible.

Oxford University is one of the most cosmopolitan universities in the world.  One-third of the students are citizens of foreign nations. They come from 139 countries and territories. 28% of the teaching staff are also from overseas. The USA sends the largest number of foreign students - 1,413 out of a total student body of about 20,000.

Oxford also ranked second (after Harvard) and tied with Yale and Cambridge in the recent rankings of the 200 best universities in the world by The Times Higher Education Supplement. Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world - founded in about AD 1090.
Together with cooperating programs of U.S. colleges, OSAP/WISC is by far the largest overseas study program in Oxford, with over 400 students last year. Since 1985 we have brought to Oxford students from 46 states who had previously studied in over 550 colleges and universities. These students have come from such leading colleges as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Penn, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, Tufts, Duke, Stanford, the University of Chicago, the University of California, the University of Virginia, etc.

Another example of the diversity of OSAP/WISC students: Butler University operates one of the biggest study abroad programs and has a large National Advisory Council of 111 colleges and universities from across the U.S. Students who have come through OSAP/WISC previously studied at 80 colleges (72%) of that group of leading colleges.

Since June 1999, OSAP/WISC has been offering a prize (now $200,000) to the first reader who can name an equal overseas program anywhere. After over ten years we have not yet received a single entry (please see below).

OSAP/WISC is also, as far as we know, the only educational institution in the world which offers a money-back guarantee if even one of our 21 specific promises is not kept. We have been doing this since 1994 and no one has asked for a refund. And, no one has emailed us to say "we do that too."
Course and Schedules
OSAP/WISC has made arrangements with several colleges in Oxford to consider one year or one term students who meet certain qualifications and who are recommended by us. Together with its cooperating programs, the OSAP/WISC overseas program in Oxford hosts the largest number of students each year (400 last year).

Since 1987, OSAP/WISC has gradually made arrangements to recommend highly qualified students to study as Registered Visiting Students (with University privileges) in six of Oxford University's 45 colleges and halls. OSAP/WISC works with more colleges and halls than any other overseas study program.  No other program offers students the opportunity to study as Visiting Graduate Students in three of the graduate colleges of Oxford - St. Antony's, Linacre and St. Cross.  No other program has built up relationships over many years with two of the nine medieval colleges of Oxford University - New College (1379) and Magdalen (1458). The older colleges are collectively more selective than the ten newer colleges which offered about 280 Visiting Student places to Americans in 2004-2005. The nine oldest colleges offered less than 50 of these scarce places to American students.

Registered Visiting Students are full members of their colleges and have university privileges on the same basis as degree candidates. They have full use of the university library (the Bodleian) and the faculty (departmental) libraries and may normally use laboratory facilities. They have the same rights to attend University Lectures, seminars and classes as do candidates for Oxford degrees (which they are not). Students in the natural sciences are definitely welcome. Visiting Students are invited to a Fall orientation provided by the University of Oxford.

Such qualified students, recommended by OSAP/WISC, receive letters from college officers officially admitting them to an Oxford College, they are academically supervised by the college and taught in the same way and to the same standards as degree candidates. At the end of their studies they receive academic records directly from the college (not from a U.S. educational institution) authorized by the University, confirming they are registered as Visiting Students. We must stress that we can only recommend students; admission is always entirely the responsibility of the Oxford college.  Applicants for Magdalen College should have completed two years of university with a minimum GPA of 3.6 and have two strong recommendations from professors. In practice, given the competition among excellent students for the scarce places, successful candidates will probably come from the best U.S. colleges and have GPAs above 3.8 with exceptional recommendations. (A few of the Oxford colleges we work with will consider applications with a GPA of 3.4, preferably higher).

Although applicants for the academic year will be given preference, the colleges are aware that some students are only able to study abroad for one term and therefore one-term applicants will be considered. Such students are able to apply for any term, not only the Fall term or for the combined Winter and Spring terms.
Housing and Meals
Students will normally be provided with housing in the same flat or house with British (or other non-American).  In Trinity Term 2011, 50% of Visiting Students recommended by WISC lived in the very centre of Oxford (defined as St. Anne's on the North, Magdalen on the East, the rail station on the west, and Folly Bridge on the South) and 50% lived within a five minute walk of the very centre.

Visiting Students at New College, if they wish, will be able to live in a refurbished 16th-century house (10 St Michael's) within a seven-minute walk of their college. A few scarce rooms in the very centre are doubles. College rooms are sometimes available. There are surcharges for these more costly rooms. Associate Members of Christ Church (and others) are eligible to live in an 18th century house at 37 St Giles St. (surcharge required).  Much of our housing is in Jericho, a student-friendly neighborhood next to the very center.
For cost details, go here
Visa and Passport
All students must have a passport that is valid for three months after the end of their study abroad program. Students participating in paid employment in the UK are required to have a Tier 4 Student Visa/Prior Entry Clearance.  Students will be required to apply for a Student Visa/Prior Entry Clearance if

This program is currently not accepting applications.