The year-long programme gives students a chance to make the most of Oxford. The first semester is in many respects a time for settling in to the new system and getting used to working in a new way, with access to research libraries and individual tutorials.
By the second semester students feel at home and can focus wholeheartedly on their studies or perhaps join a club or society they didn’t feel they had time for in the first semester. Students normally come for their first semester in the autumn and stay on until the spring, but it is possible to do it the other way round.
If possible students should apply for a year in Oxford from the start as this makes the visa application more straight-forward. Applications have successfully being made during the first term but changing visa regulations may make this a more difficult process. Either way the second semester gives students a chance to continue working in their chosen discipline, pursue interdisciplinary studies, or put together a personal programme of courses. In particular second term students work under the supervision of a specialist tutor to write a thesis which for many is useful preparation for graduate school applications, or for a senior thesis at home. The second term gives students the opportunity to hone their writing and research skills, and many say it changes their aspirations.
In addition to a primary and secondary tutorial, returning students may take either Further studies in the British landscape (autumn and spring terms offer different lectures and field trips) or a different Integrative seminar from the term before. Students have a free choice but are advised that many have found the seminar option hard to combine with the thesis.
Second term students further develop their ability to research and write independently by submitting a thesis, with specialist guidance, on a topic of their choice, normally chosen from amongst those in which tutorials are offered.
Credits: 4 semester hours
More information is available in the SCIO Prospectus.