The Scholars' Semester in Oxford is an interdisciplinary program which gives no preference to students in any particular field of study. However, a good academic record is necessary.
The University of Oxford normally admits as Visiting Students those with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Neither SSO nor Wycliffe Hall may vary this general requirement. However, students with GPAs of below 3.7 may be admitted in exceptional circumstances.*
The Oxford tutorial style is very different from the North American system of education; many students find this a stimulating and challenging transition, requiring experience and maturity. The tutorials, lectures and seminars are equivalent to upper-division courses. Students are expected to do advanced-level work, and therefore need to have sufficient preparation for the concentration chosen.
If your schedule won't allow you to consider Oxford in your junior or senior year, you can apply for admission as a sophomore. Oxford's tutors will be no less demanding, but, in a tutorial (just one student and a tutor), it is always possible to tailor the teaching to the student.
*Such circumstances may include highly disrupted family circumstances or severe or prolonged illness. If students feel that their circumstances warrant special consideration, they should append to their application a letter of explanation and ask their recommenders to comment particularly on those circumstances. All information provided will be dealt with sensitively. Although exceptions may be made to the 3.7 GPA requirement, SCIO will not recommend to Wycliffe Hall the admission of any student who would be unable to thrive in Oxford's extremely rigorous academic culture.
How do I apply?
Simply complete an online application for the semester during which you plan to participate. Each campus makes its own policies regarding off-campus study, so you should consult your academic dean, off-campus study coordinator and/or advising faculty member at your school to ensure completion of all campus requirements.
Before your application can be reviewed for admission, you must submit all of the following materials:
- a completed online application form
- $50 application fee (payable by check or credit card)
- 3 faculty references
- 1 character reference
- 1 honors director or department chair reference
- official transcript(s) of all college course work
- Certification Form
- Social/Behavioral Standing Verification Form
Completed applications will be reviewed per the following schedule:
Applications for the yearlong programme will be accepted until May 15, or until all spots are filled.
Once admitted into the program, you will be required to confirm your intent to participate by submitting a non-refundable $300 confirmation fee which will be applied toward your program tuition.
You will also be required to complete additional confirmation and pre-departure materials including, but not limited to waiver and liability forms, a medical information form, housing form, and secure an ISIC or iNext card (student ID and supplementary travel insurance). But don't worry! We will send you all the details and instructions on your acceptance.