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|Dept Offering Program:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Type:||Study Abroad (semester)|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Prerequisite:||No|
|Program Features:||Academic Study||Degree Level:||4 - Junior|
|Time Away:||Academic Year||Housing options:||Dormitory|
|Program Group:||Study Abroad OIP||Program Adviser:||David Jarvis|
A select number of juniors in the MAE, ELE, and CEE departments are chosen annually for the prestigious year-long Oxford-Princeton Engineering Exchange. Successful applicants are placed in one of Oxford’s 38 colleges and enjoy the full privileges of an Oxford undergraduate student, or “JCR” member. Previous Princeton students have had fantastic experiences and been largely successful with strong examination marks, 4YP project prizes, and summer internships both in the U.K. and U.S.
This is the most integrated academic experience at Oxford that a short-term visiting student can have, and Princeton is pleased to have the opportunity to offer it to its students.
The UniversityThe University of Oxford, established in the 12th century, is composed of 38 independent, self-governing colleges and six Permanent Private Halls. Of the 38 colleges, 30 admit students for undergraduate degrees. Each of these colleges and halls selects its own students, houses them for at least the first year, provides their meals, common rooms, libraries, sports and social facilities, and assumes responsibility, primarily through the tutorial system, for their academic studies. The University provides the laboratories, the central lecture halls, the libraries and museums, prescribes courses and syllabi, and is in charge of University examinations and awarding degrees. The current undergraduate enrollment is around 11,000.
The SettingWith a population of 160,000, Oxford is a lively city with university buildings from many architectural periods scattered amidst commercial enterprises. The city provides an array of cinemas, theaters, and concert halls as well as a variety of good, inexpensive restaurants. There are excellent transportation links with all parts of the United Kingdom and frequent and reasonably priced bus service to London
Courses:Students take a selection of engineering courses equivalent to Princeton’s junior year requirements, including a fourth-year engineering project in lieu of the JP. Significant effort is made to choose appropriate electives that align with the student’s interests, whether from the graduate level selection or from other departments. Any questions should be directed to the exchange coordinators, Dean Bogucki (firstname.lastname@example.org) and study abroad staff in the OIP.
Eligibility:For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.
Grading & Credits:For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.
For information about Oxford's academic calendar and exact program dates, review the Oxford Dates of Term.
Note that the Oxford academic year consists of three terms: Michaelmas, Hilary, and Trinity. Full year engineering exchange program participants must complete all three terms.
Visiting students at Oxford have almost all the same rights and responsibilities as matriculated (i.e. regular, full-time) undergraduate Oxford students. One essential responsibility is the residency requirement, which mandates that students remain in Oxford for the duration of each academic term. Because American students occasionally have summer jobs or internships elsewhere, Worcester is able to release a visiting student from the residency requirement for Eighth Week of Trinity Term only. This release is contingent on written permission from the student’s tutors and from Princeton’s Study Abroad Office.
As this program is an exchange program, Princeton students become a member of the college from which an outgoing Oxford student comes. Information on each of these colleges is available in the Oxford Prospectus, available in the Office of International Programs and on the Oxford University website.
Student LifePrinceton students have the same access to libraries, computing facilities, and health services as do regularly enrolled students. More than 200 clubs and societies are active at Oxford. At “Freshers’ Fair” in October, students can learn about the array of clubs, sports, music and drama societies, student newspapers, and the student-run radio station. The Oxford Union, founded in 1823, is famous for its debates and for attracting renowned speakers from around the world.
Each college’s Junior Common Room, open to all undergraduates, provides a place to relax with magazines and newspapers; it also functions much like the Undergraduate Student Government in representing students’ opinions and organizing a range of social events. Some colleges have their own dramatic and music groups as well as other organizations to accommodate students’ particular interests.
Money MattersStudents who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.
For estimated program costs, please click on the Budget Sheet at the top of this brochure.
Passport and VisaStudents are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in the United Kingdom. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.
Because you will be studying in the UK for more than six months, you need to get a Tier 4 Student Visa. This visa is complicated, and you will need to start the process six-eight weeks before you plan to leave for the UK. If applying from the U.S., you should first complete the visa application form online, make your payment, and then use the online booking system to schedule a convenient location and time to submit your biometric data. You will visit one of the 129 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Centers, where they will scan your fingertips and take a digital photo. Once you have submitted your biometric data, you will send in your passport and documents by mail.
Application ProcessStudents with a 3.4 GPA or better will be preferred. Although strong underclassman grades are recommended, the primary factor in admission to the program is a genuine eagerness and enthusiasm to gain a greater world view and evidence that this program would be beneficial to your undergraduate curriculum.
- Completed Application form
- Essay focusing on student’s academic interests
- One letter of recommendation from a Princeton faculty member who has taught you
- Official transcript from the Registrar’s Office (paper version)
In addition to a program application, students must also complete the Princeton Course approval form. This form is reviewed by the Committee on Examinations and Standing, which grants final approval to participate in the program. Students who meet the university eligibility requirements to study abroad and who have the support of their department are normally approved by the Committee.
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