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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:||2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior|
|Housing options:||Dormitory||Program Group:||Study Abroad OIP|
|Program Adviser:||David Jarvis|
The UniversityThe University of Oxford, established in the 12th century, is composed of 38 independent, self-contained, 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.
St. Edmund Hall (known as "The Hall" or "Teddy Hall") was the last of the medieval halls that predated Oxford's colleges and were established to house and educate undergraduates. It can therefore legitimately claim to be the oldest undergraduate academic community in any university. It became a fully incorporated college in 1957. Located just off Queen's Lane in central Oxford, near other colleges and the High Street, Teddy Hall has a reputation for being a friendly college with a long history of independent thought. There are approximately 400 undergraduates and 200 graduate students at St. Edmund Hall.
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:St. Edmund Hall offers visiting students tutorials in a wide range of subject areas: Biochemistry, chemistry, comparative education, comparative literature, earth sciences (geology), economics, engineering, English literature, film studies, French language and literature, German, history, art history, law, management, mathematics, philosophy, politics, psychology, physics, and Russian literature.
Teaching at Oxford is based on the tutorial system. Each student will also be assigned a tutor who is responsible for his/her general well being, both personal and academic. Students meet, either alone or paired with another student, once or twice a week with their tutors. At the tutorial, students present the work undertaken since the last tutorial—usually an essay, which is read aloud to the tutor. The tutor will analyze and appraise the essay and explore the subject matter further. Attendance at tutorials during the term is obligatory. Proper preparation for each tutorial is required. At the end of each term, undergraduates usually are required to meet with their tutors to discuss their term’s work.
Eligibility:Successful applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. 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 program participants complete all three terms. Spring semester participants must complete both the Hilary and Trinity 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.
St. Edmund Hall offers all visiting students accommodation for the whole of their time at Oxford, including the vacations between terms. Each single study-bedroom has a sink, with bathroom facilities nearby, and all rooms are connected to the University’s telephone and internet network.
Visiting students are housed alongside regular undergraduates in one of the following buildings:
- Isis: A five-minute walk away across Magdalen Bridge, Isis houses approximately 45 of undergraduates. It is located opposite the University Sports Complex.
- William R. Miller Building: Located in East Oxford, the William R. Miller Building is home to approximately 55 students who live in flats of four or five.
Student LifeVisiting students are full members of St. Edmund Hall and the University of Oxford and so are entitled to attend all University lectures and use University facilities (libraries, computing facilities, sports’ center, health services, etc.) as do regularly enrolled students.
Visiting students are, along with all St. Edmund Hall undergraduates, full members of the Teddy Hall JCR (Junior Common Room). Run by an elected committee of current students, the JCR hosts many social events, from weekly teas and cocktail evenings to talent contests and game nights. The JCR also provides newspapers, coffee, pool, and a large screen TV with satellite sports subscription.
Teddy Hall students are known for taking their athletics seriously--whether rugby, rowing, squash, football (soccer), canoe polo, badminton, or darts. In addition, among the college's extracurricular activities, you'll find Chapel Choir, Alternative Choir (secular), Jazz Band, Art Society, Christian Union, and the John Oldham Society (drama). With an additional 400 university societies to choose from, it's a great opportunity to try something new.
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 U.K. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.
If you are studying in the UK for six months or less and do not plan to intern/work/volunteer while you are there, then you can enter as a student visitor. Non-visa nationals (which include U.S. citizens) do not need to apply for student visitor clearance before arriving in the U.K. They do, however, need to bring specific documents to show the entry clearance officer upon arrival. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you should check to see if you need to apply for student visitor clearance ahead of time. If you enter as a student visitor, you must leave at the end of six months.
If you are studying in the UK for more than six months or want to have the option to intern/work/ volunteer while you are there, then 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 ProcessPlease note that applications for Oxford are due in the January or February prior to the academic year of the program. For this reason, be sure to plan ahead, and be prepared to apply up to a year in advance of the program start.
In order to apply, the appropriate study abroad adviser from Princeton must review your qualifications and nominate you for the program.
- Make an appointment to see a study abroad adviser to discuss your interest in St. Edmund Hall.
- Click "apply now" here on the GPS brochure to begin an application.
- Complete the Study Abroad Application items in GPS.
A complete application consists of the following:
- St. Edmund Hall application form
- Personal statement about your academic interests
- Two letters of recommendations from Princeton faculty who have taught you
- Official Princeton transcript (paper copy sent directly to OIP)
- Two samples of work in the subject area that you wish to study at Oxford.
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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