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WWS Program at University of Oxford, Hertford College
Oxford, England (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Fall Semester
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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: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Fall Semester Housing options: Dormitory
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Francesca Schenker
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WWS Program at University of Oxford, Hertford College

Please be reminded that you may need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program. 
  • WWS program deadline: March 15, 2018

  • Princeton deadline (to complete GPS tasks): April 27, 2018
Woodrow Wilson School students are eligible to apply to the fall-term program at the University of Oxford. Developed with the full cooperation of Hertford College, the program allows Princeton students to study at Oxford University as visiting students, complete the required Policy Task Force, and receive a full semester of Princeton credit. Princeton students will arrive in Oxford five weeks before the start of the Oxford academic year. During the first four weeks, the students will take a seminar on modern British political history and will also begin their weekly Policy Task force meetings. In week five, classes do not meet to allow students to participate in "Freshers' Week," Oxford's version of our Orientation Week. During the Michaelmas Term students take one minor and one secondary tutorial.

Please review the fact sheet for more information about the program.

The University

Hertford College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, lies at the very center of Oxford, on one of its most beautiful streets. The college is immediately opposite the main library of the university, the Bodleian, and within a short walk of all other principal libraries and laboratories of the university. Hertford has a deserved reputation for friendliness and informality, while expecting and maintaining high academic standards. There are 375 undergraduates and 150 graduate students at Hertford.

The University of Oxford, established in the 12th century, is composed of 39 independent, self-contained, self-governing colleges and six Permanent Private Halls, founded at different times in the past 800 years. Of the 39 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, meeting rooms (called common rooms), libraries, sports and social facilities, and assumes responsibility, primarily through the tutorial system, for their academic studies. The university, on the other hand, 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 Setting

The City of Oxford is a blend of businesses and colleges (the latter representing many architectural periods) with a population of 160,000. Along with high tech industries and several publishing houses, Oxford is home to a large variety of shops, including large department stores and small shops, and many excellent bookstores. The city provides ample opportunity for sightseeing, visiting museums, and attending theater and musical performances



Tutorials, which normally last one hour, are given each week to students either individually or in pairs. They are supplemented by classes and seminars, sometimes organized by college tutors and sometimes by the university, for all colleges. Lectures are organized by the university. College tutors advise their students about attending lectures, participating in laboratory and field work, and how to approach their studies. Attendance at lectures is not compulsory, but undergraduates may spend on average between six and ten hours a week attending lectures. Students may attend lectures in subjects other than those they are studying.

The character of tutorials will vary from subject to subject. Usually undergraduates present an essay or a solution to a set of problems, which they discuss with their tutor. Oxford undergraduates are encouraged to think independently and creatively, to learn to work quickly and efficiently, and to express themselves concisely and accurately. These are skills which they will find valuable in later life. Attendance at tutorials during the term is obligatory. Proper preparation for each tutorial is required.

The normal course load consists of the pre-term seminar on Modern British Political History, a primary and a secondary tutorial, and the policy task force. Tutorials are chosen from topics that are a part of the normal Oxford undergraduate degree. Students in the WWS tend to take tutorials from the following departments/faculties:

Anthropology (.pdf)
Economics (.pdf)
English (.pdf)
French (.pdf)
History of Art (.pdf)
Music (.pdf)
Philosophy (.pdf)
Politics (.pdf)
Sociology (.pdf)

Information about these departments and others can be found on the University of Oxford website.


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 & Credit:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

September 2 - December 8, 2018


Princeton students will be housed alongside our second and third year undergraduates in the south Oxford residential buildings, Geoffrey and Mary Warnock houses.  These accommodation blocks are beside the River Thames (so handy if you want to join the college rowing club) and they adjoin the large, green space of Christchurch Meadows. There is an excellent dining hall in Geoffrey Warnock House. The accommodation is a short 10 minute walk to the centre of town where the university and faculty  libraries and lecture theatres are located as well as Hertford College central site.

Each Princeton student will have a single room with a private bathroom. Each room has Internet and telephone connections. A meal card that covers one meal per day in the dining hall is provided. Students can either purchase additional meals in the dining hall or prepare meals in one of the communal kitchens in the dormitory. The dormitory provides laundry facilities and a computer room with a printer.

Princeton students do not have a right to accommodation during vacations.

Student Life

There are over 200 clubs and societies to explore at Oxford. During Noughth Week, at the "Freshers' Fair" (Oxford's equivalent of the Student Activities Fair during Princeton's Freshman Orientation), there will be an opportunity to learn about a wide array of clubs, sports, music and drama societies, and other student-run activities.At Hertford, there is a Junior Common Room, to which all undergraduates belong. It provides a place to relax with magazines and newspapers and functions much like the Undergraduate Student Government in representing students' opinions and organizing a range of social events. Hertford is a musically active college with a serious college orchestra and choir.

Money Matters

Students 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 Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay in the United Kingdom. U.S. passport fees are $110 (application fee) plus a $25 execution fee. Fees are $110 to renew your passport. For further information on renewing or obtaining a passport, please consult the U.S. Department of State 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 the list of visa nationals on the UKBA website 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 Process

As part of the application process, students designate the tutorials (two for each eight-week term) that they wish to take while at Oxford. Applicants should be sure to plan their tutorials with the help of the appropriate departmental representative at Princeton. Acceptance at Hertford will be contingent upon finding tutors in the areas listed on the application.

A complete application consists of the following:
  • Hertford College 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.
Princeton will forward all acceptable applications to Hertford College and they will make the final admission decisions.
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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What would you say to a student considering this study abroad program or study abroad in general?
Study abroad at Oxford was a meaningful academic and personal venture. After a full immersion in another country, I feel that I have become a more focused scholar with a global experience that has become a highlight of my Princeton experience.
     — Yash Huilgol, Fall Semester 2016
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