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OxfordJMU offers students the opportunity to study abroad at Britain’s oldest and most respected universities: the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in England and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Oxford and St. Andrews are semester programs; participants take part in tutorials or small classes across a wide range of topics and earn credits that fulfill major, minor, General Education, Honors, or elective requirements at JMU. At the University of Cambridge, students can select two- or four-week summer courses.

Earning JMU and Honors Credits

The Oxford and St. Andrews programs are ideally suited to Honors students, who possess the requisite academic focus, independent learning skills, intellectual maturity, and work ethic to thrive at these presitigious institutions.

Through a special arrangement with the Honors College, students can automatically apply credits from Oxford and St. Andrews towards the Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor. (Cambridge does not apply.) These credits may also double count for other JMU requirements, such as major, minor, or GenEd.

The distribution of credits is as follows:

Oxford: 

  • Total credits transferred to JMU: 24 (spring semester)
  • Applied to Honors minor: 6 Honors seminar credits + 6 Honors elective credits = 12 Honors credits

St. Andrews: 

  • Total credits transferred to JMU: 15
  • Applied to Honors minor: 6 Honors seminar credits + 3 Honors elective credits = 9 Honors credits

Cambridge:

  • Total credits transferred to JMU: 3 per summer course
  • Applied to Honors minor: none

These credits will not automatically be applied to Honors requirements. Upon returning from studying abroad, students must notify the Honors College once these credits have transferred into the JMU system and appear on their transcripts. This process can take up to a semester to complete.

St. AndrewsTiming and Cost

The ideal time to study abroad at Oxford and St. Andrews is second semester sophomore year through first semester senior year. The ideal time to study at Cambridge is any summer. 

Oxford is best in the spring, which contains two terms, called Hilary (Jan–March) and Trinity (April–June), and offers 12 credits each term (24 credits total for both terms). There is also an option to study at Oxford in the fall for an extended Michaelmas term (Sept–Dec), which offers 15 credits.

Students can study at St. Andrews fall or spring semester, or for an entire year.

Cost approximations are as follows and are subject to changing fees and currency exchange rates. Does not include airfare or related transportation costs.

Oxford:

  • Spring (Hilary and Trinity terms): ~$23,000
  • Fall (extended Michaelmas term): ~$13,900
  • Includes tuition and housing

St. Andrews:

  • Fall or spring: ~$12,000 for tuition + ~$6,000 for room and board
  • Full year: ~$24,000 for tuition + ~$12,000 for room and board

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Application Information
Cambridge

Applicants to these programs must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 to participate. Applications require a statement of purpose and one (St. Andrews, Cambridge) or two (Oxford) letters of recommendation.

Participation is not restricted to Honors students. Any qualified JMU student is eligible.

Contact

Interested students should contact Jared Diener, the Honors College Academic Advisor and the Director of the Oxford, Cambridge, and St. Andrews programs.

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