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Oxford, Cambridge, & St. Andrews Programs

JMU offers the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or full academic year at Britain’s oldest and most respected universities: the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge in England, and the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Participants will take part in tutorials or small classes across a wide range of topics and can have these credits fulfill major, minor, Honors, or elective credit requirements at JMU. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.3, but need not be members of JMU’s Honors Program to participate.

The ideal time to study abroad at St. Andrews and Oxford is the junior year, or the second semester of the sophomore year. The ideal time to study at Cambridge is any summer. Cost approximations below are subject to changing fees and currency exchange rates. Interested students should contact Dr. Fletcher Linder, the Study Abroad at Oxford, Cambridge, and St. Andrews Program Director, at lindergf@jmu.edu.

Earning Honors Credit

Through a special arrangment between these programs and Honors, students can earn Honors credits for study abroad at Oxford and St. Andrews (Cambridge does not apply). The distribution of Honors credits is as follows:

Oxford: 6 Honors seminar credits + 6 Honors elective credits
St. Andrews: 6 Honors seminar credits + 3 Honors elective credits

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


Oxford

OxfordThe University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, with over 900 years of history. Oxford’s deep roots are on display in its awe-inspiring architecture and traditions, and its focus on the future is evident in the university’s state-of-the-art facilities. In the town of Oxford, you’ll discover many contemporary restaurants, a traditional covered market, a bustling High Street with many shops, as well as some of the finest bookstores in the world. Oxford enrolls about 21,000 students, approximately 12,000 of whom are undergraduates.

For detailed information about studying abroad at Oxford, visit the OPUS website.

JMU students can currently study at Oxford during the spring semester only. At Oxford, the spring contains two terms, called Hilary (January – March) and Trinity (April – June), and includes a significant break between terms, which can be used for travel, independent study, or just hanging out in Oxford. Students will take two tutorials each term, and will receive approximately 24 JMU credits for the four tutorials taken over the two terms. JMU students will work with Dr. Linder to arrange for appropriate coursework and credit.

Tutorials are intense one-on-one Socratic lessons with a content expert. Tutors require students to research, read, and analyze massive amounts of material, and to write compelling essays on that material on a weekly basis. This type of instruction is extremely challenging, and is not for the faint of heart. Exceptional writing ability and time management skills are essential.

Oxford

JMU students will be student affiliates at one of four Oxford colleges: New College, St. Catherine's College, Christ Church, or Jesus College. They will enjoy all the college privileges of regular Oxford students, including access to libraries, social events, clubs, and outings.

Cost is currently around $22,000 for the two spring terms, and this cost includes tuition and housing. Food is extra, but students can eat inexpensively in their Oxford college dining hall for about $650 per term.

Applications should be submitted to JMU’s Office of International Programs between February 1 – August 1 for the subsequent year’s two spring terms. Additional information about the Oxford program, including application information, is available from JMU’s Office of International Programs.


St. Andrews

St. AndrewsThe University of St. Andrews, founded in 1413, has gained a worldwide reputation for teaching and research that makes it one of Britain’s “Ivy League” universities. The university of appoximately 7,000 students sits in the beautiful coastal town of St. Andrews on the northeastern shore of Scotland, in an area known around the world as the birthplace of golf.

For detailed information about studying abroad at St. Andrews, visit their International Undergraduates website.

JMU students can study at St. Andrews in fall or spring semesters, or for an entire academic year. Students take small enrollment courses (called “modules”) and usually take 60 St. Andrews credits each semester. These 60 St. Andrews credits equals 15 JMU credits. Courses can be taken at upper (3000 or 4000) or lower (1000 or 2000) levels. JMU students will work with Dr. Linder to arrange for appropriate JMU coursework and credit.

St. AndrewsTuition and fee cost is currently approximately $11,500 per semester, and does not include housing or food. Housing is arranged separately through St. Andrews. A total cost estimate for the entire year (two semesters) can be found here.

Applications should be submitted to JMU’s Office of International Programs by February 1 for the subsequent year’s fall semester, and by October 1 for the subsequent year’s spring semester. Additional information about the St. Andrews program, including application information, is available from JMU’s Office of International Programs.


Cambridge Summer Program

CambridgeThe University of Cambridge is situated in a stunningly beautiful town on the River Cam, and has provided university instruction for 800 years. Cambridge has become a leading world-class institution and a center of international learning. Cambridge enrolls about 19,000 students, approximately 12,000 of whom are undergraduates.

For detailed information about studying at Cambridge during the summer, visit the Cambridge website.

A two-week course will provide 3 JMU credits, and a four-week course will provide 6 JMU credits. JMU students will work with Dr. Linder to arrange for appropriate JMU credit.


Fees vary by program, and includes tuition, room, and two meals per day. Visit here for program fees.

Last year’s application deadline was late spring, and it varied by program. Students interested in studying in Cambridge in the summer should meet with Dr. Linder in January to talk seriously about the application and coursework. The upcoming summer’s courses should be posted by December.

Additional information about the Cambridge program, including application information, is available from JMU’s Office of International Programs.