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Oxford University

About Oxford University

The 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 city 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 around 21,000 students, about 12,000 of whom are undergraduates.

For detailed information about studying abroad at Oxford, see the OPUS website at http://www.oxfordprogram.com/ 

JMU students can currently study at Oxford during the spring semester only.  At Oxford, the spring contains two terms, called Hilary (Jan – March) and Trinity (April – June).  Students will take two tutorials each term, and will receive ~24 JMU credits for the four tutorials taken over the two terms.  JMU students will work with Dr. Linder to arrange for appropriate JMU credit.

Tutorials are intense one-on-one Socratic lessons with a content expert.  Tutors require students to research, read, and analyze large 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. It is this intense tutorial experience that makes Oxford one of the most rewarding places to study your chosen fields.

JMU students will be student affiliates at one of five Oxford colleges – Hertford, New, St. Catherine’s, Christ Church, Jesus – and will enjoy all the college privileges of regular Oxford students, including access to libraries, social events, clubs, and outings.  See college websites at

http://www.hertford.ox.ac.uk/

http://www.new.ox.ac.uk/

http://www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk/ 

http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/

http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/  

Application

The application for admission for Oxford has a number of parts, all of which must be received by the oIP before your application can be processed. Please make certain that you have completed all steps in this application process.

A completed Study At Oxford, Cambridge, and St Andrews Program application consists of the following components as listed below:

  • JMU Study At Oxford, Cambridge, and St Andrews Program Application
  • Official school transcript
  • "Statement of Purpose" essay indicating the reasons for choosing this program and how the choice of courses, program structure, city, or country, relate to your past, present and future academic, career and personal goals. How do you think you will benefit from the experience?
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from a current or former instructor or from your academic advisor
  • JMU Oxford Program OPUS Application 

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* students are encouraged to contact Dr. Fletcher Linder, the Study At Oxford, Cambridge, and St Andrews Program Director, for assistance with and prior to completing the OPUS Application.

Deadlines

Applications are collected throughout the academic year beginning on the first day of fall semester classes in August for the upcoming open terms. Your application will be processed after the following deadline:

  • February 1 prior to the year you intend to study abroad.

If the application deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the next business day.

Applications received after these deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis.

Submission

The application is submitted online, and prompts will guide you to complete all required items.

Financial Aid

JMU allows financial aid to be applied on Study At Oxford, Cambridge, and St Andrews Programs subject to the standard restrictions. For more information, please contact JMU's Financial Aid Office. You MUST complete a "Request to Enter into a Consortium Agreement" if you wish to apply your financial aid to Study At Oxford, Cambridge, and St Andrews Programs.

Acceptance

Acceptance into a Study At Oxford, Cambridge, and St Andrews program is comprised of three stages:

  1. Admission is based on your general suitability for study abroad and will be considered based on a combination of factors:
    1. your most recent cumulative GPA
    2. academic background in your proposed field of study
    3. professor's recommendations (if applicable to your program)
    4. essay and other application materials (if applicable to your program)
    5. class level or seniority
  1. You will be informed of the admission decision by the posted notification dates. You will be notified by email of your acceptance status by an official letter from the oIP. Letters are posted in your online application. Please note that although you may receive informal communication from your program director regarding the status of your acceptance, your admission to the program is not official until you receive the acceptance notice from the oIP. Acceptance is contingent on maintaining the minimum GPA required for the program and on review of your record with Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and University Business Office.

  2. Oxford University, Cambridge University or the University of St Andrews will process each application recommended by JMU. Notification from the host institution will be distributed to the oIP and shared with each candidate. 

Choosing to Enroll

Your acceptance will require you to electronically sign a Statement of Intent to Participate and pay a non-refundable deposit, which is 10% of the estimated program costs. With your electronic signature and submission of the non-refundable deposit, you will be notifying oIP that you wish to participate in the program.

Additional Information

If you wish to participate, you will be required to electronically sign the Statement of Intent to Participate to accept the terms of the program and secure your place. This form must be completed by the deposit deadline stated in the official acceptance letter. The deposit payment receipt information must be received for the non-refundable deposit of ten percent (10%) of the estimated program cost (see “Fees tab” for current cost estimate). This deposit will be applied to the program fee charged by JMU.

If at any time you wish to withdraw from the program, you must inform the oIP, not the program faculty director. The oIP will not accept verbal cancellations in person or by phone; official notification of withdrawal should be made in writing or by e-mail. Otherwise, you will continue to receive bills and be responsible for payment of the tuition and course fees and/or instructional fees and study abroad program expenses. Please note that we cannot refund your deposit if you choose to withdraw after accepting your place in the program. However, if your application is not approved by St Andrews, Oxford, or Cambridge, the deposit will be refunded as a credit on your student account.

Any questions or concerns?

Contact Fletcher Linder, Program Director, call oIP at 540-568-6419 or send an e-mail message to: studyabroad@jmu.edu.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: February 1
  • Notification Date: After February 15
  • Deposit Deadline: April 1

Fees

The approximate cost two spring terms, the tuition and room will be $24,500 and approximately $2,400 for board. Airfare is not included, and exchange rates do fluctuate. JMU will bill for tuition and room, but board will be paid to Oxford. (Contact Fletcher Linder, Program Director for estimate of the cost of board).