University of Oxford

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.

See Oxford's website for detailed information about studying abroad there.

JMU students can study at Oxford during the fall, spring or summer semesters. There is no full-year option. Students can study a wide array of subjects and students will work with Mr. Diener to arrange appropriate JMU credit.

At Oxford, the fall contains the extended Michaelmas Term (September-December), which offers 15 credits. The extended Michaelmas Term includes group tutorials during September and one-on-one tutorials thereafter. Approximate cost is $13,900 for tuition and housing. Board, airfare and ground travel are additional costs.

The spring contains two terms, called Hilary (January-March) and Trinity (April-June), and offers 12 credits each term (24 credits total for both terms). Hilary and Trinity terms offer one-on-one tutorials.  Approximate cost for the combined Hilary and Trinity terms is $23,000 for tuition and housing. Board, airfare, and ground travel are additional costs. 

Students also have a late Trinity option (May-June), which offers 6 credits. The late Trinity term offers one-on-one tutorials. Approximate cost is $6,300 for tuition and housing. Board, airfare and ground travel are additional costs.

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 four Oxford colleges – 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 the college websites at:


The application for admission for Oxford has a number of parts, all of which must be received by the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) 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 (i.e., 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.
  • 3 Passport sized photos as required for Oxford application.
  • JMU Oxford Program OPUS Application.

NOTE: Students are encouraged to contact Jared Diener, the Study At Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrews Program Director, for assistance with and prior to completing the OPUS Application.


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:

  • March 1 for Fall.
  • April 15 for Spring 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.


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. 


The approximate cost for fall term tuition and room will be $13,900 and approximately $1,600 for board. For two spring terms, the tuition and room will be approximately $23,000 but dependent on exchange rate and choice of accomodation. Students should estimate approximately $2,400 for board. For late Trinity term, the tuition and room will be $6,300 and approximately $630 for board. Airfare is not included and exchange rates do fluctuate. JMU will bill for tuition and room but board will be the responsibility of the student. Contact Jared Diener, Program Director for estimate of the cost of board.


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:
    • Your most recent cumulative GPA.
    • Academic background in your proposed field of study.
    • Professor's recommendations (if applicable to your program).
    • Essay and other application materials (if applicable to your program).
    • 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 Center for Global Engagement (CGE). 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 CGE. 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 CGE and shared with each candidate.

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. 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 Center for Global Engagement (CGE), not the program faculty director. The CGE will not accept verbal cancellations in person or by phone; official notification of withdrawal should be made in writing or by email. 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.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, contact Jared Diener, call CGE at 540-568-5209 or send an email to

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