THE KING’S COLLEGE IS PROUD TO PARTNER WITH THE OXFORD STUDY CENTRE. WHILE STUDYING AT OXFORD, KING’S STUDENTS EXPERIENCE THE ACADEMIC UNDERTAKING OF A LIFETIME.
The Oxford Study Centre Program is intensively interactive, with any issue open for discussion and debate. Students undertake close readings of a variety of texts and conduct focused research on specific topics. The lessons students learn are enduring.
The typical day starts around 8:00AM with independent reading over breakfast. Students spend the rest of the morning preparing essays. At noon, they meet one-on-one with an Oxford don (tutor). The discussion that ensues is intense, with the tutor challenging the perspectives and assumptions of the student’s work.
Mid-afternoon offers a chance to rest the mind and body before more reading, writing, and discussion, either one-on-one with tutors or in round-table groups with peers.
Students eat dinner around 6:00PM and have evenings and weekends free for independent study or exploration of Southern England, including Bath, Stonehenge, and Windsor.
The program also includes weekly worldview colloquia and mentoring sessions. The opportunity to study abroad with some of the world’s most respected scholars develops skill, character, and understanding. Students return to New York City informed by rigorous scholarship and ready to act decisively on behalf of the Church and culture.
What is the Oxford Study Centre? The Oxford Study Centre is a study abroad program offered in conjunction with the Oxford Study Abroad Programme. Students spend a semester studying at Oxford, enveloped in the mood, rhythm, and historicity of the Oxford campus. Students simultaneously participate in a worldview course, a three (summer) or four-week (semester) intensive where all topics are fair game, interspersed with weekly colloquia.
What are the requirements? Applicants must have completed two years of undergraduate study, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2, and have room in their course map to transfer credits back to The King’s College. Students must also sign the Oxford Study Centre Student Covenant, which includes a statement of faith and conduct.
What is a semester at Oxford like? Students spend 15 weeks at an Oxford college during either the Michaelmas term (September-December) or the Hilary term (January-April). Students can also opt for an eight-week summer term (June-August). During the Michaelmas and Hilary terms, students also have one week for personal travel.
How much does it cost?
For the 2017-2018 academic year, the cost is $19,400.
For the Summer 2018 term, the cost is $10,495.
This covers tuition for the Oxford Study Centre program, housing, membership to University libraries, cultural excursions that are part of the curriculum, and a $500 King’s administrative fee. Additional expenses include food, air travel to and from England, in-country transportation, and personal expenditures. These costs are approximately $3,000 for the semester and $2,150 for the summer.
King’s institutional aid, including scholarships and grants, does not apply. Federal and state financial aid may apply if students participate in the Oxford Study Centre through The King’s College.
Am I able to transfer my credits? Yes. Depending on the student’s course map and tutorials taken at Oxford, students can earn up to 17 credit hours. These credits apply to certain core classes, major electives, and open electives at King’s.
Where will I live? Students live in a flat near the Oxford city centre with other Oxford Study Centre participants.
What are the Oxford tutorials? An Oxford tutorial is an intensive study performed under the guidance of a tutor, known as an Oxford don, in a specific discipline. The tutorial takes place once a week.
How does this enhance my King’s education? The Oxford Study Centre sculpts scholars of integrity with a commitment to authentic Christian engagement in the academy, the church, and the world. Studying at Oxford gives King’s students opportunity to experience one of the richest academic legacies in the world. Conversations with scholars, combined with personal mentoring and tutelage, complement the King’s academic experience. The program is designed to bolster Christian faith and hone the intellect.
How can I find out more about the program?
Visit the Oxford Study Centre website to view the promotional video and more information about the curriculum. You can also speak to a fellow King’s student who has participated in the program.
What is the application process?
- Complete the King’s Oxford Study Abroad Pre-approval Form located on the Student Portal prior to applying to Oxford Study Centre. Students must acquire the necessary signatures and submit the form by:
- October 1 for Hilary term (January-April)
- February 1 for Summer term
- April 1 for Michaelmas term (September-December)
- Meet with the Advising Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm academic eligibility and transferability of Oxford credits to King’s.
- If seeking credit for Senior Thesis, obtain pre-approval from your department chair.
- Once your eligibility has been confirmed, the Dean of Students will review your request and let you know in writing whether you are pre-approved to apply to the Oxford Study Centre.
- Upon receiving approval, complete the Oxford Study Centre application at http://www.oxfordstudycentre.org/.
Admittance to the Oxford Study Centre program is not guaranteed. Even if students meet the standards of eligibility, space is limited to 12 King’s students per academic year.
“Studying with [Oxford Study Centre] was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, but it was also one of the most rewarding.” –Daniel Kemp, PPE ‘14