Oxford Study Abroad Program

The King’s College is proud to announce a partnership with Summit Oxford. While studying at Oxford, King’s students receive academic credit during the academic undertaking of a lifetime.

The Summit Oxford 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 drafts 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 roundtable 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 Summit Oxford? Summit Oxford is a study abroad program through Summit Ministries and Oxford’s 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 Summit’s worldview course, a four-week 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 Summit Oxford Student Covenant, which includes a statement of faith and conduct.

“Studying with Summit Oxford was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done, but it was also one of the most rewarding.” -Daniel Kemp, PPE ‘14

What is a semester at Oxford like? Students spend 15 weeks at an Oxford college during either the Michaelmas term (September to December) or the Hilary term (January to April). The Summit portion includes a four-week worldview intensive. Students also have one week for personal travel.

How much does it cost?

For the 2015-2016, the program costs:

$18,900 for Fall (Michaelmas) or Spring (Hilary) term
$10,495 for Summer term

This fee covers tuition for the Summit Oxford program, housing, membership to University libraries, and cultural excursions that are part of the Summit curriculum. Additional expenses not covered by the above fee 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 Summit Oxford 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? During the semester, students live in a flat near Oxford’s campus with other Summit Oxford 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. Students select a primary and a secondary tutorial. The primary tutorial takes place once a week. The secondary takes place every other week.

How does this enhance my Kings education? Summit Oxford 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 Summit Oxford’s website at www.summit.org/institutes/oxford 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 Preapproval Form located on the Student Portal prior to applying to Summit Oxford. 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 Registrar (registrar@tkc.edu) to confirm academic eligibility and transferability of Oxford credits to King’s.
  • Once your eligibility has been confirmed, the Dean of Students will review your request and let you know in writing whether you are preapproved to apply to Oxford Summit.
  • Upon receiving approval, complete the Summit Oxford application at http://www.summitoxford.org/. The application requires a resume, two academic references, and a writing sample.

Admittance to the Summit Oxford program is not guaranteed. Even if students meet the standards of eligibility, space is limited to ten King’s students per academic year and two during the summer term.

“At Oxford, I studied alongside, competed against, socialized with what I considered to be ‘real’ PPE students. But my time at Oxford made me realize that I am a ‘real’ PPE student. My King’s education had prepared me to rub elbows with even the most elite of academics.” –Lauren Christian, PPE ‘12

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