As a University of Oregon Clark Honors College student, you will find that the Clark Honors College at Oxford program provides an unparalleled study abroad opportunity in the home city of the most venerable university in the English-speaking world. You will learn on-site about the city, its history and its culture through an CMRS seminar and two Oxford tutorials chosen from among over a dozen different academic disciplines. The one-to-one tutorial system is the center of the Oxford experience because it is peerless in bringing students to the highest levels of achievement in independent thought and critical speaking and writing skills.
In addition to a team-taught seminar, you will pursue two tutorials in the Oxford manner, with local academics providing the teaching. You will select your tutorial subjects from a list of 170+ tutorial possibilities (tutorials in other non-lab subjects can also often be arranged). You will live in the center of Oxford at St. Michael’s Hall, the site of Middlebury-CMRS Oxford Humanities Program, a fully-equipped residence hall with a library, seminar rooms, kitchen (with individual dorm-sized refrigerators for students), and community spaces. The program's association with Keble College will provide you with dining hall privileges as well as opportunities to get involved in sport, music and other extra-curricular activities.
The Oxford program is a study abroad program designed specifically for Clark Honors College students and other honors students. However, please note that CHC participants are NOT students of Oxford University; they are Associate Members of Keble College. The curriculum comprises one seminar and two tutorials, for 16-18 total quarter credits:
CMRS seminar “England and Englishness” - Two credits
This nine-week course, co-taught by a medieval historian and a scholar of modern English literature, with guest lectures from other Oxford academics, will challenge students to understand the cultural attitudes and social practices associated with notions of Englishness from the Middle Ages to contemporary society. This course in conjunction with one of the intensive tutorials will fulfill one Clark Honors College arts and letters or social science colloquium (HC 421 or HC 431, depending on tutorial discipline) as well as an elective colloquium, for a total of two colloquia. The seminar includes field trips to sites of interest both in Oxford and elsewhere in England: Arundel Castle and the city of Bath.
Two Intensive Oxford Tutorials - Six to eight credits per tutorial; generally, six credits for tutorials in mathematics and foreign languages, and eight credits for tutorials in other subjects. Please note that at least one of the two tutorials must be an eight credit tutorial.
You will enroll in two very Intensive Oxford Tutorial courses, taught over eight weeks in the Oxford style by individual tutors. The tutorials will be in subjects selected from a list of 170+ diverse options, presumably but not necessarily in your major. In some cases, self-selected tutorial topics can be arranged, though not all subjects are available. Oxford tutorials demand a level of independent study, research, and written work rare in the US system. You should expect to read 300+ pages per week per tutorial, and to write an eight- to ten-page paper based on that reading each week. The required self-motivation, written work, and oral presentation can help prepare you for your thesis work.
Foreign language tutorials are available only at intermediate to advanced levels (not beginner) and, along with math tutorials, can fulfill requirements in those majors. But a foreign language or math tutorial cannot fulfill required CHC colloquia. Also note that Undergraduate Advising in your major and/or minor department(s) will determine how your tutorial(s) will satisfy departmental requirements in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
Your housing will be provided at St. Michael’s Hall, located in central Oxford, just a few minutes’ walk from Keble College, libraries, museums, shops and the city’s other facilities. St Michael’s Hall has study bedrooms for 41 students and two resident Junior Deans, both of whom are university graduate students. In most rooms, students share with one other student of the same gender. Rooms are fully furnished with beds, wardrobes and other storage, desks or tables and chairs. Bedding and bed linen is supplied and laundered by the Program, but you must supply your own towels, toiletries, and any other furnishings.
Meals are not included in the program fee but there are two options: You will have 24/7 access to the Junior Common Room at St. Michael’s Hall, which houses a dining area and well-equipped kitchen, and you may elect to take lunch and/or dinner at Keble College for an extra charge (paid at the end of the program according to how many meals you have eaten). £30 (British pounds sterling) is already included in the program fee (for about eight Keble meals).
Oxford is less than two hours from London by public transport, and in easy reach of other destinations in the UK.
You must be an admitted University of Oregon Clark Honors College or University of Oregon Presidential Scholar student to participate in this program.
Dates and Deadlines
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If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.
Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.
Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.
UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.