The six-week summer program at world-famous University of Oxford in England is one of St. Bonaventure’s most prestigious and most popular study abroad programs. Students who have taken advantage of the Oxford program often say it was the greatest experience of their undergraduate years at St. Bonaventure.
Up to 30 St. Bonaventure students participate in the Francis E. Kelley Oxford Program each summer. The students live the real life of Oxford students, enjoying all the historic but very modern city has to offer. At the same time, they study at Oxford's Trinity College. Founded in 1555, Trinity College is situated in the center of Oxford, close to libraries, laboratories, lecture halls and all the fun and excitement the city has to offer.
Courses usually include specialized electives and required Clare College (SBU's core curriculum) courses. For example, one of the most popular classes at Oxford is Natty World (Clare College's Inquiry in the Natural World) and Natty Lab, taught by an internationally known scientist — and which students describe as one of the most enjoyable classes at Oxford. Students usually take two classes with Oxford professors between early July and mid-August. The Oxford grades and credits transfer directly to students' St. Bonaventure transcripts.
Students spend four days each week in class and their three-day weekends plunging into England and English culture. The program includes several trips away from campus to explore London and Oxford itself. They will also have the chance to take advantage of visiting other famous sites such as Stonehenge. A four-day holiday weekend is scheduled for optional travel to other places in the United Kingdom or perhaps Paris, Dublin, Prague or wherever the student chooses to go. It’s a time to follow your heart to a place you have always dreamed about.
DATES: The program runs from July 3 through Aug. 14, 2015.
COST: The cost for the program is $7,800, which includes tuition, lodging, breakfasts, afternoon tea, most dinners, an arrival pub dinner, an all-day tour of the city of Oxford, and two field trips to London. (The Oxford program is a real bargain. If you take seven credit hours, it actually costs less than a regular on-campus credit hour.)
APPLICATION: Download the application (linked at right), complete it, and forward it to Dr. Claire Watson or Prof. Mike Jones-Kelley.
DEADLINES AND LIMITS: The official deadline for application to the undergraduate program is March 1, 2015. However, the program is limited to a maximum of 30 students, so you should get your application in immediately to ensure your place is reserved. A $200 nonrefundable deposit should accompany your application, Make check payable to St. Bonaventure University. Alternately, you can pay online by going to my.sbu.edu, clicking on Student Services, then clicking on Oxford Trip Payments.