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 years at St. Bonaventure, both academically and as an adventure.
The program runs from the beginning of July until mid-August. In 2016, there will be guaranteed space for 30 students in the Francis E. Kelley Oxford Program. (If there are more than 30 students accepted, they will be wait-listed in case additional rooms become available.) This is not a visit to England; it is living in England, living the life of a student at Trinity College, Oxford.
Founded in 1555, Trinity College is right in the center of the city, close to libraries, laboratories, lecture halls, restaurants, shops, pubs and all the fun and excitement the city has to offer.
Courses in 2016 will include electives and required courses from the St. Bonaventure curriculum. 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. Students actually describe Natty World as one of the most enjoyable classes at Oxford.
Students usually take two classes, taught by a mix of St. Bonaventure and Oxford professors. Grades and credits are recorded just like any other classes.
A typical schedule includes four days each week in classes and “learning communities,” with three-day weekends reserved for plunging into English life and English culture. The program includes several pre-paid and optional trips to explore London, Bath and maybe even the studio where Harry Potter was filmed. (It’s spectacular!) The schedule includes a four-day free weekend for optional travel to other places, perhaps Paris, perhaps Dublin, perhaps Prague or wherever you choose to wander.
DATES: The program runs from the beginning of July through the middle of August, 2016. COST:
The regular cost for the program is $7,800, but for those students who sign up early, there will be a $500 discount. If your application and deposit are received by the last day of class in fall semester (Dec. 10) the cost will be $7,300. After Dec. 10, the cost will be $7,800. This fee includes tuition, lodging, breakfasts, afternoon tea, most dinners, an arrival pub dinner, walking tours of the city of Oxford, a field trip to London and a field trip to Bath. (The Oxford program is a real bargain. If you take seven credit hours, it actually costs less than the same credit hours on campus.)
Download the application (linked at right), complete it, and forward it to Prof. Anne Lee in Murphy 243 or Prof. Mike Jones-Kelley in Murphy 212. DEADLINES AND LIMITS:
The official deadline for application 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 be made at the time of 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 Summer Session Payments. Applications will be accepted according to the date on which they are received, the earlier applications first.