University of Oxford
Undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of academic disciplines are offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to apply to CUA's education abroad program at Oxford University in England. This prestigious program is organized locally by the Oxford Study Abroad Programme (OSAP), and features a variety of custom designed individual tutorials taught by prominent university professors. Students are placed in colleges considered among the best in the Oxford university system. Students will live in student housing in and around the center of Oxford.
Students take one 3-credit tutorial with two or three other students in a small group setting. Small group tutorial options include:
Shakespeare (Equivalent to ENG 461, fulfills the Catholic University Literature Foundation course requirement)
The seminar will examine the development of Shakespeare's career, from his early histories, comedies, sonnets, and narrative poems to the great tragedies and late romances. We will give careful attention to Shakespeare's literary and dramatic techniques and seek to discern more clearly the artistic purposes they serve. By taking into account historical context we will endeavor to understand more fully the significance and impact of Shakespeare's works - for readers and audiences both in his time and in our own. Our work, ultimately, will be to understand how Shakespeare understands us better than we understand ourselves.
British Politics (Equivalent to POL 342)
In addition, undergraduate students take two 6-credit
tutorials and graduate students take two 3-credit
tutorials where they study a self-designed and pre-approved topic with an Oxford professor on a one-to-one basis.
More information about tutorials and suggestions of tutorial subjects can be found here.
The total coursework for the Catholic University of America Oxford program is worth 15 credits for undergraduate students and 9 credits for graduate students. Tutorials represent an intensive learning system due to the one-on-one interaction with tutors and the amount of researching, reading and writing involved. Students typically write and defend one essay per tutorial per week.
In the fall
, students complete the 3-credit tutorial before beginning their two 6-credit individual tutorials. In the spring
, students complete their two 6-credit tutorials before beginning their 3-credit small group tutorial.
Oxford tutors are generally university professors, but in rare instances the role may be filled by an Oxford graduate student who is pursuing advanced studies in the student's requested area of interest. In all cases, Oxford tutors are excellent and knowledgeable in their fields.
All students, even graduate students, will be assigned to the Junior Common Room (JCR) at their college. It may be possible for grad students to gain access to the Masters Common Room (MCR) if available, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Students live in double rooms, normally in the same apartment or house with British or other foreign students. Approximately half of visiting students are housed within the central area of Oxford, and all live within a twenty-minute walk. There is no "university campus" as the colleges, departments, lecture rooms, and tutorial venues are spread throughout the city. Thus, wherever students live, there will be some travel involved (by bike, bus, or on foot).
All housing units include TVs and internet access by either wifi or ethernet cables in the bedrooms. Telephones are installed and can be used with a calling card when students arrive. Students should note that the cost of local calls will be deducted from their security deposit.
All housing units have a kitchen, with an oven, stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, cookware (a baking tray, saucepans, frying pans, knives, assorted utensils, a chopping board), plates, bowls, cups, glasses and cutlery. Bed linens are included, but students should bring or purchase their own towels, and all participants should bring a laptop.
Housing is occasionally available in the main college or its annexes. This has the advantage of location and proximity to other Oxford students, but lacks common areas, a kitchen, and a house phone.
Further housing information and descriptions can be found here.
Students should note that certain accommodation choices come with a supplemental housing charge.