Oxford Summer Institute
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.
Tutorials represent an intensive learning system due to the focused interaction with tutors and the amount of researching, reading and writing involved. Students typically write and defend one essay per week. Students take one 6-credit tutorial where they study a self-designed and pre-approved topic with an Oxford professor on a one-to-one basis.
For more information on choosing your tutorial, click here.
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. Additionally, students are assigned to the Junior Common Room (student union) at their college.
Catholic University Seminar
In addition to the 6-credit tutorial, students also enroll in a 3-credit seminar taught by a visiting Catholic University faculty member. The course and faculty member are chosen through a competitive selection process and change from year to year. For Summer 2018, we are pleased to present:
Art, Culture, and Christian Theology
Each week, this course explores a central topic of theology through the art and culture of the Christian tradition, especially English Christian culture. Particular attention is given to Catholic theology, but attention is also given to Protestant theology and Ecumenical theology. The class meets for a 3-hour weekly seminar, supplemented with trips to relevant places to experience various dimensions of Christian art and culture related to that week's topic.
Professor: Rev. Nicholas Lombardo, PhD
An Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Father Nicholas received his PhD from the University of Cambridge and is excited to use his local knowledge and expertise to bring Christian theology alive for Catholic University students at Oxford. His research interests cover a wide range of topics, including the philosophy and theology of the emotions, and students from a variety of majors will appreciate his enthusiasm for bringing together different disciplines to examine tough theological questions. He regularly teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including multiple classes in the University Honors Program.
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.