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  • Locations: Oxford, England
  • Program Terms: Fall, Program Cost, Spring
  • PROGRAM COST: Program Cost
  • To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
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Language Requirement: None GPA: 2.75
Internships: Yes Disciplines offered: Accounting (ACCT), Art History (ARTH), Business Administration (BUSN), College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies (COMM), Economics (ECON), Education (EDUC), English (ENGL), Ethics and the Law (ETLW), History (HIST), Management (MGMT), Marketing (MKTG), Mathematics (MATH), Music (MUSC), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science and International Relations (POLS), Psychology (PSYC), School of Business, Sociology (SOCI), Theatre (THEA), Theology (THRS), Undergraduate, Visual Art (ARTV)
Accomodations: Home stay, Residence halls Class Standing: Must have completed 45 units
Program Advisor: Brittany Williams- bmwilliams@sandiego.edu Tuition Remission Eligible Program: No
Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

Oxford  Oxford city

ENGLAND: Oxford

St. Clare's Oxford College

Fall/Spring Semester Program

PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
Click here to visit the St. Clare’s website

Video: A unique Study Abroad Experience - St. Clare's student testimonial 
Video: Adult Courses at St. Clare's 

Program Dates Fall: September 3rd-December 14th Spring: January 14th - May 10th
*official dates are not confirmed until after the application deadline and listed on St. Clare’s academic calendar  
Financial Aid Students awarded financial aid packages through USD may be eligible to use their financial aid towards their first semester study abroad experience – please visit the USD Offices of Financial Aid to verify if your awards qualify.
 
Students entering their second semester of study abroad may NOT have their award packages applied – please verify with the Office of Financial Aid.
Course Offerings Released Fall courses are typically released in April
GPA Requirement Minimum 2.75
Application USD online and paper application, St. Clare’s Application
Visa Requirements Students who hold a US passport DO NOT need a visa to study at St.  Clare’s for one semester. Students holding a passport from a country other than the US should visit the UK Embassy Visa and Immigration page to determine whether a visa is required. However, if students are preparing to teach with the program at St. Clare's, they will need a visa. 
Language of Instruction English
Academic Structure St. Clare’s courses transfer as 3 USD credits each, so students can take 5-6 classes for a total of 15-18 units
Internships Students without a Tier 4 visa are ineligible for full-time internships.
Working in England Students studying abroad in England are not legally eligible to work with their U.S. passport or student visa.
Class Size Students at St. Clare's will be enrolled in small classes (usually 3-12 students) with other international students from all over the U.S. and globe.
Class Schedule Confirmed Pre-approved courses are included in the student's acceptance letter by St. Clare's. 
Housing Students pay housing fees directly to St. Clare’s
Exam Type Exams take place at the end of the semester, and typically weigh heavily on student grades. 
Transcripts Received from St. Clare’s 1-2 months after the program ends
 
 
PROGRAM LOCATION
 
Oxford, an internationally respected intellectual center, combines traditional ceremony and the beauty of ancient buildings with the amenities of a lively, modern, industrial city. This cultural hub offers libraries, museums, art galleries, concert halls, theaters and cinemas, as well as parks and gardens, rivers, sports grounds, swimming pools and an ice rink. Just outside of the city center lies the picturesque countryside, easily reached by bus or bicycle. There are fast, frequent road and rail services to London (1 hour away), Heathrow, Gatwick, the Midlands and the West Country. Stratford-upon-Avon is also within easy reach.
 
ACADEMIC INSTITUTION
 
This program, offered by St. Clare's, an independent international college in Oxford founded in 1953, is for international and University students who wish to supplement their studies with a semester or full-year of liberal arts courses in England. The curriculum includes both core courses and tutorials (special courses offered on a one-on-one basis with select professors). The fall semester runs from the end of August until mid-December; the spring semester from early January to mid-May.  

Blackfriars Scholar Programme- On this program, students will have the opportunity to take two courses through University of Oxford. The GPA requirement is 3.8. To read more about this program, please click on the link.

St. Clare's Education Programme - This program is for Liberal Studies students. It involves participation in a school practicum where students work in local schools one day a week. To read more about this program, please click on the link.
 
HOW DO I FIND WHICH COURSES ARE OFFERED?
Select classes by comparing the host institution’s online course listings to the USD list of Pre-Approval Courses (PDF file). Links to both the course listings can be found in the “Courses” section of each USD program webpage (http://gointernational.sandiego.edu).
 
IMPORTANT COURSE SELECTION NOTES:
Students are advised to select 5 courses: each course carries 3 units of credit. They can choose 4 seminar courses taught in small classes (maximum 12 students) and 1 tutorial class. Tutorial classes are similar to the Oxford and Cambridge tutorial method of teaching. Students are taught individually (occasionally in pairs). The tutorial class is a weekly meeting of the student with a tutor; the student is expected to be fully prepared to discuss and debate the assigned readings or topic. The tutorial enables students to develop further their independent study skills.

BEGIN THE COURSE SELECTION PROCESS:
  1. Open the Institution’s course options for the program and semester you wish to study. Be sure to look at 4 Seminar Courses and 1 Tutorial class: Courses offered at St. Clare’s
  2. Compare the Institution’s course offerings to the USD Pre-Approved Course list:  St Clare’s Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to Pre-2017 core only.
  3. Build a class schedule (5 classes, 5 backup classes) of courses on the pertaining catalog that match the Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies. Your class list should include 4 seminar classes and 1 tutorial class
  4. If there is a course offered on the Institution’s website that is NOT listed on the USD Pre-Approved Course Equivalency list that you would like to take, email your Study Abroad Coordinator to begin the transfer evaluation process
TRANSFER EVALUATION PROCESS:
Students who choose courses which are NOT listed on USD’s Pre-Approved Course List are responsible for completing the transfer evaluation process prior to departure to ensure that credits will transfer back to USD. This process can take 3-5 weeks to complete and should be started immediately. Students should only submit courses once they have selected a university.
  1. Email the program advisor the course code and title for each desired course. It is also helpful if you indicate what type of credit you hope to receive (i.e. Literature Core requirement or MGMT 307)
  2. The advisor will submit the course to the appropriate department chair for approval.
  3. You will be notified once the course has been evaluated via email.
***Students are encouraged to meet with both their Academic and Study Abroad Advisor before the application deadline to ensure their class schedule abroad meets their academic needs at USD***
 
BLACKFRIARS SCHOLARS COURSE SELECTION PROCESS:
  1. Select from 4 seminar and 1 tutorial class from St. Clare's Blackfriars program: Courses offered at Blackfriars
  2. Compare the Institution’s course offerings to the USD Pre-Approved Course list: Blackfriars Course Equivalencies NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to Pre-2017 core only.
  3. Build a class schedule (5 classes, 5 backup classes) of courses on the pertaining catalog that match the Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies
  4. If there is a course offered on the Institution’s website that is NOT listed on the USD Pre-Approved Course Equivalency list that you would like to take, email your Study Abroad Coordinator to begin the transfer evaluation process
 
BLACKFRIARS TRANSFER EVALUATION PROCESS:
Students who choose courses which are NOT listed on USD’s Pre-Approved Course List are responsible for completing the transfer evaluation process prior to departure to ensure that credits will transfer back to USD. This process can take 3-5 weeks to complete and should be started immediately. Students should only submit courses once they have selected a university.
  1. Email the program advisor the course code and title for each desired course. It is also helpful if you indicate what type of credit you hope to receive (i.e. Literature Core requirement or MGMT 307)
  2. The advisor will submit the course to the appropriate department chair for approval.
  3. You will be notified once the course has been evaluated via email.
***Students are encouraged to meet with both their Academic and Study Abroad Advisor before the application deadline to ensure their class schedule abroad meets their academic needs at USD***
 
HOUSING
Students are billed directly by St. Clare's for housing. Information about housing costs can be found in the program cost link at the top of this page. Students stay in residence hall style accommodations arranged by St. Clare's. You can choose between a twin or a single room. You can also choose a 'standard' or 'superior' room: students in standard rooms will be sharing a bathroom with a small number of other students, while students in superior rooms will have their own private shower and toilet.
  • Students live in 5 houses, located within 15 minutes' walk the Bardwell Road Centre or a short bus ride away
  • All College houses have a resident House Manager
  • Bed linen and towels are provided
  • Laundry facilities are available

More housing information is available here: St. Clare's Housing
 
PLEASE NOTE: The vast majority of students who choose to stay in the dorms do NOT choose to include meals with their housing, as the semester meal plan only includes lunch Monday-Friday. Students will have access to a kitchen, and in many cases, it ends up being more economical to cook and eat out than pay for the meal plan. Additionally, because of your course schedule, you might not be near the cafeteria around lunchtime.
 
COST
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage.
 
STUDENT EMPLOYMENT
Students studying abroad in England are not legally permitted to work with a U.S. passport or student visa.

*Liberal Studies students taking Education courses at St. Clare's WILL need to obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa to complete a school practicum during their semester at St. Clare's. Application instructions will be sent to you after your acceptance to the program, which will allow them to work part time for their practicum. It is not encouraged for students to work and study at St. Clare’s apart from the practicum.
 
FINANCIAL AID
 
Students awarded financial aid packages through USD may be eligible to use their financial aid towards their first semester study abroad experience – please visit the USD Offices of Financial Aid to verify if your awards qualify.
Students entering their second semester of study abroad may NOT have their award packages applied – please verify with the Office of Financial Aid.

International Center Financing Study Abroad:
https://www.sandiego.edu/international/study-abroad/financing-study-abroad/
 
USD Office of Financial Aid:
https://www.sandiego.edu/financialaid/
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
Scholarships are a great way to help fund your study abroad program. ISA awards over $850,000 in grants and scholarships to participating students each year. In addition to those offered by ISA, scholarship opportunities are available through several host universities and outside organizations.
 
DIVERSITY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS AND CONTESTS
For a full list of scholarships and contests offered by Diversity Abroad visit:
https://www.diversityabroad.com/scholarships
 
ST. CLARE’S SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS
For a full list of scholarships and grants offered at the Institution visit:
https://www.stclares.ac.uk/our-courses/international-baccalaureate/scholarships/
 
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
 
Students who hold a US passport DO NOT need a visa to study at St. Clare's for one semester*. Students holding a passport from a country other than the US should visit the UK Embassy Visa and Immigration page to determine whether a visa is required.
 
*Liberal Studies students taking Education courses at St. Clare's WILL need to obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa to complete a school practicum during their semester at St. Clare's. Application instructions will be sent to you after your acceptance to the program.
 
EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES
 
St. Clare's offers a number of exciting excursions and activities, including a weekend trip, throughout the semester. For more information, please visit the following link:
CLICK HERE to learn more about student life at St. Clare's
 
MEDIA GALLERY
 To see a video of USD students talking about their semester in Oxford, CLICK HERE
 
 




To open an application, contact Study Abroad Program Advisor (see box below for contact information)