St. Clare's Oxford College
Fall/Spring Semester Program
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.
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.
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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.
Pre-approved St. Clare's Course Equivalencies NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only.
Description of courses at St. Clare's
Pre-approved Blackfriars Course Equivalencies - this is a list of all the St. Clare's courses that have already been approved to transfer for USD credit
Blackfriars Course Offerings
Students at St. Clare's will be enrolled in small classes (usually 3-12 students) with other international students from all over the globe. All classes offered by St. Clare's available to USD students are listed on the Pre-Approved lists above. St. Clare's offers classes in almost every discipline and all USD core requirements except for science and engineering. Students must take four core courses and one tutorial course at St. Clare's. Please refer to the pre-approved list for this distinction. This has no relation to the USD core curriculum label.
Please note: Many universities in the UK do not release their semester 1 (fall semester) course offerings until July. Courses offered in the fall may be released sooner, but are typically not listed on the website until closer to the departure date. Students should take this into account when working with their academic advisor and study abroad advisor in regards to having a flexible course schedule. 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
More housing information is available here: St. Clare's Housing
- Laundry facilities are available
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.
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage.
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 & 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
CLICK HERE to see St. Clare's academic calendar (scroll down to the bottom of the page)
To see a video of USD students talking about their semester in Oxford, CLICK HERE