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Summer Institute at Oriel College, Oxford
Oriel College is the fifth oldest of the University of Oxford’s constituent colleges, founded in 1326. Situated in the heart of Oxford, Oriel is home to around 300 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate students, as well as around 100 members of academic staff. The majority of Oriel’s buildings date from the 17th century onwards and include the Chapel, Pantin Library, Senior Library, and Hall. The College prides itself on being a welcoming academic community, home to world-class teaching, learning and research.
Summer 1 2023
Early Jul, 2023 - Mid Jul, 2023
Apr 10, 2023
Forms and Payment Deadline
Apr 25, 2023
6 ECTS Credits
2.50 Minimum GPA*
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Study Abroad Program Description
Students will have the unique opportunity to live and study in the heart of Oxford – the oldest and most renowned university in the English-speaking world. In this iconic backdrop, students will attend one of the top-ranked colleges at Oriel College and have access to its historic libraries, campus grounds, dining halls, and societies. Students will have access to courses covering cutting-edge topics like ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century,’ along with traditional classics like ‘Shakespeare’ and ‘International Criminal Law.’ Outside the classroom, students will explore the city of Oxford through guided tours of the famous Oxford University grounds, the Oxford castle & botanical gardens, local pubs, and University sporting events. Students will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in unique experiences beyond campus grounds, including punting along the River Cherwell, cheering on a University croquet tournament, and enjoying a University concert.
Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex
We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
To participate in this program, you must be 18 years of age or older.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Orientation
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
Course Availability & Syllabi
- Courses are subject to change.
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the ISA England Program Manager.
Course Credit & Structure
- Students participate in one course per session.
- Per Oriel College, 4-6 ECTS credits are considered equivalent to 2-3 U.S. semester credits/ 3-4.5 quarter units.
- All classes are taught in the morning from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday.
- The transcript from Oriel College will reflect ECTS credits for each course. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding credit transfer for this program.
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Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
Wondering how you’ll fund your program? ISA’s got you covered! If you receive financial aid for your home university, you will likely be able to use those funds for study abroad too. The first step is usually speaking with your home university. Check out the steps for using financial aid here.
Need to know how much to budget for a term abroad? Take a look at the additional expenses you might expect, depending on your program.
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. We offer over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, visit the scholarships and grants page.View all Funding Options
Living in Oxford dorms will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the British lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average tourist. Uncovering the uniqueness of your surroundings will help you to feel right at home. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.
The Oriel College residence halls are located on campus. ISA does not have control over which dorm you are assigned to by Oriel College. Students have single-room dorm accommodations with a private bathroom. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included Monday to Friday, and breakfast on the weekends. You will pay a $100 refundable security deposit directly to your Oriel residence hall upon arrival. Oriel may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
One excursion to either London, the Cotswolds, or Bath is included in this program. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to take part in cultural activities offered by the ISA resident staff while abroad.
One of the world’s great cities, London is a major hub for business, finance, culture, innovation, and creativity. A multicultural city with a plethora of great sites for delegates to choose from. They could visit world-renowned museums, famous palaces, historic churches, theatres, the Tower, or simply enjoy wandering in the parks and along the Thames.
The Cotswolds is an area near Oxford famous for its soft hills, which rise from the meadows of the upper Thames to an escarpment, known as the Cotswold Edge, above the Severn Valley and Vale of Evesham. It is famous for the bucolic beauty of its landscape and the picturesque villages, manors, and churches that pepper it.
A Roman settlement in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs, its elegant 18th century Georgian architecture, and its outsize role in the literary and artistic culture of the day. Largely built out of famous honey-colored stone, it contains a number of historic gems, from the Roman baths to the fan-vaulted abbey.
Cultural Activities in Oxford
The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore culture of England in and around your host city. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes England special. These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included guided walking tours, a visit to Oxford Castle, and time spent at the Oxford Botanic Gardens.