Our mission is to educate and open doors for well qualified students from a limited number of participating US colleges and universities through a relatively short, intensive period of study under the guidance of Oxford tutors to the same standard and in the same manner as matriculated Oxford undergraduates, while providing a high level of support and pastoral care.
The safety and well being of our students, staff, and tutors is paramount. The University of Oxford and its constituent colleges are proceeding with the coming academic year 2020-21 with relevant safeguards and procedures. The view of OPUS is that although adequate precautions are being taken, inevitably the experience of a study abroad term in Oxford cannot be the same as before. Residential bubbles, limited social interaction, and the absence of sports, dining in College hall, clubs, societies, freshers’ fair and the like may make the experience very different. With reluctance we have taken the decision not to accept any students for the Michaelmas Term (October to December). We are provisionally accepting applications for the Hilary and Trinity Terms 2021 (January-June) and the Late Trinity Term 2021 (May-June). How the Michaelmas Term proceeds, the rate of infection, and the development of a vaccine will all have a bearing on the subsequent terms.
Please bookmark and refer regularly to the following references for ongoing advice
OPUS POLICY ON WITHDRAWAL
Under normal circumstances students who have been accepted for the Hilary & Trinity Terms have until 1 December to withdraw without any charge (1 April for the Late Trinity Term). Further to this students would be entitled to a refund of 50% of the total cost for withdrawal until 1 January (1 May for Late Trinity) and no refund for withdrawal thereafter. Taking Covid-19 into account, OPUS will offer a full refund of the entire program fee if a student withdraws at any point until the arrival date in response to an official travel restriction (imposed by either the US OR the UK), OR if Oxford University, or the student’s affiliated Oxford College, restricts physical participation.