THE ACADEMIC year at the University of Oxford is made up of three terms:
- Michaelmas (Oct – Dec)
- Hilary (Jan – Mar)
- Trinity (Apr- Jun)
The core of teaching in Oxford takes place during these terms. For the Michaelmas and Hilary Terms some students are required to complete additional academic work by their home university. These students will complete additional introductory group tutorials, selected from C S Lewis, Shakespeare, or British Politics.
The dates of participation for the current academic year 2016/17 are:
|Arrival in Oxford:||01 Sep 2016||05 Jan 2017||N/A|
|Orientation:||02 Sep 2016||06 Jan 2017||N/A|
|Pre-term Travel:||24 Sep 2016||N/A||N/A|
|Back in Oxford:||02 Oct 2016||N/A||N/A|
|Start of Zero Week:||03 Oct 2016||09 Jan 2017 *||17 Apr 2017 *|
|Travel Break:||06 Dec 2016||22 Mar 2017 +||14 Jun 2017|
|Final Departure:||14 Dec 2016||04 Apr 2017 +||21 Jun 2017|
Arrival Day. Students may arrive at any time between 0900 and 1500 on the arrival date indicated. It is advisable to arrive by 1200 if possible. If there is any risk of arriving after 1500, or if you are delayed on the day, please email or phone the office for advice. There is free wi-fi on the bus from the airport.
The dates of participation for the next academic year 2017/18 are:
|Arrival in Oxford:||31 Aug 2017||04 Jan 2018||N/A|
|Orientation:||01 Sep 2017||05 Jan 2018||N/A|
|Pre-term Travel:||23 Sep 2017||N/A||N/A|
|Back in Oxford:||01 Oct 2017||N/A||N/A|
|Start of Zero Week:||02 Oct 2017||08 Jan 2018 *||16 Apr 2018 *|
|Travel Break:||06 Dec 2017||21 Mar 2018 +||14 Jun 2018|
|Final Departure:||14 Dec 2017||03 Apr 2018 +||21 Jun 2018|
Students may participate for the extended Michaelmas Term, or the extended Hilary Term, or alternatively for the combined Hilary and Trinity Terms. It is not possible at present to apply for the full academic year (all three terms) which would require Tier 4 licencing. OPUS is not Tier 4 listed.
It is possible for students to extend their participation for one OR two additional terms subject to satisfactory performance in their tutorials.
Students are required to prepare 12 essays every term each earning one US semester credit. For the extended Michaelmas and extended Hilary Terms there is a further requirement to complete a seminar course (group tutorials) worth three US semester credits, for a total of 15 credits each term.
* Students continuing from the previous term are required to be in residence in Oxford FOUR days following these dates for Hilary Term and for Trinity Term respectively.
+ Students participating for the combined Hilary and Trinity Terms are exempt from group tutorials and may begin their travel break one week earlier. This is only applicable to two term students. The final departure date refers to ONE term students, two term students will depart in June.
ALL students attending for two consecutive terms are entitled to housing during the travel break. Housing assignments may change for subsequent terms, however housing will always be provided. There is no requirement for students to store their luggage or carry it while traveling!
The Late Trinity (Summer) Term
It is possible to attend the six week Late Trinity Term from May to June and earn six credits in one subject. This is the period when the spring semester at many US universities is just finishing but the academic year at Oxford University still has a few weeks further to run.
The relevant dates are:
Late Trinity 2017: Arrival 11 May, Departure 21 June.
Late Trinity 2018: Arrival 11 May, Departure 21 June.
Increasingly popular in recent years as the most affordable option, this provides the shortest experience of the tutorial method: not always ideal, but sometimes the only feasible option for some students, and frequently used by students submitting an Honours thesis.