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.
Dates, Credits and Arrival
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 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 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|
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 2018/19 are:
|Arrival in Oxford:||30 Aug 2018||03 Jan 2019||N/A|
|Orientation:||31 Aug 2018||04 Jan 2019||N/A|
|Pre-term Travel:||22 Sep 2018||N/A||N/A|
|Back in Oxford:||30 Sep 2018||N/A||N/A|
|Start of Zero Week:||01 Oct 2018||07 Jan 2019 *||15 Apr 2019 *|
|Travel Break:||04 Dec 2018||20 Mar 2019 +||15 Jun 2019|
|Final Departure:||12 Dec 2018||03 Apr 2019 +||26 Jun 2019|
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) continuously 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 essay earns 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 equaivalent of 15 US 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 ending but the academic year at Oxford University has several weeks further to run.
The relevant dates are:
Late Trinity 2018: Arrival 11 May, Departure 21 June.
Late Trinity 2019: Arrival 16 May, Departure 26 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.