The Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies

The Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies

The Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies

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 coming academic year 2018/19 are:


  Michaelmas Hilary Trinity
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


Arrival Day.  Students may arrive at any time between 0900 and 1400 on the arrival date indicated. It is advisable to arrive by 1200 if possible.  If there is a possibility 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 2019/20 are:


  Michaelmas Hilary Trinity
Arrival in Oxford: 5 Sept 2019 09 Jan 2020 N/A
Orientation: 06 Sep 2019 10 Jan 2020 N/A
Pre-term Travel: 28 Sep 2019 N/A N/A
Back in Oxford: 06 Oct 2019 N/A N/A
Start of Zero Week: 14 Oct 2019 13 Jan 2020 * 20 Apr 2020 *
Travel Break: 10 Dec 2019 27 Mar 2020 + 18 Jun 2020
Final Departure: 18 Dec 2017 07 Apr 2020 + 25 Jun 2020


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 who are continuing from the previous term are permitted to be in residence in Oxford FOUR days following these dates for the Hilary Term and the 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. The final departure date indicated 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 2019:  Arrival 16 May, Departure 26 June.

Late Trinity 2020:  Arrival 15 May, Departure 25 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.