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.
Students become associate students of an Oxford college and through membership of their college JCR (the undergraduate body of the college) enjoy the privileges available to other undergraduates, including the use of their college library, dining privileges in college hall, and the opportunity to participate in college sports and social activities.
As members of an Oxford college, students are also permitted to join any of the 300 + clubs and societies within the University for which Oxford is famous. To further enhance integration OPUS ensures that students live with British students as far as possible.
Every college has a range of social and athletic activities and OPUS students participate actively, particularly in crew practice, where a great many students have done their Oxford College and this program proud, despite never having rowed before.
There is a vast number of specialist clubs and societies within the University catering for every conceivable interest, which students are eligible to join. Every student associated with an Oxford college through OPUS automatically becomes a member of the Union Society, arguably Britain’s foremost debating club, where students have the opportunity every week to hear or debate with a wide range of eminent politicians and other personalities from all over the world. Recent speakers have included Yassar Arafat, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Henry Kissinger, King Hussein of Jordan, John Malkovich, and George Soros to name a few.
During the year OPUS also organizes formal dinners, and other special events including trips to places of cultural and historical significance, including Stratford-upon-Avon, Cambridge, Bath and Stonehenge. London, with its wealth of theaters and other cultural attractions, is only one hour from Oxford, and many students regard this convenience together with the academic excellence of Oxford as having the best of both worlds.