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Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies, University of Oxford (OPUS)
Oxford, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
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Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies
University of Oxford (OPUS)
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Study at the University of Oxford through the OPUS Programme.
Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Studies (OPUS)
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University of Oxford
OPUS Handbook 2015
Eligibility: 3.2 GPA overall, 3.4 in major; strong writing skills; preparation to undertake serious academic work in the subject area(s) to be studied. The major GPA score of most participants tends to be above 3.8.
Minimum 3.5 GPA required for Urban Studies students.
|Approved Departments: The OPUS program is appropriate for students majoring in the following disciplines:
International & Area Studies
Coursework and Credits: The academic year at Oxford consists of three terms; Michaelmas, Hillary and Trinity. Spring semester OPUS students are there for the Hillary and Trinity terms. Students take a primary and a secondary tutorial per term. Primary tutorials are typically worth 5 WU units each and secondary tutorials are generally worth 3 WU units each for a total of 16 WU credits.
The tutorial system which is at the heart of Oxford University's educational process entails 20-25 hours of extensive, highly critical reading and research towards the submission of a paper for analysis and discussion. The student will then meet his or her tutor alone, and be examined on the work submitted. This intensive, one-on-one, Socratic approach is both challenging and highly profitable and permits a level of depth and insight incapable of being achieved by other methods of teaching.
Because of the flexibility of the tutorial system there is no finite list of courses which may be taken at Oxford. The choice will depend on personal preference, the need to meet specific credit requirements, and the level of proficiency already attained. Click here for a list of sample tutorials. Students are not limited to this list, but it will give students an idea of how specific tutorial selections should be.
|Oxford, England (UK)
Oxford is a medium-sized city that is home to over 30,000 students. Beautiful and historic architecture sits alongside all the main high street stores, numerous coffee shops and restaurants, and a thriving bar and club scene. Oxford also has beautiful riverside walks and the oldest Botanic Garden in the country.
|Housing: OPUS provides high quality accommodation within the city. Most OPUS students live in off-campus apartments with other students on the program. All students have their own, fully furnished bedroom and share a modern well equipped kitchen, lounge, and bathroom. A regular cleaning service is included at no additional cost. All properties are professionally managed by housing agents and regularly inspected by OPUS. Students may remain in the housing during an intervening vacation period at no extra cost. There will be limited options for students to live in one of the Oxford Colleges.
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Student Life: Participants have affiliate student status within an appropriate Oxford College with full access to library, social and athletic facilities, including dining privileges. As an affiliate member of Oxford College, students can choose to participate in over 300 specialized clubs, including one of the most prestigious debating clubs in the world. Students are also welcome to join sports teams. Because most students will not be living in an Oxford College or in class with Oxford students, OPUS students will need to take the initiative to meet Oxford students in their affiliated College.
On-Site Support: OPUS Director
|Estimated Program Price: When you study abroad for a semester or a year for academic credit, you will be charged tuition by Washington University at a rate equivalent to tuition on campus for the corresponding time period. WU tuition covers only the educational and administrative costs of the study abroad program. WU tuition does not cover any study abroad program costs for room, board, transportation, personal expenses, passport or visa fees. Such costs are charged separately either by WU, the program sponsor, or a third party.
Email the appropriate Overseas Programs Coordinator, visit us during our walk-in hours, join us for an information session, or call (314) 935-5958 to schedule an appointment.