Nota Bene: Best Semester has raised its GPA requirement to 3.7
Through work with academic tutors, students at SSO hone their skills and delve into their individual areas of scholarly interest. Keat's "city of dreaming spires" provides the arena for a rare opportunity to engage in scholarly fellowship and development.
The year-long Scholar's Semester in Oxford (SSO) is designed for students who want to study intensively and to a high standard. Students develop their academic writing and research skills and explore the disciplines and interests of their choice. As Visiting Students of the University of Oxford and members of Wycliffe Hall, students study in the oldest university in the English-speaking world.
Concentrations for study are available in:
SSO welcomes applications from students who enjoy the academic challenge and desire to sharpen their research and writing in their subject areas. To be eligible students must:
A total of 17 credits are possible each term.
Fall or Michaelmas term is divided into 3 required components:
Spring or Hillary term is divided into 3 required components:
For the British Landscapes Course students may elect to take credit in one of six ways:
|English Literature and the British Landscape||Theology and the British Landscape|
|History and the British Landscape||Art History and and the British Landscape|
|Philosophy and the British Landscape||Musicology and and the British Landscape|
For the tutorials the SSO has 18 interdisciplinary thematic concentrations:
|The Ancient World||Modern Studies||Philosophy of Human Morality|
|Late Antiquity||History and Philosophy of Science||Philosophy of Language|
|Medieval Studies||History of Art||Philosophy and the Ancient Greek World|
|Renaissance Studies||Gender Studies||Religion and literature|
|Enlightenment Studies (in English Literature)||Colonialism and Postcolonialism||Religion and science|
|Victorian Studies||Philosophy of the Human Mind||Religion and Society|
Any student wishing to fulfill a thematic core requirement such as Aesthetics Sensibilities and Practices, Civic Responsibility, or Human Person with their fall semester session of British landscapes must talk with the Core division representative before hand. Please see the Global Education Office for assistance.
While Oxford is a full-year program, with the recommendation of their advisor students may petition to participate for one semester only.
Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in COR210 pre-departure and COR211 upon re-entry. Lab fees apply
The cost is generally equal to a 16-credit semester at Gordon and includes:
Please note that board is not included in the Best Semester costs. Accordingly, Gordon College will not bill students for board.
Should the costs of the Best Semester Oxford Program exceed the cost of Gordon's tuition, room, and comprehensive fees, students are responsible for the difference.
Not included in regular tuition costs are such items as:
Note: The exchange rate currently favors the British. Plan your budget accordingly when thinking about personal expenses.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES
Gordon students wishing to apply for SSO must:
Decisions on applications will be communicated after formal interviews (usually held between December 10-15). After approval students should proceed with application to Best Semester. The BEST SEMESTER's application must be submitted by February 1.
Guidelines for the paper to be submitted to the GEO in support of the seat application: Students should submit a paper in the discipline they wish to study in Oxford (a history major should submit a history paper, and so on). The paper should provide a strong example of the student's analytic and writing skills and be written for a 200-level class or above (no TGC papers, please). Clean, hardcopy (no professor comments, no email attachments). Minimum 6 pages. Maximum 25.
This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibiity for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.
Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.