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The Scholar's Semester In Oxford

Live and Learn in the British Tutorial Tradition

The Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) program—both semester and year-long options—is designed for students who want to develop their academic writing abilities and hone their research skills while studying areas of individual scholarly interest with advanced academic tutors. The year-long program may be attractive for students with a single major whose curriculum can be adapted to a small set of major and minor tutorials, and who expect to go on to graduate-level study. The year-long option is limited to three students, selected through a more rigorous application process.

Note: To apply for the one semester program, you'll follow the standard application process through the Global Education Office. If you hope to pursue the year-long program, you'll follow a different, more rigorous application process with earlier deadlines.

Student Spotlight

Annabel Christenson

Over four years, opportunities within the biology program and elsewhere opened my eyes to all the passions that I have and all my different options and gifts; however, going to a new country, a new everything, makes you realize it on a more macro scale. Looking back on my time at Gordon and Oxford, I can see how my interests have grown and developed and taken me places that I never would have imagined.
Annabel Christenson ‘22
Biology major, Honors Semester in Oxford and A.J. Gordon Scholars

Your Experience

  • Study in one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world.  
  • This is your access point to a 900-year history, world-recognized academic excellence, and 119 libraries with their 11 million books and outstanding electronic resources.  
  • Intensive study experience through one-on-one, hour-long sessions with your tutor 
  • Opportunity to further develop research and writing skills by completing a major thesis 


  • Resident cohort with other scholars in Wycliffe Hall or The Vines  
  • Access to Oxford libraries 
  • Explore the British landscape with organized and independent field trips  
  • Visit the Covered Market, established in 1774 
  • Accessible travel to Europe  


Interested in learning more? Make sure you explore the full program details page, and don’t hesitate to to Global Education Office with questions!

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