University of Oxford, New College (direct enroll)
Amherst students may study for the full year at New College at the University of Oxford. New College, despite its name, was founded in 1379. It is one of the largest and well-known colleges at Oxford with beautiful buildings and gardens. There are approximately 400 undergraduate and 200 graduate students. Visiting students live at the College and have full access to Oxford's libraries, lectures, and other facilities.
Students will take a primary and secondary tutorial each term during the full academic year. Most subjects are available for study at Oxford, but are heavily dependent upon an individual student's prior coursework. Please note: for Modern Languages students should have at least four college semesters of the language; for a classicist, proficiency in the language and an advanced reading ability will be required.
Students may study one or two subjects. Most students will only be assigned tutorials in their major(s); students are rarely allowed to study a subject for the first time. Particular subjects, e.g., mathematics, require extensive coursework prior to the year abroad.
New College will charge a program fee for tuition and accommodation for approximately 39 weeks, which includes dinner during the terms (approximately 25 weeks). Breakfast and lunch during term-time are self-catered or paid for in cash at the dining hall. Meals during vacations are always self-catered. (The fee for the 2019-20 academic year was $64,524.) Selected students must have health insurance that offers coverage in the U.K. (and any countries of intended travel while in England). Students will be charged the Amherst Student Health insurance, which offers worldwide coverage, but can opt out. Students that opt-out of the college health insurance need to carefully review their health insurance plan to make sure they have comprehensive coverage to the U.K. and any countries to which they plan to travel.
Students stay for all three semesters that make up the Oxford academic year. Term dates for 2020-2021 are as follows:
- Michaelmas 2020: Sunday, 11 October - Saturday, 5 December
- Hilary 2021: Sunday, 17 January - Saturday 13 March
- Trinity 2021: Sunday, 25 April - Saturday, 19 June
Requirements for the participation:
- 3.7 GPA
- No institutional action (academic or disciplinary) at Amherst at the time of application or prior to departure
- Create a cover page with your name, major(s), and names of your faculty recommenders. It is assumed that you will study one or both of your majors at New College.
- Official transcript (requested from the Registrar's website).
- Two faculty letters of recommendation (at least one must come from the department of intended study at New College)
- How does study to Oxford relate to your academic and professional goals?
- What resources at Oxford do you hope to make use of if selected to study there? Review the New College and Oxford University websites to inform yourself about the faculty and other resources that are of interest to you.
Personal statement (be sure to address what subjects you hope to study if you are admitted) that does not exceed 2 pages. We strongly recommend that you have your statement read by a member of the Writing Center. Below are some tips to help you:
- What experiences, academic and personal, have you had that have prepared you for study to Oxford? Be sure to describe yourself and/or a past experience that has influenced your course of study.
- Please note: New College reserves the right to request writing samples before admitting students.
Students must submit the above materials to the Director of the Global Education Office in Keefe Campus Center 102B by Friday, November 15, 2019. (Recommendations can be in a sealed and signed envelope or sent directly to Janna Behrens at AC 2295 or emailed to jbehrens[at]amherst.edu.) Accepted students will be required to submit a non-refundable $500 program deposit to secure placement in the program.
Please contact Dean Janna Behrens with questions. Book an appointment online to learn more.