Study Abroad

University of Oxford: New College Direct Enroll

Oxford, England

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.  Of the colleges of Oxford, it is one of the largest and well-known, with beautiful buildings and gardens for the 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 in any of these subjects offered at New College: Ancient History, Biology (not offered in 2016-17), Biochemistry, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Economics, English, History, Law, Mathematics, Modern Languages (students should have at least four college semesters of the language), Music, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology. For a classicist or modern linguist, proficiency in the language to be studied (i.e. an advanced reading ability) will be required.

Program details:

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 2015-16 academic year was approximately $56,000, not including health insurance.)  Amherst students selected for study at New College are required to purchase the Gallagher-Koster Health Insurance plan. 

Students stay for all three semesters that make up the Oxford academic year.  Term dates for 2016-2017 are as follows:

Michaelmas 2016: Sunday, 9 October - Saturday, 3 December

Hilary 2017: Sunday, 15 January - Saturday 11 March

Trinity 2017: Sunday, 23 April - Saturday, 17 June

Requirements for the participation:
  • 3.7 GPA
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Amherst

Application (see attached application for further details):

  • Application form and waiver
  • Official transcript
  • Two faculty letters of recommendation (at least one must come from the department of intended study at New College)
  • Personal statement (be sure to address what subjects you hope to study if you are admitted)
  • Please note: New College reserves the right to request writing samples before admitting students.

Students must submit the above materials in an envelope to the Director of Education Abroad in Converse 106 by Monday, November 16, 2015. (Recommendations can be in a sealed and signed envelope or sent directly to Janna Behrens via email or to her AC box #2229.) 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.

Language(s) of instruction available: English
Academic specialties: Biochemistry, Biology, Biophysics, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Economics, English, French, German, History, Law, Jurisp and Social Thought, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Russian, Sociology, Spanish, Social Sciences, Humanities, Sciences
Term offered: full-year
Terms of study: Trimester
Amherst approved: Yes
Student evaluations:
Program type: University-based program
Housing: Dorm with local students

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Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm

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