Program Overview- The Brockport Oxford Program
Oxford, England is synonymous with scholarship. Students and scholars since the 12th century have been drawn to Oxford for its engaging culture, challenging intellectual pursuits and rich social life. The Brockport Oxford Program is one of the oldest and most respected of the many study abroad programs in Oxford.
The University of Oxford has no traditional campus. Instead, the University is composed of 39 colleges many of which are arranged in medieval quadrangles.At the heart of the genuine Oxford experience is college membership. The Brockport program students are associated with New College. Despite its name, New College was founded in 1379. It is one of Oxford University's three "grand colleges" which is a reference to the grandeur of its buildings and grounds.
Oxford, the city is concentrated into an area approximately five square miles. Within one square mile of the city center, there are 600 buildings of historical and architectural interest alone. Students will find that commuting from their residences to their colleges is fairly simple by using Oxford's extensive bus network or renting a bike: the predominant mode of travel in Oxford. Students will also find that Oxford will provide them with plenty of opportunities for recreation and socialization. It is easy to spend more than one day exploring the Ashmolean Museum, walking in the famous Botanical Gardens, or punting the Isis. For those students that somehow run out of possibilities in Oxford, it is only a 50-minute train ride to Victoria Station, located in the city center of London.
Visit the city of Oxford site, http://www.oxfordcity.co.uk/
While on The Brockport Oxford Program, each participant has membership at New College, for social and recreational purposes. This is not an academic, matriculated student status within either New College or the University of Oxford and an Oxford transcript will not be issued.
Housing & Student Life
Program students will be housed together in either co-ed or single-sex (dependent upon the number of students) residences in neighborhoods convenient to the University and to the High Street- a common neighborhood for students to live in is the Jericho neighborhood which is quite popular with students and is convenient to shopping, bus routes, parks and other areas that students will commonly need access to. Students typically share bedrooms (double-occupancy) which come equipped with linen, standard bedroom furniture and individual closet space. Students have the use of a modern, well-equipped kitchen and ample living space. Oxford University is spread out over several miles and as mentioned above, is made up of 39 colleges. After traveling by bike, bus or by walking, students are encouraged to do as much of their work as they can at the College and in the libraries in order to facilitate having a true "Oxford experience".
Program participants are able to choose from over 300 specialized clubs and societies, including sports of all kinds. Since you will be able to join different clubs, you will be responsible for any fees involved (if applicable). However, we encourage all students to enroll as a member of the Oxford Union (Debating) Society
, one of the oldest private clubs in England. It has an excellent lending library, a bar and a dining room. Students will also be added to an 'associate student activities listserv' which will inform you of various events throughout the term that you can take part in. And of course, program participants will have access to the world-famous Bodleian Library
which is the main research library of the University of Oxford. The Bodleian (affectionately called "Bodley" or "The Bod") is one of the oldest libraries in Europe and in Britain, and is only second in size to the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom.
Fees for Brockport's England: Oxford - Michalmas Semester Program
Undergraduate Program Budget Sheet (Fall 2016): $14,971.25 (Estimated)
- BROCKPORT TUITION (covers tutorials in most Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Programs)
- Campus Fees (college fee and technology fee)*
- SUNY International Health Insurance**
- HOUSING (twin share accommodation)
- Program Acceptance Fee
- Pre-departure Orientation Materials
- On-site Orientation Program in the UK
- On-site Academic and Cultural Advising
- Brockport's Study Abroad Office Service
DOES NOT INCLUDE:
- Airfare to and from Oxford
- Travel while in England
- Personal Expenses
As a very rough guide, a participant in the Brockport Oxford Program will need around £300 to £400 per month to pay for daily local travel, textbooks and other school supplies, entertainment, meals and other necessities.
o This estimate does not include the purchase of clothing; travel in Britain or Europe .
o The flight will cost participants around $1,500 (depending on departure/return dates, the point of origin of any connecting flights in the US, etc.).
The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment preferences and travel choices.
Financial aid applies towards fees.
*Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition.
**The SUNY International Health Insurance is mandatory and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice.
The cost (and items included in the cost) as listed on the website are subject to change and should be considered estimates. Final budget sheets will be mailed to the student prior to departure and usually upon acceptance.
Instruction is based on one-on-one tutorials as it is at the University of Oxford. This very personal style of instruction is best for students who enjoy close mentor relationships and thrive on individual attention. All students in the Brockport program are under the tutelage of an academic advisor and are taught by tutors in the same way and to the same standard as matriculated Oxford undergraduates.
Major tutorials are scheduled to meet once a week, while minor tutorial(s) meet every other week. Students normally complete two tutorials (one major and one minor) during the fall and in each spring term (there are two spring terms). Students participating during the summer term will complete two minor tutorials. For more information on the summer term, please visit our web page dedicated specifically to that program.
Unlike classes, tutorials have no set syllabus. You and your tutors will agree on a program of study for which the tutor will provide bibliographical guidance. You will be expected to write weekly and fortnightly essays which you will discuss at the tutorial meetings. These essays will take the discussion (the tutorial meetings) further each week. You will be expected to demonstrate that you have understood the issues involved and are able to analyze them critically and in some depth. Although you are encouraged to write objectively, many liberal arts subjects offer scope for individual interpretation and you are encouraged to think for yourself. This means that you will be "free" to argue in any way about a topic provided that you can back up your argument with evidence from the texts or data you are examining.
In many ways tutorial meetings will take the discussion of the essays further and you will be expected to think beyond what you have written. This intensive method of teaching requires a high degree of motivation for what is a challenging contact time with your tutor and one which gives you a continual assessment of your rate of progress in the subject. You should therefore choose subjects which you will be able to pursue as an independent study and where you will find enjoyment in the discipline of producing regular essay work. Arrangements for your tutorial will be handled on behalf of The College at Brockport.
Students participating in the fall (Michaelmas) term will complete a core course entitled "Oxford and Abroad; Finding Identity in a City", in addition to major and minor requirements for a total of 15 credit hours. The core course will meet during the first few weeks of the program to discuss various topics related to study in Oxford including an exploration of the rich history of the University, Oxford's place in British history and an introduction to the tutorial model of study. Each spring term (Hilary and Trinity) are worth 12 credit hours and the summer program is worth 6 credit hours.
Tutorial Selection Guidance
Tutorials are always conditional upon the availability of the appropriate tutor, so when selecting a course subject it is important to nominate second reserve choices. Within each discipline several subject areas exist, these with their own pre-set course syllabi. At the core of the Oxford tutorial experience is 'self-led' learning, and in this respect prospective applicants should bear in mind that the pre-set syllabus for any given course is a flexible starting point.
The first step towards course selection is to choose which disciplines interest you, and which subject areas within that discipline are of interest. There is no requirement to choose courses from several disciplines, and there is no prohibition against choosing all your courses from the same discipline.
Study abroad courses (tutorials) are divided into the following three main disciplines:
•Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences
It is important to note that the program does not offer courses (tutorials) from the disciplines of performance art or music, business studies, finance, medicine, or chemistry although arrangements can be made to study related areas where possible. Please consult with the UK Advisor in the Office of International Education at Brockport with any questions that you might have.
Within each subject area many tutorials are available, some of them are offered at 'entry level' and require no pre-requisite study within that subject area. Some of them are 'advanced level' and therefore we recommend that in order to enjoy this advanced level of tutorial, you should have prior experience within the subject area. For example, if your major or minor at your home institution is in the same subject area it is safe to assume that you will be sufficiently prepared for an advanced level course. For more information regarding details of courses offered in additon to the information listed below, please view our Brockport Oxford Program booklet or consult with the Advisor for this program. If you would like to request a copy of the booklet, please call our office and we will have one sent to you.
The available subject areas are as follows:
English Language and Literature
History of Art
Medieval and Modern Languages including Linguistics
Discipline: Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences
Discipline: Social Sciences
Law, Politics and International Relations
Psychology (also listed under Life Sciences)
View a list of the possible academic subjects offered by The Brockport Oxford Program as well as all of Brockport's university programs in England, here: Academic Subjects- Programs in England.pdf
"Studying abroad in Oxford was a fantastic way to get to know a quaint, beautiful town seeped in history while pursuing my academic passions. Just being a SUNY student in Oxford is an experience in itself. I remember admiring centuries-old architecture simply strolling to the library or random shops. In addition, the academic life was unparalleled! Since tutorials are only once or twice a week (an hour each), study abroad students have a lot of independence and responsibility to structure their own weeks’ schedules. While a few of my peers joined crew teams and running groups, I was able to meet friends through writing groups and a fair amount of societies (Harry Potter club, anyone?)."
"New College provides a magical atmosphere, complete with one of the Harry Potter filming locations, historical buildings, and beautiful scenery. The tutorials provided by Brockport are matchless. I cannot envision a better way to spend a semester abroad."
October 1 - December 10, 2016
Important note: Please do not book your travel arrangements until you have received the official Travel Memo from your program advisor.
Summer 2016: A six week program that begins May 17 and ends June 28.
* Please refer to Brockport Oxford Program-Summer web page for more information about this option.