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  • Locations: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring Semester 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsor: Partner Program Additional Fee (SPU Partner Programs): Tier 10 - $9,000 Fee
Areas of Study: Art History, Classics, English, History, Modern Languages, Music, Philosphy, Psychology, Theology Program Type: Study Abroad
Language of Instruction: English Housing Type: Residence Hall
Minimum GPA: 3.7
Program Description:



Scholars' Semester in Oxford (SSO) is not for the faint of heart. Designed specifically for students seeking an academically rigorous and robust experience like no other, even the brightest of minds will be molded, shaped and stretched at SSO. It happens during your tutorials. Here, you and an accomplished Oxford scholar go head-to-head on a topic chosen from 230 subjects relating to history, literature, languages, philosophy or science. And when the semester is all said, done, debated and graded, you’ll return home with a community of alumni that continually reconnect over the bond that SSO so passionately unites.

As a student in the Scholars' Semester in Oxford, you are an official member of Wycliffe Hall and a Registered Visiting Student of the University of Oxford (a privilege for very few visiting students). 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.

SSO is designed specifically for students seeking an academically robust program. In tutorials, students meet one-on-one with acclaimed Oxford scholars (often including widely-published authors, historians, former international ambassadors, and other celebrated scholars) to go head-to-head on subjects within the disciplines of history, literature, languages, philosophy, musicology, art, science, and more.

SSO is an intensive study experience. While all majors may apply, it requires a 3.7 GPA at minimum. Your Visiting Student status comes with extraordinary privileges such as: participating in Oxford’s athletic clubs, taking part in artistic organizations, and of course, an all-access pass to world-renowned libraries. It culminates in a program that many students find to be the perfect bridge from the undergraduate world to the world of graduate studies. 

SSO is organized by SCIO, Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford, which is the UK subsidiary of BestSemester and the CCCU.  It is a research centre based in Oxford working in close partnership with Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford.  More info on SCIO's projects, staff, and activity can be found at                                                    


SPU Partner Program: Tier 10

Seattle Pacific University has partnered with affiliated organizations or host universities that have been vetted for their academic and student support. Partner Programs are eligible for federal, state, and institutional grants and scholarships. For SPU Partner Programs, you will be charged one quarter of SPU tuition for participation during fall quarter or winter/spring quarters combined. Depending on the tier level of the selected program, an additional fee for tiers 2-10 will be charged. For fee information, see Partner Program Cost.

You may use all of your SPU grants and scholarships, federal, state, and local financial aid for SPU Partner Programs.

What's Included:
  • Tuition (One-on-one tutorials in two subjects and seminar classes)
  • Field trips to historical destinations of academic interest 
  • Transcript from Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford
  • Full use of University libraries, including the Bodleian and including borrowing privileges where appropriate
  • University ID, which allows you to access the University's online resources (subscription databases, online journals and books, etc.) wherever you are
  • The right to attend University lectures and seminars, where you can meet Oxford's foremost scholars
  • Access to the Oxford University Computing Service, the University Language Centre, the University counselling service, the University sport centre and team sports (if you are of the right standard), and eligibility to join over 600 University clubs and societies
  • University email address
  • 17 hours of academic credit
  • Status of Registered Visiting Student at the University
  • Use of programme computers, unlimited wireless internet access, and printing facilities
  • Free on-site laundry facilities (must provide own detergent, etc.)
  • Social events including multiple weekly afternoon teas with staff and other funded student events
  • Optional bike rental for Vines' residents
What's Not Included: 
  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Confirmation Deposit: A $300 fee will be due as part of your SPU application and considered your commitment to the program. As SPU has a capacity of 50 students every year for Partner Programs, this fee would be refunded if your application was submitted after we reached capacity.
Additional Costs to Consider:
  • Provider Application Fees & Deposits (when applicable)
  • Passport
  • Visa or residency permit (when applicable)
  • Domestic travel to apply for visa (when applicable)
  • Travel insurance (optional)
  • Generally, students spend more money while they are abroad than during a typical quarter at SPU. These costs vary per student, and are usually associated with extra in-country and personal travel, eating out, entertainment, and purchasing gifts and souvenirs. If you would like more information about general costs of the items mentioned above and/or general affordability of study abroad, please contact us at

For more information, contact SPU Study Abroad