IFSA University of Oxford, St. Catherine's College Partnership

Oxford, England

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Term
Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction

English

Language Prerequisite

None

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: January 15
  • Year: January 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
3.7
Typical Credit Load:
12 - 24

About University of Oxford - St. Catherine's College

St. Catherine's motto, Nov et Vetera, meaning the new and the old, sums up the college's attitude. Founded in 1962, it is the newest college, but it more than holds its own academically with its older siblings. St. Catherine's was designed by the famous Danish architect Arne Jacobsen and its modern architecture reflects the college's contemporary outlook.

University of Oxford - St. Catherine's College Benefits

  • Founded in 1962, this young college has a diverse student population and an enthusiastic, energetic attitude
  • Attend one of the most flexible colleges at Oxford in terms of tutorial selections and the range of available subjects
  • Its off-the-beaten-path location gives St. Catherine's plenty of room and some of the best college amenities at Oxford
  • Great student facilities include theatres, a music house, two student computer rooms, a gym, squash and tennis courts, and a boathouse for punting on the river
  • Unique tutorial instruction allows students to work independently and develop their own academic ideas
  • Students receive individual guidance from their tutor and benefit from the tutor's expert knowledge

The IFSA Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at University of Oxford, St. Catherine’s College Partnership

Courses
Because of the individualized nature of the tutorial system, most colleges at Oxford do not have an online course catalog. You can view the list of subjects that have been taken by previous visiting students, visit the St. Catz Visiting Students page

Students take one primary (major) and one secondary (minor) tutorial every term. Students are not permitted to receive extra credit by taking two primary tutorials in one term. Butler University will award students 8 U.S. semester credit hours for each primary tutorial and 4 U.S. semester credit hours for each secondary tutorial. No credit will be awarded for additional work undertaken even if the Oxford College approves it.

Butler University will issue 12 U.S. semester credit hours for the Michaelmas (fall) term, 24 U.S. semester credit hours for the Hilary/Trinity (spring) two-term program and 36 U.S. semester credit hours for the academic year at Oxford.

Science and math students may be required to attend University lectures or to take one or more short tutorials. Regardless of the number of tutorials or lectures required, science students will earn the same number of credits (12 U.S. semester credit hours per term) as other students.

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Course Restrictions
Your tutorial topics should be limited to no more than two subjects, and those subjects should be related. For instance, the tutors reviewing your application will look more favorably at a tutorial request form that has choices limited to politics and history departments. They would not be as impressed with a tutorial request form that lists choices in chemistry, economics and art history.
Faculty
The hallmark of the University of Oxford academics is the tutorial system. The tutorial is typically a one-hour meeting between one or two students and the tutor. Tutorials usually meet once a week or every other week, and at the center of the tutorial is an essay on a topic the tutor previously assigned. The tutor will lead a discussion about the essay topic in an effort to provide new insights. At the end of the tutorial, the tutor will assign a new topic and may offer recommended reading. Tutorials are individually arranged, taking into account the subject to be studied and the tutor's area of expertise. They are similar to independent study courses, but Oxford students bear even more responsibility for conducting independent research and maintaining good academic progress. The University of Oxford organizes weekly lectures on myriad academic subjects, and all students at the University, regardless of college, are welcome to attend. Lectures are not usually mandatory except for some science subjects, but tutors often recommend them as good supplements to tutorials and research. At Oxford you'll be expected to do much more work on your own and to think more independently than in most other teaching methods. Your tutor is there to guide your studies, rather than to feed you facts and information, and this provides the opportunity for intensive academic study under a unique and prestigious system.
Transcripts
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost
Subjects offered at University of Oxford, St. Catherine’s College Partnership
American History American/Canadian Studies Ancient/Medieval History Anthropology Arabic Archaeology Architecture and Design Asian Studies Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Business Classics Computer Science Creative Writing Cultural Studies Earth Science Ecology Economics English English Literature Environmental Health Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies Genetics Geography Greek (Modern and Classical) Hebrew History History/Philosophy of Science Human Rights Industrial Relations International Business International Studies/Affairs/Relations Latin Law/Legal Studies Management Mathematics Middle Eastern Studies Music Business Music Studies Peace/Conflict Studies Philosophy Physics Poetry Political Science Population Studies Psychology Religious Studies Sociology Statistics Theology World History

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Residence Hall/Dormitory
Meals
Self-catered
Details
You will have access to basic cooking facilities to prepare your own meals. There are no meal plan options at St. Catherine's, but students do have the option of eating in the dining hall on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

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Dates and Fees

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
September 28, 2018
Program End Date
December 5, 2018

Program Fees

Tuition
$20,050
Housing
$1,925
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$21,975
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.
Supplemental Fees
St. Catherine's College levies a laboratory fee for Computer Science. Students enrolled in Computer Science will incur a supplemental fee of approximately $1,225.  

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,200
Meals
$975
Books & Supplies
$260
Personal Expenses
$1,080
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$3,515

Academic Year 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
September 28, 2018
Program End Date
June 22, 2019

Program Fees

Tuition
$44,200
Housing
$5,775
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$49,975
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.
Supplemental Fees
St. Catherine's College levies a laboratory fee for Computer Science. Students enrolled in Computer Science will incur a supplemental fee of approximately $3,700.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,200
Meals
$3,215
Books & Supplies
$520
Visa
$500
Personal Expenses
$4,130
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$9,565

Spring 2019

Program Dates

Program Start Date
January 7, 2019
Program End Date
June 26, 2019

Program Fees

Tuition
$36,250
Housing
$3,725
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$39,975
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the tuition portion of the program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,200
Meals
$3,100
Books & Supplies
$270
Personal Expenses
$2,040
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$6,610