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Scholars' Semester in Oxford

Come study overseas at one of the world’s oldest universities.  At Oxford, you will be surrounded by accumulated centuries of stone architecture,academic history, and British traditions—including the important ritual of afternoon tea!  You will live in a community of about 65 other students from CCCU colleges and will study one-on-one with Oxford tutors.  And don’t worry—program field trips and term breaks will give you the opportunity to explore the surrounding countryside and cultural landmarks as well.  This formative semester will inspire you with appreciation for England’s rich heritage. Messiah students have a "visiting student status" and receive all the rights and privileges of an Oxford student.


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Goals and Objectives
The object of the Scholars' Semester in Oxford is to increase critical thinking skills and scholarship while allowing students to experience the traditional Oxford method of education.

Students must have completed two full years of college and have at least a 3.7 GPA to qualify for the program. Students are required to attend all Messiah-run pre-departure orientation sessions the semester before studying abroad as well as half-day reentry retreat upon returning to campus the following semester.

The sixteen credits earned may meet general education or major requirements. Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.

Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program.  Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.

Costs: 2014-2015

Because of the high cost of this program, participation is capped at 9 students per academic year.

Messiah tuition, room, plus $1,700 off-campus study fee.

Fee covers tuition housing, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation. Students automatically are given Visiting Student status. Meals are not included.  Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees. 


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this program.

Messiah Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


Begin the application process here!

Online Application
Exisiting Application Application Checklist



“Studying at Oxford-intensity refined my scholarship and opened new levels of academia for me. I discovered how to push myself, achieving better writing with more complex ideas.”

--Alyssa Lord


For additional information about the Scholars' Semester in Oxford and England, check out:

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities: Scholars' Semester in Oxford

British Council Pre-departure Guide

Centers for Disease Control: UK

English Heritage

European Union: A Guide for Americans

UK Visa Information

UK Visa Timeline

University of Oxford

World Fact Book: United Kingdom



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