Program at a Glance
The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (SSO) is specifically designed for students seeking an academically rigorous and robust experience.
What Will I Study?
As official "Registered Visiting Students" of Oxford University, students study within Oxford’s acclaimed tutorial pedagogy to receive weekly, one-on-one instruction from a faculty comprised of widely-published authors, historians, former international ambassadors and other celebrated scholars.
Students choose from hundreds of subjects within disciplines such as:
- English language and literature
- History of art
- Modern languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian)
Students also earn access to Oxford’s 119 libraries, featuring 11 million books and outstanding electronic resources. SSO students enroll in a primary and secondary tutorial, an independent undergraduate research seminar and a British core course featuring frequent travel around the British Isles.
SSO also offers 18 thematic or integrative concentrations including gender studies, film studies, philosophy of science, and more. If choosing to return for a second term, students write a substantial thesis on a topic of their choice. Applicants are generally honors students and must have at minimum a 3.7 GPA to be considered for the programme. SSO students may complete two semesters of the programme.