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Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    12-18 credits
    • Location

      Oxford, England
    • Semesters Offered

      Fall, Spring

      March 15 deadline for fall

      October 15 deadline for spring

      There will be a limited number of spots available for this program each year.

    How to Apply

    Interested in applying? Check out the next steps.

    BestSemester proudly offers several off-campus and study abroad programs around the world through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). The CCCU is a higher education association of 179 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world.

    The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (SSO) is specifically designed for students seeking an academically rigorous and robust experience.

    Program Overview

    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:

    • Classics
    • English language and literature
    • History
    • History of art
    • Modern languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Russian)
    • Musicology
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology
    • Theology

    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.

    Students who apply to attend the Scholars Semester in Oxford must complete a Biola application for review by Study Abroad. In addition to the Biola Study Abroad application, students must also complete an application with the program provider, BestSemester. Students must be accepted by both Biola Study Abroad and the program provider in order to participate in the program.

    2020–21 Program Cost (Before Financial Aid)

    2020–2021 Biola Semester Tuition$21,756
    Program Fees (e.g. Room Only, Educational Excursions)$3,500
    Non-Refundable Biola Administrative Fee$500
    International Health Insurance (Estimate)$225
    Estimated Program Cost$25,981

    Airfare, meals, passport, travel visa, textbooks, and local transportation are not included in the program cost. Students will live in shared apartments for the semester. Students accepted to participate in the program during the 2020-21 year will be billed the Program Cost as seen above. This cost is before financial aid. For a study abroad financial aid review, please contact The Office of Financial Aid.

    Course Equivalencies

    Students will take one (1) selected topics in British Culture course, one (1) Undergraduate Research Seminar course, and two (2) Tutorials from the same or different subjects.

    Students looking to take one of the following tutorials will need to meet with a Study Abroad advisor for next steps:

    • Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Earth Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Physics