Through Arcadia University you will be able to study in the Sciences, Social Sciences or Arts at one of six colleges: St. Anne’s, St. Edmund Hall, Hertford College, St. Catherine's College, Mansfield College, or Lady Margaret Hall
At the core of an Oxford education is the tutorial system, where students meet one-on-one or in small groups with a subject tutor who will provide constructive guidance and feedback on your intellectual journey. In most cases, Oxford students focus on one particular subject (like biochemistry or modern history) without general or elective study in subjects outside their specialty. Students meet with tutors and attend lectures for eight weeks a term during three, ten-week terms a year. During the long breaks between teaching terms, students consolidate and extend their reading and work in a subject.
You and your principal tutor will decide on your major and minor tutorial concentrations for that term. For instance, a student in English may be directed to focus on Shakespeare's tragedies or 19th-century women's writing. Additionally, your principal tutor will appoint some of his or her colleagues to supervise your tutorials in each area. You will meet these tutors on a weekly or bi-weekly basis over the term. You can expect your principal tutor to assign readings, lectures, practical laboratory work, and a topic for you to prepare and present, often in the form of a tutorial essay. These essays, based on extensive independent reading, are concentrated expressions of your analysis of each weekly topic. You can expect to prepare one or two essays per week, which your tutor will critique and help you develop.
You must have completed at least five or six courses in the subject you want to study. You may only apply for one of the subject areas or combinations listed within our publications. Combinations outside of those listed will not be considered.
In addition to your application, you must submit two letters of recommendation from instructors in your subject area and marked copies of two assessed pieces of written work. The marked copies of your two pieces of written work should include your professor's comments and grade. Depending on what is most appropriate, these may be essays, problem sets, or examinations. Your two required writing samples must be well presented and at an advanced level. The tutor who reviews these samples is looking to see if you have the intellectual depth needed for study at Oxford. Your writing samples must demonstrate that you've comprehensively researched your topic, yet can successfully present a succinct point of view and/or work through complex problems. If you're applying to study a combination of subjects, your writing samples should contain material that relates to both areas. Plus, you should ask the faculty members who recommend you to comment on the specific work you have submitted, as well as your ability for advanced work in the field.
We strongly urge you to consider full-year study at Oxford. Working with a tutor through a program of readings and research is an evolutionary process that takes time to master. If a year is not possible, Colleges may consider strong applicants for a fall term or two terms in the spring. However, more often than not, such places are limited. Additionally, the available tutorial topics and lecture series vary from term to term, so part-year applicants need to be flexible either about topic choice or which term they enter.
Early application is essential in order to discuss a specific program of tutorial topics and arrange for credit transfer with your home institution. It's important to keep in mind that not all Colleges offer places in every subject for visiting students. Your application will be directed to the College that best fits your academic interests and can make available the appropriate tutorials.
Colleges are small, close academic communities that admit 30-125 new undergraduates each year. Moreover, tutorial capacity in any one subject may only allow for 4-20 students. Because of these very limited openings, even exceptionally qualified candidates may not gain admission. Based on these limitations, we strongly encourage you to list a second choice university program other than Oxford on the general application.
To further enrich your academic experience, you'll become a member of the University of Oxford Student’s Union, which sponsors more than 300 clubs and societies. In addition, you can contribute your talents to two student newspapers and/or a radio station. If you're athletically inclined, many of the Colleges at Oxford maintain sports grounds, squash courts, and boathouses. You are welcome to use the University's modern gym, all-weather track, and artificial hockey pitch.
St. Edmund Hall, more commonly known by its nickname ‘Teddy Hall’, is centrally located and has a vibrant and friendly community of around 440 undergraduates, 250 postgraduates and 30 Visiting Students, studying a wide range of arts and science subjects. The College has a long history, and is named after St. Edmund of Abingdon, who taught on the site of the present-day Front Quad in the late 12th Century.
Teddy Hall is a quirky mix of old and new: its beautiful library is in a converted medieval church, there is a traditional cosy college bar, and a modern common room with satellite TV, newspapers and pool table.
The College has a tradition of excellence in creative writing, music, drama and sport as well as academic study. Regular creative writing workshops are offered by one of the English tutors, open to all Teddy Hall students. There are two active choirs, a well-equipped music room, and support for all kinds of musical activity from the Grammy-award-winning Director of Music. The JCR (undergraduate committee) also organises regular social events, from a weekly tea to film nights.
Visiting Students are housed in undergraduate student accommodation located just a few minutes’ walk from the main College site, in the lively and multicultural Cowley Road area of Oxford. All meals are available in the main dining hall, where the food is some of the best in Oxford, prepared by an award-winning chef.