The Program Fee for the Oxford Summer Seminar 2015 is only $7,500 (comparable programs begin at $8,000). It covers the following items:
The Program Fee includes tuition for the required four-credit, six-week Major Course, a three-credit, four-week Optional Course, and the one-credit, pass/fail Seminar Colloquium.
The Program fee coveres 6 weeks worth of accommodations within Trinity College, Oxford University, in either modern single rooms or traditional shared suites.
Please note: There is no price difference between rooms, and in fact, Trinity has more singles than doubles. Rooms will range from ensuite (i.e., with bathing facilites attached to the room), to those where the bathrooms are down the hall or even on a lower floor. This is entirely out of our control. The Seminar will try to take student preferences into account when assigning rooms, but cannot guarantee that everyone will receive their first choice.
Please note: some students with special needs can be accommodated, but Trinity College itself does not conform to American laws on accessibility. Please contact the director with further questions about accommodations.
The meal plan includes 12 meals per week: Breakfast all seven days, dinners from Sunday through Thursdays. It does not include lunches, but all students will have dorm fridges, and a full grocery store is right around the corner from Trinity. The meal plan also includes morning coffee and afternoon tea on weekdays.
High Table and Balcony Dinners
Within the meal plan are six formal dinners, the so-called High Table nights (for the presence of the High Table, at which all students will sit once during the summer). It also includes two formal receptions before the opening and closing dinners, and one informal dinner for each student (the Monday night "Balcony Dinners" with faculty).
The program fee also covers the costs of the Tuesday evening lectures at 7 pm, which feature literary critics, historians, and artists, and are followed each night by a the formal High Table dinner at 8. These lectures form the content for the British Studies Colloquium.
The Program Fee includes subsidies for several field trips. 2014 field trips were to London and the British Museum, the Roman Baths in the city of Bath, Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge and Avebury. The Seminar covers all field trips if possible; if not, participants may be asked to make a small contribution to travel costs (train or bus).
Travel expenses to and from Oxford are not included in the Program Fee. Evening meals on Friday and Saturday are not included in the Program Fee. No lunches are included in the Program Fee. Students from Summer 2013 were asked how much they spent in pocket money during the Seminar. The average response was between $100 and $250 per week.
What you pay: $7,500
What you get:
- Room for 6 weeks
- 12-meal plan (7 breakfasts and 5 dinners per week; you make and store lunches in your individual fridge)
- Field Trips and Guest Lectures
- Tuition and fees for 8 credits
What you would pay for the same things at UMass…. (In-state)
- Room for 6 weeks: $1,500
- Food for 6 weeks: $1,000
- Field Trip and Guest Lectures $ 500
- Tuition and fees for 8 credits $3,000
What you would pay for the same things at UMass…. (Out-of-state)
- Room for 6 weeks: $1,500
- Food for 6 weeks: $1,000
- Field Trips and Guest Lectures $ 500
- Tuition and fees for 8 credits $6,500
Oxford Summer Seminar Scholarships
Scholarships can help students defray the costs of the program. For the Summer Seminar 2014, more than $30,000 went to deserving students. Individual awards ranged from $750 to $2,000, but keep in mind that some students won as many as three separate awards. This can add up!
Scholarship funds come from many sources, so different students will be eligible for different scholarships. Please read carefully below, and be sure to email Seminar Staff with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org)
All UMass scholarship awards will be announced in mid- to late-March.
UMass English Majors, History Majors and those with any CHFA major (other than English or History) should fill out the Oxford Summer Seminar Scholarship Essay found on the seminar application site. This will put you in the running for scholarships from some or all of the following bodies:
The College of Humanities and Fine Arts (CHFA)
The Department of English
The Department of History
These scholarships are awarded on a combination of academic merit (first) and financial need (second). You may win more than one scholarship if your application is truly competitive. There is nothing further to do once you fill out the scholarship essay on the seminar application site, but be sure to follow directions carefully.
Application deadline: when you submit your Seminar application, but no later than March 23 2015 (for the scholarship part).
UMass Students in SBS should fill out the Oxford Summer Seminar Scholarship Essay found on the seminar application site.
Application deadline: when you submit your Seminar application, but no later than March 23, 2015 (for the scholarship part).
SBS Students should also apply for the Ansin Fellowships (for summer): Ansin Scholarships
Application deadline: April 1, 2015 (not a joke).
All US citizens with Pell Grants, regardless of school, should apply for the Gilman Scholarships, worth $3,000-5,000.
You can also read notes about them at the UMass International Programs Office, here:
Note: The name to put for the UMass International Programs Advisor is Pat Echols: email@example.com
Application deadline: March 3, 2015 (midnight)
UMass Students in the Commonwealth Honors College should also apply for the separate Honors funds for the program. These are 6-7 grants of $750-2,000 each. Note: you must fill out this application to qualify for these funds, That is, you won't enter into the running simply by being in the Honors College. Students have missed these in the past; don't let that be you this year!
Application deadline: February 27, 2015
Smith College Students should apply for the Smith College Praxis Program. Designed for Sophomores and Juniors, the program offers a $2000 stipend in return for 220 hours of work in a qualified, unpaid internship during the summer. Because the 2015 Oxford program does not start until July 4, you could complete these hours during the two months before your departure (May-June). Smith Alumnae have done this successfully in past years, and you could be the next. Here is the Praxis Program’s website:
Smith College Praxis Program
Praxis Deadline: Friday May 1, 2015.
Smith College Students can also apply for an International Experience Grant. These can give you up to $3,500 towards the program. Here is the website:
Smith College International Experience
International Experience Grant Deadline: March 9, 2015
Smith College Students should also visit the International Study Office, which has a list of scholarships. Some of these may apply to the Oxford program. Smith College Study Abroad
Smith College Students can also apply to the Smith Student Aid Society (SSAS). This group gives small grants ($200-600 or so) for various needs, including summer study. Here is the website:
Smith Student Aid Society Summer Grant Deadline: April 15, 2015.
Smith College Students should also talk to their individual departments, and their class dean’s offices, to see whether they can kick in some money. Even a little will help.
UMass Boston sophomore or junior English majors ONLY can apply for the Peter Brooks Butler Memorial Scholarship. This was established by the UMass Boston English Department through the generosity of Mrs. E. Mauran Beals and Mrs. Jane B. Butler. The scholarship provides full funds for one student to attend summer school at Oxford University.
For more information, and application details, contact Ms. Shanna O'Berry
Peter Brooks Butler Memorial Scholarship Deadline: NA for 2015
Students at other colleges and universities may fill out the Oxford Summer Seminar Scholarship Essay found on the seminar application site. This will put you in the running for scholarships from the Seminar itself. These funds are limited, but they can still make a difference.
Application deadline: when you submit your Seminar application, but no later than March 23 (for the scholarship part).
Students at other colleges and universities should also check to see what your home institutions offer.
UMass students who use financial aid during the academic year may be able to access some of their aid package for summer study, or take out auxiliary loans. Be sure to make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office to discuss your aid situation so you can see whether you qualify for any more help.