Get the Oxford Experience
The UMass Oxford Summer Seminar is a six week Study Abroad Program at Trinity College (part of Oxford University) in Oxford, England. Students take two 4-credit honors level classes and have the opportunity to take a 2-credit British Studies Colloquium. The seminar offers classes in English, History, Political Science, Art History, Psychology, Law, Economics, and Marketing!
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Who can attend the Oxford Summer Seminar?A: The Oxford Summer Seminar is open to all 5-College students (UMass Amherst, Smith College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, and Mount Holyoke College) as well as to UMass Boston students. Undergrads, Graduate students and PhD candidates are welcome to apply!
Q: What materials do I need to apply?A: Students must complete and submit the following items to be considered for faculty acceptence:
- The Oxford Summer Seminar Application Essay and Questionaire
- An Unofficial Transcript
- A Letter of Recommendation
- The Program Deposit
Please visit our Apply page for more info!
Q: Will there be Trinity College students on campus during the Seminar?A: No, as this is a summer program, most of Oxford’s students will be home until term starts in the fall. However, the UMass Oxford Summer Seminar also shares the Trinity College campus with three other American university summer abroad programs: University of Georgia, St. Bonaventure University, and Georgetown University.
Q: Where will I be living while on the program?A: Students live, eat, and attend class at Trinity College. Trinity is one of 45 unique college campuses that make up Oxford University.
Q: Will I be able to cook for myself at Trinity College?A: No. Cooking is not permitted in student rooms at Trinity College. However, each room does come equipped with a mini fridge which students are welcome to use to store beverages or prepared meals. Students are also welcome to dine out at any of Oxford’s local restaurants and pubs!
The program fee includes a 12 meal per week meal plan for every student.
That breaks down to:
Breakfast - 7 days a week
Dinner - Sunday-Thursday (Tuesday is a Formal High Table Dinner)
Tea Times - Monday-Friday, morning and afternoon
*Food allergies or other dietary restrictions can be accommodated by the Trinity dining staff*
Q: What is a High Table Dinner?A: High Table is one of Oxford's oldest traditions. On Tuesday nights, students dress in formal attire and are served a three course meal and participate in sparkling conversation with thier Oxford Tutors.
Q: How much does it cost to attend the UMass Oxford Summer Seminar?A: The program fee for the 2021 Oxford Summer Seminar is estimated to be around $8,000, and will be finalized in the coming weeks. Please visit our Fees page to learn more.
Q: Is there financial aid available for the program?A: Yes. For UMass Amherst students, a financial aid package will be prepared for you just as it would be for a regular semester. The program can also be funded through the several scholarships that are offered by both the program and through other internal university funding. Please visit our Aid page to learn more.
For non-UMass students, there is also funding available! Please visit our Aid page to learn more about funds offered and be sure to check with your own institution for more info about their financial aid opportunities for international study.
Health and Safety Abroad
Q: What sorts of resources will I have access to abroad?A: The UMass Oxford Summer Seminar is committed to the health and safety of its students while studying abroad.
The United Kingdom and the city of Oxford pose minimal to no threat for travelers and international students.
However, Seminar students still receive support offered by the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the following ways:
- Pre-travel clinical health assessment at the University Health Services Office
- Mental Health support and consultation
- Emergency Travel Insurance
To learn more, please read our Health and Safety Abroad program.