Study Abroad in Oxford, England

Quick Facts | Why Oxford? | City Description | Host University | Housing | Excursions

Course Offerings | Costs & Dates |What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs

 

Quick Facts

Host Institutions: Oxford Brookes University – Semester/Academic Year program
Eligibility Rules: click here
Credits: Students can earn 12-15 semester credits per semester.
Academic Focus: Over 50 subject areas to choose from, from Business, Physical Science, Social Science, Arts, Humanities, and much more. Click here for course offerings.
Housing: Students live in on-campus apartments in the Oxford Brookes Halls of Residence. Each apartment houses 5-9 students; bedrooms are single-occupancy. Meals are not included.  For further information about housing in Oxford, please click here!
Sample Day Excursions: Stonehenge & Winchester, Wales

Why Oxford?

  • Live and study in the heart of Oxford, England!
  • Historic university town
  • Located just 1 hour from London by bus or train
  • Full integration with British students
  • OBU offers an extraordinarily wide variety of courses
  • 1 in every 5 residents of Oxford is a student
  • Active music scene
  • Free “BrookesBus” pass is included with your program fees

City Description – Small city of 140,000

Located just 1 hour from London by bus or train, Oxford is one of the oldest and most beautiful university towns in the world. As soon as you step foot in Oxford, you’ll discover what has made it a favorite of students, scholars, writers, and tourists for close to a millennium. Its breathtaking Gothic architecture and large student population make this one of the most captivating cities in Europe, as well as one of the most intellectually charged. Since 1 in every 5 people in Oxford is a student, the town is very student-focused and offers an abundance of extra-curricular possibilities.

Oxford’s nickname, “The City of Dreaming Spires,” reflects not only the city’s striking architectural appearance, but also its creative and forward-thinking sensibilities. Oxford is rich in history, having been established as a township since the 9th century. The city was first mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in the year 912. And, of course, Oxford is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, Oxford University, which dates back to the 11th century. Fans of the Harry Potter series can relive scenes from the first 3 movies, which were partially filmed on Oxford University’s campus. The city also has quite a literary pedigree, with more published authors per square mile than anywhere in the world, and has been the home of such authors as Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Oxford is also home to the BMW Mini! Today, Oxford is a diverse and cosmopolitan city that has everything you could want – shops, theatres, museums, pubs, cinemas, and restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world.

Students will find Oxford to be incredibly convenient both in location and accessibility, since almost any part of the city can be reached by foot or bus. Oxford’s top-notch public bus system makes it easy for students explore their host city – all students will receive a free “BrookesBus” pass, included with your program fees! In addition, Oxford’s train and bus stations will take you anywhere you want to go in Great Britain, for reasonable fares. There’s even 24-hour bus service to and from London, costing as little as £15 (approx. US$21) round trip, which means you can visit London anytime the mood strikes. You could hop on a bus on a Sunday night to catch a West End (Broadway) show in London and make it back in time for class on Monday morning. With London just an hour’s ride away, you can enjoy the best of two worlds – head off to London at a moment’s notice to experience the energy of one of the world’s biggest, cosmopolitan cities, and come home to Oxford’s intellectual oasis to live, grow, and learn.

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes offers everything a student could hope for when they study abroad in England – a true British university experience, full integration with British students, top-notch teaching and facilities, and a multitude of course options.

Located just a few minutes from Oxford city center, Oxford Brookes University is home to 19,000 students, 73% of whom are at the undergraduate level, and offers undergraduate classes in over 145 subject areas. The University began as the Oxford School of Art in 1865 and changed names twice before becoming Oxford Brookes University in 1991. Oxford Brookes has received several awards for excellence, such as “Best New University” by the Sunday Times University Guide, and “Leading Modern University.” Best of all, in a recent survey, 96% of Brookes’ international students would recommend Oxford Brookes University to prospective students.

The International Office and International Student Advisory Centre provide over 2,500 international students with support and guidance, to help you adjust to life on campus and take advantage of the countless facilities and opportunities that the university has to offer. These two groups also organize orientation (called “Induction”) and social events so that you can get to know other Brookes students. Upon arrival, you will also be assigned your own personal academic advisor.

Oxford Brookes is proud to be the first university in the world to be awarded Fairtrade status, meaning everything bought and sold on campus carries the Fairtrade mark. As 100% of the electricity used on campus comes from renewable resources, Brookes is committed to being an environmentally sustainable and ethically responsible place to study.

As an Oxford Brookes student, you’ll have the opportunity to join the Students’ Union. This organization is run by students, for students, and is the center of campus life and home to Brookes’ 70+ student clubs and societies. Some of these include: Amnesty International, Choral and Orchestral Society, Politics Society, Road Trip Society, and 35 different sports clubs, including American Football. The Students’ Union publishes a free monthly newspaper to keep you up-to-date on what’t going on around campus and in the city of Oxford. And don’t forget to stop by “The Venue,” which hosts several club nights per week and attracts big name bands.

The Brookes Bus

Transportation between campuses is a breeze, as the University has its own bus line called the Brookes Bus, which is free to our students living in the Halls of Residence. The Brookes Bus offers free service to all 3 campuses and free or discounted service to almost anywhere in Oxford. Your Brookes Bus pass has additional benefits as well, such as discounts on Oxford restaurants, attractions, tours, and theatres. You also get heavily discounted bus fare to Heathrow airport, Gatwick airport, and London city!

Housing

Oxford Brookes University guarantees ASA students housing on campus in one of the university’s Halls of Residence. Halls consist of cluster flats, each with 4-8 single occupancy bedrooms, shared kitchen, and Internet access. Meals are not included. Full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, can be found on our Housing page.

Excursions

2 day excursions are included in your ASA program fee. Destinations may vary by term. Past semesters have included trips to:

Stonehenge & Winchester (day trip) – Stone circles, magic, and mysticism are all part of the story of Stonehenge, a 5,000-year-old World Heritage Site. Next, we’ll visit the beautiful and ancient city of Winchester, where you’ll learn how the Romans, Saxons, and Vikings shaped the city. Explore Winchester Castle, its Great Hall, and its famous round table, linked to the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Wales (day trip) – Explore the 800-year-old ruins of Tintern Abbey in the beautiful Welsh borders, as well as Cardiff, Europe’s newest capital. Here you’ll have plenty of time to see Cardiff Castle, the National Museum, and enjoy the culture and language of Britain’s most traditional country.

Costs & Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – Oxford

  • HOUSING: Students live in on-campus apartments in the Oxford Brookes Halls of Residence. Each apartment houses 5-9 students; bedrooms are single-occupancy. Meals are not included.  (For further information about housing in Oxford, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, please click here!)
  • 2 DAY EXCURSIONS
  • TUITION at Oxford Brookes University
  • BROOKESBUS PASS: Ride the BrookesBus for free for the duration of the semester. Your bus pass will also include free or heavily discounted fares on Oxford city buses, as well as discounts on local restaurants, attractions, tours, and theatres. You also get heavily discounted bus fares to Heathrow airport, Gatwick airport, and London city.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution. Possible number of semester credits:  14-15.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: At the conclusion of the program, an official transcript from Oxford Brookes University will be sent to your home institution.
  • INTERNET ACCESS at Oxford Brookes University.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP at London Heathrow (LHR) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: for a Description of Coverage, please visit our Information Library.
  • VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to “Student Visa Information” to find out if a visa is required for your program.
  • PRE-DEPARTURE ONLINE VIDEO PROGRAM, PRE-DEPARTURE PACKET & ON-SITE ORIENTATION

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Books & materials
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses
  • Student Visa, if required
  • Meals & laundry
  • Meals on excursions

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or simply need more details about the additional costs listed above, please email chelsea(at)academicstudies.com.

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.

FAQs

If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info