Frequently Asked Questions:
Does my Oxford credit apply towards Georgetown graduation requirements?
All Oxford credit, with appropriate advising can apply towards Georgetown graduation requirements. Courses are usually selected with major or minor in mind, and if elective courses are taken at Oxford, they will transfer in as upper level elective course work (39 upper level hours are required for graduation).
What can I study at Oxford?
There is some flexibility in the kinds of courses that can be offered through Regent’s Park, but their strengths will lie in what is commonly called the humanities or social sciences subjects in the United States. The following subject areas are the ones most commonly pursued:
- Art History,
- Foreign Languages (Spanish),
- Classics, and
Within those broad subject areas specific tutorial topics are selected in careful consultation with the Director of Oxford Programs to satisfy major or minor requirements in light of common offerings at Oxford.
Am I really a good enough student to succeed at Oxford?
This is a question that you should be asking from the moment you first realize your interest in the Tutorial Program. The Tutorial Program is academically rigorous, and the work in tutorials at Oxford will be challenging, but if you have a solid academic starting point and a desire to become a truly excellent student, the training program at Georgetown is designed to help mold you into the kind of student who can succeed in the tutorial system at Oxford. The key is to work very hard in your first two years at Georgetown. Read broadly, develop your skills in critical thinking and writing, and learn to love learning for its own sake. If you qualify (ACT composite of 28 or higher and 3.75 unweighted high school GPA), apply for the Oxford Honors Program so that we can use the Georgetown Honors Program to help you develop Oxford-related academic excellences from the minute you step onto the Georgetown campus. There is also a $1,000 yearly scholarship on top of other academic awards if you are chosen as an Oxford Honors Scholar. If you don’t qualify for the Oxford Honors Program, we’ll still tailor a training program for you to help you meet your Oxford goals.
Almost all students who meet the challenges of the training program at Georgetown head on go on to flourish at Oxford.
When do I apply to study at Oxford through the Tutorial Program?
Because students study at Oxford in the junior or senior year of college, the application is completed in spring of either the sophomore or junior year in college. It is important to let the Director of Oxford Programs know about your interest as soon as possible.
Won’t this program be too expensive?
The fees charged for this program are identical to your semester or yearly charges at Georgetown! Georgetown College wants this opportunity to be open to all who show the initiative to take on its challenges, so there are no additional charges beyond what you ordinarily pay to Georgetown.
Will housing and meal plans be arranged?
Yes. Housing will be arranged by Regent’s Park College. The dining hall at Regent’s Park College will be open to visiting Georgetown College students, and the standard meal plan fees paid to Georgetown for the semester or year will cover these costs during the week. Students are on their own for weekend meals, though an affordable weekend meal plan may be available for purchase.
What other costs will I need to cover during the Oxford experience?
All transportation costs to and from the United Kingdom are the sole responsibility of the student. Students will also need to take money for ordinary needs, cultural experiences, travel, etc. Please consult the Director of International Programs for more information regarding typical spending money needs in the United Kingdom.
Can I make trips home during terms or between terms?
Trips home during Oxford terms are ordinarily discouraged, but exceptions can be made for extenuating circumstances such as a family wedding or a death of a loved one. For those who are spending more than one term at Regent’s Park College, trips home between terms are permissible. Many students who are financially able will travel to and explore other European countries or other parts of the United Kingdom during the inter-term periods.
What kinds of preparation should I undertake during my first two years at Georgetown to make sure that I have a good shot at acceptance into this program?
For prospective and incoming students, please consider applying for the Oxford Honors Scholars Program. A special “Oxford Honors” track of the Honors Program has been created to combine the best of both programs (Honors and Oxford). The program offers rigorous training and development for students who would like to study at Oxford through our Tutorial Program. Applicants should have a minimum of a 28 ACT composite score and a 3.75 (unweighted) high school GPA. There is a $1,000 yearly scholarship above and beyond other academic awards for those chosen as Oxford Honors Scholars. The application for the Oxford Honors Program is due by Feb. 1. Click here to apply: Oxford Honors Program Application. Note: Students who do not qualify for this scholarship program are still eligible to pursue a place at Oxford as juniors or seniors, given that they possess a 3.7 college GPA.
If you are a current student at Georgetown, you should make an appointment as early as possible with the Director of Oxford Programs, Dr. Brad Hadaway, to construct a training plan. He will make concrete suggestions about what you can do to improve as a student and suggest a class line-up which will help give you the background necessary in the discipline(s) you hope to explore at Oxford. In addition, he will introduce you to a number of general principles that, if followed, will help you to develop the excellences necessary for a successful Tutorial Program candidacy.
Why Should I care about participating in the Tutorial Program?
There are almost too many reasons to mention here. Aside from the now commonplace understanding that an international experience is a key part of any “complete” college education, the connection with Regent’s Park College in the University of Oxford provides its own special attraction. Oxford University is the oldest English speaking university in the world, and it is typically ranked within the top five universities in the world. To spend time as a visiting student at Oxford just IS to be transformed. Almost without exception, the stories which Georgetown students tell upon their return to the United States speak of lives marked forever by centuries old colleges and libraries, challenging tutors, and encounters with vibrant minds and high culture. But the personal development one experiences at Oxford is not the end of the story. Our students have found that their time at Oxford has also opened doors of opportunity for them, helping some secure places at top graduate schools and professional schools, and others places of worthwhile employment.