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 options are available for practice tutorials at Georgetown?

Tutorials have been offered in the following disciplines:

  • English,
  • history,
  • political science,
  • philosophy,
  • religion,
  • art history,
  • mathematics,
  • sociology,
  • psychology,
  • foreign languages, and
  • economics.

The exact topic within those disciplines will be chosen carefully in consultation with the Georgetown tutor and the Director of the Oxford Programs.

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:

  • English,
  • Philosophy,
  • Religion/Theology,
  • History,
  • Art History,
  • Economics,
  • Politics,
  • Sociology,
  • Psychology (of Religion),
  • Foreign Languages (Spanish, German, or French),
  • Classics, and
  • Mathematics.

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 a tutorial 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.  Most of the dozens of students who have participated in this program have achieved solid success.  Though there are exceptions, most of the students who have succeeded in this program have applied with a high Georgetown GPA and an ACT composite score above 28.

When do I apply for this program?

Though the Director of Oxford Programs would like to know about your interest as early as possible (preferably in the freshmen year), application is usually made during the sophomore year.

Won’t this program be too expensive?

The fees charged for this program are identical to your semester or yearly charges at Georgetown with the following exceptions.  Georgetown College will secure your housing in Oxford, and if the charges for that housing surpass typical housing charges at Georgetown, the student will be responsible for making up the difference.  In addition, students will be responsible for transportation costs to and from the United Kingdom.

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.

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.  In addition, any personal travel undertaken during or between Oxford terms will be paid for by the student.  Students will also need to take money for ordinary needs (toiletries, etc.), and souvenirs.  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.  Students selected  for this program will earn a yearly $1,000 stipend above regular academic awards.  Applicants should have a minimum of a 28 ACT composite score and a 3.75 (unweighted) high school GPA.   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.You can find the application here, and it is due by Feb. 1.

If you are a current student at Georgetown, as early as possible you should make an appointment 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, there are a number of general principles that, if followed, will help you to develop the excellences necessary for a successful Tutorial Program candidacy.

First, take challenging courses at Georgetown rather than avoiding them (even for your general education courses).  The skills you learn as you try to meet the high expectations in such courses will be invaluable and provide the building blocks for later development.

Second,  read beyond the syllabus.  Ask your professors for reading lists (the classics in their disciplines or just the classics, period!), and expand your horizons.

Third, hone your academic writing skills by writing some each day, perhaps in response to your classes and reading assignments.  The Director of Oxford Programs can offer guidance about other writing exercises which will be helpful.

Finally, learn the fine art of constructive critique and critical thinking by consistently reflecting upon and evaluating the claims you encounter in your readings and lectures.  Participate in class discussion to improve your ability to think on your feet.  Your practice tutorial (often in the spring semester of the sophomore year) at Georgetown will give you a chance to measure your progress thus far, but it will also give you the most intense training with respect to each of the academic skills mentioned above.

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 ranks with the finest universities anywhere.  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.