Students have opportunity to study aboard at England’s Oxford University

Balliol College is one of Oxford University's oldest constituent colleges (GeographBot/Wikipedia)

Balliol College is one of Oxford University’s oldest constituent colleges (Peter Trimming/Wikimedia Commons)

Saddleback College is offering students the opportunity to study abroad in Oxford, England. This gives students the chance to live in Oxford for nine weeks as they continue their studies through Saddleback.

The program is set to take place for the spring 2016 semester. The trip will begin on March 17 with classes starting on March 21 and ending May 18 and students would return from the program on May 20.

The classes offered to students while studying abroad include English 1B (also offered as an honors course), English 27A (also offered as an honors course), English 18 and Humanities.

All students wanting to participate must enroll in English 18, English 27A and Humanities for eligibility. Also, all wanting to study abroad must have a minimum grade point average of a 2.0 and must be enrolled in 12 units or more the previous semester before leaving for the program. This indicates that students are able to handle the full-time work load of 12 units or more that is required while enrolled in the Oxford program.

“I like seeing how much the students grow and change,” said Suki Fisher, head of the Oxford study abroad program. “In just seeing how much they learn about themselves and how much they grow as individuals.”

The trip includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to London, round-trip airport transfer from London airport to accommodations in Oxford, a welcome reception/orientation, a guided tour through Oxford, three field trips and two theater visits, four educational excursions into London, homestay accommodations including breakfast and dinner, services of local coordinator during the program, medical and program fee refund insurance policies and $50 non-refundable application fee. The final price of the Oxford program comes out to $6,175.

Taya Buehler-Reagan, a Saddleback College student new to the study abroad program, gave insight on what she was looking forward to from the trip. She said she was extremely excited about getting the chance to travel to Europe.

She is heading to Europe over winter break to visit some friends, but is eager to study abroad so she can experience what Europe has to offer for a longer period of time.

Aside from academics, while in Oxford, students are offered a multitude of different field trips. The program presents students with a tour of Bath and Stonehenge. Saddleback students are granted private access into the stones while visiting Stonehenge. The trip also includes a full day tour of Stratford upon Avon with access into Anne Hathaway’s cottage and the birthplace of Shakespeare.

In addition, a tour of Warwick castle is available as well as one theater admission ticket for a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Lastly, the trip includes a London field trip and an optional excursion to York for an additional $600. This opportunity offers students a once in a lifetime chance to broaden their academic journey through exposure to a different culture and a different way of living.

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Peter Trimming [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons