Thanks to partnerships with Sarah Lawrence and Wadham College, Reed can provide its students the opportunity to spend year at Oxford University studying under leading academics through its renowned tutorial system. This unique pedagogical approach allows students to pursue personal academic interests, working one-on-one with expert professors. The Sarah Lawrence program is limited to 30 students annually, and grants its accepted applicants direct matriculation into Oxford as registered visiting students. Students will take two tutorial courses in addition to Sarah Lawrence's Core Programme, which connects visiting students with lectures, cultural events, and field trips around England. All students will live in flats through Wadham housing, and will have private rooms with communal common areas. One meal per week is included in the program fees, so students should expect to cook or find their own meals. Upon arrival, students will undergo a 10-day orientation welcome-period, allowing time to settle in, and opportunities to learn about the numerous clubs and social groups that the Oxford social scene has to offer. This program is highly valuable in its flexibility and its specificity. It is a great way for students to spend a year developing an academic specialty in one of the most widely renowned universities in the world.
Further info can be found at:http://www.ox.ac.uk/ and at:http://www.slc.edu/international-exchange/oxford/index.html
As the institution with traditions it is, Oxford academic standards did not fall short of my expectations. Quite the opposite, I was amazed by the variety of subjects one can study in-depth here. Be aware that the core class is 'pass-fail' class. Housing is a bit far from central Oxford/campus, but it's manageable. Keep moaning about being far away from campus and eventually the coordinators may decide to find something closer to town. Also, Wadham college itself is pretty similar to Reed in terms of academic atmosphere, so I imagine most Reedies will enjoy it. If not - there are plenty of other colleges around to find friends at. I learned that a person can set up a theatre production with 5 people and a budget of 100 pounds. And it will look better than some professional productions I've seen in my life. I've learned that a person can direct a short film of 40+ people in cast and crew; some of the scenes involving complicated sword-fighting techniques. And you don't have to pay anyone to do any of it. I've learned that if you find just a couple of more people who are willing to put their hearts into something as much as you do, it will work. Yay for diversity! I've learned that a university/college needs to accept people with very diverse interests. Being here gives me confidence that the world is bigger than a campus. Then again, I knew that before, I just experienced it first-hand. Oh, and it will definitely make me go back to Oxford someday. Be it just for the annual Tolkien Society banquet.
My tutors asked as much of me as my Reed profs, and the tutorial system can be taxing, though more usually thrilling. It is incredible to work all week on a paper and then have to defend it against the best brains in the business in a one-on-one setting. Food in England is not superb, though you do get to eat in a dining hall built in the early 17th century, which is nice. The houses are good, though they are fairly distant from college. Our house had a little sewer problem, but I think this was atypical. I think I now have much more self-reliance. I know I can do things by myself and survive and have a good time, too. I also feel more academically proficient. My essay writing skills have improved. Oh, I realized some new academic interests which might shape what I do in grad school and certainly the thesis. It was interesting to compare the tutorial and conference systems. It's also interesting to return to an expensive college after attending subsidized Oxford and meeting students who expect education to be free or close to free. I also now don't understand why Reedies complain so much. Oxford students have as much work but are much more at peace with themselves.