What Grade Point Average do I need?
We require a GPA of at least 3.7 (out of 4.0) or equivalent.
What are the Oxford term dates?
In Oxford we have three 8-week teaching terms and an induction before the start of term.
The 2018-19 provisional term dates for Visiting Students are:
Michaelmas Term 2018: Sunday 7 October - Saturday 1 December
Hilary Term 2019: Sunday 14 January - Saturday 10 March
Trinity term 2019: Sunday 28 April - Saturday 22 June
The full provisional University term dates are listed on the University website.
How many classes will I take each week?
Visiting Students at St Anne’s generally take two or three tutorial courses each term depending on their subject. For each tutorial course you will take a combination of tutorials, classes/seminars and lectures, each of which requires significant preparation including the submission of written work prior to the session.
Where will I have classes?
This depends on your subject. Lectures will generally be in the relevant department. Some classes may also be in the department or faculty; others will be in the tutor’s teaching room or a seminar room in St Anne’s. Occasionally you may be sent to a specialist in your subject in a different Oxford college, like all undergraduates at Oxford.
Will I take any tests?
No. Visiting Students do not take formal examinations here, but some elect to take termly College examinations called ‘Collections’.
What facilities can I use?
If you come to St Anne’s as a Visiting Student, you are given official status within the University as a Registered Visiting Student. This entitles you to attend lectures at your subject’s faculty or department. You can also make full use of the University libraries, including the Bodleian and the University computing services. As a member of St Anne’s, all of our College facilities are also available to you, from our library to our coffee bar, our fitness room to our music rooms. You are also welcome to join both College and University clubs, societies and sports teams.
Will I get to know British students?
Yes, absolutely. Our accommodation is all on site, and Visiting Students live in rooms amongst all our other students. You will also attend lectures together, eat together in our dining room, share use of communal kitchens, work in the library together, play sports together… This is the beauty of the collegiate system – not only will you meet many students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, you will also be living together as part of the College community.
Where will I live?
You will be accommodated in a single room on the central college site and most likely in the Wolfson or Rayne building overlooking the quad. Other British, international and visiting students will be your hall-mates and there are shared bathrooms and kitchens along each hallway (average of 9 students sharing each space).
Is the food good?
Obviously we’re biased, but we’ve been told the food at St Anne’s is among the best in the University. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the Dining Hall and all these meals are relaxed, self-service occasions. We hold a number of formal dinners each term, which many students bring guests to and which give them the opportunity to dress to impress. We also have small kitchens shared between a number of student rooms, where students can cater for themselves if they wish.
How will I find out what I can do besides my studies?
Before arriving at St Anne's, you will be contacted by a current student in your broad subject area. You will also be sent lots of information about being a student here, including some from the JCR. This will let you know about regular events in College and College societies such as the Music Society; the Film Society; Subject Family events, where students, graduate students and tutors get together to hear papers from either the Humanities/Social Sciences area or Sciences and then socialize over a buffet dinner; and the Principal’s seminars, where an outside speaker – usually someone extremely distinguished in his or her field – is invited in to College to give a talk.
If you arrive at St Anne’s in Michaelmas term (the fall semester), you will be treated as a Fresher (a new student at Oxford), and will be able to attend Freshers’ Week (a series of induction sessions). You will also be invited to the Freshers’ Fair, where most of the University clubs, societies and sporting teams will be on hand to tell you about their activities and encourage you to join in with as much as possible. In the course of this you will find out about a huge number of activities both in College and University wide. These range from journalism and debating societies to sport, music and drama. You might join an orchestra or sign up to learn to row, or for that matter take up ‘ultimate frisbee’ – the choice is yours.
What happens if I get sick?
We have a nurse in College every weekday during termtime and we ask all students to register with the College doctor (their office is a short walk away).
We are aware that some students find University life stressful, particularly when you are living a long way from home. We take this extremely seriously for all our students, and aim to ensure that there is someone to speak to. This might be the welfare reps in the JCR (the body that represents undergraduates), one of the assistant deans (graduate students who are responsible for helping with such issues), the College counsellor, your personal tutor or the Director of Studies for Visiting Students, all of whom will treat any matter confidentially. The University also has a Counselling Service that is available to all students (including visiting students).
Are St Anne’s Visiting Students also members of Oxford University?
Yes. All of our Visiting Students are automatically enrolled as Registered Visiting Students at Oxford University and are entitled to take advantage of the same University facilities as our UK undergraduates.
What’s the difference between the Oxford Colleges and Oxford University?
Oxford University has a federal structure. Just as the USA is made up of individual states, so Oxford is made up of individual Colleges (of which St Anne’s is one). None of the Oxford Colleges specialise in individual disciplines, so at St Anne’s you’ll live and study alongside students taking courses in Classics, Earth Sciences, Philosophy, Mathematics and many others…