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  • Locations: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Liberty applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA Required: 3.7 Academic Field of Study: Art History, Classical Studies, Culture, History, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Sciences
Student Classification: 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Dormitory, Guest House Program Type: study abroad
LU Serve Program?: No
Program Description:
Program Overview | Eligibility | Academics | Housing and Student Life | Program Costs | Scholarships and Grants | More Information 

Best Semester - Oxford Scholars Semester

Christchurch, Oxford, England

Program Overview

As a student in the Scholars' Semester in Oxford (SSO), you are an official member of Wycliffe Hall and a Registered Visiting Student of the University of Oxford (a privilege for very few visiting students). This is your access point to a 900-year history, world-recognized academic excellence and 119 libraries, with their 11 million books and outstanding electronic resources.

SSO is designed specifically for students seeking an academically robust program. In tutorials, students meet one-on-one with acclaimed Oxford scholars (often including widely-published authors, historians, former international ambassadors, and other celebrated scholars) to go head-to-head on subjects within the disciplines of history, literature, languages, philosophy, musicology, art, science, and more.

SSO is an intensive study experience. While all majors may apply, it requires a 3.7 GPA at minimum. Your Visiting Student status comes with extraordinary privileges such as: participating in Oxford’s athletic clubs, taking part in artistic organizations, and of course, an all-access pass to world-renowned libraries. It culminates in a program that many students find to be the perfect bridge from the undergraduate world to the world of graduate studies. 

SSO is organized by SCIO, Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford, which is the UK subsidiary of BestSemester and the CCCU.  It is a research centre based in Oxford working in close partnership with Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford.  More info on SCIO's projects, staff, and activity can be found at
(reproduced from Best Semester, SSO website)


  • 3.7 minimum GPA
  • Junior or senior students


Designed specifically for students seeking an academically rigorous and robust experience, SSO seeks to brighten the brightest of minds. In tutorials, students meet one-on-one with acclaimed Oxford scholars to go head-to-head on topics chosen from hundreds of subjects within the disciplines of history, literature, languages, philosophy, musicology, art, science, and more. Alumni often report returning to their home campuses, graduate schools or careers feeling akin to athletes having trained at high altitudes, now capable of performing at levels more challenging with new capacity and relative ease.

For details on this unique and intensive academic experience, visit the Best Semester - SSO website.

Housing and Student Life

CIO has two Oxford residences: the North Wing of Wycliffe Hall, a large college residence north of the centre of town; and The Vines, a late-Victorian mansion on Headington Hill overlooking Oxford's ‘dreaming spires'.

Both residences have large common spaces where students can work, study, laugh, and just chill out. Both properties have substantial gardens where, when the weather is accommodating, students can relax and read, and, at The Vines, play football, croquet or ultimate frisbee.

SCIO places great significance on nurturing the student community that develops over the course of the semester. The program is academically demanding, and the support network that develops between all the students is essential in helping everyone feel that they are staying on top of things! Every semester many students have shared that over their time in Oxford they have formed some of their strongest ever friendships.  The opportunity to live with like-minded people in one of the most beautiful cities in the world is exciting, profound, and fun.

Students applying to SSO will complete a rooming preference questionnaire that helps SCIO place students in the most suitable room available. There are several single rooms (mostly in the North Wing) but many are shared with between one to three other people.

For more information about student life, including a full description of both housing options, visit the Best Semester - SSO website.

Program Costs


Scholarships and Grants


More Information 


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 11/30/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.