Oxford Information

This Information page is meant to provide guests, friends, and both current and future students with the materials needed to ensure a productive, enjoyable semester in the United Kindgom.

The "Travel Information" section provides a variety of information on how to travel in and around the UK and Europe while you are on your trip. Furthermore, a brief description of Oxford, opportunities for sights, sounds, and tastes included, can be found under the "Things to do" page as well, and the  "Guide to Oxford Slang" will give any Bulldog a quick a primer on the patois of the 'locals'.

Need a place to stay in the Oxford area? Have a look at "Lodging in Oxford." Most of your other questions might be addressed in the "FAQ," but please feel free to contact us if you find that not to be the case.

Articles in Information/Travel Information Category

  • Britishisms
  • Travel to Oxford and the United Kingdom
  • Travel in Oxford, the United Kingdom, and Europe
  • Virtual Tours
  • Directions to the UGA at Oxford Center
  • Things To Do in Oxford
  • Lodging Options in Oxford

They call it English, but sometimes, the students in Oxford just seem to be speaking an entirely different language. BBC America has a great, quick guide to Britishisms: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19929249

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The following airport websites and maps may prove useful in planning your journey to Oxford:

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Take a virtual tour of Oxford Town and Oxford University: http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/oxfordtour and http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/oxfordtour/sitemap.html Check out Trinity College, home of the Summer Programs: http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/oxfordtour/trinity/  and Keble College, home of the Semester Programs: http://www.keble.ox.ac.uk/about/tour 

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From Gatwick and Heathrow Airports: The easiest way to get to Oxford from these airports is to use "The Airline" coach service. The most convenient stop in Oxford is Gloucester Green, the terminus of the service. You pay the driver in cash when you board or buy on-line using your credit card. They accept U.S. dollars as well as British pounds sterling and euros. Check costs and timetables by having a look at the Oxford Bus Company website: http://www.oxfordbus.co.uk/main.php?page_id=23

From London: It is easy to get to Oxford by either train (Paddington Station) or coach (outside Victoria Station or from Victoria Coach Station).

From the Oxford bus station: The main bus station in Oxford is located at Gloucester Green, which is in the middle of town. The easiest way to get to the UGA at Oxford Center from the bus station is by taxi. After getting off the coach, walk to the taxi stand across Gloucester Green square. The taxis line up at the other end of Gloucester Green (near the Odeon Movie Theatre). Give the taxi driver the address (104 Banbury Road). Transit should cost in the neighborhood of £10 (including tip).

From the Oxford train station: Again, the easiest way to get to the facility on Banbury Road is via taxi. The taxis should be lined up outside the rail station (see above).

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Oxford is a great college town as well as an international tourist attraction.
Below are just a few of the things UGA at Oxford participants can do when the books are put away:

  • Attend a play: Whether it's professional, amateur, or student, classical, popular, or avant-garde, there's always a production in progress. Shakespeare adaptations are a favorite.
  • Listen up: Punk, folk, classical, religious, alternative - it's all playing. If you're truly adventurous, sidle up to the karaoke machine at a pub and make your own contribution to the local scene.
  • Attend a service: Oxford has many Church of England (Anglican) congregations; a list of other local denominations, synagogues, and mosques is available from program staff.
  • Check out a museum: The Ashmolean and the Pitt Rivers are local landmarks, featuring paintings, sculpture, local and natural history, and antique scientific equipment. Museum web sites: http://www.museums.co.uk
  • Catch a movie: Two local theatres and occasional festivals showcase British, American, and foreign films.
  • Shop: Oxford is a paradise of bookstores, both new and used. To visit one of the largest and most celebrated, click here: http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/stores/oxford-bookshop/ Thrift and vintage clothing are well-represented, too, as are CD and vinyl shops and fairs. Warning: Past experience indicates that this is a dangerous pastime for students' wallets and carry-on luggage allowances!
  • Go punting: What could be more romantic, more scholarly, more Oxford than boating on the Thames? Tip: Pick a (relatively) warm day. People have been known to fall in.
  • Rent a bike: The Oxfordshire countryside is an attraction in itself. Example: Blenheim Palace, about eight miles away, is England's largest private residence (home of the Ninth Duke of Marlborough), as well as the birthplace of Winston Churchill.
  • Go to London: A round-trip bus ticket is about six pounds; the trip takes an hour and a half each way and can be made at almost any hour of the day or night.

If you can't wait until you get to Oxford, here are a few ways to get to know the city before you go.

Visit the homepage for your college:
Keble College (for the Spring and Summer Programs); Trinity College (for the Summer Program)

Read a book:

  • The novels included within the "Inspector Morse" mystery series by Oxford native Colin Dexter are all set around town (locals), with a healthy dose of gown (faculty types) thrown in. Start with the novel in which Inspector Morse and Sergeant Lewis first appear on the scene, Last Bus to Woodstock.
  • Philip Pullman's celebrated trilogy, His Dark Materials, introduces readers to both a realistic and fantastic Oxford that promises to enrich any visitor to the city's imagination.
  • Novelist, biographer, and royal relative Lady Antonia Fraser is the author of Oxford Blood; I haven't read it, but I assume it's a mystery.
  • American Peter Feiler spent a year at Cambridge, dated a Canadian Rhodes Scholar studying at Oxford, and tells us all about it in Looking for Class: My Search for Wisdom and Romance at Oxford and Cambridge. This book is both informative and hilarious.
  • The Children of Men by P.D. James differs from most books set in Oxford, which tend to relate a story in the present that's saturated with atmosphere from the city's past. This instead is a very futuristic thriller in which a divorced Oxford faculty member saves the human race (but is he late for tutorial?)

See a movie:

  • The Saint, staring Val Kilmer as international thief Simon Templar, has a lot of footage set in Oxford. In fact, the Radcliffe Square of the Bodleian Library probably vies with Red Square in Moscow for the most on-screen time.
  • Shadowlands is the weepie of this list. Anthony Hopkins stars as Oxford professor and Christian fantasy author (hint: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) C.S. Lewis. Debra Winger is the American poet who steals his heart.
  • Then there's the pop classic Oxford Blues: Rob Lowe is an American who rows crew and generally gets into trouble. Ally Sheedy co-stars.
  • The Inspector Morse mystery series (see above) has also spawned a series of television movies, usually available on public broadcasting or A&E.
  • Finally, although no scenes in The Madness of King George are depicted as taking place in Oxford, several were shot there in the summer of 1994.

Culture and Entertainment in England:

  • http://www.museums.co.uk offers a comprehensive listing of museum websites and information for England.
  • The Royal Shakespeare Company main site. Information and online booking for the world's leading Shakespeare company.
  • Shakespeare's Globe main site. A recently-opened reconstruction of William Shakespeare's Globe theater featuring performances, tours, and educational programs.

 General Information on Britain and Study Abroad:

More things to do in Oxford (other than studying):

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Want to have visitors while you're in Oxford? This list of inns, B&Bs, and hotels in the Oxford area will give you an indication of what might be available for your guests.

Please note: The UGA at Oxford Program does not endorse these locations by providing this information; we simply felt it wise to pass along contact information to those of you who may have a need.



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Articles in Information Category

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Oxford Faculty
  • UGA Faculty
  • About Oxford Information Location

Q. Who runs UGA at Oxford?
A. The program was founded nearly twenty years ago and is currently under the direction of Dr. James McClung, who also teaches in the English Department at UGA. The Program staff in Athens also include Ms. Margaret Faz Perry, the Assistant Director, Ms. Kasha Puskarz, the Business Manager, and Ms. Hayes Willingham, the Administrative Assistant. The program is headquartered in Rm 326A of Park Hall on UGA's historic North Campus, a building which also houses the Departments of Classics and English.

In the U.K., the Program is headquartered at UGA's residential center, 104 Banbury Road in Oxford. Prof. David Bradshaw, Fellow & Tutor in English at Worcester College, Oxford, serves as our British Co-ordinator. Ms. Barbara Bradshaw is the Center Coordinator in Oxford.

Q. Can I get financial aid?
A. That depends on your situation. Since all Oxford Programs are run by the University of Georgia, any financial aid assistance you would normally receive to defray the costs of classes at UGA should be available to apply towards Program costs. This includes awards from Stafford Loans, Pell Grants, Foundation Fellowships, and National Merit and HOPE scholarships. Additionally, the Office of International Education has a limited number of scholarships available. The UGA at Oxford Program generally offers several scholarships and awards specific to the Program, please see the Financial Aid tab for current opportunities.

Q. Will my credits transfer?
A. All credit for Oxford classes is counted as UGA resident credit, which means that for UGA students, there is NO transfer problem. The numbers and content of courses taken at Oxford approximate listings in the UGA Undergraduate Bulletin.

Q. What are Oxford classes like?
A. Each year, one or two classes are taught using the lecture format, mainly in the summer. A few classes each semester are taught in the seminar format that meet bi-weekly for two and a half hours. But the vast majority of our classes are taught using Oxford's traditional tutorial format; students meet with their professor for only one hour a week, but in very small groups (maximum three students per group, but more often than not, these will be individual meetings). Students do a great deal of reading on their own and produce several papers over the course of the term. The system demands a great deal of responsibility from the student, which is why a GPA of 3.0 or better is recommended (students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply, however).

Q. How long does it take to get from Oxford to London?
A. About an hour by bus, depending upon traffic (a bit less by rail, which is more expensive). Bus line information can be found on the Oxford Information tab of the website.

Q. Is there time to travel?
A. With good time management, definitely. Several weekends during the term are free for independent travel; it is your responsibility to balance your assignments and your travel, but it is rare for a student not to get in at least one long trip (Edinburgh, say, or Dublin, or even the Continent), plus a few trips into London and other nearby destinations such as Bath or Glastonbury.

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The roster of faculty changes from term to term, depending upon the selection of courses offered; below are links to the web pages of Oxford University faculty who have taught for the Program on several occasions.

Ian W. Archer, Keble College
Rowena Archer, Christ Church College
Hugh Doherty, Jesus College
Lawrence Goldman, St. Peter's College
Freyja Cox Jensen, Christ Church College
Edmund Neill, St. Peter's College
James Panton, Hertford College
George Southcombe, St. Catherine's College
Alastair Wright, St. John's College

Susan Gillingham, Worcester College
Andrew Gregory, University College

Peter King, Pembroke College
Michail Peramatzis, Worcester College

Nick Bamforth, Queen's College
Catheryn Costello, St. Antony's College
Anne Davies, Brasenose College
Liz Fisher, Corpus Christi College
Asif Hameed, Wadham College
Keith Hawkins, Oriel College
Ben McFarlane, Trinity College
Paolo Ronchi, St. John's College
Paul Yowell, Oriel College
Lucia Zedner, Corpus Christi College

Politics and International Affairs:
Ian Carroll, Brasenose College
Nicholas Cheeseman, Jesus College
Matthew Eagleton-Pierce, St. Antony's College
Geoffrey Evans, Nuffield College
Sudhir Hazareesingh, Balliol College
Hartmut Mayer, St. Peter's College
Daniel McDermott, Keble College
Carlotta Maria Minnella, Brasenose College
Emily Grace Paddon, Lady Margaret Hall
Avi Shlaim, St. Antony's College
Marc Stears, University College

Anthropology and Archaeology:
Udi Butler, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
Leslie Elyse Fesenmyer, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Adam Gilbertson, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
Zena Kamash, Magdalen College
Marisa Macari, School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography
Wendy Morrison, School of Archaeology
Robert Parkin, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Melanie Wenger, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology

Robert Franklin, All Souls College

Literature and Linguistics:
Ruth Abbott, St. John's College
David Bradshaw, Worcester College
Benjamin Brice, St. John's College
Anna Camilleri, Christ Church
Thomas Charles-Edwards, Jesus College
Louise Curran, Trinity College
Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Magdalen College
Elizabeth Dutton, Worcester College
Stefano-Maria Evangelista, Trinity College
Kantik Ghosh, Trinity College
Vincent Gillespie, Lady Margaret Hall
Oren Goldschmidt, Worcester College
Rosalyn Gregory, St. Anne's College
Freya Johnston, St. Anne's College
Sandra Kotzor, Linguistics
John Mee, Warwick University and University College, Oxford
Kathryn Murphy, Oriel College
Olivia Robinson, Brasenose College
Kalika Sands, St. Edmund's College
Biljana Scott, Christ Church College
Emma Smith, Hertford College
Alice Stainer, Pembroke College
Tara Stubbs, St. Peter's College
Abigail Williams, St. Peter's College

Business and Economics:
George Bitsakakis, Pembroke College
Christopher Bowdler, Oriel College
Martin Cox, Oxford Tutorial College
Silvia Palano, Brasenose College
Joe Perkins, All Souls College

Modern Languages:
Chimene Bateman, New College
Maria Donapetry, Balliol College
Helen Fronius, Trinity and Keble Colleges
Junko Hagiwara, Oriental Studies
Shio-yun Kan, Oriental Studies
Thibaut Maus de Rolley, Oriel College
Gerald Moore, Wadham College
Ben Morgan, Worcester College
Nicoletta Simborowski, Hertford College

Ann Dowker, St. Hilda's College
Maria Carmen Pinon, Brasenose College

Michael Biggs, St. Cross College
Keith Hawkins, Oriel College

STEM Disciplines:
Sara Ajina, FMRIB Centre
David Boshier, Department of Plant Sciences
Holly Bridge, FMRIB Centre
Heather Coker, Department of Biochemistry
Hannah Long, Department of Biochemistry
Craig MacLean, Jesus College
Robert Paton, St. Hilda's College
Catherine Pears, Department of Biochemistry
Hannah Pickard, All Souls College







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Depending upon the semester in which you participate, the UGA at Oxford Program is proud to offer courses taught by UGA faculty from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Terry College of Business, the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the School of Law and SPIA. Please choose any of the links on the left for more information.

MBDr Valerie Babb is Professor of English at the University of Georgia. She received her MA and PhD at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and her BA at Queens College, The City University of New York. She has been a professor at Georgetown University and is a faculty member of the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College. Among her published works are Whiteness Visible, The Meaning of Whiteness in American Literature and Culture; Ernest Gaines, the first book-length introduction to his published novels and short stories; and the book and video documentary Black Georgetown Remembered, described as "the history behind the Oprah Book Club selection River, Cross My Heart. " She has also edited The Langston Hughes Review from 2000-2010. She was a Schomburg Center Scholar in Residence and now serves on the advisory board of the Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library. MLDr. Mark LaPlante is a Lecturer of Finance in the Terry College of Business. He has taught courses in Financial Management and International Finance at the Terry College since 2006. During his career his efforts in the classroom, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, have been recognized with many teaching awards. Dr. Laplante has a PhD. in Business Administration from the University of Washington with a specialization in Finance. He has research interests in the distributional properties of asset returns, mutual fund performance evaluation, and working capital management. He currently has a paper under review at Financial Management titled, "Working Capital Management and Shareholder Wealth."
JHDr. James F. Hamilton, Department of Advertising and Public Relations Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication The University of Georgia, teaches cultural, critical, historical, and international approaches to media study as well as principles of advertising, graphic communication, and creative development. Hamilton is the recipient in 2003 and 2009 of the Roland Page Outstanding Faculty Award, which honors excellence in teaching at the graduate level. He has received five time the department's Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, and he was twice nominated by the Grady College for the Russell Award, which is the university's highest honor for outstanding undergraduate teaching. Dr. Hamilton's research focuses on the history, theory and practice of alternative media and democratic communication. His latest books are Democratic Communications; Formations, Projects, Possibilities (Lexington Books, 2008; paperback edition 2009) and Alternative Journalism (Sage, 2009), which is co-written with Chris Atton (Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland). He continues to publish research in leading journals and present his work at a variety of major academic conferences. Prior to joining the Grady College, Dr. Hamilton taught at the State University of New York College at Geneseo, the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and at the University of Iowa. In addition, he has worked as a copywriter for Corporate Communications at Microsoft Corp., and as a training coordinator at the law firm of Piper & Marbury L.L.P. BGDr. Robert Grafstein is professor of political science and former Head of the department. He specializes in political theory, with a particular emphasis on political economy, the study of how economic conditions affect a nation's politics and how its politics affect its economy. He has written or co-edited three books and authored numerous articles on the politics of social security, the effect of the economy on elections, and the prospects for democracy in China. He has also given numerous public lectures on the Fair Tax. He directs the Maymester in China Study Abroad Program.
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The Keble College Library, with its historic collections of manuscripts, archives and books, is where UGA at Oxford semester program students will have 24-hour access to several reading rooms all equipped with computers and wireless capabilities. The Library houses one of the finest collections of medieval manuscripts in Oxford outside the Bodleian as well as a collection of literature and history of the Oxford Movement. UGA at Oxford Program students will most likely find themselves spending countless hours studying in one of Oxford University’s many college libraries, such as the one at Keble College. For more information about the Keble College Library, please see the College Library website: http://www.keble.ox.ac.uk/about/library

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