UGA Provost Pamela Whitten has just visited Oxford, witnessing first-hand the experience of students on the UGA at Oxford program. In her official blog, she writes:
"The UGA at Oxford program gives students an opportunity to study at one of the world’s most renowned institutions of higher education, and I recently had the opportunity to see firsthand the types of life-changing experiences it provides.
Oxford University is, of course, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Its exact founding date has been lost to history, but teaching and learning have occurred there since 1096—nearly 700 years before UGA became America’s first state-chartered university. Some of the world’s greatest thinkers are associated with Oxford University, including philosopher John Locke, Nobel Laureate Dorothy Hodgkin, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and author Lewis Carroll.
The UGA at Oxford Program was founded more than 25 years ago and remains one of our most popular study abroad programs, with more than 100 courses in a variety of majors and subjects. Most classes are taught using Oxford’s rigorous tutorial format, in which students meet in groups of no more than three with their professor and do a significant amount of independent research and writing to prepare for those meetings. The system demands a high degree of responsibility from students; in return, they gain a deep understanding of the subject matter and a honed ability to synthetize and communicate the knowledge they gain.
I met with a number of exceptionally promising students while at Oxford as well as with faculty and administrators. I can tell you that the UGA at Oxford program is truly immersive; our students are educated by Oxford faculty and stay at UGA’s Oxford residential center, an elegantly renovated, three-story Victorian mansion. As associate members of Oxford’s Keble College, they dine with Oxford students, have access to the college’s libraries and common rooms, and participate in the full range of the college’s social activities. Our students are encouraged to explore the culture and history of Oxford, and London is a just an hour away by bus.
Thanks to programs such as UGA at Oxford, UGA has one of the nation’s highest study abroad participation rates. The experiential learning requirement recently approved by University Council will help ensure that all UGA students have the kinds of hand-on learning experiences—including study abroad but also service-learning, research and internships—that position them for success after graduation."
See the full post here - http://provost.uga.edu/index.php/blog/red-black-and-oxford-blue