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  • Locations: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/30/2019 08/02/2019

** 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.
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Area of Study: English, Political Science, Sociology Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Graduate Student, Junior, Senior, Sophomore, Student At Large Housing Options: Dormitory
Language of Instruction: English Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Program Description:
 

NIU at Oxford

OverviewOxford

 

 
Program Director(s):
Professors Artemus Ward, Lara Crowley, Timothy Crowley, and Laura J. Heideman
 

Program Overview

- IMPORTANT -
Download
Oxford 2019.pdf
for the complete program description and comprehensive information
on dates, courses, travel, cost, and more.

This will be the 50th anniversary of the first summer program offered by Northern Illinois University and Oriel College. This longstanding program features courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels that are designed to take advantage of the unique resources of the British setting, including the Oxford libraries, theaters of London and Stratford-upon-Avon, and selected cultural and historical field trip sites.  Faculty are accommodated close to students and dine in the same halls so that formal class meetings can be supplemented by individual tutorials and informal conversations.  Enrollment in all courses is deliberately kept low in order to permit maximum interaction between students and faculty.

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Course Offerings

For a complete description of courses, please download the PDF in the program overview section (above). 

Please select TWO courses. Students must enroll for two courses.  (There is a limit of two courses unless you have permission from Prof. Ward, College Coordinator, to enroll in three courses.)  All courses are 3 semester hours.  Please contact the Study Abroad Office if you have any questions.

Dr. Laura J. Heideman (Sociology and Nonprofit and NGO Studies, NIU) teaches courses on social movements, peacebuilding, globalization, and international NGOs. Her latest research project examines the humanitarian response to refugees and migrants in Europe.

REFUGEES, MIGRANTS, AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
SOCI 270 Social Problems - 3 semester hours - UG

SOCI 335 Immigration - 3 semester hours - UG

SOCI 395 Contemporary Topics in Sociology - 3 semester hours - UG

SOCI 490 Independent Study in Sociology - 3 semester hours - UG

SOCI 595 Proseminar in Sociology - 3 semester hours - UG

SOCI 690 Independent Study in Sociology - 3 semester hours - UG
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Dr. Timothy Crowley (English, NIU) specializes in Renaissance English literature, religion and politics, classical tradition and Renaissance, and Renaissance Spanish literature. 

SHAKESPEARE
ENGL 315  Shakespeare for Non-Majors - 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 407  Shakespeare - 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 498  Topics in English Studies - 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 607  Topics in Literature - 3 semester hours -GR

ENGL 641  Shakespeare - 3 semester hours - GR

ENGL 707  Seminar:  Topics in Literature - 3 semester hours - GR

ENGL 741  Seminar:  Shakespeare - 3 semester hours - GR

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Dr. Lara Crowley (English, NIU) offers courses in Renaissance drama, poetry, and prose. She has published in the fields of Renaissance literature and Book History, and she has investigated literary manuscripts and early printed books in libraries and record offices throughout the United Kingdom.

JANE AUSTEN
ENGL 115  British Identities, British Literature - 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 470  The English Novel to 1900 - 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 498  Topics in English Studies - 3 semester hours - UG

ENGL 659  18th Century English Novel - 3 semester hours - GR

ENGL 756  Seminar:  Restoration and 18th Century English Literature - 3 semester hours - GR

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Dr. Artemus Ward (Political Science, NIU) serves as the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Coordinator for the program.  He teaches courses at the intersection of politics and popular culture, public law, and American government. He has published a number of articles and books on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

THE BEATLES:  A STUDY IN POLITICS AND POPULAR MUSIC

POLS 390  Politics and Popular Music - 3 semester hours – UG

POLS 395  Contemporary Topics in Political Science - 3 semester hours - UG

POLS 414  Topics in Law and Social Problems - 3 semester hours - UG

POLS 495  Seminar in Current Problems - 3 semester hours - UG

POLS 496  Independent Study in Political Science - 3 semester hours UG
Prerequisite:  Consent of department.

POLS 498  Seminar Abroad - 3 semester hours - UG

POLS 595  Seminar in Current Problems - 3 semester hours - GR

POLS 696  Independent Study in Political Science - 3 semester hours - GR

POLS 798  Foreign Study and Internship - 3 semester hours – GR

*Political Science course recommendations should be discussed with Professor Ward. 


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Student Life

CLASS SCHEDULES
Classes will meet at hours to be announced (typically, two 2-hour sessions a week for undergraduates with additional conferences for graduate students), Mondays through Thursdays, leaving three-day weekends for study or travel.

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Students will reside in rooms in or near Oriel College. Breakfast will be served daily and dinner will be served each Sunday through Wednesday in the 17th-century Hall.  Students will be responsible for the purchase of all lunches, as well as dinners on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Students will have access to the College Library and other Oxford libraries.  The college has kitchens, laundry room, and dry cleaning is available nearby.

FIELD TRIPS
The program cost includes one trip to Stratford-upon-Avon with tickets to a Royal Shakespeare Company performance, one trip to a play at the Globe Theatre in London, and a trip that includes prehistoric Stonehenge, Salisbury to see the Magna Carta, and the city of Bath--home of Jane Austen. Optional trips, at the students’ expense, will also be offered such as a day at the Henley Royal Regatta, and students will be encouraged to travel on their own.

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Application Information

APPLICATION FORMS AND DEPOSIT:  Click here to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Non-NIU applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the https://niu.studioabroad.com website or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or niuabroad@niu.edu.

$200 Application Fee/Deposit:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline. 

The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students' NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions can be found on the website.
 
IMPORTANT - All applications will be categorized as "Pending - No Deposit" until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be changed to inactive. 

Application deadline:
February 1, 2019


It should be noted that space in the program is limited, so early application is recommended. Qualified applicants will be
accepted on a first-come-first- serve basis.

    Upon acceptance into the program, applicants must change their status to “Committed” and complete all post-decisions items on the Study Abroad Portal in order to be considered an active participant, reserve their place in the program, and be registered for the program courses by the Study Abroad Office.  Note:  Financial aid and loans will not be disbursed until students are registered for their courses.

Applicants who have not changed their status to "Committed" will be withdrawn from the program.

 
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Eligibility

The program is open to individuals who have an interest in the areas of Sociology, English, and Political Science.  Currently enrolled students must meet NIU Office of Admissions, Graduate School and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GPA requirements. Students on academic probation during the semester prior to the program are not eligible for participation in this program.  Applicants must participate in the entire length of the program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application.  Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate or graduate admission and course requirements.  
   
NIU students participating in the program cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., the Graduate School, Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, the Office of Student Conduct, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.
   
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office. Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.
    
Students who desire to obtain graduate credit must either be admitted to a graduate program within the NIU Graduate School, or be admitted to the status of a "student-at-large" (SAL) within NIU's Graduate School. For students to be admitted to the program for graduate credit, a copy of the applicant's transcript must be submitted to the NIU Graduate School. Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript.
    
Non-NIU Students: Non-NIU Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU, who have not previously enrolled at NIU, should send a copy of their transcript (official or unofficial) as soon as possible to the SAO.

Students can send transcripts to the SAO via email to niuabroad@niu.edu, fax a copy to (815) 753-0825, or mail or hand-deliver a copy of their transcript to the following address:

Northern Illinois University
Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
DeKalb, IL 60115
    
Undergraduate students must apply and be accepted as a visiting student to NIU to be admitted to this program. Graduate students who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, who will participate in the program in order to earn academic graduate credit as a "student-at-large" (SAL) must be admitted as an SAL to the graduate school and the program.


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Program Fees


NIU PROGRAM COST:  The program cost pays for the following cost-related services:
   
    1)    Housing, breakfast seven days a week, and dinner Sunday through Wednesday in the College Dining Hall
    2)    Use of an Oriel College Common Room and the College Library
    3)    Two program-related field trips
    4)    Six hours of NIU undergraduate or graduate credit
    5)    NIU International Travel Insurance
 
Program Cost: $7,585
*This amount represents the total in charges and fees that will be paid to NIU for this program.  Please note that the following charges will post individually on your MyNIU account:
•    Study Abroad Program Charge
•    Instructional Cost
•    NIU Academic Program Enhancement Fee

All prices quoted are subject to change.  The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented.  Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.    
     
Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad.  Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.
   
ADDITIONAL COSTS TO PARTICIPANTS
  •     Cost of acquiring an American passport (approximately $135 including two passport pictures)
  •     Roundtrip airfare between the U.S. and London
  •     Transportation from Heathrow or Gatwick Airports to Oxford
  •     Meals not provided as part of the NIU program package
  •     $40 Undergraduate application for non-NIU undergraduate students or $10 Student-at-Large application fee for graduate-level students.
  •     Textbooks
  •     Theatre tickets and other entrance fees (beyond program-related field trips)
  •     Purchases of a personal nature
  •     Independent travel


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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, applicants may be eligible for:  Pell Grant, SEOG, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or Unsubsidized Stafford Loan, MAP Award or you’re privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization.
    
If you are an NIU student and plan to apply for aid or loans to supplement this study abroad program you must contact the NIU Financial Aid and Scholarship Office in Swen Parson 245, (815) 753-1395 to discuss your current aid package and what you might be eligible for during the Summer term. Tuition waivers do not apply. Please contact the Study Abroad Office at niuabroad@niu.edu for more information or visit https://www.niu.edu/study-abroad/costs/index.shtml.
   

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program after February 1, 2019 will not be refunded the $200 application fee/program deposit.

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after February 1, 2019 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:
  1. The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
  2. NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents; and
  3. The program has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory is issued for the U.K, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Advisory is issued for the U.K., students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.

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Passport/Visa Information

All participants are expected to possess a passport in order to participate in this program.  Important Note:  U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas.  Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately. 

Information on acquiring a passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s Website:  http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.html.  U.S. passport holders do not need special visas for this seminar.  Non-U.S. passport holders may need special visas for travel in England and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.


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Contact Information

 QUESTIONS?
Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700
Email: niuabroad@niu.edu

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