FALL 2013: Study Abroad at Hertford College, Oxford University
Woodrow Wilson School students are eligible to apply to the fall-term program at the University of Oxford. Developed with the full cooperation of Hertford College, the program allows Princeton students to study at Oxford University as visiting students, complete the required Policy Task Force, and receive a full semester of Princeton credit.
Hertford College, one of the constituent colleges of Oxford University, lies at the very center of Oxford, on one of its most beautiful streets. The college is immediately opposite the main library of the university, the Bodleian, and within a short walk of all other principal libraries and laboratories of the university. Hertford has a deserved reputation for friendliness and informality, while expecting and maintaining high academic standards. There are 375 undergraduates and 150 graduate students at Hertford.
Princeton students will arrive in Oxford five weeks before the start of the Oxford academic year. During the first four weeks, the students will take a seminar on modern British political history and will also begin their weekly Policy Task force meetings. In week five, classes do not meet to allow students to participate in "Freshers' Week," Oxford's version of our Orientation Week. During the Michaelmas Term students take one minor and one secondary tutorial.
Tutorials, which normally last one hour, are given each week to students either individually or in pairs. They are supplemented by classes and seminars, sometimes organized by college tutors and sometimes by the university, for all colleges. Lectures are organized by the university. College tutors advise their students about attending lectures, participating in laboratory and field work, and how to approach their studies. Attendance at lectures is not compulsory, but undergraduates may spend on average between six and ten hours a week attending lectures. Students may attend lectures in subjects other than those they are studying.
The character of tutorials will vary from subject to subject. Usually undergraduates present an essay or a solution to a set of problems, which they discuss with their tutor. Oxford undergraduates are encouraged to think independently and creatively, to learn to work quickly and efficiently, and to express themselves concisely and accurately. These are skills which they will find valuable in later life. Attendance at tutorials during the term is obligatory. Proper preparation for each tutorial is required.