This Junior Year Abroad Program is open to a limited number of juniors, who live and study for the year at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University. Harris Manchester College traces its history back more than 200 years, though it only moved to Oxford in 1889. It descends from a distinguished tradition of “dissenting academies,” institutions of higher learning founded to provide instruction to those who dissented from and who were not members of the Church of England. Among its early teachers were Jean-Paul Marat, the French revolutionary; Joseph Priestley, the discoverer of oxygen; and John Dalton, the developer of modern atomic theory.
Tutorial instruction is available primarily in English, geography, history, religion, philosophy and politics. To browse courses, click here. The academic calendar is that of the university. In each of the three terms – Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity – students receive a major tutorial (two credits) and a minor tutorial (one credit), for a total accumulation of nine course credits. Note: Oxford colleges now strictly enforce a 3.5 GPA admission requirement for incoming international students. Students studying off-campus in the fall can bring up to 4.5 credits back to campus; students studying off-campus in the spring with interim can bring up to 5.5 credits back to campus.
For years, Manchester’s principal educational purpose was to train men and women for the ministry in the Unitarian Church. Today the college is a fully chartered college of the University of Oxford for mature undergraduate and postgraduate students, and thus all the university’s services and facilities – libraries, lectures, associations, sports – are open to its students. It is situated in the heart of Oxford and its neo-Gothic architecture, faculty organization and student lifestyle are like those of any other Oxford college. To learn more about student life at Manchester, click here; to learn more about student life at the University of Oxford in general, click here. Between terms are breaks of about a month, which students may use as they wish at their own expense.
Students live in residence halls on campus. To learn more about accommodations, click here.
Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor, Charles Taliaferro.
BRITAIN: HARRIS-MANCHESTER APPROVED GE CREDITS