Oxford Travel Portion

Overview

Georgia Tech’s Oxford Program takes place every summer and is composed of two sections: Travel Portion & In-Residence.  Students wishing to participate on the program (Travel Portion + In-Residence) should select "Oxford Summer Program" when applying on OIE's website.  Students must participate in both the Travel Portion and the In-Residence Portion. Participating in the Travel Portion only or In-Residence only is not currently an option.

During the first half of the program, students journey by bus to multiple European cities.  Each group consists of 55 students, 2 professors and 1 Group Leaders.  Students take 2 courses during this portion of the program; they attend lectures and visit numerous sites that enhance and contribute to their courses.  After spending 1 week studying in Atlanta and 5 weeks learning on the road, students complete their  travel portion coursework and head for Oxford, England for the second portion of the program. 

A Typical Day on the Road:
  • 7:00 AM -  Breakfast in the hotel
  • 8:00 AM -  Museum #1
  • 10:30 AM - City Walking Tour
  • 12:00 PM - Grab a Quick Lunch
  • 1:30 PM - Museum #2
  • 3:00 PM - Free Time
  • 7:00 PM - Concert
  • 10:00 PM - You're finally done!!!

 

Destinations

Travel portion destinations are chosen based on their relevance to the COA 2242 and MUSI 4813 syllabi. Click on each city to view an interactive map of museums, attractions, restaurants, etc.

 Paris, France 

 Prague, Czech Republic 

 Vienna, Austria

 Florence, Italy

 Venice, Italy

 Rome, Italy

 

Each Group will have one or two cities specific to its itinerary. These cities are:

 Munich, Germany - Group 1

 Berlin, Germany - Group 2

 Krakow, Poland - Group 2

 Budapest, Hungary - Group 3

 Brussels, Belgium - Groups 1 & 3

 Antwerp, Belgium - Group 3

 Brugge, Belgium - Groups 1

 

Housing & Meals

Housing

  • While traveling throughout Europe, participants stay in various hotels pre-arranged by the Oxford Program staff. Students will share a room with one or two roommates.
  • No housing is provided by the program during the pre-departure classes in Atlanta; students are encouraged to stay with family and friends in the Atlanta area. Once accepted to the program, you will be given the opportunity to notify Oxford Program Staff of your housing needs.  If you require pre-departure housing in Atlanta and would like to be put in touch with other students to split the cost, you will notify the program of this via a Tsquare survey once spring semester has commenced.

Meals

  • Breakfast will be provided every morning in each hotel.  A Welcome Dinner will be provided on the first night in every city. Students are responsible for the remaining meals. 

Courses

Please see the Courses section below for information regarding Travel Portion courses.

Oxford In-Residence

Overview

Following the completion of the Travel Portion, students will arrive in Oxford, England to complete 6 more credit hours while living in Oxford, UKAll Travel Portion students must also participate in the Oxford In-Residence program.  When applying for the program, please make sure to choose "Oxford Summer Program" on OIE's website. In order to accommodate as many students as possible on both the Travel & In-Residence portions, participating in Oxford In-Residence only is not currently an option for applicants.

A Typical Day in Oxford:

  • 8:00 AM - Wake up! It's time for breakfast at the Mansfield College Cafe!
  • 9:30 AM - Head to your first of two daily (Mon-Thurs) classes 
  • 1:00 PM - Walk over to the Covered Market for a sandwich from Oxford Sandwich Company or a treat from Ben's Cookies or Moo Moo Milkshakes
  • 2:00 PM - Spend your afternoon exploring Oxford--shop the Gloucester Green open air market, take a jog through Port Meadow or University Parks, visit Oxford's other colleges, study at Queen's Lane Coffee House, or go punting on the river
  • 5:30 PM - Dinner in the Mansfield College's historic dining hall
  • 6:30 PM - Head over to the pitch for an evening soccer practice, or take a simple stroll through Christ Church Meadow & by the Cherwell River
  • 8:00 PM - Take some time to do homework or study and prepare to do it all over again tomorrow
  • 10:00 PM - You're finally ready for some rest--unless you've got enough energy to head to the College Bar for trivia night with your friends!

 

Destinations

 Oxford, England

Possible Weekend/Day Trip Destinations

London • Bath • Liverpool • Cornwall • Stonehenge • Stratford-Upon-Avon • The Cotswolds • Edinburgh • Scottish Highlands • Dublin • Cardiff • Switzerland Spain • Iceland • Norway ...and don't forget to spend at least one weekend in Oxford!

 

Housing & Meals

Housing

All students will receive a housing assignment at Mansfield College in Oxford. Each student's room will have either a common or ensuite bathroom, and a common kitchen area on the hall or in the building.  

Meals 

Breakfast and dinner are provided at the Mansfield College dining hall starting with dinner on Sunday evening through breakfast on Friday morning. Meals are not provided Friday evening through Sunday morning as most students travel on the weekends.    

 

Courses

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Courses

Students take two courses during the Travel Portion and another two courses of their choosing during their six-week stay in Oxford. These courses are taught by Georgia Tech faculty members and are Georgia Tech classes; students do not need to transfer credit back to Georgia Tech. Students register for courses just the same as they do for courses here on Atlanta's campus—By logging into Oscar and registering for courses once your time ticket opens. Students participating in the Oxford Program will earn a total of 12 credit hours.

All students must take the same two courses for the duration of the travel portion because the coursework is heavily integrated into each city that is visited.  These two courses are: 

  • ID 2242: History of Art & Architecture - Kasie Alt, Michael Kemling, Tiffanie Townsend
  • MUSI 3621: Composers & Their Music - Geoffrey Haydon, Serena Scibelli, Jerry Ulrich

Travel Portion classes begin in Atlanta during the week of pre-departure classes and conclude the day before arrival to Oxford. Each course is 3 credit hours, so students earn a total of 6 credit hours on the Travel Portion. Times, locations, and professors will be announced closer to departure in May. 

Students will choose two courses to take during the Oxford In-Residence portion for a total of 6 more credit hours. 

2019 In-Residence Course Offerings

COURSETITLE
COE 2001 + AE 2801Statics
COE 3001Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
CS 1315Introduction to Media Computation
CS 4001Computing and Society
HTS 3031European Labor History
HTS 3032Intellectual History of Modern Europe
HTS 3033History of Medieval England
MGT 2210Information Systems & Digital Transformation
MGT 3745Business Programming
MSE 2001Principles and Applications of Engineering Materials
PUBP 3000 (Honors Program)U.S. Constitutional Issues
PHIL 3127

Science, Technology, and Human Values

 

2018 In-Residence Course Offerings

COURSE/CRNTITLE
COE 2001 + AE 2801Statics
COE 3001Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
CS 1315Introduction to Media Computation
CS 4001Computing and Society
HTS 3033History of Medieval England
HTS 3080History of Rocketry
HTS 2084Technology and Society
MGT 2106Legal, Social, Ethical Aspects of Business
MGT 3607Business Ethics
PUBP 3000 (Honors Program)U.S. Constitutional Issues
PHIL 3127Science, Technology, and Human Values
ECE 3710 + 2801 (3 hrs)

Circuits and Electronics

 
 
2017 In-Residence Course Offerings
COURSE/CRNTITLE
COE 2001 + AE 2801Statics
COE 3001Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
CS 1315Introduction to Media Computation
CS 4001Computing and Society
HTS 3033History of Medieval England
MGT 4056Electronic Commerce
MGT 4058Database Management
MSE 2001Principles and Applications of Engineering Materials
MSE 3015Electrical, Optical, & Magnetic Properties of Materials
PUBP 3000 (Honors Program)U.S. Constitutional Issues
PHIL 3127Science, Technology, and Human Values
HTS 3055Globalization in the Modern Era
 
2016 In-Residence Course Offerings:

Important Dates

The Travel Portion begins with pre-departure courses in Atlanta and concludes upon arrival to Oxford. Students will also be responsible for attending 2 group meetings with their Group Leaders prior to departure; specific dates will be chosen closer to the departure date. Below is a general timeline for pre-departure:

Important Pre-Departure Dates/Timeline:
DateWhat's Happening
August 20thOIE Begins Accepting Applications
TBD - Mid OctoberFinalized Course List Published
December 15thApplication Deadline*
TBD - Mid-FebruaryOxford Part I Orientation--Mandatory
TBD - Mid-FebruaryPayment I Due
TBD - Late MarchOxford Part II Orientation--Mandatory
TBD - Late MarchPayment II Due
TBD - Early MayFinancial Aid is disbursed into student accounts; if you have deferred your payments, all payments should be made by this day.
TBD - Late MayFinal day to pay tuition without being penalized by the Bursar
 
Important Program Dates/Timeline
DateWhat's Happening?
May 20th - May 25thPre-Departure Courses in Atlanta**
May 28thDepart with Travel Group for Continental Europe
May 29th

Travel Groups Arrival in Continental Europe

Group 1: Paris (CDG)

Group 2: Berlin (TXL)

Group 3: Rome (FCO)

June 29thFinal Exams for Travel Courses
June 30thAll Groups Arrive in Oxford
July 1stOxford In-Residence Courses Begin
August 9th - August 10thFinal Exams for Oxford In-Residence Courses
August 11thProgram Ends - Students Depart Oxford***

*Although the official application deadline is December 15th, in past years the program has consistently filled up by October. If you want to secure your spot on the program, we recommend you apply in August or September.

**No housing is provided by the program during the pre-departure classes in Atlanta; students are encouraged to stay with family and friends in the Atlanta area. Once accepted to the program, you will be given the opportunity to notify Oxford Program Staff of your housing needs. If you require pre-departure housing in Atlanta and would like to be put in touch with other students to split the cost, you will notify the program of this via a Tsquare survey at some point during spring semester.

***All Oxford Program students will be expected to fully participate in the Oxford Program from start to finish. Therefore, no exceptions will be made for students to miss any pre-departure class/exam days or depart early from the program.

Program Costs

Overview

There are 4 main costs associated with participation on the Oxford Program:

  • Program Fee
  • Airfare
  • Tuition
  • Personal Expenses

Remember, it’s never too early to start planning your budget or applying for scholarships.

*Students who choose not to participate in the program after submitting an application will be responsible for paying certain fees, depending on the date of cancellation. Refer to the cancellation policy for full details.

*All payments should be made directly to the Bursar's Office. For a complete listing of payment options, please click here. 

Note: Costs are subject to change.

Program Fee

  • Total Program Fee (Travel Portion + In-Residence):
    • For reference, usually the Program Fee is $9,600.00. The 2020 final Program Fee amount will be determined in Mid-October.
  • The Program Fee covers pre-arranged expenses such as housing, city-to city transportation, many but not all meals, museum and concert entrance fees, and health insurance.
The Program Fee is Paid in 3 Separate Installments:
  • A $500 deposit paid as part of the initial application process. This deposit is the first installment to the total program fee although students are not considered as completed applicants before paying this fee and completing all other application steps. Once accepted, the remaining Program Fee costs will be paid in two separate installments and will be due during the Spring semester. Students who wish to apply financial aid to Program Fee payments may request to defer the Program Fee payment to the Summer 2020 Financial Aid disbursement deadline. Please note that if any amount of expected financial aid is not awarded, the student is still responsible in full for program fee payments.

Airfare

All students participating in the Oxford Program will have the option to participate in the group flight. However, students are not required to fly with the group. Students who would like to participate should indicate so on the information to be turned in after acceptance. The group flight will include a round trip ticket from Atlanta to the first city on the travel group itinerary, and from London back to Atlanta. Group airfare for 2017 was $1,895.00 per ticket. Please note that this is the average price of the three different itineraries—it is not the exact cost of the ticket. This is done to ensure that students are not penalized for being placed in a group with a more expensive flight itinerary. Once a student has selected “YES” to the group flight option, all tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. 

Tuition

In-state students will pay regular tuition. Out-of-state students pay in-state tuition plus a $250.00 matriculation fee. Those receiving HOPE scholarship can apply it to tuition while studying abroad. All students are required to pay the Institute's regular technology fee and USG Institutional Fee.

ItemFull Program: In-StateFull Program: Out of State
Cost per Credit Hour$334.00$334.00
Total Tuition$4,008.00$4,008.00
Out-of-State FeeN/A$250.00
Technology Fee$107.00$107.00
USG Institutional Fee$544.00$544.00
TOTAL$4,659.00$4,909.00

 

Personal Expenses

Students often wonder what additional expenses they will incur while taking part in this program. Below is a table developed with several previous participants outlining some items not covered by the program fee and their respective costs. This table is meant as an estimate only and not a definitive list of expenses. Individual students may spend more or less on any or all of these items. Please note this list was created using particular exchange rates for both the British Pound and the Euro. Please visit the universal currency converter for the most current exchange rates.

ItemQuantityCostCurrencyConversion RateUSD Total
Travel Portion Meals35 Days20 €Euro1.15$805.00
Lunches in Oxford26 Meals7 £GBP1.32$240.24
Free Weekends5$200USD1$1,000.00
Miscellaneous Expenses $500USD1$500.00
Textbooks $300USD1$300.00
Estimated Total    $2,845.24

Scholarships

The Office of International Education (OIE) administers and awards $50,000+ in study abroad scholarship funding each year. OIE also serves as a resource for scholarships administered by other GT departments, national scholarship and fellowship awards, and other non-GT funding. We encourage you to review and utilize the information below, attend an information session, and schedule an advising appointment with our OIE Scholarships Advisor.

As you begin the process of funding your study abroad experience, we encourage you to:

  1. Plan ahead, 6-12 months in advance of your program departure date
  2. Attend a Study Abroad Scholarships Information Session
  3. Research Georgia Tech and non-Georgia Tech scholarship opportunities

Cancellation 

Students who choose not to participate in the program after submitting an application will be subject to the following fee schedule:

  1. Students cancelling after mid January must pay 25% of the program fee.
  2. Students cancelling after mid February must pay 50% of the program fee
  3. Students cancelling after mid March must pay 100% of the program fee

Group Flights are 100% non-transferable and non-refundable.

Georgia Tech reserves the right to alter (including a change to program fees) or cancel this program due to low enrollment, unavailability of a professor to teach a planned course, or other unforeseen circumstances. If Georgia Tech cancels the entire program before departure or while the program is in progress for reasons beyond its control, such as political unrest or danger to participants’ safety, only those fees that Georgia Tech is able to have refunded by service providers will be returned to participants.