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Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Oxford hardly needs any introduction. For more than eight hundred years, writers, scholars, artists and students have been attracted to this beautiful and historic city, drawn by its lively culture and academic atmosphere. Museums and restaurants-- from thirteenth century taverns to modern gastro-pub fare cuisine--abound, making the city a great scene for exploring British culture and history. The natural world is not far away --over 50 parks, meadows and nature reserves as well as the Oxford Canal and the rivers Thames and Cherwell to enjoy – and of course there’s punting too.
The Oxford Brookes exchange program is a specialized exchange agreement only open to Political Science majors in the College of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University-Newark. To discuss course offerings and equivalencies, please contact Mara Sidney,
Acting Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Co-Director, Global Urban Studies @ RU-N (Joint PhD Program in Urban Systems)
In order to have an idea of what classes are available, you should visit the Oxford Brookes University website.
Universities in the United Kingdom typically use a three-year system; thus, courses (known as "modules") at Brookes listed as “Level 4,” “Level 5,” and “Level 6” do not necessarily translate into first, second, and third year courses in the American system. More information can be found here. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in the UK offer upper-level courses at Levels 4 and 5. Courses at Level 6 tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and students should pay particular attention to prerequisite requirements.
You will need to be sure that you are registered as a full time student according to both Oxford Brookes and Rutgers University. At Oxford Brookes, students are expected to take the equivalent of 4 single modules per semester. You can add a 5th module if it is a language module. Typically, at least three of the modules you choose will be within your academic specialization.
The credit translation system between Oxford Brookes and Rutgers University is roughly 4:1, meaning a 15-credit course at the Oxford Brookes will be a 3-4-credit course on your Rutgers University transcript. It is not possible to take classes as not-for-credit or pass/fail.
The Oxford Brookes 2016-17 prospectus can be accessed here.
For information about Study Abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Fall Semester: Mid-September – Mid-December
Spring Semester: Late January – Mid-May
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.
Accommodations and Meals
Upon acceptance to Oxford Brookes, semester exchange students will automatically be allocated housing in an on-campus residence hall. Most single semester students will be allocated to non-ensuite self-catering rooms close to the Headington Campus.
Academic year-long exchange students must apply directly to the Oxford Brookes Accommodation Office in order to receive housing for the academic year.
In order to learn more about your choices of accommodation, please visit the Oxford Brookes University housing website.
Financial InformationFor more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view:
Fall budget sheet
Spring budget sheet.
For more information about Finances, including information about Financial Aid and Tuition Remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Rutgers Study Abroad withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching Scholarship opportunities as early as possible. You may find the following scholarships applicable to this program.
Center for Global Education Scholarships- Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Center for Global Education program during the fall/spring/academic year/summer. Applications will be released to students after their acceptance and are reviewed on a first-completed basis. For more information please visit the Scholarship section of our website.
Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships- Available to study abroad students who receive a Pell Grant. For more information about the scholarship and additional eligibility requirements please visit the Gilman website.
AASAP Scholarship - Each year the AASAP offers one 1000 pound scholarship. This application does take a bit of time to complete and is very competitive, so please give yourself ample time to complete it. Information about this scholarship and details about the due date can be found on the AASAP website.
BUTEX Scholarship- Each year BUTEX awards sixteen scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. For more information please visit the BUTEX website.
Please also visit the Scholarships section of our website for additional information about Rutgers and National Scholarships.