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Study Abroad in Oxford

Oxford life is treating me incredibly well . . . I've had incredible discussions and have learned a lot, mostly about myself and how I learn best, in my time here . . .

 . . . I have made full use of the Thames Path for running up Botley, it's an absolutely gorgeous location and Suzanna and I have done a few longer runs there together. Oxford is a beautiful place to be, especially at 6 AM on the Thames when I go out for rowing! I have had so many brilliant opportunities here.
A few of the girls and I also had the opportunity to go to the Union Ball a few weekends ago, and it was absolutely incredible. The culture here (in Europe, generally, but particularly the student atmosphere in Oxford) is so vibrant from all of the youth involvement . . . It's been nice to see that my fellow CUA comrades are also learning (as well as sometimes struggling) through tutorials, and that we're all still enjoying the city...a group of us went to see the Wickerman burn in South Park for Guy Fawkes Day! So many incredible opportunities... 
-Lieren, Class of 2012


UHP students who wish to participate in the CUA Oxford program should check the CUAbroad website for details.


Merkel Fund

The Honors Program has two or more $500 scholarships available each semester which can be used for study abroad or other academic endeavors involving travel. These scholarships operate on a reimbursement fund basis. 


To apply, simply email a one-page letter describing where you will travel, what you will be doing there, and your proposed budget (for example, airfare, fees, meals) for the scholarship money, to the Honors Program (see Contact Us page), or bring it by one of our offices (McMahon 112A or B09). 



Award decisions will be sent to students a few weeks after the deadline.

  • Friday, November 6th is the deadline for students traveling or attending conferences during Spring 2016.
  • Friday, March 4th is the deadline for students traveling or attending conferences during Summer 2016 or Fall 2016.  



The Dr. Ingrid Merkel Endowed Honors Program Fund is used to provide financial support to the University Honors Program. Distributions for the fund may be used for costs of participation by Program students in international educational programs, study abroad programs for academic credit, or other educational or enrichment travel conducted in conjunction with the Program; travel and other costs of participation by Program students in scholarly, academic, or professional conferences; costs of participation by Program students in research projects costs of faculty development in furtherance of the academic mission of the Program; and other aspects of the Program at the Fund Manager's discretion.

Click here to learn about Dr. Ingrid Merkel and the founding of the University Honors Program.

Program Details    
Study abroad in Oxford is arranged through the Center for Global Education at CUA in coordination with the
Oxford Study Abroad Programme (OSAP) in Oxford, and features a variety of custom-designed individual tutorials covering topics mostly in the liberal arts and taught by prominent university scholars. Students are placed in colleges considered among the best at Oxford University. Students can study either during the Michaelmas Term (fall semester), the Hilary Term (spring semester) or the late Trinity Term (summer), and have the option of taking a small group tutorial on C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, or British Politics, along with two individual tutorials.  Students live in student housing in and around the center of Oxford. This program provides qualified CUA undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to study at one of the world's most prominent and challenging schools.