Programs: Universities of Oxford & Cambridge
View over Trinity College, Gonville and Caius and Clare College towards King's College Chapel, seen from St Johns College chapel, Cambridge (UK). Photo by Bob Tubbs, 1997.
Haverford College has agreements with several partner Colleges at the University of Cambridge or University of Oxford, England. These are one year programs - semester study is not an option except for the spring semester study option at Pembroke College at Cambridge.
- Apply to one of Haverford's Cambridge and Oxford partner colleges. Students must be nominated by the International Academic Programs Oxbridge Nominating Committee. Please see the procedures for applying to a partner college.
- Apply directly to any non-partner Cambridge or Oxford College's Junior Year Abroad (JYA) program.
Students may apply to any partner or non-partner Cambridge or Oxford College. Students should consider the advantages and disadvantages of either option. Competition to be accepted to JYA programs at either college is stiff, however, the chances of acceptance increase significantly by applying to a partner college. If students choose to apply to a partner college and are accepted they are required to attend. The application itself is a binding contract, thus students may only apply to one partner college.
Students who choose the second option and apply directly to a non-partner college have the option of declining acceptance once they have applied. However, the number of students accepted who apply directly to a non-partner college is very limited; sometimes a college will only accept a single JYA applicant from across the entire globe.
When applying to a partner or non-partner college, please make sure that the college to which you wish to apply accepts JYA students for your subject. Check to see how many applicants are accepted in the subject you wish to study (this will vary from year to year). The application process can be confusing at times!
Four aircraft queue at London Heathrow Airport, England. Photo by Adrian Pingstone, 2005.
Tier4 General & Child Student (INF 29): From 31st March 2009, all applicants intending to study in the UK will have to apply for their visa under the new system. This explains what you need to do if you wish to come to the United Kingdom. More comprehensive guidance is available on the UK Border Agency website, which is the definitive version.
UK Border Agency: a number of quick guides for students applying for a visa to come to the United Kingdom to study.
Passport: All international travel requires a passport. If you already have a passport, make sure it is neither expired nor set to expire within six months after your intended date of return from study abroad. If you need to renew your passport or apply for the first time, start early! The process may take several weeks.
Applying for an adult student visa - Tier 4 (General): This quick guide explains how you can apply for an adult student visa under Tier 4 (General) of the points-based system.
International Student ID Card (ISIC): We recommend that students obtain an International Student Identification Card before leaving the United States. It not only allows small discounts on meals at student restaurants, trains, flights, hostels, etc., but it also serves as acceptable identification in most cases, eliminating the necessity of carrying your passport on. Each ISIC provides basic accident, sickness, and also medical evacuation and repatriation insurance for travel outside of the United States. It also includes a $250 passport replacement policy that reimburses the loss of the Insured’s passport during the Insured’s trip. These identification cards are available through the STA Travel website.