Oxford and Cambridge
Haverford allows students to attend the Cambridge and Oxford universities through yearlong Junior Year Abroad programs (JYA).
Students may apply for study at one of Haverford's partner colleges or at any of the non-partner colleges which accept visiting students for full-year study. Semester study is not an option.
How it Works
- You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 and 3.7 minimum GPA in the subject you wish to study, no exceptions. A college may require higher GPAs in the intended area of study.
- The emphasis at Oxford and Cambridge is to study a single subject—or a specific combination of subjects—in depth.
- One full year at Oxford equals 8 credits at Haverford. Students who do not complete the year will not receive any credit, no exceptions.
- You must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
- You should have completed at least two years of study at Haverford.
- Nominations for the Partner Colleges must be made by the Faculty Advisory Board.
Haverford has agreements with several partner colleges at both Oxford and Cambridge.
- If you apply to a partner college and are accepted you are required to attend and will not be permitted to return to Haverford if you withdraw from the program before completion. No early departures for any reason, including internship opportunities.
- Students are responsible for all unrecoverable expenses.
- The application is a binding contract—you may only apply to one partner college.
The internal nomination process is designed to assist well-equipped students in completing the best possible application for JYA at Oxford or Cambridge. You will receive specific instructions about the internal nominating process at the Mandatory Oxbridge Information Session. If you do not attend the session you will not be considered for nomination.
Students may decide to apply directly to a non-partner college at Oxford or Cambridge. Qualified students should consider the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
- When applying to a partner or non-partner college, make sure the college accepts JYA students for your intended area of study. Many colleges are unable to accept visiting students for study in oversubscribed subjects.
- Colleges restrict the number of JYA students who attend; sometimes a college will only accept a single JYA applicant from across the entire globe.
- Applications are non-binding, but admission is extremely competitive.