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UVA in England: International Residential Colleges
London, United Kingdom; Oxford, United Kingdom (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Spring Embedded
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Spring Embedded
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5
Open to Non-UVa Students:
No Enrollment Restricted to: IRC Residents
Housing: Hotel Language of Instruction: English
Credit Type:
Direct Credit
Program Type:
Faculty led
Tuition Payments Made To:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Kathleen McLaren-Hawking
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Program Description:
Students at the Tower Bridge

UVA in England: International Residential Colleges


UVA in England: International Residential Colleges is a unique education abroad experience offered to residents of the International Residential College. Through visits to a few of Oxford’s residential colleges, students will have the opportunity to consider what structures and programs they may wish to integrate into the offerings at UVA’s residential colleges. The visit to London will permit students to learn how to navigate in a global metropolitan city and take advantage of the museums, monuments, theater and cultural sites.


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This program will visit historic sites in Oxford, including the famous residential colleges, the Bodleian Library, and the pubs that inspired Lewis Carroll and J.R.R. Tolkien. After Oxford, the group will travel to London and visit St. Paul’s, the Tower of London, the British Museum and other must-see sites.

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Students will be enrolled in INST 2500: IRC in London and Oxford: Residential Colleges in the 2018 spring semester. This is a 1 credit course that is graded CR/NC.
The class will meet weekly on Grounds in the IRC to prepare students for the visit to Oxford’s residential colleges and sites in London. Class meetings prior to departure will ask students to conduct online research about how to navigate on foot in Oxford or via the Tube in London. Students will also give class presentations about the sites that will be visited. The class will journey as a group, first to Oxford and then to London from March 4-11 during UVA’s spring break. Upon returning to Grounds, the class will meet again on Grounds in the IRC to reflect on their experiences and to discuss new ideas they may wish to implement in our residential college after visiting residential colleges in Oxford.

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Sandra Seidel |

Program director and Dean Sandra Seidel serves as an Association Dean in the College of Arts & Sciences and as the Director of Studies at the International Residential College. The opportunity to visit residential colleges in Oxford to bring ideas back to residential colleges at UVA is a key goal of this journey. Another purpose is to learn to navigate and appreciate the diverse culture offerings in London, one of the world’s most global cities.

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Students will be housed at Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel in Oxford. While in London, students will reside in flats at the Acorn at Bedford Place in London.

Cost and Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.

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The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


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All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. All students must consult for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.

This program is currently not accepting applications.