The college has an outstanding faculty of permanent staff and specialist teachers, who work with students to create the exact academic options they need. In Oxford, there are specialists in virtually all fields of study. I learned so much about myself and made a ton of new friends. I really enjoyed the time I spent here. I will return to my home a person who has broadened her knowledge, expanded her respect for British culture and extended her horizons.
The classes and trips were absolutely fabulous and it was a real college experience. I loved it! Membership of the world-renowned Oxford Union is an entitlement for all students on the Gap program.
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The Union is managed by a student committee, who organise debates and other events each term. Visit the Union website — Oxford Union — for more information. This fee includes the use of specialist facilities and all consumables and equipment.
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There is no additional charge of VAT on any of the fees. Term dates are as stated above. However, the flexibility of our courses means that it is usually possible to enrol at the college at any time, especially for courses of individual tuition. Students either live in our various college residences, or with friendly local families in Oxford.
College residences are located in the centre of Oxford. A wide variety of options ensure that all students feel comfortable, happy and at home during their stay in Oxford. Some students feel ready for fully independent living — while some opt for a university student experience, and others prefer to live in a family environment.
Our Student Services Director is available to help arrange suitable accommodation and to provide pastoral support. All accommodation hosted by the College is situated within an eight-minute bike ride from the city centre. A student living with a family has a single study bedroom, with breakfast and evening meal provided. Some of these homes offer kitchen access for students who wish to make their own snacks.
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Close contact is maintained with host families, most of whom have been housing our students for a number of years. All accommodation new to the College is carefully inspected and checked with the police before being recommended to students. Home-stays are usually a bus journey away on a direct route that should take no more than 20 minutes — a little longer at peak times. The College has its own self-catering residence near the centre of the city, comprising three connected town houses.
Some rooms have a shared bathroom up to 3 students , while others have a private bathroom. There are also suites available — large and spacious rooms with a dressing area, private bathroom and study area included. There are 17 rooms available in total for both genders, with three large and well-equipped kitchen and lounge areas providing the students with a great communal social space. Each study room has a private bathroom, and there is a communal dining room and a separate living area with TV, together with kitchenettes throughout the residence.
Laundry service, breakfast and an evening meal are provided 7 days a week. The residence has hour staff cover by Residence Supervisors, who are available to give personal supervision and support at any time of the day or night. Rooms in our residences are normally taken for a full academic year.
On special occasions, fuller academic dress is used, including hoods. Gowns are always worn with a hood to graduation ceremonies at the Senate House , and the university sets out strict rules regarding which gown and hood a graduating student should wear, and with what. Hoods may also be worn when attending chapel with Choir Dress or a surplice. When wearing full academic dress, a person wears the gown, hood and headdress of the highest degree he or she has already received from the University of Cambridge.
Anyone who does not hold a Cambridge degree such as an undergraduate, or a graduate of another university normally wears a gown according to his or her status in Cambridge, i. Graduates of other universities may wear the academic dress of those universities on 'scarlet days', unless they are university officials or participating in a degree ceremony, but this has only been permitted since A graduand someone about to be presented for a degree wears the full Cambridge academic dress of the highest status degree that they already hold.
Graduands who do not already hold a Cambridge degree wear the gown appropriate to their status in the university, along with hood of the degree to which they are about to be admitted. Undergraduates, who do not yet hold a degree, wear their undergraduate gown, with the hood of the degree that they are about to receive. In the case of Medical students completing their clinical years graduands wear the gown and hood of the B.
Chir degree. This is due to the fact the B. Chir degree is conferred in absentia as soon as the list of people passing the Final M.
B examination is posted outside Senate House. This was to prevent the necessity for a 'double graduation' ceremony. As such it is common practice for students to hire the B. Chir academic dress, rather than purchase it, for it is superseded by the M. B academic dress post graduation. In the case of students who have completed both pre-clinical and clinical years at Cambridge, many alumni and graduates do not purchase the M. B academic dress, merely hiring it for any occasions requiring academic dress Alumni Formal Hall etc. Medical students graduate at the end of the third year with a Cambridge BA, and for this ceremony are treated as any other students graduating with a BA.
The full list of degrees and their order of seniority is given in the Ordinances of the university:  as a rule of thumb, higher doctorates outrank the PhD, which outranks master's degrees, which outrank bachelor's degrees. The gowns in use at Cambridge, like those generally used throughout the UK but not the US , are open-fronted. The main types seen are the undergraduate gown, Bachelor of Arts gown and Master of Arts gown, though the sleeves of graduates' gowns are adorned with various patterns that indicate the exact degree or degrees that they possess, and allow this to be determined even when hoods are not being worn.
In addition, for Scarlet days , Doctors either of Philosophy, or one of the more senior doctorates wear special dress gowns, distinguished by the use of scarlet. All undergraduate gowns resemble knee-length versions of the BA gown, and the basic gown is black, reaching down to just below the knees with an open pointed sleeve and the forearm seam left open.
Most colleges' gowns include minor variations on this pattern, such as sleeve decorations. The most distinct differences are the blue colour of the undergraduate gowns of Trinity and Caius and the blue facings of Selwyn.
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Illustrations and descriptions of the various collegiate gowns are available from the university's Heraldic and Genealogical Society website. Unlike in most other universities, except Oxford and Dublin , no bachelor's degree save the BA is awarded. All undergraduates at Cambridge traditionally graduated with a BA degree after three years, although it is now common for many graduates in scientific subjects also obtain a master's degree, such as an MEng or MSci, after a further year of study and graduate to both degrees at once.
In Cambridge, this period is six years from the end of the first term after matriculation provided this is at least two years from the award of the BA  — BAs are thus eligible for the MA at the first graduation ceremony in the seventh calendar year after matriculation. The BA gown is a long black stuff cloth gown with long bell-shaped sleeves to the wrists with the forearm seam left open from near the shoulder to around " from the wrist.
The gown is gathered at the back in a yoke, and falls down to just below the knees.
The BA hood is of black cloth, bound and half- lined in white fur, which by regulation is artificial. The MA gown is similar to the BA gown, except that it has "boot" sleeves, which are long, rectangular and closed at the ends, with a crescent cut out of each sleeve-end which curves at the top unlike the Oxford MA gown , and a horizontal arm-slit just above the elbow.
It falls down to calf length slightly longer than the BA gown and may be made of silk. The MA hood is of black silk lined in white silk. Other master's degree gowns vary from subject to subject at Cambridge; for example, the Master of Engineering MEng and M. The MPhil gown is the same as the MSci gown, but instead of an embroidered wheel, it has two buttons connected by a horizontal embroidered line at the shoulder.
Persons without a Cambridge degree including those with a degree from another university wear a "BA status" or "MA status" gown, which is identical to a BA or MA gown but with the "strings" black ribbons attached inside the shoulder removed. The BA status gown is for those aged under twenty-four while the MA gown is for those aged twenty-four or over. The rationale is that Cambridge students would usually join the university at 18, obtain their BA after three years, at 21, and their MA after a further three years, at Doctors in Cambridge have two forms of academic dress: undress and full dress or scarlet.
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