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Balliol College, Oxford University: Junior Year Abroad Program for Yale English Majors

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Program Information


Oxford, United Kingdom


Academic Year



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities


Direct Enrollment


English majors at Yale have the unique opportunity to spend their junior year studying at Balliol College, Oxford University. The English department is the largest in the UK and subjects include Victorian Literature, Introduction to Old English, Practical Criticism, Early Modern Literature, Medieval Literature, Shakespeare, Restoration and Augustan Literature. You are eligible to receive nine credits for the year abroad, and can earn credits towards the English major.


The application period for a Full Year 2017-2018 abroad opens on January 17, 2017. All application materials are due March 5, 2017, including supplementary materials from your residential college dean, the DUS of English, and a recommendation from a Yale faculty member. To access the application, click on "How to Apply" below.


Study at Oxford is focused on a single discipline – in this case, English literature – and instruction takes places in tutorials, in which students are taught individually, or in small groups, by a faculty tutor. Tutorials are supplemented by lectures offered by the university’s English faculty. You are eligible to attend any open lecture, even those in other subjects. Students generally take one primary tutorial (meets weekly) and one secondary tutorial (meets every two weeks) in each of the three terms. You will choose your subjects in consultation with the DUS of English at Yale.


You will be eligible for nine general Yale credits after completing the three terms at Balliol. All credit is applicable to the English major.


  • English Major
  • Minimum 3.7 GPA
  • Completion of English 125/126
  • Junior status at time of enrollment
  • Support of the Yale English Department
  • Meet general eligibility requirements for a Year or Term Abroad

Housing & Campus Life

Balliol College is located in the heart of Oxford, with easy access to libraries, museums, theaters and shopping. You will be housed in the main college site alongside the regularly enrolled Balliol students (a mixture of first and third year students). All rooms are singles with shared facilities (some have private bathrooms). Your are allowed to stay in college during the break between the Hilary & Trinity Terms (at an additional cost), but will need to vacate the premises between the Michelmas and Hilary terms (see below for term dates).

Visiting Yale students will have access to a variety of college and campus-wide activities. The University of Oxford has over 200 clubs and societies and a wide range of non-academic activities in which to become involved. In addition, you will be a member of the Junior Common Room (JCR). The JCR has an elected committee that brings issues to the college administration, arranges activities for the undergraduate population, runs a restaurant (The Pantry – reputed to offer very good food at cheap prices), and even provides the laundry facilities in the college.

Tuition & Financial Aid

You will be billed Yale tuition and room fees set for that academic year, but will pay board directly to Oxford. You also will be charged for, and enrolled in, medical insurance through UnitedHealthcare Global. Students choosing to stay on campus during the break between the Hilary and Trinity terms in the spring must pay for lodging, which is an additional cost. If you are approved to study on the Balliol program, you may use your Yale financial aid to help meet the costs of attending. For more information, please review the detailed information about Yale financial aid provided by Student Financial Services

Visa Application

Students studying in the UK for the full academic year must obtain a student visa. Once you have been admitted as a visiting student, the Oxford University admission office will provide visa documentation and assistance. You should start the visa application process at least 6-8 weeks prior to departing for the UK. This means that you will not be able to travel abroad in the summer prior to your year at Oxford. Before starting the application process, review the detailed information about obtaining a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa.


Learn More

Find detailed information about this program, including course information, dates, fees, and housing options, on the program website.

Review eligibility requirements, the application process, and deadlines:

How to Apply