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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 in Balliol College at Oxford University. The English department is the largest in the UK and subjects include Practical Criticism, Introduction to Old English, Medieval Literature, Early Modern Literature, Shakespeare, Restoration and Augustan Literature, Victorian Literature, and Modern Literature. You are eligible to receive nine credits for the year abroad, and can earn credits towards the English major that may be applied towards its historical distribution requirement.


The application period for the full year 2021-2022 abroad opens in Febraury. They are open to receiving applications from interested students if the Travel Policy permits travel to England. Your application will need to include supplemental 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.

What is the application timeline and approval process?
  • February 15: The Balliol application will open.
  • April 15: The Balliol application deadline.
  • April 16 – Early May: All applications will be reviewed for conditional approval, with the condition that travel is not restricted by the Travel Policy on June 1.
  • If travel is restricted for your intended country/ies on June 1, 2021: you will be notified by the end of the day that the program that is not eligible under the Travel Policy. If you did not select an eligible second-choice location, your application will be withdrawn.This travel restriction decision will be final even if the travel restriction is lifted after June 1 and before the program start date.


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. You'll 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 transfer credits after completing the three terms at Balliol. All credit is applicable to the English major. Please speak with a study abroad adviser if you already have transfer credits on your transcript.


  • English Major
  • Minimum 3.7 GPA
  • Completion of three Foundational Courses (English 125/126/127/128)
  • 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 Michaelmas 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 (meals) directly to Balliol/Oxford. 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 and admitted, 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

Health Insurance

During this program, you will not be covered Yale Health if that is your current health inusrance at Yale. It is your responsibility to make sure you are covered by adequate health insurance, either through the program, or by purchasing another travel health insurance. The Yale Travel Toolkit has information about how to identify adequate health insurance coverage.

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. When applying for a visa, you'll have to send your passport away to obtain your visa in your passport. This means that you might not be able to travel abroad in the summer prior to your year at Oxford depending on when you get your passport back. 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