Princeton Program: University of Oxford, Hertford College (WWS Program)
Woodrow Wilson School students are eligible to apply to the fall-term program at the University of Oxford. Developed with the full cooperation of Hertford College, the program allows Princeton students to study at Oxford University as visiting students, complete the required Policy Task Force, and receive a full semester of Princeton credit. Princeton students will arrive in Oxford five weeks before the start of the Oxford academic year. During the first four weeks, the students will take a seminar on modern British political history and will also begin their weekly Policy Task force meetings. In week five, classes do not meet to allow students to participate in "Freshers' Week," Oxford's version of our Orientation Week. During the Michaelmas Term students take one minor and one secondary tutorial.
Hertford College, one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford, lies at the very center of Oxford, on one of its most beautiful streets. The college is immediately opposite the main library of the university, the Bodleian, and within a short walk of all other principal libraries and laboratories of the university. Hertford has a deserved reputation for friendliness and informality, while expecting and maintaining high academic standards. There are 375 undergraduates and 150 graduate students at Hertford.
The University of Oxford, established in the 12th century, is composed of 39 independent, self-contained, self-governing colleges and six Permanent Private Halls, founded at different times in the past 800 years. Of the 39 colleges, 30 admit students for undergraduate degrees. Each of these colleges and halls selects its own students, houses them for at least the first year, provides their meals, meeting rooms (called common rooms), libraries, sports and social facilities, and assumes responsibility, primarily through the tutorial system, for their academic studies. The university, on the other hand, provides the laboratories, the central lecture halls, the libraries and museums, prescribes courses and syllabi, and is in charge of university examinations and awarding degrees.
The City of Oxford is a blend of businesses and colleges (the latter representing many architectural periods) with a population of 160,000. Along with high tech industries and several publishing houses, Oxford is home to a large variety of shops, including large department stores and small shops, and many excellent bookstores. The city provides ample opportunity for sightseeing, visiting museums, and attending theater and musical performances