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May 05th, 2021

Oxford Brookes University

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Semester Abroad
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, England
Noted the “best modern university in the United Kingdom,” Oxford Brookes University (OBU) has grown into one of the UK’s top modern universities with a local, national, and international reputation for teaching and research excellence. They have a commitment to think globally, to grow their international footprint, and further their already award-winning research. Students will experience their drive to teaching excellence.

OBU’s high student satisfaction with teaching quality is a result of exceptional academics who are talented, supported in their career development, and creative in their delivery. This provides engaged students with a stimulating learning experience, including opportunities to develop skills both inside and outside their studies, with co-curricular projects to fuel their enthusiasm and hone their abilities. Oxford Brookes is one of the few universities in the UK to have 24 subjects rated as excellent for teaching. Each term Oxford Brookes welcomes 18,800 students from various cultural and social backgrounds on three campuses. The city of Oxford hosts more than 30,000 students, which promises a youthful and cosmopolitan atmosphere--it is one of the most famous university towns in the world! From Oxford city center, it's a ten-minute public bus ride or a mile and a half walk to campus. With a local bus pass, you'll be able to get around town very easily. The University can also help you rent a bike for the semester if you wish.

The campus itself is rather modern and very compact with the properties managed by the university's accommodation office all an easy walk from the main classroom building, the student center, and the various student support offices. OBU offers excellent accommodation, first-class sports facilities, and support services, and is located in a city teeming with things to do –- Oxford Brookes has everything you need to make the most of student life and the International Student Advice Team is available to help you discover it. Visit the Student Union to join clubs and societies to connect with other students and become engaged at OBU. Become active with the various sports and clubs or workout at one of the various facilities on and near campus.

One of the world’s most famous student cities, Oxford is big enough to offer something for everyone, yet small enough to feel welcoming and accessible. The city’s many museums and galleries, like the Ashmolean and the Modern Art Oxford, are world-renowned and there is a wide range of theatres, cinemas, and live music venues, as well as parks and scenic riverside walks.

With around 30,000 students from all over the world, Oxford offers a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The city is full of restaurants and cafes, so you will find plenty of places to eat and relax. You’ll find a wide range of independent shops and international chain stores. Oxford is well-known for its covered market, established in 1774, selling food, clothing, jewelry, and arts and crafts. You’ll also find great nightlife, with plenty of bars and nightclubs. Visit the famous Eagle and Child pub where Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien met with other authors to discuss their work and explore Crowley Road, Oxford’s main multicultural area, which is a popular destination for students.

London is only one hour away by train and there are also cheap and frequent bus services between the main campus and the capital that run 24 hours a day. Its location also makes Oxford a great base for exploring other parts of the UK. The city’s user-friendly transportation network makes it easy to visit major cities like Bristol and Birmingham, or you can enjoy the natural beauty of the countryside in the Cotswolds, an area of small towns and villages considered to be ‘typically English’.
Program Fees
Tuition & Academic Fees
Standard HPU rates to be paid to HPU.
OBU rates to be paid to OBU.
Meals are self-catered.
Health & Safety Plan
At the time of publishing, the rate is estimated at $325 per semester, to be paid to HPU.
Additional Expenses
Students will be responsible for all travel, immigration, and personal and other expenses.
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford, England
Applications are due during the spring semester prior to the study abroad term.
Fall Semester Study Abroad:
- September through December
- Application Deadline: March 1

Spring Semester Study Abroad:
- January through May
- Application Deadline: May 1
2.75 GPA & Sophomore Status
Office of Global Education, Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Courses (what we refer to as majors) at Oxford Brookes are made up of modules (or classes) – self-contained classes that are taught and assessed independently of each other. A single undergraduate module will involve approximately 150 study hours in total, which includes attending lectures and seminars, as well as independent study and assessment. Most modules are worth 7.5 ECTS (European credit values, from European Credit Transfer System), or 15 CATS (British credit values, from Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme), which will transfer as 4 credits at HPU. You will need to take the equivalent of 4 single modules per semester; however, you can add a 5th module if it is a language module (Academic English, Spanish, French, etc).

*NOTE: Undergraduate modules are offered at levels 4, 5, or 6 at OBU. Level 7 modules are graduate courses. HPU students must select modules at Level 4, 5, and/or 6 only.

In order to have a full-time study status, you must have a minimum of 30 ECTS (60 CATS) per semester. Students normally study 4 modules each semester; however, students will need to list 8 or more modules per semester (in order of priority) on their HPU Study Abroad Application to allow for circumstances such as timetable clashes. It’s best practice to get even more courses pre-approved for equivalency transfer. Please note that Stage I refers to year 1 modules and Stage II refers to years 2 and 3 modules. Formal contact hours are likely to be between three hours per week in subjects such as humanities and social sciences, and six hours per week in science or technology and some vocational subjects. Formal teaching takes place over the first 12 weeks of the semester, with the last weeks available for examinations if these are part of the module assessment.
Credit Transfer
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn at least a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the international transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.