Maddie Stuart is a junior advertising and public relations major and business minor from Lincoln, Nebraska, who left for
Europe Thursday, June 30, on one of eight study abroad experiences offered through the UNL College of Business Administration.
She is one of 71 students participating in the 28th annual Nebraska at Oxford Program July 17-August 13 at the University of Oxford
in England, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Stuart is following in her father’s footsteps as he studied abroad
at Oxford in the program’s first class nearly 30 years ago. She is excited to Start Something abroad and share her academic and travel
experiences with the CBA community.
Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world, is comprised
of 38 independent self-governing colleges and six permanent private halls with a
total of more than 20,000 students.
The city of Oxford is located 57 miles northwest of London and has a population
of approximately 150,000. It offers a wide variety of activities, from the theater
and movies to sporting events, all of which can be reached by walking or bicycling,
the popular mode of transportation.
During the four-week period, students will take two lecture/tutorial courses concerning
the British political and international economic policy. Business students enroll
in ECON 466 and ECON 467, non-business students can enroll in ECON 466 and either
ECON 467 or ENGL/THEA 386. Students will enroll in two courses totaling 6 hours
of UNL credit. Students who enroll in both ECON courses may be eligible for an ECON
minor, see your academic advisor for more information.
ECON 466 - Political Economy of Britain Since 1945: Traces the
development of economic policy in Britain since World War II. Special emphasis is
placed on the Thatcher era, Britain and Europe, and the post-Thatcher economy.
ECON 467 - International Economics: Covers the British approach
to business and economics, including nationalism/privatization, legislation in the
United Kingdom, international trade, and business.
ENGL/THEA 386 - Shakespeare’s Dramatic Arts: Concentrates on Shakespeare
and the well-known literature of England since the Middle Ages. Field trips and
cultural excursions will supplement the course lectures and tutorials.
Final exams are scheduled for the last week of the program. Students prepare for
exams through study groups and additional individual readings. Grades for Economics
466 and 467 are based on final exam scores.
A variety of excursions are planned for students participating in the Nebraska at Oxford
Program. On the first Friday of the program, program participants take a trip to London
to see a West End show. During the third week of the program, students take a trip to
Stratford-upon-Avon to see a Shakespearean play at the Royal Shakespeare Theater.
Students also have the opportunity to attend the horse races at Sandown Park near
An open weekend for travel either in the United Kingdom or the European continent
provides students with an additional opportunity to travel. The extended weekend
is during the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the second week of the program. Some
popular destinations include Dublin, Ireland; Paris, France; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Amsterdam,
In addition to academics and excursions, students are offered a choice of daily
events. Interested students "sign up" for daily events before or after morning lectures.
Shakespearean plays performed in the gardens of Oxford college grounds, classical
music concerts, high tea at the Old Parsonage Hotel, and guest lectures are all
examples of cultural experiences presented to program participants. Football (soccer),
croquet, bicycling, ultimate frisbee, tennis, punting, basketball, rounders (cross
between cricket and baseball), are among the sporting events offered to program
Single rooms are standard at Oxford University. Students can also request a roommate
and share a double room which also includes more living space. Community bathrooms
are available for all students. Students who choose to have a roommate will share
a private bathroom with suitemates. Linens are included and are changed weekly by
the house keeping staff. Laundry rooms are centrally located and
included in the program fee. All meals are included in the program cost with breakfast,
lunch and dinner served at Oxford University.
The Nebraska at Oxford Program is UNL’s most popular program for many reasons.
It allows students to study at one of the most prestigious universities in the
world with classes taught by Oxford faculty. The courses offered are also UNL
credit hours, therefore students don’t need to worry about transferring credit.
The program offers opportunities build in to the daily activities to explore
Oxford and local cultural and historic sites. Due to Oxford’s location, day
trips to London are made easy by a short 90 minute bus ride. And after completing
this program, students have made connections with 70 other UNL students.
All UNL undergraduate students with at least sophomore standing and a 3.0 GPA are encouraged to apply;
highly motivated students with 2.5 - 2.99 GPA’s may also apply and be considered for acceptance. CBA
major students are required to have completed ECON 211 and ECON 212 before arriving in Oxford; they
are prerequisite courses for ECON 467. For non-CBA majors, an understanding of introductory economics
is helpful but not required.
Students interested in the Nebraska at Oxford Program apply through Education Abroad's online program,
MyWorld. Search for "Oxford" in the program search, select the
Nebraska at Oxford program and click "Apply Now".
Applications are accepted from August through the final deadline on Friday, November 13, 2015.
Individuals interested in the Oxford Study Abroad Program may apply online through the
MyWorld system hosted by the UNL Education Abroad Office. All students are required to
complete the online application, submit a professional resume, answer essay questions and
submit a UNL transcript. Apply online at
Education Abroad - http://educationabroad.unl.edu/. Search for
"Oxford" in the left-side search box, select the "UNL Faculty-Led: Nebraska at Oxford"
Program, and click "Apply Now". In order for an application to be reviewed, all application
materials must be complete and submitted by the application deadline.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the United Kingdom. A Travel Orientation will be held to assist students in learning more about planning and booking international travel to Europe; students interested in learning more about European travel should plan to attend a Travel Orientation. Review the information provided by the Education Abroad Office on Transportation if you have questions.
All students are required to have a passport for international travel to the UK.
International students may also be required to obtain a visa to enter the UK; the
Embassy or Consulate of the UK (and any other country the student plans to visit)
will provide information and services to students about how to obtain a student
visa and other entry requirements. US citizens do not require a visa in the European
Union if staying under 90 days. For more information visit:
CBA students should discuss general academic information about the program with
an Academic Advisor in CBA 114 and Non-CBA students should discuss how the classes
would apply to their degree with their previously assigned Academic Advisor.
Federal Financial Aid and many UNL scholarships may be used toward studying abroad through
the Nebraska at Oxford Program. Students planning to use Federal Financial Aid or want to
know whether their current scholarships/aid can be applied to studying abroad should speak
with a Study Abroad Financial Aid Counselor in the UNL Office of Scholarships and Financial
Aid in Canfield 17, (402) 472-2030. Scholarship opportunities can be found on the internet,
Education Abroad, or through CBA (for CBA students) by completing the Basic Scholarship
Application and the Scholarships and Financial Aid general application available on MyRed
from November 1 through February 1.
Public transportation is more readily available in Europe. Buses run regularly around
Oxford and to London and other local towns. Traveling by train offers students to
travel at an affordable rate. Bus and train schedules can be found on campus and
at the station. If a bus is not available you can take a taxi; always ask for the
fare before you choose your taxi because fares can be competitive. Busses and trains
are also convenient for your travel breaks. The London airports are also convenient
ways to travel, especially when going long distances, some very cheap fares can
be found from London to popular European destinations by using discount airlines.
Participants may be able to purchase or rent cell phones that are internationally
capable; students should check with their current cell phone provider regarding
internationally calling capability and current rates. Students may also call home
through use of an international phone card purchased in the US or at a convenience
store. Students can also make calls from one computer to another at no cost using
a program called Skype. In order to do this, both the caller and the receiver must
have the Skype software which can be downloaded for free. Additionally, students
may pay by the minute to call from a computer to a regular telephone line for a
very low rate. In order to use Skype, a headset with microphone is required. These
may be purchased in the U.S. at major retail stores or at select stores in England.
The program coordinators will help students determine the best way to send letters
packages home. Students can send postcards for no extra cost
as it's included within the program fee. There is also a post office in Oxford for
mailing letters and packages. Stamps can be purchased at most stands that sell postcards
and in a post office.
ATM's are located all over Europe with English as an optional language. Most banks
offer on-line banking services, which makes it easy for students to keep track of
account activity while abroad. Credit cards are also a convenient and safe way to
spend money and more places are accepting them every day. It’s important to bring
at least 100 British Pounds with you for the instance of immediate purchases upon
arrival. International currency may need to be ordered from a local bank at least
2 weeks prior to departure.
Before departure, students will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure Education Abroad
orientation session which is held to help students prepare for their international experience.
For information about needed items for pre-departure preparation please contact
a CBA Study Abroad Coordinator in CBA 114 at (402) 472-2310.
Complete course descriptions, additional program information, and applications are
available in the CBA Undergraduate Advising Office. General books about living traveling,
and working in England are available in the the Education Abroad resource center
in Love South 110, Lincoln, NE 68588. Additional information can be
found at Education Abroad's homepage.
Oxford information sessions will be held in the College of Business Administration
throughout the semester, stop by to speak with a study abroad coordinator and learn
more about the program. For information on session dates and times stop by CBA 114.
Oxford was the best summer of my life! Oxford helped me grow and learn as a person.
Taking classes at Oxford changed my perspective of the United States and world issues.
I loved all the new experiences I had while abroad, thus I now try to take advantage
of every new opportunity and experience I am presented with here.
University of Nebraska–Lincoln
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Lincoln, NE 68588-4107