Oxford Brookes, England


This program is now offered as Independent, Self-Designed program only. 

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center is now offering students the opportunity to spend a semester in Oxford, England. Students attend Oxford Brookes University, which offers a wide variety of courses in the areas of Social Sciences (Anthropology, Archaeology, Sociology, Geography), Biology (Biological Sciences, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Management/Sciences), Health and Social Care, Nursing, Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism,Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Multimedia and Sound Technology, and Mechanical Engineering.

Program dates: To be determined. 

Host Institution

Oxford Polytechnic became a university in 1992 under government legislation and decided to honour its founding Principal, John Brookes, in its new title. Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy in Oxford also became part of the new institution. In 1993, Oxford Brookes University acquired the 14-acre Headington Hill Hall site, formerly home to media tycoon Robert Maxwell. Eight years later, Oxford Brookes University merged with Westminster College to create the new Westminster Institute of Education. In September 2010 Oxford Brookes was named the UK’s best post-1992 university for the tenth year running in The Sunday Times’ University Guide.


Students earn UHM credits for selected coursework completed at Oxford Brookes University. Classes are offered in the following areas; for a full course list and descriptions offered, go to the Oxford Brookes University website.

  • Arts and Humanities (including English, Fine Art, History and Music)
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Built Environment (including Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Construction Project Management and Real Estate Management)
  • Business and Management (including Accounting and Finance, Economics, Marketing Management and Business Information Systems)
  • Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Multimedia and Sound Technology
  • Education, Early Years and Teacher Training
  • English Language
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Health and Social Care (including Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy and Social Work)
  • Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism
  • Languages (including French, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Spanish)
  • Law
  • Mechanical, Automotive and Motorsports Engineering
  • Media and Communications (including Communication, Media and Culture, Film Studies and Publishing)
  • Philosophy, Religion and Theology
  • Social Sciences (including Anthropology, Geography, International Relations, Japanese Studies, Politics, Psychology, Sociology)
  • Sport, Exercise and Nutrition

Courses taken at Oxford Brookes University will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.


Oxford, made prominent by its medieval university, is located in South East England. It is about 60 miles northwest of London. Regular coach and rail services connect Oxford to London and also to several airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton. Oxford is one of the most culturally diverse small cities in England, and its cosmopolitan character is evident in the many ethnic shops, restaurants, bars and clubs, theaters and cinemas as well as museums, churches and parks.


Students will be living on campus in single study rooms; kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared. Students will be responsible for their own meals, and there are cafeterias and other facilities on campus where students can get their meals.


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Program Cost

$19,186 (Fall 2015)

Cost includes Oxford Brookes University tuition, on-campus housing, excursions, health insurance, meals, textbooks, ground transportation and UHM Study Abroad fees.

Student Visa

Students holding a U.S. passport AND studying for one semester in London do not need to obtain a student visa prior to arrival in the United Kingdom. However, students applying for an internship while studying abroad and/or studying for two consecutive semesters in London must apply for a Tier 4 student visa.  Click here for more information.


Admission Requirements

The program is designed primarily for sophomore, junior or senior level undergraduate students. The minimum requirements are a cumulative GPA of 3.0, strong English writing skills, absolute fluency in English and successful completion of course prerequisites. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have taken the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay a $500.00 non-refundable initial payment to ensure a place in the program. The initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted to the program are required to attend three mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


A completed Study Abroad Center application and three academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center by the following dates to receive consideration. Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.


Fall semester: April 1st*
Spring semester: October 15th*

*The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.

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