Costs and Fees
How does billing work for SSO participation?
The Scholars’ Semester in Oxford (SSO) is an extension campus of each member institution of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU); each school grants the academic credit for programme participation.
The CCCU invoices campuses for the cost of SSO participation and in turn campuses bill their students following the campus’ established policies and procedures. (For example, some schools charge the exact fees of the off-campus programme, other schools charge the campus tuition price, while others charge full on-campus fees plus an additional off-campus study fee. And there’s every variation in between!)
Since each school determines its own policies regarding off-campus study costs and the applicability of institutional scholarships and other aid, you should confirm your school’s policies with the Off-Campus Study Coordinator on your campus.
How much do I pay?
Typically the only expenses SSO participants pay directly to the CCCU are the application fee ($50) and the non-refundable confirmation fee ($300, deducted from the total housing fee at invoicing).
About six weeks before each semester begins, the CCCU sends participation invoices to each school. For the 2020-21 school year, that bill will feature the below SSO semester costs.
Keep in mind the total program costs billed to you through your school may differ, depending on your campus’s policies.
Note: Schools or individuals who pay with a credit card will also be charged a credit card service fee.
Expenses covered by SSO fees:
- One-on-one tutorials in two subjects and seminar classes
- Field trips to historical destinations of academic interest
- Transcript from Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford
- Full use of University libraries, including the Bodleian and including borrowing privileges where appropriate
- University ID, which allows you to access the University’s online resources (subscription databases, online journals and books, etc.) wherever you are
- The right to attend University lectures and seminars, where you can meet Oxford’s foremost scholars
- Access to the Oxford University Computing Service, the University Language Centre, the University counselling service, the University sport centre and team sports (if you are of the right standard), and eligibility to join over 600 University clubs and societies
- University email address
- 17 hours of academic credit
- Status of Registered Visiting Student at the University
- Accommodation in student housing
- Use of programme computers, unlimited wireless internet access, and printing facilities
- Free on-site laundry facilities (must provide own detergent, etc.)
- Social events including multiple weekly afternoon teas with staff and other funded student events
- Optional bike rental for Vines’ residents
Additional anticipated expenses*:
- Travel between home and Oxford (estimated $800-1,200 from U.S.)
- ISIC ($25, if purchased through BestSemester) OR similar International Student Identification Card or supplemental insurance coverage (some campuses will provide this for students studying abroad). This is required for participation in BestSemester’s international programs.
- Meals (approx. $80/week)
- Health insurance, valid in UK for length of stay/programme dates
- Personal medical expenses, if incurred; including preparatory vaccinations
- Personal discretionary expenditures, including personal travel (expect twice as much as normally spent during one semester in the U.S.)
- Optional bike rental for North Wing residents (80 GBP)
- Passport required for program participation
- UK Student Visa, if applicable (year-long students and an occasional one semester student)
*Anticipated expenses are estimates, which will be updated should local costs shift significantly. You may spend more/less depending on your personal spending habits.
Participants are responsible for arranging travel to and from Oxford. Student housing check-in time is between 9am and 5pm on arrival day; departure is before 11am on checkout day. Student accommodations are closed outside of official program dates/times. Travel information from London’s major airports to SSO housing is provided in a pre-departure packet.