|"OTC provided a wonderful opportunity for our son. The chance to experience the tutorial method as well as to live and study with students from all over the world enabled him to grow meaningfully. He will be attending his first choice college in the fall (Trinity College, Hartford, CT)."|
|Mark and Anne Stoeckle|
Participation in the Academic Semester Program can help give students the edge when applying to competitive institutions, not least because the academic work they undertake may have direct bearing on the college courses they later pursue. Their time in Oxford not only improves their chances of academic success but also sharpens their appetite for a college environment.
American college admissions staff are looking increasingly favorably at applicants who have undertaken challenging experiences on their own initiative, especially those involving travel outside North America coupled with academic and cultural enrichment. For those students who have yet to be accepted at an American college, assistance is available in completing applications and in producing the college essay. Grades and reports are compiled for each course of study and these are sent on to prospective colleges, together with tutors’ recommendations. For many of our past students, the recommendations they have earned in Oxford have made the crucial difference in securing a place at their first-choice college.
The British Higher Education system enjoys a world-wide reputation for excellence and costs compare very favourably with those of US colleges. A growing number of international students are attracted by the possibility of applying to a good British university and are often surprised by the advantages of this academic path when it comes to range of subject choice, course structure and quality.
|"I'm sure that your recommendation helped secure the place Jeff wanted at Sarah Lawrence. This has been a real growth year for him ... thanks for all your help."|
|Mrs Amy Eckman|
British admissions officers are nowadays willing to consider able candidates on the basis of their US qualifications and a number of our American students have gone on in recent years to take up places at prestigious British universities, including the University of Oxford. The college advises those who are interested in this option, by explaining the British Higher Education system and how to bridge the gap between their own educational system and the British one, helping students research courses, choose appropriate institutions and make applications and also, if requested, set up mock admissions interviews.
Click here to see to see extracts from an article by Ben Gose in the 5 August 2005 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education which illustrates some of the benefits of the program to college applicants.