Keble College is one of the largest of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford with 410 undergraduate and 250 graduate students. Keble is a vibrant community whose students excel not only academically, but also in music, drama, and sport. They pride themselves on their traditions, but are forward looking, as shown by their exciting plans for enhancing graduate provision on the recently acquired Acland site within a few minutes walk from the main College site.
The academic year at Oxford consists of three terms; Michaelmas, Hillary and Trinity. Students are slotted into the 2nd year curriculum for Keble College students within their major. Students receive the equivalent of 10 WU credits per term for a total of 30 WU credits.
Instruction at Keble is organized around weekly tutorial meetings supplemented by lectures. The tutorial system, which is at the heart of Oxford University's educational process, entails 20-25 hours of extensive, highly critical reading and research towards the submission of a paper for analysis and discussion. The student will then meet his or her tutor alone, and be examined on the work submitted. This intensive, one-on-one, Socratic approach is both challenging and highly profitable and permits a level of depth and insight incapable of being achieved by other methods of teaching. Students at Oxford must be prepared to work independently and to write an enormous number of papers.
Read more about Keble’s English program here.
Keble College is one of the many independent colleges within the University of Oxford. Little more than a century old, Keble is one of the few Oxford colleges built of brick. Oxford is a medium-sized university town that is home to over 30,000 students and has an overall population of just over 150,000. Beautiful and historic architecture sits alongside all the main high street stores, numerous coffee shops and restaurants, and a thriving bar and club scene. Oxford also has beautiful riverside walks and the oldest Botanic Garden in the country. Approximately 62 miles from Central London, Oxford is easily accessible by air, bus, train, and car.
Students accepted in the program at Keble live in the college, in rooms that are unusually comfortable by British university standards. Most of the 360 rooms are within the College itself. Meals are included during the academic term.
Academic life consists of a mixture of one or two tutorials conducted usually in pairs, sometimes alone, with a Keble tutor, or with another tutor whom he or she arranges for the student. With support, students learn how to think critically, write forcefully, and accept criticism, and the validity of other points of view.
Students will be part of Keble College with full privileges. Within the college, students are welcome to participate in Keble’s tradition in many different sports, at both College and University level. There is a very high level of participation among the student population, not only in sports but also in drama and music. Off campus, Oxford provides a wonderful environment, too.
The Keble College program is for the full academic year only. The first term begins in early October and the third term ends in late June.
Application deadline: February 1
There are only two places for English majors each year in the Keble program and admission will be quite competitive, but it offers an extremely challenging educational opportunity and an unparalleled opportunity for full integration into university life at Oxford.
Minimum 3.7 GPA; English major who has taken intermediate level courses for the major. Samples of written work required with application.