Worcester College is host to a thriving and vibrant Junior Year Abroad programme for students from North America. Students accepted for this programme experience an academically challenging course of study, while also involving themselves in the social, cultural, and sporting life of this collegiate university. As members of Worcester, visiting students enjoy an unrivalled degree of integration into an Oxford College community, and as such:
- Will be housed within Worcester College, alongside British undergraduates - Worcester's JYA students are not accommodated in a separate residence.
- Will have meals in the College's beautiful 18th-century Dining Hall, again, mixing with British and other international undergraduates on a daily basis.
- Will be taught within the Oxford tutorial system, receiving individual attention from Oxford tutors on courses of particular interest to them. The Oxford grades received are converted for accreditation at students' home universities.
- Will have official visiting student status within the university, and, as bona fide visiting students, are entitled to attend faculty/department lectures, and have full access to the university library and computing services.
- Will attend Freshers' Week, if arriving in Michaelmas Term (the fall semester). Welcome arrangements are also put in place for those arriving later in the academic year.
- JYA students are entitled (and encouraged) to participate in any of the wide variety of Oxford's extra-curricular activities of interest. These include sport, drama, choirs and orchestras, student newspapers, debating societies - the list goes on.
- Will have a full range of support services, including that of the Director of the Visiting Student Programme. We understand that a certain degree of culture shock may be experienced by some students, and we are very attentive to the well-being of our visiting students, as we are for all members of college.