How bout Oxford and University of Cambridge?

<p>I was thinking that maybe i will study abroad to one of these schools for a year/semester or something, but i was wondering: How difficult is it to get in to these schools? Can you study one year here, and go back to US universities? Are these 2 schools USA accredited?</p>

<p>How do these schools compare to the top USA schools?</p>

<p>Oxford and Cambridge are two of the finest universities in the world. If you can get in and graduate from either of those there won't be any trouble having your degree recognized and valued everywhere, including the US.</p>

<p>They are not as well-funded as say Harvard, but you still get top notch education there; although the course of study and teaching styles are somewhat different from what you would get in the US. In terms of quality they compare to the top 10 US universities.</p>

<p>If you can get in. GO!</p>


<p>I am studying at Oxford and was an undergrad at Cambridge. Most US students who study here for undergrad come here for one year as associated students. That means they are enrolled at a US university and come here as part of a year abroad programme which gives them credits at their home university, not an Oxford degree. Stanford owns property here (it's called 'Stanford house' and is opposite Magdalen College) for the students to stay in because they have so many students. US students enrolling for the full undergrad programme are relatively rare due to the narrower and more focussed nature of UK high school and university. Search this forum for a thread about studying in England, which was posted about two weeks ago, for more information. Basically the difference is no minors. I study biology and that's all I have studied since I was 18. I have only studied science, no arts at all, since I was 16. That is how it works here. It is really difficult to change ones mind. </p>

<p>There are many more US students enrolled as graduates. There are quite a few scholarships for them. Most famously the Rhodes Scholarships. They are very competitive though.</p>

<p>Cambridge has an official partnership with MIT for certain subjects. If you enroll at MIT you get a year in Cambridge as part of your programme. </p>


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<p>Tuition is a combination of large lectures (from 2 people in some arts - eg Anglo-Saxon - to 100s in most sciences) and small tutorials with the college fellows. There are only 1-3 students in a tutorial so students get a lot of contact time with the professors. Scientists get labs as well of course. </p>


<p>Williams has a 50-year-old association with Exeter College, Oxford (Tolkien's college), and a substantial "Williams-in-Oxford" program. Upon graduation from Williams, I received a two-year fellowship to study at Worcester College, Oxford.</p>

<p>I went to Oxford (LMH) as a visiting student (from the US) in chemistry a few years ago. I directly enrolled - which meant that I had library privileges and other benefits which far exceeded that of "associate students" who seemed like they had second class privileges. Plus, I probably only ended up paying about $10,000 for tuition, college expenses (food, room, etc.), travel, etc. for the entire year which was far less than the $25,000 or so that the American "associate students" were being charged by their programs. </p>

<p>I don't know if I'd really recommend studing chemistry at Oxford-but it certainly prepared me well for graduate school.</p>

<p>It is an experience no one should pass up; and would greatly bolster your CV. Admission is tough, they are less so looking for a varied student body than they are looking for people that excel at their subjects.</p>

<p>If I were you, I would aim for a prestigious college in the USA, find what subject interests you the most and spend a year at cambridge or oxford to get a feel for being taught just that subject (on a much more personal level).</p>