Study Abroad Program participants

Oxford Study Abroad Program FAQs

Who can take these classes?

Students must have a GPA of 3.5 or above. Undergraduate students must have completed at lest 60 credit hours. Preference given to past, current or prospective Regent University students but others will be considered as well.

Do I need to bring a laptop computer?

A laptop is optional, but you will need to bring an adapter (and perhaps a converter) as outlets in England use different voltage & the plugs are shaped differently. There is a computer lab on campus, but availability is limited.

Do I have to have insurance?

Regent University requires all on-campus students to carry health insurance. The University rate is $561 per semester. You may choose to obtain private insurance instead. The University insurance will automatically be added to your bill until/unless you provide proof of private insurance to the Business Office. One option for private international insurance may be found at www.wallach.com. Please be advised: if you choose to keep the University insurance, you may have to pay cash for any claims up-front, and then get reimbursed by insurance after the trip.

What will be provided in the room?

Single bed with linens, blankets, pillows & towels. All will be changed out once a week. Four rooms share one bathroom.

Will the rooms have alarm clocks?

No. You may want to bring a travel alarm clock.

Is there a phone in the room?

Yes, but Oxford requires that you use their phone cards for long distance calls. You will be able to purchase those upon arrival. Friends and family will be able to call you in the room.

What dress is appropriate for class & the gala?

Business casual for class; semi-formal to formal for the gala.

Do I need a passport? Do I need a VISA?

YES you will need a passport. If you haven't already ordered your passport, do it ASAP! You will not be able to travel without it. You can applyfor a passport onlineor at a number of local agencies including the US Post Office. A VISA is not necessary. To find out more passport information or apply online visit the U.S. Department of State passport webpage.

Will my blow dryer or curling iron work there?

Not without an adapter and converter. Outlets use different voltage & the plugs are shaped differently. You can purchase adapters here at travel stores or over there. Warning - voltage surges can occur causing such items to be hotter than normal. More expensive adapters do have voltage controls.

Will I be able to do laundry?

Yes. Washers & dryers are available in the lower level of Abingdon House. You will need to bring or buy your own detergent.

Can I use U.S. money to purchase things?

You may exchange U.S. dollars into the English pound at various locations. You may want to check out this website, http://www.xe.com/ucc/, for the current rate of exchange. However, most places will accept a credit or debit card. You may find this to be easier than cash.

How do I get to Oxford?

Visit this site for better online interaction or see below: http://www.hertford.ox.ac.uk

Getting here by plane:

  • Heathrow: The easiest way to get from Heathrow to Oxford is by bus. Follow the sign for coaches after you get off the plane. At the coach station, look for either the City Link X70 or the Heathrow Tube. For schedules & fares check out the Oxford Bus Company site for the X70 or the Oxford Tube site for the Oxford Tube. Either way, the trip will probably take just over an hour. There are several stops in Oxford, & it is easiest just to stay on till the last stop, Gloucester Green. If you have a lot of luggage, you might want to take a taxi, & there is a taxi rank adjacent to the bus station. A taxi should cost around £5.
  • Gatwick: The easiest way to get from Gatwick to Oxford is by bus. Follow the sign for coaches after you get off the plane. At the coach station, look for the City Link X80. For schedules & fares check out the Oxford Bus Company site. The trip should take just over 2 hours. There are several stops in Oxford, & it is easiest just to stay on till the last stop, Gloucester Green. If you have a lot of luggage, you might want to take a taxi, & there is a taxi rank adjacent to the bus station. A taxi should cost around £5.

Getting here by coach/bus:

  • From London: Coaches run between London & Oxford, very frequently, as often as every 10 minutes during peak hours. There are two services: the Oxford Tube & the X90. For more information about where to get on, schedules & fares, you can check out the Thames Transit site for the Oxford Tube, or the Oxford Bus Company site for the X90. There are several stops in Oxford, & it is easiest just to stay on till the last stop, Gloucester Green. If you have a lot of luggage, you might want to take a taxi, & there is a taxi rank adjacent to the bus station. A taxi should cost around £5.
  • From Other Departure Points: Getting to Oxford from other cities by coach could be more complicated. Thames Transit or the Oxford Bus Company may be able to provide you with more precise information. If you can get to Oxford by coach, no matter where you are coming from, it is probably easiest to get off at Gloucester Green. If you have a lot of luggage, you might want to take a taxi, & there is a taxi rank adjacent to the bus station. A taxi should cost around £5.

Is weekend travel allowed?

The weekends are available for individual travel.