Study at Oxford
In Spring 2018, the Kinder Institute embarked on a partnership with University of Oxford’s Corpus Christi College that provides Mizzou undergraduates with an opportunity to experience the scholastic life, unique pedagogy, and rich traditions of one of the globe’s most storied institutions. While we are working to ensure that this partnership grows over time, we currently offer the following two opportunities to students on the MU campus.
Note: The Kinder Institute is currently accepting applications for its 2019-2020 Oxford Fellowship program, which provides rising MU juniors and seniors the opportunity to spend a semester or academic year as a fully integrated, second year student of history at Oxford’s Corpus Christi College, founded in 1517. A more detailed program description and application requirements can be found in the link below, and the deadline to apply is April 19, 2019.
General queries about the application process can be sent to Kinder Institute Communications Associate Thomas Kane, KaneTC@missouri.edu, and specific questions about the Oxford program and academic life at Corpus can be directed to Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy and Professor of History Jay Sexton, SextonJ@missouri.edu
Global History at Oxford
The first program of its kind at Mizzou, “Global History at Oxford” is both an intellectually rigorous, on-campus experience for students and an immersive study abroad opportunity. The core component of the program is Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy Jay Sexton’s “Topics in Global and Transnational History” class (HIST 4004), a four-credit hour, spring semester course that asks students to consider why national history emerged as the default method of studying the past and to examine the new, more complex narrative that is un-earthed by taking a more transnational approach.
Studying the rise of global empires and the development of global history prepares students for the program’s second component: a week spent embedded at Corpus Christi College. Over spring break, all students in the class traverse the Atlantic to spend five days attending seminars with distinguished faculty at Oxford and neighboring colleges, soaking in the rich social fabric of the campus and city, and touring the British countryside. Held concurrently with an alumni trip, the program also allows students to connect with previous generations of MU undergrads.
And while a two-paragraph description can do no justice to this unique experience, perhaps the musings of three of the program’s inaugural participants can, so click here for a brief recap of the Spring Break 2018 week at Corpus.
Students interested in taking the trip in Spring 2019 should apply through the University of Missouri International Center by November 1, 2018 (details about applying can be found here). Some need-based scholarships are available.
While a week spent studying at Oxford is certainly an invaluable experience, as we found out from the first “Global History” cohort, it also leaves students wanting more. Through the Oxford Fellowship program, ‘more’ is possible. Starting in AY 2018-2019, the very best MU undergraduates will be able to spend a semester of full academic year as a fully-integrated, second-year student of history at Corpus Christi College. Oxford Fellows will have access to the full range of Corpus’ tutorial curriculum for history students and will be immersed in the culture and traditions of the College.
While students are encouraged to apply to spend the entire academic year abroad, which would allow them to take the full four-tutorial sequence for second-years with Corpus faculty members, they can apply only for the fall or spring.
Applications for the 2019-2020 Oxford Fellowship program are now open. Application details can be found in the link at the top of this page, and the deadline to apply is April 5, 2019.
Any questions about the “Global History at Oxford” or Oxford Fellowship programs can be sent to Kinder Institute Communications Associate Thomas Kane, KaneTC@missouri.edu, or Kinder Institute Chair Jay Sexton, SextonJ@missouri.edu.