Pursuing a liberal arts education can provide access to a variety of opportunities because of the broad range of subjects that are covered within the academic field. Liberal arts colleges provide an educational background in areas of study including philosophy, literature, mathematics, natural science and social sciences, focusing on developing exceptional writing, analytic and critical thinking skills. Because a liberal arts degree teaches you core abilities that can be applied virtually anywhere, pursuing a liberal arts program abroad can be an exciting way to expand your horizons while exploring an entirely new environment, meeting new people and making new friends.
Why Study Abroad?
Studying abroad is an excellent way to immerse yourself in a completely new environment and learn all about the people and culture of a country that you have never visited before. Learning about a new culture first-hand through immersion is an exciting and rewarding experience that should not be missed. Students are in a particularly advantageous position to explore a new destination because their schedule will permit free time for travel, and for participating in local events. Study abroad is an excellent opportunity to break free from established academic routines, encounter new people and new ideas - and when your time away has come to a close, you will have enhanced your resume and added more value to your degree.
Shimer’s College in Oxford Program
As an alternative liberal arts college in Chicago, Shimer has been offering the Shimer-in-Oxford Study Abroad Programme to adventurous students for over four decades. Students are eligible to apply to study abroad in Oxford, England within their third or fourth academic year. Candidates who are accepted will have the chance not only to go to Oxford, but to tour England as well and visit some of the most breathtaking cities and landmarks including:
- Houses of Parliament
- Windsor Castle
Students involved in Shimer-in-Oxford will have access to Oxford’s local libraries, lectures on a variety of topics, and the opportunity to attend traditional tutorials that focus on many subjects including:
- Post-modern philosophy
- Evolutionary biology
- Principles of architecture
- Modernism and the cinema
- History of banking
- Post-colonial literature
- Immanuel Kant
- Gnostic gospels
- Middle Eastern Politics
- Greek drama
- Celtic mythology
These tutorials normally take place in one of Oxford’s Colleges, but can occasionally be held at a tutor’s home or in a local pub. Shimer’s affiliation with Oxford gives students interested in studying abroad the opportunity to share apartments with Oxford students, as well as students from other American colleges, creating ideal conditions for swapping different world views and making international connections.
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