Applications & Deadlines

Students wishing to attend the Williams Exeter Programme must apply to the International Education and Study Away Office by the listed deadline (February 1st) and, prior to applying, should consult with the chair of their major department. Any questions students might have about curricular offerings at Oxford can also be raised with the Director of the Programme at Oxford. Students must have a minimum 3.3 GPA to apply to the Programme.

In addition to completing the formal application, students should expect to be interviewed at Williams and will subsequently need to complete an application for Visiting Student status at Oxford University. All admissions to the Programme are subject to approval by Exeter College. Students are expected to declare acceptance of a place offered by the end of February. It is normally expected that all students will have completed the college’s distribution requirement by the end of their sophomore year. In addition, all applicants must have a valid passport or proof of renewal at the time of application.

In making its decisions, the Admissions Committee of the Williams-Exeter Programme takes student GPA into account, expects all applicants to have demonstrated capacity for rigorous, independent work and extensive essay writing, and looks favorably on those students whose intellectual maturity, curiosity and enthusiasm would best prepare them for a demanding course of study in Oxford. All applicants are required to solicit at least two letters of recommendation from faculty members at Williams by the application deadline. Because of the emphasis at Oxford on weekly written work for each tutorial course, at least one of those faculty members should be able to offer an assessment of the applicant’s writing ability.

Application

The WEPO Application for the 2023-2024 academic year will be live in October. The application deadline is February 1, 2023. All WEPO applicants are required to meet with a member of the Study Away Office prior to beginning the application process.

Applicants will be able to login and hit “Apply Now” for WEPO on the International Education and Study Away website and will not be able to move forward with their application until they meet with a member of the Study Away Office. Applicants are encouraged to begin an application for WEPO as soon as possible, and meet with a member of our office well before the February 1st deadline, so they have time to complete their application.

The WEPO Application can be accessed here

You can schedule a meeting with a member of our office using the links below:

Applicants can expect to submit the following:

  • WEPO application (tutorial selections and essay questions)
  • Two academic letters of recommendation (at least one of your faculty recommenders should be able to comment on your writing ability)
  • Updated transcript
  • Updated resume
  • Passport information
  • In-person interview after the application is completed and the deadline passes

All admitted students to WEPO are required to have a valid passport that does not expire until June 30, 2024 or later. All WEPO applicants should therefore have a valid passport by the application deadline (February 1st) and will need to require proof of a valid passport in the application. 

If you do not currently have a valid passport, please begin the passport application/renewal process now. In order to have a valid passport by the February 1st deadline, students should apply for a passport (if needed) by December 1st the very latest. Financial aid can cover the cost of a passport during the WEPO application phase for students on financial aid (students do not need to wait and should not wait until they are officially admitted to apply for a passport). Please contact your SFS advisor for more information.

Tutorials

How to Make Preliminary Tutorial Choices for WEPO 2022

Thinking About Tutorials and Making Wise Tutorial Decisions 2022-2023

Fees

The tuition and room fees paid by students on the Williams-Exeter Programme are the same as those for a year spent in residence at Williams. Students are responsible for some of their own meals and for all of their personal expenses. They are also responsible for the cost of their air travel to and from Britain.

Students are provided with three meals a day for their first four or five days in Oxford and with a weekly catered meal in Ephraim Williams House during the eight weeks of each term. They may also eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at Exeter. Students will be given a meal allowance to cover some of the costs of meals at Exeter. Students will not be charged the full Williams board fee during their year in Oxford, but they will pay a proportion of the board fee to help cover these costs (approximately 45%).

For planning purposes, students and their parents should expect the cost of a year on the Programme to be roughly the same as a year at Williams. Financial aid eligibility will be figured on the usual basis of tuition, fees, room, board, and personal expenses, as if the student were at Williams for the year. Similarly, the normal self-help contribution would be expected. Students should refer to Student Financial Services for more information.