Applications & Deadlines

Students wishing to attend the Williams Exeter Programme must apply to the International Education and Study Away Office by the listed deadline (normally early in February) 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 3.0 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 before Spring Break. It is normally expected that they will have completed the college’s distribution requirement by the end of their sophomore year.

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 emails ( 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.

Williams-Exeter at Oxford Programme Application 2019-2020

All sophomores will receive an email with instructions on how to apply to the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford during the fall semester. Review the instructions in the email and the application including its content before completing it. The essay questions require some thought.  Instructions are clear, do not submit until the application is complete. It will not be reopened if submitted accidentally. The application is in Formstack.  You will not be able to access it after you submit. We recommend that you use a text editor to type your answers to the essay question, parts (1) and (2) [use word count please] and copy and paste your responses in the application.

Deadline: Wednesday January 30, 2019 by midnight — WEPO online application submit, Study Away General Application with essays (online submission). 2 faculty recommendations. All items are due by this deadline. Williams study away essay are petitions are now all submitted online. Students will be contacted to choose their interview slot when their application is complete. Planning to complete this process early will allow for more choices for interview times.


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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 and book expenses, as if the student were at Williams for the year. Similarly, the normal self-help contribution would be expected. Since the academic year ends later at Oxford than at Williams, the summer earning expectations for students for the following year will be reduced by one half and the difference will be made up by additional Williams aid. Students should refer to Financial Aid for more information.

Illness and Insurance

Students must ensure they are covered either by the Williams College health insurance policy or by some other comprehensive health insurance plan (generally a family health insurance policy). While in Britain, students will be covered by the National Health Service (NHS) for routine visits at the Group Medical Practice used by Exeter College and for emergency hospital treatment. Prescription drugs are available through the NHS for a nominal fee. There are limited outpatient psychological counseling services available through the NHS and the Programme, although, as Visiting Students at the university, Williams students are entitled to make use of the University Counseling Centre. Any extensive or long-term counseling, however, would need to be covered by the student’s personal health insurance policy. Finally, students are not likely to be covered under the NHS for medical services received in foreign countries, especially those countries that do not enjoy membership in the European Union.

The Programme also has a relationship with a private medical practice in the neighborhood. This service runs outside the NHS and runs on a similar basis to family medicine in the U.S. You are free to use this service even though you are registered with the NHS practice, and you can use it for all your medical concerns or on an occasional basis. Charging for medical services with the private physician works as is generally the case in the U.S., but you will need to make provision for settling your account with the private physician directly and then claiming back any fees from your U.S. insurance provider as the private practice is unable to bill the insurers in the U.S.