Sarah Lawrence Programme

Sarah Lawrence College is a renowned liberal arts college in New York.  It has had an association with Wadham College since 1985 when it first sent a group to spend a year in Oxford as visiting students.

  • Students on the Sarah Lawrence Programme 2017/18

    Students on the Sarah Lawrence Programme 2017/18

  • Students on the Sarah Lawrence Programme 2016/17

    Students on the Sarah Lawrence Programme 2016/17

  • Students on the Sarah Lawrence Programme 2015/16

    Students on the Sarah Lawrence Programme 2015/16

  • Students on the Sarah Lawrence Programme (2014-15)

  • Sarah Lawrence Programme students (2013-14) during their year at Wadham College

The programme has gone from strength to strength since then. Thirty students from Sarah Lawrence College, and other colleges within the United States, spend a full year in Oxford undertaking a rigorous academic programme. They aim to become as integrated into Wadham College as possible, being members of the SU and living in College accommodation at Merifield.

The Sarah Lawrence Programme (SLP) students are taught through the tutorial system, and take two papers a term. They study a wide variety of subjects from Organic Chemistry to English Literature. They also participate in a Core Programme which aims to illuminate aspects of British history and culture and broaden the intellectual experience of students. From 2014 the Core Programme includes a series of evening lectures (‘Sarah Lawrence Presents…') on topics of wide interest, which are open to all members of Wadham. (See below for the forthcoming events).

SLP students take part in a range of activities while at Wadham College. They have been in sports teams, organised fashion shows, helped with charitable work organised by the Chaplain, enjoyed the sunshine and music at Wadstock, been chapel wardens and choir members, joined numerous societies and been active members of the SU.

They have brought many aspects of American life into the College, and Thanksgiving and Super Bowl parties have become part of Wadham student life.

The exchange between Sarah Lawrence College and Wadham College is valuable for both parties. Personal friendships are made, greater understanding is promoted between “two nations divided by a common language” and the strong multicultural character of Wadham is enhanced.

Sarah Lawrence Exchange Programme

Each year there is an opportunity for Wadham College students to visit and study in Sarah Lawrence College. Six Wadham students are selected to go on a three-week all expenses paid exchange to New York in Spring Break. This keenly contested opportunity develops further the ties between the two institutions.

About the exchange programme
  • Dr Allan Chapman leads Sarah Lawrence Programme students on tour of Wadham

    Dr Allan Chapman leads Sarah Lawrence Programme students on tour of Wadham

  • A welcome dinner in Hall for the Sarah Lawrence Programme students

    A welcome dinner in Hall for the Sarah Lawrence Programme students

  • SLP students enjoy a theatre workshop at the RSC in Stratford

  • Visiting Stonehenge

  • Punting in Oxford

  • 2015/16 Sarah Lawrence students tour Wadham with historian, Dr Allan Chapman.

  • A day out in the Wiltshire countryside

  • Dr Allan Chapman leads Sarah Lawrence students on an historical tour of Wadham College

    Dr Allan Chapman leads Sarah Lawrence students on an historical tour of Wadham College

Dr George Southcombe, Sarah Lawrence Programme Director

Susan Mattheus, Sarah Lawrence Programme Administrator

My time studying and living in Oxford opened a wide variety of new experiences and opportunities. As a student interested in natural history, I volunteered with the Entomology and Conservation departments at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. My volunteering ultimately led me to request a tutorial in entomology that was academically satisfying and entertaining. The resources and privileges available to Sarah Lawrence students both at Wadham College and in the community are practically begging for students to take hold of them and make a difference in both their own lives and the lives of others.

Kelli Konicek, Sarah Lawrence Programme 2013-2014

  • Sarah Bates Lawrence

    The Sarah Lawrence College was founded in 1926 by William Van Duzer Lawrence in honor of his wife, Sarah Bates Lawrence. Portrait of Sarah Bates Lawrence by Violet Oakley, 1910.

Sarah Lawrence presents... events