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.
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 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.