Sarah Lawrence Programme

Sarah Lawrence College, the renowned New York liberal arts college has run a visiting student programme with Wadham since 1985.

Students on the Sarah Lawrence Programme 2018/19

About the programme

Every year some thirty students from Sarah Lawrence College, and other colleges within the United States, spend a full year in Oxford undertaking a rigorous academic programme. Integrating with the Wadham community the students join the SU and live 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.

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.

Visiting Student applications

To apply as a visiting student please see Sarah Lawrence College International Program

Application details

SLP staff at Wadham

Dr George Southcombe, SLP Director and Susan Mattheus, Programme Administrator

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Dr George Southcombe, Sarah Lawrence Programme Director. As well as being Director of the Sarah Lawrence Programme, George is a College Lecturer in History. He teaches early modern British and European history.

Susan Mattheus, Sarah Lawrence Programme Administrator. Susan comes from New Zealand where she was a secondary school teacher for over 25 years. As a History teacher it was a love of the past that drew her to live in the United Kingdom. She has considerable experience in education administration and greatly enjoys the variety that working for the SLP brings. Exploring castles and churches, attending concerts, walking and sampling local ciders are among the many things that Susan does when not in the office.

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. Find out more

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