Incentive: Scholar's Semester at Oxford

What does traveling to Europe have to do with the JBU Honors Scholars Program? For Grace Pennington '09, it meant spending a semester in Oxford as an honors student.

As a part of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the Honors Scholars Program, students may apply for the Scholars' Semester at Oxford (SSO) program, taking one-on-one tutorials with some of the world's most celebrated scholars. SSO's curricular programming is geared toward students majoring and/or minoring in humanities. Students are also encouraged to use their time before, during, or after to travel around Europe. Honors Scholars Program students are allowed to apply at least 75 percent or more of JBU-awarded academic scholarships toward their semester at Oxford.

"The Honors study abroad program at Oxford University was one of the most intimidating things that I have ever done and turned into some of the best months of my life," Grace said. "I learned about a completely new and exciting culture, studied with some really challenging thinkers who taught me about romantic poetry and theology, traveled to five countries across Europe and made long-lasting friendships.”

Cultural sites visited in program:

  • Portsmouth
  • Stonehenge
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • Bath