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% 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