St. Clare's, Oxford

St. Clares, Oxford


St Clare’s was founded to advance international education and understanding. We have run academic and English language programs for U.S. undergraduates, gap and foundation year students and English language learners for over 40 years.

Students come with different goals and from many countries. Some earn university credits to transfer to their home college; some want a gap year or semester to explore new academic opportunities; some combine academic subjects and English language learning; others concentrate on English for exams or personal development. We help our students apply to begin their undergraduate study in the UK, the U.S. or beyond.

Our small interactive classes will develop your writing, research and presentational skills. Explore Oxford, London and England through our range of exciting trips and activities. Our students have a unique experience: living in Oxford, one of the most famous and historic centers of learning in England, but in an international community.


St Clare's, Oxford
139 Banbury Road
United Kingdom


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Yes, I recommend this program

I was a Liberal Arts student at St. Clare's and was sponsored by them as a Blackfriars Scholar at Oxford University. The living arrangements were great, the lecture courses were engaging and involved field trips, and the weekend and evening trips were a lot of fun. Blackfriars is a demanding program, but it helps students expand their critical thinking, time management, and writing abilities. I highly recommend this program!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Being an American and only having the opportunity to go abroad for a semester, it was difficult for me to choose only one county to study in, because I wanted to experience as many cultures as possible. St. Clare's puts students in contact with such a diversity of students that they feel that they went abroad to more than one country. During the fall break, I was fortunate to be invited to go home with one of the Dutch students, so I was able to receive an authentic Dutch experience as well.

Yes, I recommend this program

Not only is the charming "City of Dreaming Spires" an incredibly unique place to study abroad, but St. Clare's provides students with an opportunity to experience the great diversity of Oxonian, English, British and European life. With a wide variety of inspiring coursework and regular trips to locations around the United Kingdom, St. Clare's provides visiting students with a welcoming, educational community that supports their personal growth in every possible way!

While also participating as a visiting student of nearby Blackfriars Hall, I was able to experience nearly every aspect of the life of a typical Oxford student. The incredible care and support I received from the staff at St. Clare's and my host family alike made my experience truly unforgettable.

What would you improve about this program?
The only complaint I can think of is that I felt I lost some of the regular networking support I had received at my home university during my time at St. Clare's. While the coursework I learned was very relevant to my field and the professors offered wonderful professional advice, it would have been nice to have still received some post-graduate support during my semester abroad. Perhaps hosting some kind of networking event for those looking to stay either in England or Oxford specifically, where students could connect with representatives from other institutions/companies!
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Yes, I recommend this program

I could not have asked for a better program for study abroad! St. Clare's always had trips panned on the weekend that allowed the students to see a ton of England. St. Clare's also gives you 3 weeks off to travel through Europe! A employee at the school actually helped my friend and I plan out our trip. From England to Europe I saw so much more of the world then I would have seen at another school.

What would you improve about this program?
A lot of the trips were pre-planned and they were willing to plan new trips if you asked but it would be cool to have a survey or something before the semester or at the beginning to recommend places to go.


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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Anna Scarnà

Job Title
Psychology Instructor
Dr. Anna Scarnà has worked in psychology as a university lecturer in Oxford for several years. She is interested in psychological disorders like bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia. She is also interested in personality traits and key characteristics behind the Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and gives lectures in Personality, Psychological Disorders, and Neuroscience.
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What is your favorite travel memory?

Just as some people collect stamps, coins, and maps, I like to collect places. That sounds a little weird, but I like my travels to have a sort of congruence, and my favorite travel memories revolve around ‘tidiness’ of dates, places and time, particularly if fiction and fact merge. Some examples include: being in Agincourt, France on the anniversary of the famous Battle, in the field upon which it was fought. I loved reading Cannery Row in Cannery Row, after a visit to Doc’s Lab. I read about Leonardo da Vinci in Vinci, drank Chianti in Chianti, ate Roquefort in… Roquefort

Lastly, I gasped in surprise at sitting on Sigmund Freud’s couch in London on the anniversary day of his death! Is that very nerdy? I have witnessed beautiful sunrises and sunsets in Australia, the Gambia, Malaysia, the Alps…but there is something particularly satisfying about my collection of places!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Creativity is a massive factor in success. The formation of something original and valuable is massively underestimated. The ability to take something and make it better, bigger, brighter is the key to success. It is natural human instinct to fear change, but the company who employs creative individuals who identify problems, create solutions and devise strategies is successful. At work and in life generally, we often have to write our own endings to stories. If it doesn’t exist – make it happen!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I love languages (my PhD was on the brain and bilingualism) so have enjoyed learning about different words in other languages. I have also become more knowledgeable about how different nationalities view the world.

Culturally-specific behaviors reveal so much about psychology of individuals.

For example, one of my Chinese students pointed out that in his home region, people tend not to ask “How are you?” but “Have you eaten yet?” How wonderful to consider the physical wellbeing of the body! Also, through having Dutch students, I have visited the Netherlands and noticed its art. I now discuss the painting of ‘The Extraction of the Stone of Folly’ by Hieronymus Bosch in my lectures on sanity vs. insanity, and I was allowed to lie down in Rembrandt’s bed in Amsterdam. There is so much to learn from one’s students!

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of your current team.

There are two instances. First, I always feel proud of my students when I hear of the amazing things that they achieve after our programs, or about some skill that they have mastered. It’s great to watch them progress. Second, we have had a number of successful inspections at St Clare’s, and I always feel a glow of pride for being part of the team during preparation for these. There is something infectious about success, and whilst inspections require energy and focus, they also give us the opportunity to identify methods of good practice, to evaluate what we do, and to enjoy the fruits of our teamwork.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

No one story, but it is always flattering to receive an email from a past student, or to see a student return. Those cases always provide proof that my work motto has worked: “Always leave them wanting more”!