Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University

Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University

Why choose Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University?

Wroxton College is Fairleigh Dickinson University's campus in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1965, Wroxton College was the first campus in the UK to be owned and operated by an American university. Since then, it has hosted more than 10,000 students from more than 200 colleges and universities for semester and summer programs. Housed in historic Wroxton Abbey, in Oxfordshire, the ancestral home of Lord North, Prime Minister of Great Britain during the American Revolution, Wroxton College combines challenging academics (taught in the British tutorial style), magnificent surroundings, and a wide range of cultural and travel opportunities.

Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

Wroxton College is an international campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and support applicable to FDU's home campuses also apply to Wroxton College.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Wroxton College is an international campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and support applicable to FDU's home campuses also apply to Wroxton College.

Neurodivergent Support

Wroxton College is an international campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Neurodivergent policies and support, including academic accommodations, applicable to FDU's home campuses also apply to Wroxton College.

Accessibility Support

Wroxton College is an international campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The accessibility policies and support applicable to FDU's home campuses also apply to Wroxton College. Please note that Wroxton Abbey is a historical building protected by heritage laws of the United Kingdom which prohibit installation of elevators. This may pose challenges to participants with certain physical disabilities.



Wroxton College is an international campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Sustainability policies and goals applicable to FDU's home campuses also apply to Wroxton College.

Ethical Impact

Wroxton College is an international campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Statements of values and vision applicable to FDU's home campuses also apply to Wroxton College.


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Yes, I recommend this program

Wroxton College Spring 2023

While I was researching colleges back in high school, I knew I wanted to attend a university that was passionate about global learning. When I found FDU and learned about their campus in England, I couldn't not apply. Spending this past semester there, I can definitely say that it has exceeded my expectations and more. It challenged me both academically and socially and has been nothing short of an experience of a lifetime. It has opened my eyes and mind to new diverse way of learning and gave me relationships which I will cherish forever. Thank you Wroxton!

  • New learning experience
  • Get to see so many different parts of England
  • Build amazing relationships
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Wroxton College End of Semester Review

As a freshman I wasn’t expecting to have any opportunity to study abroad so early but I highly recommend it! Wroxton is such a unique program where you learn but get to explore England as well as other parts of Europe! This program gives you so many opportunities to explore and allows you to fully experience a new place. The courses here are very informative and the small class sizes allow you to really get to know your professors and classmates. The actual environment is very engaging and it is something I would highly recommend to other students thinking of studying abroad.

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Wroxton College End of Semester Review

Doing a semester abroad at Wroxton has been a wonderful opportunity that I am so grateful for. Initially, the big excitement around coming here is being able to travel every weekend. The school is incredibly organized and prepares transportation for every weekend trip available, and they truly take students’ desires into account. We get an incredible amount of freedom to explore on the weekend trips and it really allows you to see the world through a new lens. You can choose to sign up for certain trips or not, but there are so many trips every weekend all across the UK that absolutely every individual will find something they enjoy. Aside from the weekend trips, the time spent in the Abbey is equally as surreal. The Abbey itself is basically Hogwarts, and we are actually sorted into different teams and all compete for the “Wroxton Cup” throughout the semester (my team won, of course). The staff in and of themselves are remarkably kind and their doors are always open to help the students. They frequently send out surveys asking students to what they would like to see on the menu, how the cleaning staff are doing, etc. And then actual change occurs based on our answers. The academic community here is so incredibly supportive as well. Every single teacher I had I felt exceedingly comfortable coming to with questions or problems or assistance when I made a mistake. The teachers are so kind and really do care about each of the students. Even the dean of the college himself leaves his door open for students to come ask questions. All in all, I genuinely recommend this experience to anyone. And don’t forget to pet Pip, the cat that wanders around the grounds :)

  • Welcoming
  • Adventurous
  • Organized
  • Timely
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Wroxton College

Leaving the States and my family and friends for 4 months to study abroad felt scary. However, after arriving at Wroxton it was easy to call this place my second home. Not only are the professors incredibly helpful and supportive, the entire staff including the cooks, front desk administrators and cleaning crew felt like family quickly after moving in. I went to Wroxton without knowing anyone else studying aborad and ended up leaving with friends that I continue to travel around the world with.

  • Easy access to trains/shuttles/airports
  • Staff is incredibly helpeful & Friendly
  • Became a better student/learner
  • Not getting semester schedule (breaks included) until the first week
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Spring Semester Review

My semester at Wroxton College was one that I will not forget. The staff and faculty are such a warm and welcoming crowd. They really do make the Wroxton Abbey feel like a home away from home. They take you on the most amazing day and weekend trips that will create memories for you to last a lifetime. You also end up creating special friendships with the students you are studying with there. The course load is rigorous but there are 4 beautiful library rooms to study in with your peers and the professors have office hours and would love to work with you.

  • Seeing sites in England
  • Kind and friendly staff, just like family.
  • Need a car to get to Banbury (nearest town), cannot safely walk there


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

Wroxton College isn't just a location to study abroad at; it is an experience. Many study abroad programs supply the school, housing, and possibly food for your stay. However, Wroxton fills your entire time studying abroad with day trips, weekend trips, and experiences that you will never forget. There is not a moment of down time at Wroxton. You are constantly immersed in English and European culture. And who wouldn't want to live in a 12th century Jacobean house? Living at Wroxton is like tasting what royalty is like in England. The grounds and house offer such an idyllic setting for classes and leisure.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Fairleigh- Dickinson University provided nearly everything for my study abroad experience. Flights to and from England were covered. Transport to and from the airports to the college were covered. Weekend trips, day trips, books for classes, lodging, and food were all covered. I basically only had to get transportation to and from the Newark Airport in New Jersey. Apart from that, you are free to spend and go on your own trips as much as you like when you are at Wroxton. I participated in nearly all of the included day and weekend trips the college provided, and went on my own 12 day trip in the middle of the semester.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I say this all the time: no naps! You might be exhausted from travelling and classes. But if you don't absolutely need to catch up on sleep, go on that trip, go explore with your friends, go for that bike ride. You can nap when you are back home. But studying abroad is a short time. Don't waste it snoozing away! I wish I had taken less naps when I was studying abroad. Any time wasted when studying abroad cannot be recovered. And never in your life will you have the freedom to travel to another country for a few months and basically only have to pay tuition.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

I was lucky the way my schedule worked out. I only had classes Tuesday-Thursday. Classes meet for 2-3 hours every week, with another hour every other week (tutorials). At Wroxton, you will take 5 classes, and the bulk of your grade will be the final exams. Fridays-Sundays the college organizes day trips around England as well as some weekend trips to Scotland and France. These are voluntary, and you can choose to travel on your own on the weekends. In the middle of the semester there is a 12 day break, where you can travel where you want. During the week when I wasn't in class I typically spent 3 hours per class per week preparing for tutorials/writing papers. At Wroxton, there is a lot of down time to explore the Abbey/grounds with friends.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear going into studying abroad was making friends. I was going to a school where many people knew each other, and I would know no one. I am a shy person, however I thrive in a friend group. My fears were assuaged when one of my (now) best friends Kate came up to me at the Newark Airport and introduced herself to me as well as complimented my hair. Sometimes all it takes to make a new best friend it a sweet little compliment. We immediately became our "go-to's" at Wroxton and quickly expanded our group into six. I'm so thankful to have had Kate, Olivia, Kristina, Maria, and Chris at Wroxton. Sharing your study abroad experience with such a strong friend group makes it so much more fun. And even after studying abroad is over, you still have those friends for life.

What was the best advice you received before studying abroad that you took to heart?

"Experiences are way more valuable then items."

You remember experiences way more than that expensive souvenir you wanted. When I was abroad, I typically chose to spend my money on experiences, i.e. going places/doing excursions, verses buying material items. I'm not saying you shouldn't buy any mementos when you are abroad, but make sure you consciously saving some money to explore the place you are at. You can probably buy that mug, that flag, and that scarf in your home country. But you can't explore the Scottish highlands, climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, or go inside La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, in your home country.

Staff Interviews

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

Andrew Rose

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Librarian and Creative Writing professor
Andrew started working at the College in January 2012 as a librarian. Since then, he has taken on other responsibilities, including teaching the Creative Writing course and overseeing the College's social media presence.
Andrew Rose

What is your favorite travel memory?

Traveling to Australia in 2008; an absolutely amazing country.

I stayed in Melbourne and Sydney and saw so much of the area. In many ways, it reminded me a lot of Great Britain. I'd love to go back one day, but it's such a long way!

The wildlife is something else. I fed kangaroos, met koalas and saw penguins. The food was good and the scenery spectacular.

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

I love working at Wroxton College. It is far and away the best job I've ever had.

My job has branched out from when I first started. I was initially the college librarian. I now also oversee our social media presence and teach the Creative Writing course. I am also the college archivist. I have learnt new skills and have had a lot of projects over the years which I've enjoyed working on, such as creating an on-line library catalog and building a whole new library in the George III room.

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

How their time at Wroxton has had such a positive impact on their life. I think it's a fantastic experience and wish I'd been able to do something like Wroxton when I was a student. Students often say that they grow as a person whilst they're over here. And it's so nice seeing returning students as you really get to know everyone whilst they're here.

It's always sad having to wave goodbye at the end of a semester.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

There are lots of day trips and weekend trips arranged for the students and I'm fortunate in that I've gone on a lot of them - Warwick Castle, Kenilworth Castle, Bath, London, the Harry Potter Studio Tour, the Cotswolds... The list is almost endless.

The students always go on a long weekend trip to Paris and a long weekend trip to Edinburgh. I haven't done those ones yet, so maybe I'll get to go on those trips one day.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Wroxton College is a fantastic place to work. It's a unique building in a beautiful setting. The first time I walked up the drive, saw the building and toured the grounds, I could tell I was somewhere special and now I'm working here. I get up in the morning and want to go to work. Not everyone can say that.

I work on my own in the library and so in that respect I don't have a team, but at the same time I do because, as we're such a small, friendly community, all the staff in the college are part of my team. We have lots of events throughout the year like the talent show, choir performances, decorating the Christmas tree and it's always good seeing everyone come together.

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

We have a fantastic building in a beautiful location and that certainly helps, but it's all about the people.

Provided you have good people that want to do their best and aren't just working for themselves but for the good of the whole organization, you'll succeed. The vast majority of the staff have been here for years. They don't want to leave and neither do I!

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