Updated infformation for Oxford and Rome Programs. Specifically:
For a number of years, degree candidates of the GTF have gone to Oxford and Rome to pursue courses, seminars, and workshops relevant and applicable to their graduate studies. In the spring of 1994, the relationships between the Graduate Theological Foundation and Oxford and Rome were elevated to a new and higher level of cooperation. This new relationship between the various programs of these separate and fully independent institutions came into being by virtue of a series of mutual agreements. These agreements are with the University of Oxford Theology Summer School and the GTF as well as between the Centro Pro Unione in Rome and the GTF. The Graduate Theological Foundation degree candidates may take their residency requirements in Oxford or a portion in Rome. This relationship has been created for the purpose of sharing mutual programmatic interests in the areas of ministry education and ecumenical dialogue. This relationship exists to nurture and share interests and activities which specialize in pastoral and theological education for ministry professionals, but it does not imply joint credentialing or infringement upon institutional autonomy as the GTF is the degree-granting institution.
University of Oxford Theology Summer School
Since 1994, the Graduate Theological Foundation has enjoyed a formal relationship with the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE), the organizing body for the annual Theology Summer School. This relationship allows GTF students to complete part or all of their graduate coursework requirements during the Oxford Theology Summer School. Please contact the Office of the Registrar
for information regarding this option.
Visit our Oxford Profiles page to hear from students and alumni about the experience of studying in the Oxford Theology Summer School.
Information on the 2020 Oxford Theology Summer School may be found here
. Students wishing to attend the Oxford Theology Summer School must register directly through the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education website.
Complete information about the Oxford Theology Summer School such as arriving in Oxford, accommodations, currency exchange, and much more is made available to students each year in the Joining Notes provided by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education to all students attending the summer school.
About the Oxford Theology Summer School
The Revd Canon Angela Tilby
Diocesan Canon at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Continuing Ministerial Development Advisor,
Diocese of Oxford (UK)
Director of Studies for Religion and Theology,
Oxford University Department for Continuing Education
Fellow and Alexander Schmemann Professor of Eastern Christianity,
Graduate Theological Foundation
Over the years, the Graduate Theological Foundation has sent dozens of students to the Oxford Theology Summer School where they earned credits toward their degrees at the GTF. The summer school is hosted on the campus of Christ Church College, one of the 37 colleges and halls that comprise the University of Oxford. Christ Church is home to Christ Church Cathedral and is also one of the largest and most beautiful of all Oxford campuses.
Students attending the Oxford Theology Summer School may attend one or two weeks of the program. Each week is valued at two Units of Study and includes one course in the morning and another in the afternoon. Students of the GTF who would like to earn credit toward a degree are required to write papers for each course they complete. Credits earned through the completion of courses may be applied toward a degree at the Graduate Theological Foundation. Students may also attend the Oxford Theology Summer School to earn GTF credit in fulfillment of the Non-Project Option. (See the Academic Coursework Policy below for details.)
Students may choose “resident” status to stay on-campus and take meals in the Great Hall (dining hall), while others may choose to be “non-resident.” Students enjoy an academically intensive and collegial atmosphere as they study in the mornings and afternoons with Oxford faculty and other distinguished scholars from institutions in the UK. Christ Church is located in the Oxford city center with easy access to parks, the Oxford Botanic Gardens, numerous Oxford colleges, the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, churches, museums, and historical sites.
Attendance at the Oxford Theology Summer School is particularly relevant for GTF students enrolled in the following degree programs. If you are not enrolled in one of the following degree programs but are interested in attending the Oxford Theology Summer School, contact the Office of the Registrar in order to determine how this educational offering might fit into your degree program curriculum.
About Oxford’s History
With regard to the Oxford Theology Summer School, it might be said that if Canterbury provided the cradle for Anglicanism then Oxford has provided many of the leading intellectuals. During the religious and political ferment of the Reformation, Oxford played a pivotal role in events, witnessing the martyrdom of Thomas Cranmer, Hugh Latimer, and Nicholas Ridley. Anglicanism was shaped by Oxford scholars such as Richard Hooker and William Laud, while John Keble, Edward Pusey, and John Henry Newman, in what became called the Oxford Movement, had far-reaching influence in England and beyond.
Oxford has also been home to many of Anglicanism’s best-known missionaries and religions. But until recently, for most non-Anglicans, Oxford’s doors have not been open. In the last few years, the Oxford Theology Summer School has provided a way for people from the world Church to taste and see something of Oxford’s glorious theological tradition.
Academic Coursework Policy
Prior to enrolling in the Oxford Theology Summer School students must contact the Office of the Registrar to confirm the applicability of coursework toward their degree program.
Submission of papers
Papers must be submitted electronically to the Office of the Provost at the Graduate Theological Foundation.
Deadline for submission of papers
Papers must be submitted within 90 days of completing the course or no course credit will be awarded.
Guidelines for Papers