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*Global History at Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom

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The MU International Center sponsors this spring break, faculty-led study abroad program in collaboration with the Department of History and Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy. MU professor Jay Sexton will lead this four-credit program in Oxford, United Kingdom.

In this program, you will immerse yourself in the intellectual, pedagogic and social life of Corpus Christi College at the University of Oxford. This will be a chance to be exposed to cutting-edge work on global-transnational history, in which the U.K. has emerged as a global leader. It will also be an opportunity to experience foreign teaching methods and styles. Each day, you will have two two-hour sessions led by a faculty member of the University of Oxford.

The program is embedded in HIST 4004, taught on the MU campus during the spring semester. All participants must enroll in HIST 4004, and will spend spring break  abroad at the University of Oxford.



You will enroll in one course for a total of four credit hours.

HIST 4004/4004H: Topics in Global and Transnational History Since 1400 (4) examines global and transnational history in the "modern" period and includes an embedded week of study at the University of Oxford over spring break.

The course begins by interrogating how and why national history emerged as the default method of study of the past in the late 19th and 20th centuries, before considering the limitations of national history. It then shifts to the emergence of global and transnational approaches, which emerged as potential successors to national history in the decades following the end of the Cold War.

The course then turns its attention to the best work of global history so far produced: John Darwin's "After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000." You will spend several weeks working your way through this book, which provides a grounding in the history of global empires and the development of global history as a historiographical genre. While reading this book, you will begin to identify the topic of your research paper that is due at the end of the semester.

Over spring break, the course will convene in the U.K., where you will experience a teaching intensive week with Oxford faculty.

Upon returning to Columbia, you will roll up your sleeves on your research project. This will be a writing-intensive project of 20 pages in which you will identify a question related to global/transnational history and seek to answer it in essay form after additional reading and thought.

Academic credit

You will be enrolled in actual MU courses. You are guaranteed to receive MU credit for successfully completed courses; however, you must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how courses might fulfill degree requirements.

MU students: Grades will calculate into your MU GPA and appear on your MU transcript when grades are recorded by the faculty program director. You must work with your academic adviser(s) to obtain pre-approval as to how the courses might fulfill degree requirements.

Non-MU/visiting students: Transcripts will be issued from MU and can be mailed to your home universities. You must work with your home universities to determine how credit from the program will transfer. The MU International Center will issue one transcript per student to one domestic address, as indicated on your Non-MU Student Application for Study Abroad. Additional MU transcripts for study abroad must be requested and purchased from the MU Registrar.


Accommodations and meals

You will stay in shared rooms with shared baths in dormitory-style halls in the heart of the medieval part of town.

Host city and surrounding areas

Oxford is renowned as one of the world's most famous university towns. It is the oldest university in Britain, with many of its colleges dating back to the 13th century. Known as the City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford has a wonderful mix of historical buildings and modern amenities. For those looking to explore in the evenings, London is only about an hour train ride away.


You will travel with the group, but will have opportunities to explore some sites independently during your time abroad.

Faculty program director

MU faculty member Jay Sexton, Department of History, will accompany the students to Oxford.

Faculty-led programs enrich the study abroad experience as well as the MU campus by providing students opportunities to study other cultures and disciplines in depth while gaining new perspectives on our own society. Faculty leaders serve as mentors, role-models and resources as students explore their host institution and country.

Jay Sexton

Jay Sexton is the inaugural Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy and professor of history at the University of Missouri. He taught at Oxford University for 15 years and remains an emeritus fellow there.


Program budget

Additional expenses

In addition to the program costs paid to MU, you will have expenses associated with international travel and living abroad. The amounts listed are estimated costs based on current exchange rates and on the information provided to us by your host institution and past participants. Depending on your personal spending habits, you may spend more or less than the figures provided.

Please note that these expenses do not include vacation travel or sightseeing.

Financial aid information

If you are awarded financial aid for study abroad, it will be applied to your MU account according to the regular financial aid disbursement schedule. Reminder: You must be enrolled in study abroad and have completed the required financial aid forms for study abroad in order to be considered for aid.

Because non-resident tuition charges apply, MU students should be eligible to use non-resident scholarships toward program costs.

Dates and deadlines

Term Application deadline Program start Program end
Spring Break 2020 11/01/2019 03/21/2020 03/28/2020


We are delighted that you are applying to study abroad. This is the first step of your journey, and while there is a lot to do, it should not be overwhelming. Once you start an application for the program, you will have an electronic checklist to help you through the process. In addition, our study abroad staff are available to answer your questions.

  1. Meet with the International Center study abroad adviser listed in the program snapshot if you have any questions.
  2. Start an application using the button below if you are an MU student.
    • Non-MU students should visit our page for non-MU participants for more information about the application process.
    • Once you have started an application, you can return to it later by logging in to myStudyAbroad (see the button at the top of the page).
  3. Complete and submit your application.
  4. Receive your admissions decision within 7–10 business days.

This program is not currently accepting applications.