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 autonomies 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. Students who complete all coursework for the Ph.D. or Th.D. by attending the Oxford Theology Summer School are eligible to defend their doctoral thesis in Oxford. 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.
General information on the 2016 Oxford Theology Summer School may be found here
. Registration for the annual summer school opens in the early spring. Students wishing to attend the Oxford Theology Summer School must register directly through the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education website
Those interested in reading about courses offered for the 2015 Oxford Theology Summer School should click here
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.
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 religious. 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
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
Centro Pro Unione
Information on the Rome Summer Course may be found by visiting the website
of the Centro Pro Unione.
The Centro Pro Unione, founded and directed by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, is an ecumenical research and action center. Its purpose is to give space for dialogue, to be a place for study, research and formation in ecumenism – theological, pastoral, social and spiritual. The Centro was inaugurated in 1968 and is situated in the heart of Rome in the historic and beautiful palazzo Doria Pamphilj on Piazza Navona. It consists of a major research library of three rooms, a meeting room and a large conference hall for annual conferences on ecumenism and the summer school program. The Ecumenical Library consists of 13,000 books and pamphlets, 180 periodicals, fully catalogued online with the ALEPH program, and node on the information network URBE (Roman Union of Ecclesiastical Libraries); over 10,000 records of interchurch and interconfessional theological dialogues, both national and international, online and available through the URBE network; studies of the World Council of Churches; major world and regional ecumenical assemblies; confessional liturgy and spirituality; international survey of ecumenical centers; microfilms; and photocopy facilities, linked via modem to the Library of the World Council of Churches in Geneva through its “Direct Inquiry System.”
Academic Coursework Policy
All papers written for the Centro Pro Unione's Summer Course must be submitted within 90 days of completing the course or no course credit will be awarded.
The programs in Oxford and Rome offer intensive weeks of study during the summer consisting of lectures, tutorials, seminars and visits. Participants in the Oxford Theology Summer School choose two seminars each week. The Rome Programme in Ecumenical Studies is two weeks in length and involves daily lectures and visits to ecumenical sites of interest. The Interreligious Dialogue Seminar is one week in length.
Both the University of Oxford Theology Summer School and the Centro Pro Unione in Rome (the ecumenical study center of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement) coordinate with the GTF in planning and hosting these international programs. All graduate degree candidates must apply directly to the Oxford and Rome programs. Links to both institutions may be found on the GTF website. Applicants are accepted on space availability. Each Oxford summer session week fulfills two Units of Study; the Rome summer session fulfills one, two, or three Units of Study.
All study completed in both Oxford and Rome is reflected on the candidate’s transcript. Post-residency response papers on the program topics for both the Oxford and the Rome sessions must be submitted within 90 days of completion of the course. A required reading list is provided prior to attendance in conjunction with each summer session.
The Director of the Centro Pro Unione and the Summer School in Rome is Father James Puglisi, S.A., Ph.D., S.T.D., a member of the ecumenical faculty of the Angelicum in Rome and a member of the GTF’s faculty (Profile
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