FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the programme dates?
The OCCA Programme and OCCA Programme for Masters Students
Dates for 2018- 2019:
Term 1 – Michaelmas Term:
Term Starts: 25th September 2018
Term Ends: 7th December 2018
Term 2 – Hilary Term:
Term Starts: 10th January 2019
Term Ends: 8th March 2019
Term 3 – Trinity Term:
Term Starts: 25th April 2019
Term Ends: 20th June 2019
Provisional Dates for 2019-2020
Term 1 – Michaelmas Term:
Term Starts: 1st October 2019
Term Ends: 13th December 2019
Term 2- Hilary Term:
Term Starts: 16th January 2020
Term Ends: 13th March 2020
Term 3- Trinity Term:
Term Starts: 23rd April 2020
Term Ends: 19th June 2020
OCCA Business Programme 2019 (4 Weeks)
Monday 17th June until Friday 12th July 2019
Are the OCCA programmes accredited?
Students who successfully apply to their chosen Master’s degree can also apply to study apologetics at OCCA. Provided students meet the necessary requirements for completing this degree, they will receive an accredited qualification from that institution. The additional training provided by the OCCA Programme and OCCA Programme for Masters Students do not provide any additional accredited qualification.
Please note that the Business Programme is a stand-alone programme and does not run as an additional training course for students enrolled on a University course.
How do I apply?
Applications for the OCCA Programme can be made by clicking ‘Apply Online’ at the top right of this page and then selecting ‘OCCA Programme’ in the drop-down menu. (You will be asked to register an account with a valid email address to make an application).
For the OCCA Programme, the majority of students will typically be educated to at least bachelor degree level.
OCCA Programme for Master’s Students
Applicants will need to complete two applications – one to a relevant master’s degree and one for OCCA Programme for Master’s Students. These two admission processes are independent of one another. A prerequisite of acceptance to the OCCA Programme for Master’s Students is acceptance on to a relevant Master’s degree.
Applications to OCCA for the OCCA Programme for Master’s Students can be made by clicking ‘Apply Online’ at the top right of this page and then selecting ‘OCCA Programme’ in the drop-down menu. (You will be asked to register an account with a valid email address to make an application). During the online application, when asked “Are you a Master’s Course candidate?” select “yes” and state which Master’s.
We welcome applications for the OCCA Programme for Master’s Students while you are awaiting the results of your application to your chosen Master’s degree. Please note, however, that OCCA Programme for Master’s Students applications will only be fully reviewed once a candidate is offered a place on their chosen Master’s degree.
Applicants who are accepted on to the OCCA Programme for Master’s Students will be able to take the programme for a full academic year. At the end of that year, students who are enrolled on a Master’s Course that lasts more than one academic year ) are welcome to apply for an additional year on the OCCA Programme for Master’s Students.
Also welcome are applicants who are already undertaking the first year of a two-year Master’s course. These applicants may apply to take the OCCA Programme for Master’s Students alongside the second year of their Master’s Course.
Please apply online by clicking ‘Apply Online’ above and selecting ‘Business Programme’ in the drop-down menu.
The programme is designed for senior business people and professionals, and we will therefore be looking for applicants with a minimum of 10 years experience in the marketplace. Please outline both your education and workplace experience clearly in your curriculum vitae.
The 2019 Business Programme will run from Monday 17th June until Friday 12th July 2019 and will cost £5,500.
Business Programme delegates who want to stay for the *RZIM Oxford Summer School have a priority booking and can do so at the time of enrolling onto the Business Programme.
*We anticipate that the RZIM Oxford Summer School will be open to receive bookings in September.
What are the application deadlines?
Applications for the 2019-2020 intake will open in September 2018.
In order to be considered for the OCCA Programme please note that we operate under three deadlines- 20th February 2019, and 23rd May 2019.
To be considered for a scholarship you must submit an application by 23rd May 2019. Any applications submitted after this date cannot be considered for the 2019 academic year.
OCCA Programme for Master’s Students
Applications for the 2019-2020 intake will open in September 2018. The deadlines for this Programme are the same as the above OCCA Programme. Please note that OCCA Programme for Master’s Students applications are assessed independently of applications to the students chosen master’s degree .
What are the current training fees and scholarship opportunities?
OCCA Programme 2019-2020:
£5,850 tuition fee for the full year.
OCCA has provided a scholarship scheme for those admitted to the OCCA Programme. Scholarships are available for students of all nationalities. .
OCCA Programme for Master’s Students 2019-2020:
£3,850 tuition fee.
Business Programme 2019:
£5,500 tuition fee.
Is accommodation provided?
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide accommodation for students. If you are successful in gaining a place at OCCA we will provide you with a suggested list of options. If you are an international student and will be coming with your spouse and/ or family, we recommend contacting the North Oxford Overseas Centre or Commonwealth House.
Students accepted onto the Business Programme will be provided with details on various accommodation options in Oxford, including single rooms at Wycliffe Hall, private B&B options and private long-term rentals.
Please note that all students are responsible for locating and booking their own accommodation for the duration of a programme.
How much does it cost to live in Oxford?
The cost of living will vary depending on your individual needs and preferences. It is important to note that Oxford is one of the most expensive cities in which to live in the UK. The chart below contains estimated figures for general guidance.
|Marital Status||Rent, Utilities and Food (per month)|
|Single Person||£500 – £800|
|Married Couple||£1000 – £1,500|
|Married Couple with Children||£1,500 – £2,000|
Does the OCCA offer any online courses?
Yes, click here to find out more about the RZIM Academy.
We also recommend the RZIM DVD ‘Foundations of Apologetics’ Study Programme. This is a 12-part course supplied on DVD, complete with study guides. The DVDs feature one of the team from RZIM worldwide speaking on a topic of which they have specialist knowledge, for example, Amy Orr-Ewing on the trustworthiness of the scriptures and Ravi Zacharias on God, Evil and Suffering. Each set (1 DVD plus study guide) is available to buy individually and the full list of titles and speakers is on the RZIM Europe website. Alternatively, the full set is available from RZIM USA.