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 for the Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS) at Wycliffe Hall or for the M.Th at the University of Oxford can also apply to study apologetics at OCCA. The Wycliffe Hall courses are University of Oxford courses. Provided students meet the necessary requirements for completing these courses, they will receive a University of Oxford accredited qualification. This process is handled exclusively by the University. 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 of Oxford course.
How do I apply?
Candidates will need to complete two applications – one to Wycliffe Hall for the CTS and one to OCCA for the OCCA Programme. These two admission processes are independent of one another. A prerequisite of acceptance to the OCCA Programme is acceptance to the CTS.
- Applications to Wycliffe Hall for the CTS can be made here. The application process for the CTS is handled exclusively by Wycliffe Hall.
- 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).
We welcome applications for the OCCA Programme while you are awaiting the results of your CTS application. Please note, however, that OCCA Programme applications will only be fully reviewed once a candidate is offered a place on the CTS at Wycliffe Hall.
For the OCCA Programme, the majority of students will typically be educated to at least bachelor degree level.
For information on necessary qualifications for the Certificate in Theological Studies, please refer to the University of Oxford website on admissions requirements.
OCCA Programme for Masters Students
Applicants will need to complete two applications – one to the University of Oxford for a Masters course and one to OCCA for the OCCA Programme for Masters Students. These two admission processes are independent of one another. A prerequisite of acceptance to the OCCA Programme for Masters Students is acceptance on to the M.Th.
- Applications to the University of Oxford for a Masters course are made via their online graduate admissions process here. These applications are handled exclusively by the University of Oxford. Wycliffe Hall offers a MTh, . For information about this, click here and view under ‘Postgraduate Courses’ (ignore PGDip or DPhil courses listed).
- Applications to OCCA for the OCCA Programme for Masters Students can be made by clicking ‘Apply Online’ at the top right of this page and then selecting ‘OCCA Programme for Masters Students’ in the drop-down menu. (You will be asked to register an account with a valid email address to make an application).
During the application process for a University of Oxford Masters course, you will have the option to state a preference for which University of Oxford college/hall you would like to be a member of.
We welcome applications for the OCCA Programme for Masters Students while you are awaiting the results of your application to a Masters course. Please note, however, that OCCA Programme for Masters Students applications will only be fully reviewed once a candidate is offered a place on a relevant Masters course.
Applicants who are accepted on to the OCCA Programme for Masters 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 Masters Course that lasts more than one academic year (like MTh) are welcome to apply for an additional year on the OCCA Programme for Masters Students.
Also welcome, are applicants who are already undertaking the first year of a two-year Masters course. These applicants may apply to take the OCCA Programme for Masters Students alongside the second year of their Masters 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- 21st November 2018, 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.
Please note that OCCA Programme applications are assessed independently of applications to Wycliffe Hall’s CTS. Please contact Wycliffe Hall admissions for CTS deadline information.
OCCA Programme for Masters 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 Masters Students applications are assessed independently of applications to a University of Oxford Masters course. Please contact University of Oxford admissions for deadline information.
What are the current training fees and scholarship opportunities?
OCCA Programme 2019-2020:
£5,850 tuition fee for the full year.
RZIM has provided a scholarship scheme for those admitted to the OCCA Programme. Scholarships are available for students of all nationalities. All students who have been admitted to the CTS** at Wycliffe Hall are encouraged to apply for the OCCA Programme regardless of financial circumstances.
**Please note that the CTS at Wycliffe Hall carries its own tuition fee – further details are available from Wycliffe Hall.
OCCA Programme for Masters Students 2019-2020:
£3,850 tuition fee.
Business Programme 2019:
£5,500 tuition fee.
Is accommodation provided?
Students accepted on to the CTS or a Masters Course at Wycliffe Hall will receive details from Wycliffe Hall about applying for accommodation there. We would encourage all students to reside at Wycliffe where possible. Unfortunately, Wycliffe Hall has very limited accommodation for married couples or families. If you are an international student, and will be coming with your spouse and/or family, we would 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|
I’m applying to study from outside of the UK/EU. What immigration requirements should I consider?
CTS and Masters Courses at Wycliffe Hall: International students will require a Tier 4 (General) Visa. Wycliffe Hall will send successful applicants all the relevant information regarding visa requirements and applications and you should not begin applying for a visa until you are in receipt of these details. However, you should ensure that you have a valid passport that does not expire before the end of the course, and you may wish to read the information on the UK Border Agency website to familiarise yourself with the process and documentary evidence required for the visa.
OCCA Business Programme: Students do not require a study visa and should progress with a visitor visa where applicable.
Can my spouse and/or family join me in Oxford?
Spouse/family members with a UK or EU passport are able to travel to Oxford with you.
CTS or one-year Masters Courses at Wycliffe Hall: for international students on this course, the visa regulations restrict travel with your spouse/family. Your spouse and/or family will not be able to join you under a Tier 4 (General) visa for the full duration of the course, as the course duration is less than 12 months and under NQF 7. They will only be able to travel with you for a maximum of six months under a visitor visa, and if you follow this option, we would strongly recommend a spouse/family joining you from January to June of the year. If your spouse plans to take their own course of study with a recognised institution in the UK, they would be able to apply for their own Tier 4 visa and travel with you for the duration of the course if they are successful in their application. Please refer to the UK Border Agency website for more details.
Masters Courses exceeding one academic year at Wycliffe Hall: It should be possible for dependents of students who have a Tier 4 (General) visa to join them for the duration of their study.
OCCA Business Programme: your spouse and/or family will be able to join you under a standard visitor visa.
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.