Frequently Asked Questions
What are the programme dates?
The OCCA Programme and OCCA Programme for Masters Students
Dates for 2016/2017:
Term 1 - Michaelmas Term
Term Starts: 29 September 2016
Term Ends: 9 December 2016
Term 2 - Hilary Term
Term Starts: 16 January 2017
Term Ends: 10 March 2017
Term 3 - Trinity Term
Term Starts: 20 April 2017
Term Ends: 16 June 2017
Provisional Dates for 2017- 2018:
Term 1 - Michaelmas Term:
Term Starts: 26 September 2017
Term Ends: 8 December 2017
Term 2 - Hilary Term:
Term Starts: 15 January 2018
Term Ends: 9 March 2018
Term 3 - Trinity Term:
Term Starts: 19 April 2018
Term Ends: 15 June 2018
OCCA Business Programme 2017 (4 Weeks)
Monday 5th June until Friday 30th June 2017
Are the OCCA programmes accredited?
Students who successfully apply for the Certificate in Theological Studies (CTS) at Wycliffe Hall or for any masters course 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 a relevant Masters course.
- 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, MSt or MPhil in a range of subjects. For information about which subjects you could take at Wycliffe, 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 the MPhil or 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.
The 2017 Business Programme is now full. However, if you are interested in the Programme we are now developing a list for 2018.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch later in the year with further details.
What are the application deadlines?
Applications for the September 2017 intake are open.
In order to be considered for the OCCA Programme please note that we operate under three deadlines- 23rd November 2016, 22nd February 2017, and 30th May 2017.
To be considered for a scholarship you must submit an application by 30th May 2017. Any applications submitted after this date cannot be considered for the 2017 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 September 2017 intake are open. 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 2017-18:
£5,500 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 2017-18:
£3,675 tuition fee.
Business Programme 2017:
£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.