Illinois Wesleyan Students To Study at Oxford University
April 8, 2016
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Seven Illinois Wesleyan students have been accepted to study
at Oxford University for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Five students will study at Pembroke College, Oxford University, through the highly
selective Pembroke Visiting Student Programme. The five include Zoe Bouras ’18 (Aurora, Ill.), an International Studies and political
science major, and Jia “Muyi” Yang ’18 (Wuhan, China), International Studies, in the
Politics, Philosophy, and Economics program. David Shacklette ’18 (Des Plaines, Ill.),
a music and philosophy double major, is part of the Philosophy and Psychology program;
Qiying “Selena” Shen ’18 (Qingyuan, China), an International Studies and history double
major, has been accepted into the Politics program; and Ke “Coco” Zhang ’18 (Shanghai
City, China), a financial services major, will study in the Economics program.
In addition, Guo “Timur’’ Chen ’18 (Guangzhou City, China), a biology and psychology
major, will study at St. Anne’s College, and Wenting “Suki” Zhao ’18, a math and computer
science major, will attend Worcester College, both of which are constituent colleges
of the University of Oxford. Both students applied for study at Oxford through IFSA-Butler,
an IWU study abroad affiliate.
To have seven students studying at Oxford in the same academic year is unusual, according
to Stacey Shimizu, director of the International Office.
Students attending through the Pembroke Program are fully integrated into the Oxford
lifestyle, living and eating on the campus, participating in clubs and societies,
and wearing the traditional gowns. Shacklette said he has been working toward the
opportunity of attending Oxford since visiting the campus in 2013. ‘During my short
time there, I fell in love with the beauty and the culture of Oxford and I made it
my goal to one day be able to walk the campus as a student.” In addition to furthering
his education through Oxford’s individualized learning experience, Shacklette is looking
forward to meeting new people and being a part of its diverse community.
Pembroke accepts 40 visiting students annually from only 13 U.S. colleges and universities,
including Cornell, Duke and Bryn Mawr along with Illinois Wesleyan. Students participating
experience the traditional English tutorial system in which students meet in tutorial
sessions focused on independent study and writing.
By Emily Phelps ’19