Students of the Sarah Lawrence Program participate in two intensive academic tutorials during each trimester, for which they are expected to produce weekly papers. Tutorials with Oxford fellows are structured similarly to conferences within the Sarah Lawrence system, in that they are unique opportunities for students to work one-on-one with experts in students' field of study. Through concentrated reading and writing, students of the Sarah Lawrence program are able to engage in a self-selected course of study that both takes advantage of Oxford's wealth of academic resources and furthers the interdisciplinary aspects of a Sarah Lawrence education.
Before beginning their time at Oxford, Sarah Lawrence Program students work with Wadham College and the program director to select tutors and a course of study that will allow them to further their academic goals and interests. Many of the tutors who teach with the program are familiar with the specificity of the Sarah Lawrence approach, and are engaged with the particular demands of a liberal arts education as pursued through the Oxford system. In addition to shaping tutorials around each student's needs and interests, tutors provide students with resources that span from disciplinary lectures to access to special archives and texts within the university. Students, might, for instance, find themselves attending a lecture on Neoplatonism, leafing through original J.M.W. Turner watercolor sketches in the Ashmoleon Museum, or working on a paper that synthesizes current British economic news with Winston Churchill's political writings.
The tutorial system is designed to create a home for American students within the rich Oxford tradition. By combining the personalized approach of a liberal arts education with the rigors and resources of Oxford, the Sarah Lawrence Program offers a one-of-a-kind experience to its students.