After over ten years, no one has submitted an entry for the prize offered to the first reader who can describe an equal program anywhere. The prize is now $200,000.
We sincerely would like to know if any other overseas study program in the world offers (regardless of cost) the same quality education together with the same added benefits (an on-site office with a large staff, very central housing with British students, 13 weeks a term of residence, a medical plan, a money-back guarantee, etc.). A former Associate Director of the United States Information Agency (and head of all civilian U.S. government education programs abroad), Dr. Ronald Trowbridge, has given his permission to quote from a letter in which he wrote, “WISC is the best study abroad program in the world.” Dr. Trowbridge visited Oxford twice and talked at length with students and tutors.
According to the UN, of the ten leading universities in the world, eight are in the U.S. and two are not. Both of these universities are in England. Logically, the best study abroad program must be located in one of these two universities. OSAP posted a substantial prize on the internet on June 24, 1999. The prize was increased to $100,000 and was repeated in our publications. Well over fifteen years later no one has claimed the prize which would have gone to the first reader who sent us details of an overseas study program anywhere in the world for non-graduating students with the same or greater academic quality and overall benefits (full details on request). As of 1 January 2016, no one has submitted an entry. As a result, we have increased the prize to $200,000.
After over fifteen years, we believe we can safely assume that Dr. Trowbridge is correct in saying that the WISC/OSAP Visiting Student program in Oxford is the best study abroad program in the world.
"I was taught by two Professors [holders of Chairs, usually only one don in the University in each subject], both of whom were Fellows of the British Academy. My academic program could not have been better."
"I did not realize how much work I would actually be doing, but the tutors were not only friendly and helpful but really mad me enjoy my work. I learned to really think for myself and could explore my won interests."