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  • Locations: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: Mason applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.5 Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.8
Language of Instruction: English Housing: Flat/Apartment
Number of Credits Offered: 15, 9 Eligible Population: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate
Type of Program: Faculty-led Area of Study: Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Middle East Studies, Music, Art and Visual Technology, Psychology, Religious Studies, Art History, Sociology, Spanish, Women and Gender Studies, Honors, Global and Community Health, African and African American Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Classical Studies, Communication, Community Health, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Economics, Education Studies, Electrical Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Ethnomusicology, Anthropology, Finance, Forensic Psychology, French, Geology, Integrative Studies, Latin American Studies
Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office
Program Description:
Oxford Semester Experience

Oxford Semester Experience 

Launched in 1995, Mason Study Abroad's most prestigious program is the Oxford Semester Experience.

Date Event Location Begin End
Sep 14 Info Session with Alumni Merten Hall RM 3300 4:30pm 5:30pm
Sep 15 Application Info Session JC RM 239A 4:00pm 5:00pm
Sep 19 Info Session JC 327 3:30pm 4:30pm
Sep  21 Application Info Session JC 234 12:30pm 1:30pm
Oct 2 Application Info Session JC 234 3:00pm 4:00pm

Each semester, organized with our partner in Oxford, a small group of high achieving Mason undergraduate and graduate students are selected to study as affiliated students at one of a variety of University of Oxford colleges, alma mater of presidents and prime ministers. Each semester consist of two parts: a traditional course taught by the Mason attending academic director and the Oxford Term when students take part in traditional Oxford tutorials.

Participants in this program learn through Oxford’s unique tutorial system. The tutorial system gives participants unparalleled individual attention through weekly one-on-one meetings with an Oxford scholar. Each student is guided through an intellectual exploration of their chosen discipline. Tutorials are similar in structure to intensive directed reading courses or graduate independent studies at George Mason University.

Tutorials are offered in the social sciences, theoretical sciences, business, and the humanities. During tutorials, students are expected to do substantial independent library work and periodically produce written essays and oral presentations. 

At the close of the program, participants produce a portfolio of their work. The portfolio consists of an essay reflecting their experience and copies of their tutorial work.

During the fall semester (Oxford’s Michaelmas term), the experience begins with a course taught by the Academic Director. Participants leave for England in late August or early September. This arrival date allows program participants adequate time to settle into living quarters and complete the academic director's course, an upper division course accompanied by field trips before the regular Oxford term begins. Once the regular Oxford term starts in October (terms are shorter and more intensive than George Mason's), each student will take two primary tutorials.

During the spring semester (Oxford's Hilary term), the experience begins with the Oxford term. Participants leave in early January. The regular Oxford term (tutorials) start immediately. Spring semester participants also take two primary tutorials. Tutorials end in early March and are then followed by a three week course taught by the Academic Director. This course utilizes skills developed in the tutorial.

The course taught by the Mason Academic Director is enhanced by visits to museums or sites related to the course topic. Topics change each semester based on the Academic Director's expertise and discipline.

Program Details


The discipline for each credit depends on the content of the tutorial. Students seek credit approval from the appropriate department during the application phase of the program to ensure that credits will apply appropriately to their degree. Applicants create a paragraph description for each tutorial topic. The tutorial descriptions are reviewed by the appropriate department for credit approval. Credit approval is captured via the Oxford Semester Petition for Credit Form found in the application.

Undergraduates receive a total of 15 resident credits, three undergraduate semester credits for the academic director course and six undergraduate semester credits for each tutorial.

Course offered by the Academic Director in Fall 2018

Museums, Power, and Modernity: Constructing Britain through its art institutions and audiences
Dr. Lisa Passaglia Bauman

This course will examine the museum experience as a diverse range of institutions from national galleries to contemporary exhibition spaces.  We will explore the reasons for collecting, and for making those collections available to the public, while also looking critically at how those objects are displayed. We will broaden our exploration to study the concept of UNESCO World Heritage sites and the “city as museum” while also questioning the complex relationship between culture, money and power:  who should pay for the museum?  What is it for?  Whose story gets told and how is that narrative constructed?  

Graduate students receive a total of 9 resident credits, three graduate semester credits for the academic director course and three graduate semester credits for each tutorial.

Former program participants have taken the tutorials found in this document and were able to obtain approval for the credits listed: Oxford Tutorials by Major. *Please note, course approvals are dependent upon the individual and the content of their tutorials. The approvals listed in the document are not guaranteed course approvals for every student. Students should speak to the department who offers the credit they wish to obtain towards their tutorial to inquire about credit approvals for their semester in Oxford.

Additional information on possible tutorial topics provided by our partner organization The Oxford Study Abroad Programme.


Undergraduate: Open only to Mason undergraduate students with a 3.50 grade point average or higher, or Mason Honors Program students and University Scholars with a 3.30 grade point average or higher.
Graduate: Open only to Mason graduate students with a 3.80 grade point average or higher.

Application Materials

Applications are completed online. Applicants will need to prepare the following materials to submit with their application. Applicants are encouraged to start an application even if all materials have not been gathered.
  • Recent typed writing sample (no more than 5 pages)
  • One page typed autobiographical statement of academic objectives
  • Paragraph descriptions for four proposed tutorial topic selections (two first choices & two back ups) Sample Tutorial Descriptions
  • Completed Oxford Resident Credit Petition Form (instructions and form in application)
  • Names and email address of two recent George Mason University professors who have agreed to write academic letters of recommendation
  • One passport size identity photo 
  • Applicants will upload a copy of their current Patriot Web transcript (graduate students and recent transfer students must also submit past official records from past schools)
  • Upload a copy of meningitis vaccination record - this can be secured through Student Health Services
Students can start their application and complete it at a later time. Applications will not be considered complete until all application items are complete and the application fee has been paid.


Housing is located within a fifteen minute walk of the central area of Oxford, defined as St. Anne's College on the North, Magdalen Bridge on the East, the Railroad Station on the West and Folly Bridge on the South. More information can be found in the materials provided by our partner The Oxford Study Abroad Programme.

Program Cost: $19,995


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Cultural visits
  • Excursion to London
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Emergency medical evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Administrative services in Oxford and at George Mason University

Not included:

  • International airfare
  • Domestic transportation to and from Oxford
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses 

While abroad at Oxford, students have access to the complete Oxford experience because they are directly affiliated with one of the school's individual colleges. As an affiliate, students can take part in the college's social, intellectual, and athletic activities. Examples include playing rugby, rowing on the crew team, or singing in the college choir.

Contact Information

Program Administrator

Whitney Morgan
Schedule an appointment

Academic Director

Dr. Lisa Passaglia Bauman
(703) 993-1250

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.