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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:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 3.5 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
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.8
Program Description:

Oxford Semester Experience

Oxford, England, United Kingdom

Oxford Semester Experience

Launched in 1995, the Oxford Semester Experience is GEO's most prestigious program.


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 Oxford colleges. The world famous University of Oxford is the prestigious alma mater of many presidents and prime ministers. 

Each semester consist of two parts: a traditional course taught by the attending Mason Academic Director and the Oxford Term when students take part in traditional Oxford tutorials. Oxford's unique 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 Mason.

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 which 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. The course is upper-level and 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. Once the regular Oxford term starts in October (terms are shorter and more intensive than 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.

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Eligibility

In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Undergraduate Students
    • open to Mason students with a 3.50 grade point average or higher, OR
    • open to Mason Honors students and University Scholars with a 3.30 grade point average or higher
  • Graduate Students
    • open to Mason students with a 3.80 grade point average or higher

Courses Available

Each semester consists of two parts: a traditional course taught by the attending Mason Academic Director and the Oxford term when students take part in traditional Oxford tutorials.

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.

Undergraduate students receive a total of 15 resident credits: three undergraduate semester credits for the Academic Director course and six undergraduate credits for each tutorial.
 

Tutorials

Oxford's unique 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 Mason.

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 which consists of an essay reflecting their experience and copies of their tutorial work.

Students will take two primary tutorials during their time there and receive either six (undergraduate) or three (graduate) credits per tutorial. 

To see the tutorials taken by former program participants and the Mason credits they were able to obtain approval for, see: the 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 to inquire about credit approvals for their semester in Oxford.
 

Academic Director Course


During the fall semester, the experience begins with the course taught by the Academic Director (AD). During the spring semester, the experience ends with the course taught by the AD.

AD courses vary by term as the AD position is rotated through a variety of Mason's best professors. AD courses are accompanied by field trips and vary based on the AD's expertise. See below for a description of the upcoming AD course:
 

Course offered by the Academic Director in Fall 2020:


TBD
 

Academic Calendar


Students attending Oxford in the fall will begin with the Academic Director's course which lasts three weeks and runs from late August to late September. Subsequently, they will participate in the Oxford Michaelmas term which runs from early October to mid December.

Students attending Oxford in the spring will participate in the Hilary term which runs from mid-January to mid-March. Following the completion of the Hilary term, students will participate in the Academic Director's course, which lasts three weeks. The program will be completed by late April.
 

Global Understanding

Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.

Housing

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 (OSAP). All of the housing provided by OSAP are historic and full of English charm.

All housing units have a kitchen, with an oven, stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, cookware (a baking tray, saucepans, frying pans, knives, assorted utensils, a chopping board), plates, bowls, cups, glasses and cutlery. 

The Oxford Experience

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.

Program Cost

Fall 2020: $19,995

 
Included:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Cultural visits
  • Excursion to London
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • International emergency insurance
  • Administrative services in Oxford and at George Mason University
Not Included:
  • International airfare
  • Domestic transportation to and from Oxford
  • Meals
  • Personal expenses 

Program Payments

Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

Application Deposit: A non-refundable program deposit $200 must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $2500 must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $2500 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or their VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Scholarships

GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Scholarships

Application Deadline:

Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid March*
Spring/Calendar Year: Early-Mid October*

*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).

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) 
  • Completed Oxford Resident Credit Petition Form (instructions and form in application)
  • Names and email addresses 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 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.


Visa Information

Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the UK Border Agency's website for further information.

Application instructions:

Academic Director

   
Name TBD 
Email  
Phone  

GEO Program Administrator

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Name Alexandra Wallace
Email masonled@gmu.edu
Phone 703-993-3082


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2020 04/30/2020
**
Rolling Admission 09/01/2020 12/20/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.