Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) made it possible for women to study at Oxford for the first time and with that came opportunities for for intellectual development and access to new careers. Men were officially allowed admittance to the college one hundred years after its original founding in 1879. It is named in honor of Lady Margaret Beaufort, founder of the Tudor dynasty and renowned patron of scholarship and learning. Located just north of the University Parks, LMH is a very manageable distance away from the heart of the city – on foot or by bike.
The Lady Margaret Hall program is intended for students pursuing a Women and Gender Studies major or minor at George Mason University. The portion of course work with a focus on gender will depend on where the participant is in the completion of their studies. Participants who have not yet started the major/minor will need to create tutorials that satisfy the George Mason University two course requirement in Gender Studies - Introduction to Women and Gender Studies and Feminist Theory (two interdisciplinary, three-credit courses). Students should be able to complete the Women and Gender Studies minor through this program.
Students majoring in other fields may also be eligible for this program based on the focus of their degree and should contact the Program Administrator (listed on the Contacts & Resources tab) for more information.
Students in the Oxford Academic Year Experience spend one year alongside Oxford undergraduates. To view our other Oxford Academic Year programs, please visit the pages for: Mansfield College
or St. Edmund Hall
Click through the brochure tabs to learn more about this program.
In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Undergraduate student interested in Gender Studies with a 3.80 grade point average or higher at the time of application and departure.
- Open to students with a major or minor in Women and Gender Studies as well as additional fields of study with a gender focus.
- Participation in this program requires review and acceptance by the Mason Women and Gender Studies program. If approved, the Mason Women and Gender Studies program will nominate successful applicants to the visiting student program at Lady Margaret Hall. Final acceptances are made by Lady Margaret Hall and may take up to eight weeks from the time of nomination.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
Students can transfer 30 undergraduate credits in their chosen discipline. The following subjects
are available to visiting students:
Students studying through this program will be expected to develop a gender studies based theme within each of their tutorials.
Academics at Oxford
Students interested in studying in Oxford over the academic year need to have high academic aspirations and be intellectually ambitious. Oxford students learn through a unique tutorial system. In a tutorial, a tutor and one, two, or three students spend an hour discussing the topic of the tutorial. Occasionally, a tutorial is replaced with faculty classes or seminars. Students are expected to do substantial independent library work and periodically produce written essays and oral presentations for their tutorials. Since the instruction is individualized, Oxford does not have a course catalog. Students in the Oxford Academic Year Experience study the same subjects and often share tutorials with Oxford students. The student's academic experience will closely resemble the experience of an Oxford second year undergraduate. Most Oxford undergraduate degrees are three year degree programs.
The Oxford academic year is made up of three terms. Students take two tutorials each term, one primary and one secondary. Primary tutorials transfer as 6 undergraduate credits, secondary tutorials transfer as 4 undergraduate credits. Students earn 30 credits for the full year.
The tutorial preferences you state on the application form will be used when considering your application, and based on these the college will make you an offer of study for specific course options. Once this offer has been accepted it is extremely difficult to change your tutorials. Remember this when indicating your tutorial preferences in the application form as you should expect that the courses you list will be the courses you end up studying, rather than just an initial indication of preference. Give careful thought to your selections and discuss it with your Academic Advisor.
The academic year at Oxford is divided into 3 terms. Michaelmas runs from early October to early December. Hilary runs from mid-January to mid-March. Trinity runs from late April to mid-June. Students are expected to participate in all three terms.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time in Oxford. A full-time course load is 30 credits for the year. This works out to 10 total credits per term. Each term, you will take one primary and one secondary tutorial. The primary tutorial is worth 6 credits and the secondary tutorial is work 4 credits. See below for an example of how a term of courses might transfer.
Results will vary based on your individual tutorials and degree needs.
|Term & Tutorial
|Michaelmas - Primary
||Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
|Michaelmas - Secondary
||History of Feminist Movements and Theories
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Oxford.
| Oxford Grade
Choosing Courses Abroad
This program does not have pre-approved classes. The discipline for each credit depends on the content of the tutorial. Once accepted by the Oxford college, students will seek credit approval from the appropriate Mason department to ensure that credits will apply appropriately to their Mason degree. Applicants use paragraph tutorial descriptions created for each tutorial topic submitted for review by the appropriate department for credit approval. Credit approval is captured via the Oxford Academic Year Petition for Transfer Credit Form. You will have access to the PTC form after you open an application.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
Life at Oxford
While abroad at Oxford, students will have visiting study status giving them full access to libraries, sports facilities, lectures, classes, and seminars. Visiting students take part in the college's social, intellectual, and athletic activities. Meals
are available for purchase at the dining hall and just cost an average of £3. Vegetarian and vegan options are always available at meal times, and the catering staff is also always happy to cater to any other allergies or dietary requirements, such as halal. The biggest culinary event of the week is formal hall on Friday evening: a delicious, three-course, waiter-served meal complete with candelabras and good company! LMH students can go to formal twice a term for free, with any subsequent trips (or guest tickets) costing around £10 per head.
The location of Lady Margaret Hall means it has a lot more space than the average Oxford college, allowing LMH to have its own sports ground on site; acres of beautiful gardens (which come in use for events – from the LMH Ball to the annual Summer Party); and even its own punt house.
Lady Margaret Hall provides its visiting students with accommodation alongside its own undergraduates in single-occupancy rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. All of LMH's accommodation is on its single campus at the end of Norham Gardens, in the Central North Oxford conservation area. There are a range of rooms available, from historic buildings to brand new developments.
Students will have access to the College Dining Hall for meals during term time together along with all other College facilities. Students are expected to move out of their dorms in between terms. It is possible for students to request to remain in College for some of the vacation periods (subject to agreement with their Personal Tutor and by arrangement with the Bursary). This is charged at a nightly rate, currently £22.63 (2017-2018). Students wishing to make these arrangements will coordinator directly with LMH.
Program Cost (2019-2020)
- Application Fee
- 30 credits undergraduate tuition
- Single room in college housing (including utilities)
- Bedding pack (pillow, pillowcase, duvet with cover, and bottom sheet)
- Full access to all libraries, University lectures, and facilities
- Membership to Junior Common Room
- International Emergency Insurance
- Pre-Departure Orientation
- Administrative services in Oxford and at George Mason University
- Round-trip airfare
- Housing between terms
- Personal spending
Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Direct Enrollment Program, students will pay the Global Education Office (GEO) a Program Fee as they normally do in PatriotWeb. Students on GEO programs must pay the advertised program cost order to participate. This cost will be made in four payments (application fee + deposit + final balance installment 1 + final balance installment 2). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $5000 must be received by April 1 in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. Students who are using financial aid may have the deposit deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Final Balance: The final balance payment is divided into two portions: the first installment is due by June 25 and the second installment is due by November 1. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus your paid application fee and deposit. Students who are using financial aid may have the payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.
Financial Aid: Students who intend to use financial aid to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the deposit deadline. This form is available once you have started your application for this program in MasonAbroad.
GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
January 28, 2019
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 Government website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.