Although it retains its distinctive ancient title of 'Hall', which dates back to the thirteenth century before most other colleges had been founded, St. Edmund Hall, with approximately 400 undergraduates, boasts one of the largest undergraduate student bodies among the Oxford Colleges. At St. Edmund Hall, intellectual curiosity and debate, adventurousness, and the enjoyment of ideas exchanged between disciplines is encouraged. Students thrive in the supportive and intellectually challenging environment of a college firmly dedicated to the tutorial system, but employing a variety of other teaching methods. Students also find time for a wide range of extra-curricular interests, including music, journalism drama, art, creative writing, sport and charitable activities.
Every year, St. Edmund Hall offers two or three spaces for George Mason University students. Modern and progressive in its outlook, the College furthers scholarship in a range of Arts and Sciences subjects. Attending St. Edmund Hall provides not only a matchless chance to live in the heart of Oxford, but the opportunity to be taught by tutors of recognized distinction in their fields and to enjoy being part of an energetic and varied community.
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 Lady Margaret 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:
- Students must have a strong academic background in the subject they wish to study.
- Students must have a minimum 3.70 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- 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. As a Visiting Student at St. Edmund Hall you can select courses from a maximum of three subject areas
chosen from the list below. Admissions in traditional fields such as English, Politics, and History are very competitive. If you are interested in applying for one of these disciplines apply early!
*Due to the course structure at Oxford, the university is unable to guarantee the availability laboratory subjects while at Oxford. Students in the hard sciences should plan on attending Oxford without taking any labs.
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
||Earthquakes & Tectonics/
|Michaelmas - Secondary
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.
Included in your program fee are 50 meals per term. Additional meals are available on a pay-as-you-eat basis.
Participants live in single study-bedrooms with a washbasin, bathroom facilities nearby, and all rooms are connected to the University’s internet network. You can opt for self-catering, or take all your meals in the main College Dining Hall where an award-winning chef prepares top quality food that is excellent value for money. Students visiting for the full academic year are guaranteed accommodation and may stay in their room throughout, including the Christmas and Easter vacations.
Rooms are in one of St. Edmund Hall's annex buildings. These are a short walk from the main College site. You will be housed alongside regular undergraduates to assist in your transition to College community member.
- Isis Guest House: A five minute walk away across Magdalen Bridge, our Isis accommodation houses around 45 undergraduate students. Located opposite the University Sports Complex, it’s also close to the buzzing student area of Cowley Road.
- William R. Miller Building: St. Edmund Hall's newest accommodation, which opened in 2004, is also located in East Oxford and houses to 55 students.
More information can be found on the St. Edmund Hall Accommodation website
Program Cost (2019-2020)
Humanities - $45,316
Subjects Include: Comparative Literature, Comparative Education, English, Film Studies, Finance, History, History of Art, Law, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Politics
Mathematics - $46,131;
Sciences (Bio, Business, & Psychology): $46,881
Subjects Include: Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Economics, Management Studies, Psychology
Sciences (Other): $50,940
Subjects Include: Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Materials Sciences, Physics
- Application Fee
- 30 credits undergraduate tuition
- 50 meals per term plus £25 towards the cost of lunches
- Single room in college housing (including utilities)
- 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
- Most meals
- 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.