As with all Holy Cross Study Abroad programs, admission to Oxford (Mansfield College or St Edmund Hall) is a two-step process. Students first apply to Holy Cross Study Abroad for permission to apply to Oxford. The minimum requirements for step one (applying to Holy Cross for permission to apply to Oxford) are, at the time of your application, a cumulative GPA of 3.7 overall and a minimum 3.7 in your major(s). All students who wish to study abroad at Oxford and who meet these minimum requirements are encouraged to apply, but it should be noted that admission to Oxford is highly competitive. Other factors beyond the GPA minimums at the time of the application are, however, taken into consideration. Applicants are expected to achieve a 3.7 overall in their third semester as well. Additionally, grades below a 3.7 ("B+" or "B" for example) in the third semester may have a negative impact on your application for permission to apply to Oxford. Students whose third-semester performance at Holy Cross takes them out of the running for Oxford will be given the opportunity to apply to their second choice. The decision of the Office of Study Abroad on whether to permit a student to apply to Oxford or not is final.
Name: Mansfield College, University of Oxford
Location: Oxford, England
University size: 23,000 (Mansfield: 300)
University founded: c. 1096 (Mansfield: 1886)
Terms available: academic year only
Dates: early October to mid-June
Pre-university program: n/a
University website: https://www.mansfield.ox.ac.uk/
Study Abroad website: https://www.mansfield.ox.ac.uk/visiting-student-programme
Student life/campus activities: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/why-oxford/life-in-oxford and https://www.mansfield.ox.ac.uk/student-life
Visa fees: *485 GBP for academic year (335 for Tier 4 visa, 150 for health surcharge)
*Subject to change
Housing deposit: Refundable 300 GBP (approximately US $400)
Registration info: Three primary tutorials and three secondary tutorials are a full course load for the academic year (one each per term).
ICIP required: No
Other requirements: n/a
Courses previously taken by Holy Cross students:
On left-side menu, click on Courses Taken Abroad for Holy Cross Credit then select program.
Grade equivalency sheet: Available on Holy Cross Registrar’s website: http://www.holycross.edu/support-and-resources/office-registrar/study-abroad-equivalencies
*Note: In the UK, classes are called “modules” and majors are called “courses.”
A note on academics at Oxford: At Oxford, the essential instrument of teaching is the tutorial system rather than lectures, classroom discussions, or seminars. The tutorial requires a great deal of self-motivation on the part of the student as well as considerable independent organization and research skills. At the tutorial, the student submits a prepared paper on a topic agreed upon with the tutor; the student's paper, attendant readings, and research are the basis of a further discussion of the area under study. Students also regularly attend University lectures and have access to lectures found in the Lecture Lists. Certain classes and seminars may also be available by special permission and arrangement.
All information listed above is subject to change.
For more information, please contact:
Professor Brit Smith - Director
Office: Smith 219