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  • Locations: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Duke applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-Duke Students: No Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Dormitory Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Carolyn Covalt
Minimum Class Level: Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 3.7
Click here for a definition of this term Course Load: 15 credits/semester Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Prerequisites: None
Click here for a definition of this term Language Requirement: None Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Art History, Arts & Humanities, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Cultural Anthropology, Documentary Studies, Economics, Environmental Science and Policy, Finance, Global Health, History, International Comparative Studies, Latin, Markets and Management Studies, Mathematics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology and Neuroscience, Public Policy, Religious Studies, Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology
Duke Administered Program?: No
Program Description:

Students considering study abroad at Oxford must make an appointment to meet with Carolyn Covalt in order to proceed with their application. The deadlines as well as many other logistics related to Oxford are unique, which is why this is REQUIRED.
OXFORD APPLICATION DEADLINES: The application deadline for Oxford via IFSA is January 15. This deadline is for the following fall, spring or academic year and is inflexible. For example, for the spring 2019 semester, you must apply by January/ February of 2018. Late applications are not considered by Oxford.

Please note that the Duke Study  Abroad Fee will be charged to students enrolled in this program. For more information about the fee, please see


Please make sure to read about the difference between direct enroll vs provider programs at

About Oxford University:

Oxford University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, founded in 1250 with some colleges' histories stretching back even further. The tutorial system at Oxford is ideal for hard-working, independent students who are passionate about academics and who crave an intellectual challenge.

Member Colleges:

Oxford University is a federation of individual colleges. Each college has its own tutors, administrators, grounds, residence halls and traditions. Students apply to a college, rather than to Oxford University, and most Oxford students readily identify themselves as students at their particular college, rather than the University itself.

While each college monitors students' academic progress and personal welfare, Oxford University conducts degree examinations, confers degrees, organizes lectures and maintains museums, libraries, laboratories and lecture halls. The faculties of the university are responsible for teaching and scholarship within their disciplines and provide tutors to students within their disciplines in the colleges.

Students who plan to attend Oxford University through IFSA may app
ly to Hertford College, Lady Margaret Hall, Mansfield College, St. Anne's College, St. Catherine's College, St. Edmund Hall, and Worcester College.

Tutorial System:

The hallmark of Oxford University academics is the tutorial system. The tutorial is typically a one-hour meeting between one or two students and the tutor. Tutorials usually meet once a week or every other week, and at the center of the tutorial is an essay on a topic the tutor previously assigned. The tutor will lead a discussion about the essay topic in an effort to provide new insights. At the end of the tutorial, the tutor will assign a new topic and may offer recommended reading.

Tutorials are individually arranged, taking into account the subject to be studied and the tutor's area of expertise. They are similar to independent study courses, but Oxford students bear even more responsibility for conducting independent research and maintaining good academic progress.

Oxford University organizes weekly lectures on myriad academic subjects, and all students at the University, regardless of college, are welcome to attend. Lectures are not usually mandatory except for some science subjects, but tutors often recommend them as good supplements to tutorials and research.

At Oxford you'll be expected to do much more work on your own and to think more independently than in most other teaching methods. Your tutor is there to guide your studies, rather than to feed you facts and information, and this provides the opportunity for intensive academic study under a unique and prestigious system.

Visiting Students:

The IFSA program at Oxford University is a Visiting Student program, which means that students are considered full members of both the college that accepts them and Oxford University. Visiting Students have unrestricted access to all University facilities, including the renowned Bodleian Library, and with the exception of varsity sports, they may join any club, association or sport offered at the University or collegiate level. Visiting Students live in housing owned and assigned by their college and eat meals in the college dining hall.


Students apply through the IFSA website listed above. However, all applicants to Oxford are required to make an appointment with Carolyn Covalt, the GEO Program Coordinator who advises for Oxford, before applying. Appointments can be made online here.

About IFSA

The Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1988. Their primary goal is to provide quality study abroad opportunities, plus academic and personal support services, for qualified North American undergraduates seeking to earn academic credit through study abroad. While the Institute for Study Abroad has an affiliation with Butler University for transcripts and other purposes, it is a separate organization.

IFSA is organized to assist students from the time they apply until after they return. Their staff in the U.S. prepare students for the academic and cultural changes that await them, and their offices around the world provide on-site support to help students make the most of their study abroad experiences.



This program is currently not accepting applications.