|Fall||Late August -
|Spring||January 9 -
April 8, 2014
Fall 2014 Application Deadline:
FEBRUARY 24, 2014
Participants should plan to leave the U.S. one day prior to the program start date in order to arrive on site for the first day of the program. Students must leave their residences on the last program day.
International airfare and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee and are the responsiblity of the participant.
Mason Undergraduates: 3.50+ GPA,
Honors Program and University Scholars: 3.30+ GPA
Participants must be enrolled in a degree program at Mason.
General Information Session With Past Participants:
November 20, 2013 - 5:30 pm
Johnson Center Meeting Room D
February 5, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Johnson Center Meeting Room B
Program & Application Information Sessions: All sessions will take place in Johnson Center.
Friday November 22, 4:00 pm:Room 234
Wednesday December 4, 4:00 pm:Room 234
Monday January 27, 4:00 pm
Thursday February 6, 10:00 am
Friday February 14, 11:30 am
Tuesday February 18, 12:00 pm
Thursday March 20, 3:00 pm
Monday March 31, 11:30 am
Tuesday April 15, 11:30 am
Wednesday April 30, 3:00 pm
Undergraduatesreceive a total of 15 resident credits.
TYPE OF HOUSING: Each student will have a single room and share a lounge, bathroom, and kitchen with other students on the program.
Marie alice Arnoldvia email or by calling 703.993.2167 or toll free at 866.468.1243. The toll free number does not accept calls from the 703 or 571 area code.
Oxford Honors Undergraduate Program
Launched in 1995, the Center for Global Education’s most prestigious program is the Oxford Honors Semester. Each semester, organized through the Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Students (OPUS), a small group of high achieving Mason undergraduate students are selected to study as affiliated students at one of a variety of University of Oxford colleges, alma mater of presidents and prime ministers.
"This was a life changing experience for me. Although the work was difficult and sometimes pushed you to your limits, it was this rigor and intensity that made the program so rewarding. I learned more than I ever could have imagined in four months, not solely from the tutorials, but from being immersed in another culture as well. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and would highly recommend the program."
-Nicole H., Michaelmas, Fall 2012 participant
"This program will change the way you think about academics, yourself, other people and cultures. I was exposed to concepts both in my intended area of study and other interests. This experience has changed my views in more ways than I could have ever imagined, and at 43, that is really saying something!"
-Lisa C., Michaelmas, Fall 2012 Participant
2011 Oxford Honors Participants on Excursion to Hampton Court Palace
The Academic Experience
“My time participating in the Oxford Honors Semester has probably been the most challenging academic experience of my life and the most rewarding. It has not been any one part of my time there that makes me say this, but rather the sum of the parts: tutorials, lectures, community volunteering, excursions, and solo travels.” Kim H., Hilary Term, Spring 2013
Participants in this program learn through Oxford’s unique tutorial system. The 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 George Mason University.
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. The portfolio 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. During the spring semester (Oxford's Hilary term), the experience ends with this course.
The Oxford Honors semester program is a tradition unlike any other at Mason.
The course taught by the GMU Academic Director will be enhanced by visits to museums or sites related to the course topic. Topics will change each semester based on the Academic Director's expertise and discipline.
"After experiencing the tutorial system I realized that my analytical skills and research capabilities were novice as compared to what I am capable of now. In the most basic sense I feel myself thinking and analyzing differently."
"At Oxford you can study works or concepts in a more in-depth manner than in an American classroom."
The Oxford Honors Semester program is the Center for Global Education's most competitive and reputable study abroad program. It is only open to Mason undergraduate students with a 3.50 and above GPA, or Mason Honors Program students and University Scholars with a 3.30 and above GPA. If you fall into one of these categories, then you are an excellent candidate to compete for the opportunity to study for a semester at the prestigious University of Oxford.
Besides a complete online application, additional application materials are due by September 27, 2013 for the spring 2014 term and February 24, 2014 for the fall 2014 term.
* Online Application
* Patriot Web copy of transcript
* Two academic letters of recommendation from George Mason University Professors. Professors should use their department letter head and write about their experience with your sense of inquiry and intellect. This is a research and writing intensive program. Any details relating to those areas are ideal. Ask your referee to put the reference letter in a sealed envelop with his or her name written across the seal. Collect the letters.
* Writing sample - no more than five pages
* Autobiographical essay/statement of academic purpose (500 words)
* Oxford Petition for Resident Credit form - Note you need a couple of weeks to complete this form.
* Oxford Housing Preference form
* Four proposed tutorials with description (about four sentences long for each proposed tutorial)
* Six official passport size photos - identical and on photo paper
* Copy of meningitis vaccination
Collect and sumbit these materials to the Center for Global Education, Johnson Center Room 235. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
* Copy of the front page of your passport
* Copy of the front and back of your health insurance card
* $2,500 Deposit (deducted from the final program fee)
Other Activities and Details
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.
If admitted to the program, fall semester participants leave for England in late August. This arrival date allows program participants adequate time to settle into living quarters and complete the academic director's course, an upper division course accompanied by field trips.
Once the regular Oxford term starts in October (terms are shorter and more intensive than George Mason's), each student will take two primary tutorials.
Spring semster participants leave in early January. The regular Oxford term (tutorials) will start immediately. Each student takes two primary tutorials. Tutorials end in early March and are then followed by a three week course taught by the Academic Director. Professor Mark Jacobs is the spring 2014 Academic Director.
Undergraduate students earn a total of 15 hours of George Mason resident credit - 3 hours for the course taught by the academic director and 6 hours for each tutorial.
Returning students are overwhelmingly enthusiastic about CGE's Oxford Honors Program. Several alumni have gone on to do graduate work abroad.
"It turns out, the semester prepared me for my career in a way I couldn't have imagined a few years ago. Now I am a Campaigns Officer at the British Embassy in Washington, DC, communicating British foreign policy priorities to an American audience. I attribute my time in Oxford with preparing me for my role at the Embassy and giving me the proper knowledge and background to succeed among the Brits!" –-Shannon 2008
"I now better understand my capacity for learning and the extent to which I can push my limits in terms of reading, synthesizing information, writing, and discussing and defending my ideas."
"I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested. Oxford is such a special place and not for one second did I feel like myself or the other students on the program took such an incredible opportunity for granted. I am seriously considering returning to Oxford in the future hopefully for higher educational studies because to be a student there is the most amazing experience." - Casey B. Michaelmas, Fall 2012, Program Participant
The Spring 2014 Academic Director is Dr. Mark Jacobs, Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
The Fall 2014 Academic Director is Dr. David Haines, Professor, Sociology and Anthropology.
Late August 2014 - Mid-December 2014
January 9 - April 8, 2014
You should plan to leave the United States at least one day prior to the program start date to arrive in Oxford for arrival day, the first day of the program. You can schedule your return to the United States from Oxford for the last day of the program or choose to travel independently.
Do not purchase international airfare until you are advised by your Program Officer.
Spring 2014 Semester fee $19,995
The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:
- Cultural visits
- Excursion to London
- Pre-departure orientation
- Emergency medical evacuation and repatriation
- Administrative services in Oxford and at George Mason University
Mason students may also financial aid to cover a program's cost. Discuss this with your financial aid counselor early in your study abroad planning process.
How to apply: Consult the How to Applysection for detailed instructions.
Start by completing the online application. Pay the $150 application fee.
Note that all supplemental documents are required by the application deadline except the copy of your passport and health insurance card. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You should collect all your supplemental application documents and submit them to the Center for Global Education after you have completed your online application.
Contact the Program Officer for further application forms and instructions specific to your program.
*CGE reserves the right to modify or cancel a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, or other unforeseen circumstances.