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Fall Late August -
Mid-December 2014
Spring Early January -
Mid April 2015
Registration and Processing Fee $200
Program Fee $19,995
Process Application Procedures

The Program Fee includes tuition and program expenses. Click on Program Fee for details.

International airfare, domestic transportation to and from Oxford, and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee and are the responsibility of the participant.

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi offers a Study Abroad Grant. Fifty awards of $1000 each.

Application Deadline

September 26, 2014 for spring 2015 term

Late February 2015 for fall 2015 term

Eligibility

Mason Undergraduates: 3.50+ GPA,
Honors Program and University Scholars: 3.30+ GPA. Participants must be enrolled in a degree program at Mason.

CREDITS

Undergraduates receive a total of 15 resident credits.

HOUSING

Each student will have a single or double room and share a lounge, bathroom, and kitchen with other students on the program.

General Information Session With Past Participants:

February 5, 2014 - 5:30 pm
Johnson Center Meeting Room B

Program & Application Information Sessions

All sessions take place in Johnson Center
Monday January 27, 4:00 pm - Room 234
Thursday February 6, 10:00 am - Room 243
Friday February 14, 11:30 am - Room 234
Tuesday February 18, 12:00 pm - Room 234
Thursday March 20, 3:00 pm - Room 234
Monday March 31, 11:30 am - Room 243
Tuesday April 15, 11:30 am - Room 243
Wednesday April 30, 3:00 pm - Room 234

CONTACT

Marie alice Arnold via 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.

Documents

Application Checklist

Oxford Petition for Resident Credit [PDF]

Possible Tutorials

Sample Tutorial Descriptions[PDF]

The Oxford Semester Academic Excellence in a Traditional Setting

Undergraduate Program

Launched in 1995, the Center for Global Education's most prestigious program is the Oxford Honors Semester. Each semester, organized with our partner in Oxford, 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.

The individualized attention of the tutors is still the most remarkable aspect of my experience. It is unbelievably flattering and inspiring to have a tutor so dedicated to your own individual academic pursuits when you are the only one in the class! - Fall 2013 Participant

2009 Group

2011 Oxford Honors Participants on Excursion to Hampton Court Palace

The Academic Experience

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.

Oxford Campus
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.

"I gained too many skills to enumerate through my work in the program. Research skills, writing skills, analytic skills and time management skills are among some of the many practices that the program was able to help me hone."

Eligibility and Application Procedures:

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 in the Center for Global Education Office by February 24, 2014 for the fall 2014 term and September 26, 2014 for the spring 2015 term.

Application materials

* 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, can be something written for a course.
* 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.
* 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.

Post Acceptance

* Oxford Housing Preference form
* Copy of the information page of your passport
* Copy of the front and back of your health insurance card, valid for the course of the program
* $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.

Tutorials--I'm a fan of the tutorial system. I kept having to pinch myself that I was actually part of a college and could study at the Bodleian--awesome! There was always something interesting going on--lectures, theater, music, etc.

I further refined my research capabilities. Learned to change the way I structure essays. In the past I tended to take notes, highlight, gather all the knowledge, my thoughts, sit down and just write. Go back and edit it later. I have now learned to add a step prior to writing. I now organize my thoughts on to paper. I do not like outlining, as I will invariably stray from it, but by preparing my notes into tidbits I want to use, I can seamlessly add in quotes or references on the fly.

Academic Director

The Fall 2014 Academic Director is Dr. Susan Trencher, Associate Professor and Chair, Sociology and Anthropology.

The Spring 2015 Academic Director is Dr. John O'Connor, Professor, New Century College

DATES

FOR FALL:
Late August 2014 - Mid-December 2014

FOR SPRING:
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.

Program Fee

Spring 2014 Semester fee $19,995
The Center for Global Education Program Fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • 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 $200 registration and processing 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.