England Study Abroad Program at Oxford University
About University of Oxford in Oxford, England
The University of Oxford is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, founded in 1250 with some colleges’ histories stretching back even further. It is also member of the prestigious Russell Group of major research universities in the United Kingdom (similar to the Ivy League). The tutorial system at Oxford is ideal for hard-working, independent students who are passionate about academics and who crave an intellectual challenge.
The University of Oxford 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 the University of Oxford, and most Oxford students readily identify themselves as students at their particular college, rather than the University itself.
The hallmark of the University of Oxford 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.
The IFSA-Butler program at the University of Oxford is a Visiting Student program, which means that students are considered full members of both the college that accepts them and the University of Oxford. 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.