IFSA University of Oxford, Hertford College Partnership

Oxford, England

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None

Finance Options
Scholarships, grants, financial aid, monthly payment plan, credit card payments and more!
Application Deadlines:
  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: January 15
  • Year: January 15
Min. GPA for Consideration:
3.75
Typical Credit Load:
12 - 24

About University of Oxford - Hertford College

Centrally located Hertford College is one of Oxford's oldest colleges, but it has not let its history hold it back from embracing the modern. One of the first colleges to go co-educational in 1974, Hertford continues to welcome a diverse student body.

University of Oxford - Hertford College Benefits

  • Study at one of the world's most prestigious universities
  • Classic tutorial-based courses allow you to delve deeply into your subject area. The one-on-one teaching format means that your syllabus is flexible based on your interests
  • Join a non-auditioning and very welcoming student choir that performs regular performances and weekly lunch time concerts
  • Participate in a diverse range of social activities, including dances, jazz and cocktails, quizzes, movie nights and more
  • Facilities for most major sports in or near the college, including a boathouse for student use
  • Fall students can arrive early for the September Seminar, which awards an additional 4 U.S. semester credit hours

The IFSA-Butler Difference

Your success is our success! Whatever your goals, our approach is carefully designed to help you achieve them.
You will experience challenging, rewarding coursework in the highest quality classes, while receiving the academic support you need.
More than a tourist in a foreign country, you will engage in the community, build competencies, and develop yourself as a citizen of the world.
Our programs and practices reflect the value we place on diverse perspectives and are designed to support a variety of learners.
Round out your classroom experience with hands-on opportunities like internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.
You will have academic and personal mentors to assist with program choice, application, travel, cultural acclimation, language acquisition, class registration, academic issues, health and safety, and everything in between.

Academics at University of Oxford, Hertford College Partnership

Courses
View Hertford College's list of available subjects on their Visiting Students page

Students take one primary (major) and one secondary (minor) tutorial every term. Students are not permitted to receive extra credit by taking two primary tutorials in one term. Butler University will award students 8 U.S. semester credit hours for each primary tutorial and 4 U.S. semester credit hours for each secondary tutorial. No credit will be awarded for additional work undertaken even if the Oxford College approves it.

Butler University will issue 12 U.S. semester credit hours for the Michaelmas (fall) term, 24 U.S. semester credit hours for the Hilary/Trinity (spring) two-term program and 36 U.S. semester credit hours for the academic year at Oxford.

Science and math students may be required to attend University lectures or to take one or more short tutorials. Regardless of the number of tutorials or lectures required, science students will earn the same number of credits (12 U.S. semester credit hours per term) as other students.

Fall term students who participate in the early start option (September Seminar) will earn an additional 4 U.S. semester credits. The September Seminar option is not available to spring or academic year students.

Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Special Curriculum Options
Early Start
IFSA students studying at Hertford College for the fall term arrive early (September 1) for a September Seminar in humanities. This month-long option helps students better understand the Oxford system in advance of the Michaelmas (fall) term, and it also awards an additional 4 U.S. semester credit hours for the fall. Participants live in Hertford housing during the September Seminar and throughout the remainder of the fall term. Academic Year students can also apply for this program, though placement will be confirmed when students are accepted.

Coursework in the seminar will be interdisciplinary within the humanities and include Oxford faculty from classics, English literature and modern languages. Students will attend a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-on-Avon, as well as excursions to review primary source materials at various Oxford locations. Assessment will include a final research essay related to the topics taught in the seminar.

Fall students will earn a total of 16 U.S. semester credit hours for the fall. 
Course Restrictions
Your tutorial topics should be limited to no more than two subjects, and those subjects should be related. For instance, the tutors reviewing your application will look more favorably at a tutorial request form that has choices limited to politics and history departments. They would not be as impressed with a tutorial request form that lists choices in chemistry, economics and art history.
Faculty
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. 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. The University of Oxford 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.
Transcripts
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send a Butler University transcript to your home university and to your permanent address. The transcript reflects the courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost

Housing & Meals

Meals
Some meals included
Details
IFSA students are given a meal credit with a set amount of money that they may use for any meal in the Hertford dining halls. The meal credit is calculated at approximately one meal per day.

The IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team and staff who are here to help every student prepare and be ready to achieve their goals at every step of the way.

Program Advisor

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Kendall Hook

Program Advisor - Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, England

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Finance Advisor

Resident Director

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Andrew Williams

Senior Resident Director, Oxford and Wales Programs

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Academic Affairs Director

Dates and Fees

Spring 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
January 5, 2018
Program End Date
June 17, 2018

Program Fees

Tuition
$35,425
Housing
$3,550
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$38,975
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Oxford levies additional fees for study in numerous departments. These fees range from $1,000 to $3,200 for the spring terms.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,200
Meals
$2,350
Books & Supplies
$260
Personal Expenses
$2,915
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$6,725

Fall 2018

Program Dates

Program Start Date
September 28, 2018 Early Start: August 31, 2018
Program End Date
December 2, 2018

Program Fees

Tuition
$21,025
Housing
$2,950
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$23,975
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
Supplemental Fees
Students enrolled in the Early Start program will incur a supplemental fee of $2,000 for tuition and housing.  Hertford levies additional fees for study in biochemistry, computer science, physics and experimental psychology. These fees range from approximately $575 to $1,800 per term depending on the subject. 

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,200
Meals
$975
Books & Supplies
$260
Personal Expenses
$1,030
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$3,465

Year

Program Dates

Program Start Date
September 28, 2018 Early Start: August 31, 2018
Program End Date
June 23, 2019

Program Fees

Tuition
$21,025
Housing
$2,950
Insurance
Included
Total Program Fee
$23,975
Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

Airfare
$1,200
Meals
$3,325
Books & Supplies
$520
Personal Expenses
$3,945
(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
$8,990