IFSA-Butler University of Oxford, Hertford College Partnership

Oxford, England
Term
Fall, Spring, Year
Language of Instruction

English

Language Prerequisite

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 Partnership

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 Partnership 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.

Special Curriculum Options
Early Start
IFSA-Butler 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-Butler 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
Subjects offered at University of Oxford, Hertford College Partnership
American History Ancient/Medieval History Anthropology Archaeology Art History Asian Studies Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Classics Computer Science Creative Writing Criminal Justice/Criminology Cultural Studies Ecology Economics English English Literature Environmental Health Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies French Geography German Greek (Modern and Classical) Health Studies History Human Rights Indigenous Studies International Studies/Affairs/Relations Japanese Jewish Studies Latin Law/Legal Studies Linguistics Mathematics Middle Eastern Studies Museum Studies Music Studies Philosophy Photography Poetry Political Science Psychology Public Policy Religious Studies Social Policy Sociology Spanish Statistics Theater/Drama Theology Urban Studies Women and Gender Studies World History

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Residence Hall/Dormitory
Meals
Some meals included
Details
IFSA-Butler 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 start date
January 5, 2018
Program end date
June 17, 2018
Non-refundable Program Deposit
$500
Tuition
$35,425
Housing
$3,550
Additional Information
Oxford levies additional fees for study in numerous departments. These fees range from $1,000 to $3,200 for the spring terms.
Estimated Personal Costs
Flight
$1,200
Visa
n/a
Residence Permits
n/a
Start-up Costs
$50
Books
$260
Meals
$2,350
Commuting
$0
Phone/Internet
$360
Misc
$1,250
Laundry
$315
Entertainment
$940
Independent Travel
$390
Total Estimated Personal Costs
$7,115

Fall 2018

Program start date
August 31, 2018
Program end date
December 2, 2018
Non-refundable Program Deposit
$500
Tuition
$21,025
Housing
$2,950
Total Program Fee
$23,975
Additional Information
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 Personal Costs
Flight
$1,200
Visa
n/a
Start-up Costs
$50
Books
$260
Meals
$975
Phone/Internet
$150
Misc
$200
Laundry
$130
Entertainment
$500
Independent Travel
$500
Total Estimated Personal Costs
$3,965

Year