IFSA University of Oxford, Mansfield College Partnership

Oxford, England


Language of Instruction


Language Prerequisite


Finance Options
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Application Deadlines:
  • Year: January 15
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About University of Oxford - Mansfield College

Quirky Mansfield College was founded in 1886, as a college for nonconformist students. The inclusive tradition has continued, as Mansfield enrolls the highest number of state high school graduates. If you're looking for a tight-knit and friendly place to study, this is the place for you!

University of Oxford - Mansfield College Benefits

  • Attend Oxford's smallest college, which offers a progressive atmosphere that combines modern thinking with student traditions
  • For students who are involved in University political life, the Junior Common Room meets every other week to discuss political issues
  • Unique tutorial instruction allows students to work independently and develop their own academic ideas
  • Students receive individual guidance from their tutor and benefit from the tutor's expert knowledge

The IFSA 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, Mansfield College Partnership

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Oxford Mansfield College Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Due to the individualized nature of the Oxford tutorial system, Mansfield does not have a set course catalogue, but you can view some of the possibile tutorial subjects on the Mansfield College website

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 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.

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.

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.
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.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects 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, Mansfield College Partnership
Ancient/Medieval History Anthropology Art History Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences Business Classics Cultural Studies Earth Science Economics English English Literature Environmental Science/Studies European History European Studies Finance French Genetics Geography Hebrew History International Studies/Affairs/Relations Jewish Studies Latin Management Marketing Philosophy Poetry Political Science Population Studies Religious Studies Sociology Statistics Women and Gender Studies World History

Housing & Meals

Housing Type
Residence Hall/Dormitory
Visiting students do not have a meal plan but may dine in College at the student rate during term time. All students will have shared kitchen facilities available in their accommodation.

The IFSA Team

IFSA has a dedicated team who are here to help you prepare to achieve your goals. Feel free to reach out. We are happy to answer your questions!

Program Advisor

Resident Director

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Dates and Fees

Academic Year 2021-2022

Program Dates

Program Start Date
Late September 2021
Program End Date
Mid-June 2022

Program Fees

Total Program Fee
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Students pay a $500 non-refundable program deposit upon confirmation of attendance. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.

Estimated Costs

(Includes utilities, laundry, entertainment, expected start-up costs, etc. Does not include personal travel.)
Total Estimated Costs
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