University of Oxford Courses

You will take 2-3 tutorials for a total of 12 credits per term. In Fall, you’ll enroll for one term, 12 credits (Michaelmas). In Spring, you’ll enroll for two terms, 24 credits (Hilary, Trinity).

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.

Pre-Session

Hertford College offers a four-week, four-credit pre-session in the fall. More information here.

Special Considerations

Visiting students at Oxford do not take courses, they take tutorials,  a small class of one, or only a few students, in which the tutor (academic staff member) gives individual attention to the student(s).

No syllabi are available since you will create your curriculum with your tutor as you go.

Tutorial descriptions may be available. If you want your tutorial comparable to a 300 level, please inform your tutor upon arrival.

Laboratory-based tutorials at all Oxford Colleges are limited in availability. Please speak with your Program Manager for more details.

Course Restrictions

When selecting tutorials:

  • Topics can vary from year to year.
  • Not all tutorials are offered during all terms.
  • Some tutorials are only available as a major tutorial, and some as a minor tutorial.
  • Oxford tutorials are very individualized.
  • Tutorials differ across colleges, professors, and tutorial groups.
  • Economics tutorials are generally only available as major tutorials.
    • It may not be possible to take a full course of study in Economics.
    • There are courses in other subject areas (including Philosophy, Politics, and History) which are related to economic theory.

Special Nomenclature

The University of Oxford academic year:

  • Three, 10-week terms, with 8 weeks of teaching in each
    • Michaelmas Term: October - December
      -  Orientation begins in late September
    • Hilary Term: January - March
    • Trinity Term: April - June
    • Enroll for Michaelmas Term only, for both Hilary and Trinity Terms, or for the full academic year.

Choosing Your Tutorials

  • Choose one or two departments/subject areas.
  • Choose tutorials from those departments.
  • Apply to only one or two departments.
  • Substantial academic experience required in your area or areas of study (at least three college-level courses in each).
  • You must be accepted into a department to take tutorials from that department.
  • It is not possible to take basic-level or general education courses.
  • Submit an online course form using your Arcadia Passport.
  • List all tutorial choices and alternates in order of preference.
  • Most students take one major tutorial and one minor tutorial per term, depending upon department. However, some Oxford colleges will permit students to take three minor tutorials per term.  

Credits

  • One term = 12 credits
  • Two term = 24 credits
  • Academic year = 36 credits
  • Most students take one major tutorial (8 credits), and one minor tutorial (4 credits), per term, depending upon department

Enrollment Process

When filling out the online course form on your Arcadia Passport:

  • List at least three tutorial selections for each term of study.
  • Indicate the department or departments to which you would like to apply.
  • Indicate whether you would like to take each course as a major tutorial or a minor tutorial by typing "8" in the credits column for a major tutorial, and "4" in the credits column for a minor tutorial.
  • Please indicate the term in which you would like to take each individual tutorial in the session column. If you do not have a preference, indicate "no preference" in the same column.
  • Note that there are no pre-set course codes for Oxford tutorials. Simply type “Oxford” where a course code is required.

If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the online course form on your Arcadia Passport.


Departments

  • Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Biochemistry, Molecular, and Cellular Biology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
  • Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
  • Comparative Literature
  • Earth Sciences/Geology
  • Economics
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, Economics, and Management (EEM)*
  • English Language and Literature
  • Film Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Materials Science
  • Materials, Economics and Management (MEM)*
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Modern Languages
  • Modern Languages and Linguistics*
  • Music
  • Oriental Studies/Arabic and Islamic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)*
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Psychology, Philosophy, and Physiology (PPP)*
  • Theology

*Departments marked with an asterisk (*) are interdisciplinary joint departments that allow students to take tutorials from all constituent subject areas. These usually still count as one department choice.


Colleges

St. Edmund Hall - Course Page

Founded in 1278, the college has a claim to be "the oldest academical society for the education of undergraduates in any university" and is the last surviving medieval hall at the University. St Edmund Hall (referred to as Teddy Hall)  is located in the heart of Oxford, with its main entrance on Queen’s Lane, just off the High Street. A minimum 3.7 GPA is required and courses are available to academic year, fall and spring students.

  • Art: History & Theory
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Comparative Education
  • Comparative Literature
  • Czech/Slovak Language/Literature in Translation
  • Earth Science (Geology)
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English Language & Literature
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • French Language & Literature
  • German
  • History
  • Law
  • Management
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Russian Language & Literature

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St. Anne’s College - Course Page

Founded in 1879 as The Society of Oxford Home-Students and today it is one of the larger colleges in Oxford. Its grounds are bounded by Woodstock Road and Banbury Road to the west and east respectively, and Bevington Road to the north. A minimum 3.7 GPA is required and courses are available to academic year, fall, and spring students.

  • Biochemistry (Pre-Med)
  • Classical Archaeology & Ancient History
  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Experimental Psychology
  • History
  • Modern Languages - Italian
  • Music
  • Oriental Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

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St. Catherine’s College - Course Page

Founded in 1962, the College is situated towards the east of Oxford, on the bank of the Cherwell river. Its striking buildings in glass and concrete by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen marry modern materials with a traditional layout around a quadrangle. St Catherine's College is the University of Oxford’s newest mixed college and also one of the largest. A minimum 3.7 GPA is required and courses are available to academic year, fall, and spring students.

  • Classics
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English Literature & Language
  • Geography
  • History
  • History of Art & Architecture
  • Human Sciences (Anthropology, Psychology, Ecology, Genetics)
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Oriental Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Sociology

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Lady Margaret Hall - Course Page

Founded in 1878 as the first women's college in Oxford and has accepted both men and women since 1979. It is located at the end of Norham Gardens in north Oxford. It requires a minimum 3.7 GPA and is available to academic year, fall, and spring students.

  • Classics, Ancient History, Classical Archaeology
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Management
  • Music
  • Modern Languages (French & Spanish)
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Politics & International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Theology & Religion

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Mansfield College - Course Page

Founded in 1838 as Spring Hill College. Mansfield occupies one of the most attractive sites in Oxford, close to all the libraries and shops, yet in a quiet position near to the University parks and River Cherwell. The late nineteenth-century buildings, which house the College's main public rooms, are regarded as amongst the finest work of the important Victorian architect, Basil Champneys. Requires a minimum 3.7 and only available to students interested in studying for the full year.

  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Human Sciences (Anthropology, Ecology, Genetics, Sociology)
  • Management
  • Oriental Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Theology & Religion

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Hertford College - Course Page

Founded in the 1281 as Hart Hall, it is located in the centre of Oxford, directly opposite the main gate to the Bodleian Library. The College is known for its iconic bridge, the Bridge of Sighs. Very competitive academically. It requires a 3.8 GPA. Modules are offered to academic year, fall, and spring students.

  • Anthropology
  • Classics
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Human Sciences
  • Maths
  • Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish)
  • Music
  • Oriental Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics & International Relations

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Miscellaneous/Fees

Oxford may impose a tuition surcharge for enrollment in certain laboratory based courses.


Grade Scale for Oxford University

Oxford Percentage U.S. Equivalent
80 – 100% A+
70 – 79% A
65 – 69% A-
60 – 64% B+
55 – 59% B
50 – 54% B- 
45 – 49% C+
40 – 44% C
< 40% Fail