University of Oxford Courses

Teaching Calendar

The University of Oxford academic year is divided into three 10-week terms, with 8 weeks of teaching in each term:

  • Michaelmas Term runs from October through December (Orientation begins in late September)
  • Hilary Term runs from January through March
  • Trinity Term runs from April through June
  • Visiting students may enroll for Michaelmas Term only, for both Hilary and Trinity Terms, or for the full academic year

Credit System

Visiting students at Oxford will receive credit based on the number of tutorials undertaken, with one term students normally receiving 12 credits, two term students receiving 24 credits, and academic year students receiving 36 credits. In each term, most students take one major tutorial for eight credits, and one minor tutorial for four credits. This is subject to variation depending on the department in which you enroll. Oxford may impose a tuition surcharge for enrollment in certain laboratory based courses.

Selecting Departments and Tutorials

At Oxford, you first choose one or two departments in which to study. You then choose tutorials from those departments.

Applying to Departments

  • You may apply to only one or two departments at Oxford.
  • You should have substantial academic experience in your area or areas of study (it is strongly recommended that you have taken at least three college-level courses in each area of study).
  • In order to take courses within a department, you need to have been accepted into that department.
  • It is not possible to take basic-level or general education courses while at Oxford.


  • 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.

Tutorial Selection

Visiting students at Oxford do not take courses, they take tutorials. A tutorial is a small class of one, or only a few students, in which the tutor (academic staff member) gives individual attention to the student(s). At Oxford, students craft their own educational experience. 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.

When selecting tutorials:

  • Please choose the tutorials you would like from the list below.
  • Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If there are topics you need to study that are not listed below, contact your program manager.
  • Topics can vary considerably from year to year according to student interest and college/tutor availability and expertise.
  • Not all tutorials are offered during all terms, and not all tutorials are offered each year. Some tutorials are only available as a major tutorial, and some are only available as a minor tutorial. Flexibility is important, and neither Arcadia nor Oxford can guarantee the availability of any specific tutorial. Ask your program manager if you have questions.
  • Oxford tutorials are very individualized and differ across colleges, professors, and tutorial groups. For this reason, syllabi are often not available before arrival.
  • Students wishing to take Economics tutorials: note that economics tutorials are generally only available as major tutorials. It may not be possible to take a full course of study consisting of solely Economics tutorials. There are courses in other subject areas (including Philosophy, Politics, and History) which are related to economic theory; please contact your program manager if you have questions.

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

  • A sample list of tutorials is available for your review. If there are topics you would like to study which do not appear on this list, please contact your program manager. Please note not all tutorials will be available during every academic year.
  • List at least three tutorial selections for each term of study, in case a tutorial is unavailable.
  • Make sure to 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.
  • It is not necessary to indicate the term in which you would like to take each individual tutorial.
  • Note that there are no pre-set course codes for Oxford tutorials. Simply type “Oxford” where a course code is required.