University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall Partnership
Lady Margaret Hall was founded in 1878 as the first women’s college in Oxford. Its pioneering role continues to this day. Now co-educational, the college’s tranquil setting amidst beautiful grounds provides a haven for academic exploration.
Lady Margaret Hall is a great option for English, economics, music, and politics.
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Because of the individualized nature of the tutorial system, colleges at Oxford do not have an online course catalog. However, LMH has a website with a list of possible subjects.
Academic Year and Spring Students take one primary (major) and one secondary (minor) tutorial every term. Fall Students arrive early and take two primary (major) tutorials. Academic year students have the option to also arrive early and take two primary tutorials in the fall 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 16 U.S. semester credit hours for the Early Start 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, and 40 U.S. semester credit hours for the early start academic year
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.
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.
Early Start Option
Early Start Lady Margaret Hall offers fall students the chance to spend more time at Oxford and more deeply immerse themselves in the tutorial system. Academic Year students may also participate if they wish to earn additional credits. Rather than taking one primary (major) and one secondary (minor) tutorial during the fall term, Early Start students take two major tutorials and earn 16 U.S. semester credit hours instead of the traditional 12 U.S. semester credit hours. The first tutorial will begin in September, and will continue into Michaelmas term.
Applicants wishing to study courses in biology, economics, mathematics, and physics should include at least one option from another subject area on their list since these courses do not offer a September start date. However, these courses may be chosen for the regular Michaelmas term.
LMH provides a full induction schedule including an Introduction to Studying at Oxford seminar, an individual meeting with the director of visiting students, a library induction, and a welcome meeting. The college offer an exciting slate of social activities including visits to local places of historical importance such as Blenheim Palace and Oxford’s premier museum and gallery, the Ashmolean Museum, as well as a walking tour of Oxford, and a student buddy program to help students settle into college life.
Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
Lady Margaret Hall encourages visiting students to follow the same classes as degree-seeking undergraduates. This means that for some subjects there will be small classes rather than tutorials available. You can select tutorials from a maximum of three subject areas. However, in order to achieve the greatest benefit from the Oxford tutorial system, it is recommended you select tutorials from only one or two subject areas.
The majority of degree-seeking students will be taking one subject, with a few taking two or three. Given the depth of study at Oxford, even those students taking classes such as Philosophy, Politics & Economics will only study two of these areas beyond the first year. The classes offered are typically those which will be studied by LMH’s degree-seeking students who have completed the first year of study in that subject. You will need to meet the prerequisite background knowledge for the classes in which you wish to enroll.
If you are accepted for a program of study, it may be possible to make minor variations, but you would be unlikely to be able to make a complete change of program.
The application deadline is Dec. 15 of the preceding year for Fall Term, Academic Year, and Spring Term for all University of Oxford programs.
- You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
- You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
- Admission to Oxford colleges is highly competitive. Students typically study abroad at Oxford their junior year, having completed two (2) full-time years of study at their home institution before the start of the Oxford term. Oxford colleges may consider an applicant with just one (1) full-time year of completed study, but those students will be competing with students who have completed greater study in their specific subject area. A student with less than two years of completed study may be limited to first- and second-year classes.
This program gives preference to students applying for the Academic Year over students applying for just the Fall Term or the Spring Term.
Your application to this program will require two (2) academic letters of recommendation on home institution letterhead.
Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.
Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.
Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.
- London Pandemics–Past and Present: This event will engage you with both an historic overview and a contemporary look at concepts of community health and global health, with a particular focus on London and the pandemic. You will attend a guest lecture at the IFSA London Flagship, followed by the John Snow Cholera Tour. This tour will take you to the nearby streets of Soho to visit important sites in the story of Dr. Snow and the cholera outbreak in 1854.
- London Statue Walk: This walking tour includes stops at some of London’s most iconic statues as well as some of its most obscure, weaving in historical, cultural, literary, and political threads as it seeks to put the past into dialogue with the present.
- Homelessness in London–A Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.
- The Uncomfortable Walking Tour: This tour is dedicated to raising awareness about the “uncomfortable” aspects of history. Tours focus on a specific theme and ask questions aimed at provoking new ways of seeing Oxford’s city landscape and history. Students will engage with the politics of memory in the city whilst uncovering histories of empire, class divides and gender discrimination, highlighting how these legacies have left an enduring impact on our modern lives.
- Visit to Oxford Castle & Prison: Explore the 1,000-year history of Oxford Castle & Prison. You will take a step back in time with costumed tour guides, bringing fascinating stories back to life. Engage with tales of Empress Matilda or the fate of Mary Blandy, one of the prisons’ most famous criminals. You can touch the stones where Oxford University is rumoured to have begun and stand in the birthplace of King Arthur.
- The Pitt Rivers Museum Tour: Go behind the scenes at one of Oxford’s most popular attractions, famous for its period atmosphere and outstanding collections from many cultures around the world, past and present. Receive a private tour of the museum founded in 1884 by Lieutenant General Augustus Pitt Rivers, who donated approximately 22,000 items to be displayed. The collection has now grown to 500,000 items, many of which have been donated by travellers, scholars, and missionaries from across the world.
- Cotswolds Villages and Blenheim Palace Day Trip: The Cotswolds are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The famous picturesque villages of mellow honey-colored stone, gentle hills, peaceful pastures, and winding rivers offer a contrasting backdrop to engage with stories about the bloody battles and violent skirmishes that took place during the English Civil War. Next up is a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Blenheim Palace, home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
- Oxford Regatta Course River Cruise: Explore Oxford University’s famous regatta course on a Thames River sightseeing cruise. Hop aboard your sightseeing vessel in the heart of Oxford and cruise out onto the famous waterway. You’ll learn more about the city’s rich history from a different perspective, while sharing the waters with punts, university boats, rowing eights, and cruisers. The river cruise offers a chance for sightings of native river wildlife along the banks too.
Housing and Meals
HousingResidence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option
Students live in residence halls on the LMH college grounds, on the border of the River Cherwell and University Parks, just a 15-minute walk from the city center.
- Living space. Most students have single rooms with a bed, desk, chair, and storage, and share bathrooms. Halls have kitchen facilities to share.
- Meals: Eating in the dining hall is a big part of the Oxford experience, so be sure to take advantage of LMH dining, offered three times a day during the week, with limited weekend service.
- Nearby: Bodleian Library (18-minute walk). Oxford city center. River Cherwell. University Parks, with 70 acres of riverside green space.