Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


Oxford University: Lady Margaret Hall

Posted on January 23, 2011


Oxford University, with a student population of 14,500, is one of the oldest, most distinguished, and most competitive teaching and research institutions in the world. The University comprises forty-five colleges and halls, some dating from the 13th century. Its unique educational system is based on the “tutorial,” similar to a directed reading, for one to three students with accompanying discussion group. Each student is assigned to a member of the teaching staff, called a tutor, in accordance with the student’s areas of interest and the tutor’s expertise. Students are expected to have a broad and solid foundation in order to engage in such upper-level study. Visiting students are registered as members of the university and the colleges to which they are admitted; they are granted membership in their Junior Common Room, and are allowed access to libraries, as well as to social and sports facilities.

Lady Margaret Hall (LMH)

Located right by the University Parks and on the Cherwell River, the twelve-acre campus offers a serene and lovely setting. Initially founded as the first women’s college in 1878, today it is fully coeducational with a 1:1 ratio and 400 undergraduates and 120 graduate students.  LMH retained the name of “hall” because it was one of the medieval halls that provided undergraduates with accommodation before colleges began to do so. The most outstanding features of LMH are the new dorms just completed this past year (2010), the handsome library (with many computer stations), the playing field, and punting boats along the Cherwell.


The city of Oxford (170,000) takes on much of the character of the University and its ambiance. Magnificent examples of medieval and Victorian architecture dominate the skyline, while modern city life includes theaters, restaurants and pubs, concert halls and sporting events. Oxford retains its identity as a small city in the beautiful English countryside, while only being an hour’s train ride away from London.


Full Year (September to June)

Courses and Credits

Students enroll in two tutorials per term: one primary tutorial and one secondary tutorial. A full year of study will earn 9.0 Wheaton credits.

Admission Requirements

Minimum GPA required is 3.8. Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation and two graded writing samples.

Housing and Board

Students are placed in single rooms. They are responsible for their own meals with access to a shared pantry (kitchen). Students are strongly encouraged to attend all weekday meals in the dining hall.


Wheaton Tuition and Room.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for $500 administrative fee, meals, passport, and U.K. visa fees, local transportation, books and supplies, required study abroad supplemental insurance, and personal expenses.


Make an appointment to see Janet Ray in the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

Subjects requested by and taught to visiting students

  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Classics

The ability of the College to accommodate students in any subject area is determined on a case-by-case basis. Visiting students cannot take Modern Languages at Lady Margaret Hall.

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