Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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Center for Global Education


Oxford University: Mansfield College

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.

Mansfield opened in Oxford in 1886, but had previously been located in Birmingham, where it was known as Spring Hill College. It was originally founded to provide further education and theological training for nonconformist ministers, as it was primarily associated with the Congregationalist denomination. Currently comprised of 50 academic staff, 220 undergraduates, 50 graduates and 35 visiting students, Mansfield encourages friendly relationships amongst all groups of students and tutors.


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, but is only an hour’s train ride away from London.


Full Year (October to end of 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 3.7. Applicants must provide two letters of recommendation and a sample of recently completed written work in one of the subjects for which they are applying.

Housing and Board

Students are placed in single rooms with private sinks and shared showers. Students are responsible for meals and are strongly encouraged to attend all meals in the dining hall.


Wheaton Tuition and Room.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for meals, $500 administrative fee, passport and U.K. visa fees, local transportation, books and supplies, required CISI Supplemental Insurance, and personal expenses.


Make an appointment to see Gretchen Young 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:

  • Engineering Science
  • Economics & Management
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Human Sciences
  • Law
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Oriental Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Theology

Oxford residential colleges provide tutorial instruction to visiting students in arts and humanities and in social sciences. More details are available.

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