Oxford University is routinely hailed as one the best universities in the world. It offers world-class academics in numerous disciplines. Oxford University is unique due to its collegiate system. There are 38 separate colleges at Oxford, each with its own academic strengths and cultures. Students from all colleges can participate in university-wide lectures, events and groups.
BC students study at Mansfield College. Founded in 1886, Mansfield College is the smallest college at Oxford. Like all Oxford colleges, Mansfield has its own campus, library and dining facilities. The campus is located just a short walk from the city center. Mansfield is known for providing the best of Oxford with its own unique personality.
The program is for the full year only. Selection for Mansfield is highly competitive. Students should have at least a 3.8 GPA and a strong academic background in their academic major. Students with a lower GPA may be considered on a case-by-case basis if their academic background is suitable for Mansfield.
BC students are fully immersed and integrated into Mansfield College. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the Oxford and Mansfield College community by participating in any activity offered.
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Mansfield is a full year only program. Students must attend all three terms. Typically, students move in to Mansfield in mid-September, a few days before the first term begins. Dates will be announced by Mansfield once they are established.
Mansfield holds an orientation about a week before the Michaelmas term begins. Students must attend this orientation. Further details will be provided by Mansfield. Students must plan to stay overseas for the entire exam period. All exams must be taken as scheduled. The exam timetable will be published during the spring term.
The academic system at Oxford is different than what students find at Boston College. Mansfield is separated into three academic terms, each eight weeks in length. Students are considered Mansfield undergraduates and are required to take a full course load.
In each term, students will take a primary and secondary tutorial. The tutorial system is the primary method of teaching a course. The tutorial is a meeting between one or two students and their tutor. The tutorial places great emphasis upon independent study. For a primary tutorial, students meet with their tutor once per week; for a secondary tutorial students meet every other week. During the tutorial, the student reads an essay on a topic the tutor has assigned. The reading leads to a more general discussion of the topic being explored.
Course information for Mansfield is available here
More information about the tutorial system is here
Students may purchase pre-paid cell phones upon arrival (these do not require a contract).
Students should consult the host university’s course pages to review any course requirements, restrictions or limitations. Students should review and understand the information provided by the host university.
- Fall Term: Starts in late September and ends in mid-December
- Spring Term: Starts in early January and ends in mid- to late June.
Students pay housing costs directly to Oxford. Mansfield provides housing for all BC students. The accommodation is offered throughout the city of Oxford. All accommodation is self-catering. More information on housing is here
Students at Oxford will not have a meal plan. Students purchase food in the local supermarkets and often prepare food in their residence, which provides a kitchen. Oxford has many local dining options. Mansfield also provides food on the main campus and students are encouraged to eat on-campus.
Oxford is a pedestrian-friendly city. Most locations are within a twenty-minute walk. Students in Oxford will often purchase a bike to commute to and from campus. Oxford is easily accessible to other parts of England via train or bus.
Mansfield organizes activities throughout the semester. In addition, students may join clubs and societies through the Oxford Student Union. For full details, please visit the website
for the colleges and the Oxford Student Union.
The Junior Common Room's website is here