Program Details

Founded in 1879, Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) made it possible for the first time for women to study at Oxford, with all that meant both for intellectual development and for access to new career opportunities
Oxford, United Kingdom
Program Type:
Study Abroad
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Academic Year

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Program Description:

Founded in 1879, Lady Margaret Hall (LMH) made it possible for the first time for women to study at Oxford, with all that meant both for intellectual development and for access to new career opportunities. It is named in honour of Lady Margaret Beaufort, founder of the Tudor dynasty and renowned patron of scholarship and learning. Men were officially allowed admittance to the college one hundred years later. Located just north of the University Parks, LMH is a very manageable distance away from the heart of the city – on foot or by bike. 

The program is intended for students pursuing a Women and Gender Studies Major or Minor at George Mason University. The portion of course work with a focus on gender will depend on where the participant is in the completion of the their studies. Participants who have not yet started the major/minor need to create tutorials that satisfy the George Mason University two course requirement in Gender Studies - Introduction to Women and Gender Studies and Feminist Theory (two interdisciplinary, three-credit courses). Students should be able to complete the Women and Gender Studies Minor through this program.

Students majoring in other fields may also be eligible for this program based on the focus of their degree and should contact the Program Officer (listed below) for more information.


  • Mason undergraduate students interested in Gender Studies with a 3.80 grade point average or higher.
  • Open to students with a major or minor in Women and Gender Studies as well as additional fields of study with a gender focus.
    • Participation in this program requires review and acceptance by the Mason Women and Gender Studies program. If approved, the Mason Women and Gender Studies program will nominate successful applicants to the visiting student program at Lady Margaret Hall. Final acceptances are made by Lady Margaret Hall and may take up to eight weeks from the time of nomination.

Academics at Oxford

Students interested in studying in Oxford over the academic year need to have high academic aspirations and be intellectually ambitious. Oxford students learn through a unique tutorial system. In a tutorial, a tutor and one, two, or three students spend an hour discussing the topic of the tutorial. Occasionally, a tutorial is replaced with faculty classes or seminars. Students are expected to do substantial independent library work and periodically produce written essays and oral presentations for their tutorials. Since the instruction is individualized, Oxford does not have a course catalog. Students in the Oxford Academic Year Experience study the same subjects and often share tutorials with Oxford students. The student's academic experience will closely resemble the experience of an Oxford second year undergraduate. Most Oxford undergraduate degrees are three year degree programs.

Program Cost (2017-2018): $37,022 Included: 30 credits undergraduate tuition Single room in college housing Bedding pack (pillow, pillowcase, duvet with cover, and bottom sheet) International Travel Insurance Pre-Departure Orientation Administrative services in Oxford and at George Mason University Not Included: Meals Housing between terms Transportation International airfare to and from Oxford Books Personal expenses

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