Oxford University Course Registration
The Oxford University academic year is divided into three 10-week terms, with 8 weeks of teaching in each term:
- Michaelmas Term runs from October through December (Orientation begins in late September)
- Hilary Term runs from January through March
- Trinity Term runs from April through June
Visiting students may enroll for Michaelmas Term only, for both Hilary and Trinity Terms, or for the full academic year.
Visiting students at Oxford will receive credit based on the number of tutorials undertaken, with one term students normally receiving 12 credits, two term students receiving 24 credits, and academic year students receiving 36 credits.
In each term, most students take one major tutorial for eight credits, and one minor tutorial for four credits. This is subject to variation depending on the department in which you enroll.
Selecting Departments and Tutorials
At Oxford, you first choose one or two departments in which to study. You then choose tutorials from those departments.
Applying to Departments
- You may apply to only one or two departments at Oxford.
- You should have substantial academic experience in your area or areas of study (it is strongly recommended that you have taken at least three college-level courses in each area of study).
- In order to take courses within a department, you need to have been accepted into that department.
- It is not possible to take basic-level or general education courses while at Oxford.
*Departments marked with an asterisk (*) are interdisciplinary joint departments that allow students to take tutorials from all constituent subject areas. These usually still count as one department choice.
The Pre-Medical Program at St Anne’s College is a special course of study intended for students who intend to apply to medical school. In order to apply, you must have taken organic chemistry, at least three college-level biology classes, and have a GPA of at least 3.6. The program itself consists of a mix of Oxford tutorials in biology, biochemistry, and microbiology, along with lab-based practical exercises and special seminars addressing topics in the field of medicine. Contact your Program Manager if you would like to apply to this program.
When selecting tutorials:
- Please choose the tutorials you would like from the list below.
- Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If there are topics you need to study that are not listed below, contact your program manager.
- Topics can vary considerably from year to year according to student interest and college/tutor availability and expertise. ‘
Not all tutorials are offered during all terms, and not all tutorials are offered each year. Some tutorials are only available as a major tutorial, and some are only available as a minor tutorial. Flexibility is important, and neither Arcadia nor Oxford can guarantee the availability of any specific tutorial. Ask your program manager if you have questions.
- Oxford tutorials are very individualized and differ across colleges, professors, and tutorial groups. For this reason, syllabi are often not available before arrival.
When filling out the online course form on your Arcadia Passport:
• Make sure to indicate the department or departments to which you would like to apply.
• List at least three tutorial selections for each term of study, in case a tutorial is unavailable.
• Indicate whether you would like to take each course as a major tutorial or a minor tutorial.
• It is not necessary to indicate the term in which you would like to take each individual tutorial.
• Note that there are no pre-set course codes for Oxford tutorials. Simply type “Oxford” where a course code is required.
Oxford may impose a tuition surcharge for enrollment in certain laboratory based courses.
Please see our fee information at http://www.arcadia.edu/abroad/fees for the current cost.
For assistance with any part of the application process, call Katharine Reinhart, your Senior Program Manager, at 1-866-927-2234, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport.