About the Program
Lady Margaret Hall was founded in 1878 as the first women’s college in Oxford. Its pioneering role continues to this day. Now co-educational, with a gender balance of 50/50, the college’s tranquil setting amidst beautiful grounds provides a haven for academic exploration.
- Study at one of the world’s most prestigious universities
- Students receive individual guidance from their tutor and benefit from the tutor's expert knowledge.
- Unique tutorial instruction allows students to work independently and develop their own academic ideas.
- Business tutorials available through an association with the prestigious Said Business School.
- Fall students can arrive early for the Early Start/September Seminar, which awards an additional 4 U.S. semester credit hours.
Oxford is a bustling, modern city anchored by an air of academic tradition, with a diverse population and an urban edge. Oxford offers incredible architecture, from medieval to modern, cultural events, museums, concert halls, river sports in addition to pubs, restaurants, and nightlife.
Afford Your Journey
Grants, financial aid, credit card payments and more are available. IFSA scholarships are primarily need-based and factor in any additional cost your study abroad program might have over home school tuition. The awards are $500 for summer programs, $1,500 for semester programs, and $2,500 for full year programs. These scholarships may apply to any IFSA program, with the exception of our custom programs.
Take the Next Step!
At the University of Oxford, students are taught in the tutorial system. Students meet once a week with their tutors in one-on-one tutorials, or in small groups. Courses are taught for a term, usually a primary course of eight tutorials in the major subject, and four tutorials in the minor subject. Often tutors require attendance at university lectures in conjunction with the tutorials.
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This program is open to Pomona students for the full academic year only. The academic year is divided into three terms. During each term, students take one primary (major) tutorial (2 Pomona credits) and one secondary (minor) tutorial (1 Pomona credit). Pomona College students will receive earn a total of nine Pomona College course credits for their tutorials taken in the three Oxford terms (3 credits per term). In prior academic years, the maximum Pomona credits earned was 8 credits for six tutorials. This program is open to Pomona students for the full academic year only
Students live in single rooms in college accommodation, some with en-suite bathrooms, and all with Internet connections. Meals are provided in the college dining halls, reported to be among the best among Oxford colleges.
Number of Students
Oxford University enrolls a total of 21,000 students. Lady Margaret Hall has 400 undergraduates and 175-180 graduate students. Visiting students come from the U.S. and countries around the world and are selected from a competitive pool.
Lady Margaret Hall
Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)
Vin de Silva (on leave fall 2022; please email to arrange a Zoom meeting).
Admission is highly competitive, especially in high demand subject areas such as Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, English, and History. Applicants should note that Lady Margaret Hall has only one place for visiting students in each of Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science.
Applicants should have a strong academic and extracurricular record, be capable of independent study, and be eager to engage fully in both academic and extracurricular activities in Oxford. Two strong academic recommendation letters are required. There are no exceptions made to these requirements.
- Completion of coursework in the academic subjects you wish to study at Lady Margaret Hall.