Admission to Oxford is competitive for all classes of students. Applicants for the Visiting Student Programme should have achieved a GPA of at least 3.7. Please note we will not be able to consider applicants who do not meet this academic requirement. We normally admit 35-40 VSP students per year, from Ivy League and other top US institutions and a few from other non-EU countries.
Visiting students have access to all college facilities and are members of the JCR (Junior Common Room - the undergraduate student body). As Registered Visiting Students of the University, they also have access to a wide range of University facilities, including the Bodleian Library, Faculty (subject) libraries, the Oxford University Computing Services, and the great wealth of lectures organized by the University throughout the academic year. Visit our Resources and Library pages to find out more.
We hope, in essence, to give visiting students the chance to experience the unique opportunities provided by study at Oxford while earning credit for their home institutions.
The closing date for applications each year is 28th February, although it is strongly recommended that students apply earlier . Applicants should complete an Application Form, Tutorial Request Form, and Regulations and Waiver Form and send them along with a sample of written work to the Visiting Student Programme, Mansfield College, Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TF. Arrangements should be made for an up-to-date copy of the applicant's Transcript, together with two academic recommendations, to be forwarded to the College by the same date. Successful applicants will be informed by 15th March.
Application material for the academic year 2013/14 can be found below:
Upon successfully completing their studies at Mansfield, visiting students are provided with an Official Transcript of Record, recommending them for credit at their home institution. In addition to providing details of the course taken and grades received, the Transcript includes copies of the termly reports provided by their tutors. It is important to note that Mansfield itself does not award credit: hence prospective visiting students should consult with advisers at their home institution before selecting tutorial options to be taken at Oxford, to ensure that their Oxford studies will be acceptable for the purposes of credit transfer. Responsibility for clearing tutorial choices with the home institution rests entirely with the student.