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How to Apply

Application requirements for Visiting Students

Our Visiting Students come from a wide range of backgrounds and we value the diverse contributions and skills they bring to our college community during their time at Mansfield. To be considered as a Mansfield applicant, you must meet our academic requirement of a GPA of at least 3.7 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). You should also ensure that the range of courses we offer fits with your interests, and please check the fees for Visiting Students before you begin your application.

Our subjects Fees & finance Complete our application form

English language requirements

If you are not a native English speaker, nor been taught in English for at least the two most recent years prior to 1 February 2024 – then you will be required to provide evidence that you satisfy the higher-level English language conditions. These are the same as those listed for full-time undergraduates by the university. You do not need to have evidence for your English language qualification when applying, but if you have already achieved evidence for the required level of proficiency, then please include this with your application.

Accepted English language qualifications and levels

Submit these documents with your application form

  1. An academic transcript which includes your most recent courses
  2. Two confidential references
  3. A sample of recently completed written work in one of the subjects you’re applying for
  4. English language proficiency evidence (if applicable)*

The documents can be sent either as a PDF to, or posted to Visiting Student Programme, Mansfield College, Oxford, OX1 3TF, United Kingdom. Referees are welcome to contact us directly via email to provide references, but must do so from their institutional email address.

*If you’re offered a place, this will be under the condition that you submit proof of meeting any applicable English language requirements by 31 July 2024.



Your personal statement

As part of the application form you’ll be asked to submit a personal statement. Your personal statement should provide a brief account of your studies to date in your present university, and an explanation of how a year of study at Mansfield College would fit into your educational plans. You should also include a detailed description of the main subjects you would like to study, as well as the course work you have completed in the subject(s) at your home college or university.

We recommend that you draft your personal statement in a document first, and then copy it into the application form.

The application deadline is 1 February 2024

Make sure you let us know on the form whether you’re applying for full-year (October to June) or two-term study (January to June). Also make sure you have all the relevant information to hand before you start your application – you’ll need to submit your application and accompanying documents by the deadline to be considered.

"Oxford is home to a diverse range of different communities (class, race, religion, sexuality, all of it!) and you will definitely end up finding your people here. The general atmosphere around college is super positive and it’s a supportive environment to grow in (both personally and academically). Mansfield’s food, location, cats, societies, and non-conformism are also bonuses, but the life-long connections you’ll find in its students are supreme to everything else. The people here have genuinely made Oxford feel like home!"

Flav Covaci, Mansfield undergraduate student