Hertford College is one of 45 constituent colleges and halls of Oxford University and is known for its “progressive yet friendly” atmosphere and high academic standards. Hertford College is located at the heart of the medieval university opposite the Bodleian Library. The William & Mary partnership with Hertford College offers qualified students the extraordinary possibility to study in one-on-one tutorials with faculty of one of the world's greatest universities. In addition, visiting students are considered full members of Hertford College, enjoy the same university privileges as degree-seeking students, and are encouraged to join any of the academic or social organizations that interest them. Visiting students are automatically members of the Junior Common Room, which organizes social activities, runs a wide range of sports clubs, and provides general support for the well-being of its members.
Students studying at Oxford for the full academic year (Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity terms: October-late June) will engage in two primary tutorials with meetings once a week, and two secondary tutorials with meetings every other week. The William & Mary faculty liaison will work with students accepted to Hertford College and with the Visiting Students Tutor at Hertford to select suitable topics for their tutorials and identify the faculty with whom to pair them. Tutorials are available in African Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Development, East Asian Studies, Economics, English, European Studies, Geography, Global Studies, History, Human Science, International Relations, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, Music History, Philosophy, Government, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.
Full-year students earn 30 credits during their year at Oxford. Credits will appear as transfer credit on students’ William & Mary transcripts and will not be included in their GPA. Transfer credits must be pre- or post-approved.
Visiting students live "in college" at Hertford in single room accommodations.
The W&M faculty advisor for the Hertford College (University of Oxford) sponsored semester program is Dean of Arts & Sciences Professor Suzanne Raitt
For more information on this program and the steps to apply, please review the Steps to Study Abroad
on our website.
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Hertford College, University of Oxford
Hertford College, University of Oxford Registered Visiting Student Program Video
NEW: November 2, 2023 Information Session Video
Michelmas, Hilary & Trinity: late September - July
January 12th. (If deadline falls on a Saturday or Sunday, applications are due on the following Monday.)
Questions about the application process? Review this video here to learn more about it.
* Sophomore status requires approval of W&M advisor
* Junior status while abroad
* Strong writing skills
* For study abroad in 2024-25, if you have a GPA between 3.4-3.69, please contact the advisor for this program. For 2025-26, the recommended GPA to be competitive for these programs is anticipated to be 3.7.
For applicants who are not from an English speaking majority country or have not been solely educated in English throughout the past two years at the time of application (educated in English for 2 years by February deadline), we are required by the UK Home Office and Oxford University to assess your English language ability. All teaching at Oxford University is carried out in English (with the exception of some language-specific teaching) and tutors must be convinced that you have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to cope with your course from the start. Therefore, the Hertford College Visiting Student Programme requires the following from a non-native English-speaking applicant:
IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
Students will earn 30 credits and may enroll in the full university curriculum with the exception of business and laboratory science courses. Students enroll in on primary and one secondary tutorial per term.
Credits will appear as transfer credits on students’ William & Mary transcripts and will not be included in GPA calculations. Transfer credits must be pre- or post-approved.
For 2023-24, the fee was anticipated to not exceed $50,100. An estimated fee for the 2024-25 program will be posted in December 2023. Please contact the Global Education Advisor for more up-to-date information.
Fees are paid to W&M and subject to change. An application fee of $75 applies. Fees include tuition, room, one meal everyday Monday - Saturday, and study abroad insurance.
Students interested in studying at Oxford for an academic year may apply for the Sullivan Scholarship.
The Sullivan-Fildes Scholarship carries a significant financial award estimated to be approximately $21,000 (including 9,500 GBP paid to the host university), to be used toward any field of study at Oxford. As a requirement of this scholarship, candidates must enroll in a full year of study in the UK. The scholarship recipient will be selected based upon merit and financial need.
We highly recommend that you meet with the faculty liaison, Dean Suzanne Raitt, and GEO Advisor before applying due to the program unique tutorial and selection process.