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IFSA-Oxford University (St. Peter's College)

Program Location Oxford, United Kingdom
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34015
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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Overview Purdue Credit
Eligibility Academics
Housing Program Costs
Financial Aid Deadline
Returnee Info Resources


The IFSA-Butler summer program at Oxford University is based at St. Peter’s College, which is located in the heart of Oxford close to libraries, museums, theatres, and shops. While this program is housed at St. Peter's College and taught by its faculty, Purdue students will share tutorials and attend lectures with other North American summer program students.

Students must pick one of the two "courses": English Literature or Medieval Studies.

English Literature Course

Students must select one of the following options as well as note a second choice in case their first choice is not possible:

Option 1: Rediscovering Shakespeare
Option 2: Jane Austen in Text and Context
Option 3: The Inklings in Oxford (J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis et al.)
Option 4: Introduction to Topics in the English Language

Medieval Studies Course

Students must select one of the following three options as well as note a second choice in case their first choice is not possible:

Option 1: Medieval Britain: 1042-1321
Option 2: Death, Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Literature
Option 3: Medieval Margins: Identity and Otherness

All participants on the program participate in field excursions, which are organized each week except for the first week of the summer program. The field excursions are designed to enrich studies and to introduce students to sites of exceptional importance in England’s literary heritage.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IFSA-Butler.


The program is open to Purdue students who have completed at least four semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.

This program is for English, Literature, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Theater, or History majors or minors only.

GPA Requirement: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts]

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The first five weeks of the summer school are teaching weeks, with concluding reviews in the sixth week. Courses are taught through a program of tutorials, seminars, and lectures. At the heart of the course is the tutorial, when students will meet with a tutor and up to five other students to discuss essays they have written in advance. Tutorial subjects are limited to topics within English literature.

In the weekly tutorial, the tutor leads a discussion about the week’s essay topic in an effort to provide new insights. At the end of the tutorial, the tutor will assign a new topic and recommend appropriate reading. Students will share tutorials with other North American summer program students (i.e. this is NOT an immersion program with British students!), and seminars will supplement tutorials with the goal of deepening the understanding of the academic topics.

Summer housing is located in single bedrooms within walking distance of St. Peter’s College. The housing fee includes three meals per day during the week and breakfasts on the weekends.

Estimated Program Costs

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The Program Fee includes tuition, three meals per day during the week and breakfasts on the weekends, emergency medical insurance, on-site orientation, and some excursions.

The Housing Fee includes accommodations and three meals per day Monday thru Friday and brunch on weekends. 

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2016

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$5,475.00
Study Abroad Fee$609.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,200.00
Books and Supplies$150.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$650.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos)$175.00

Financial Aid
IFSA-Butler offers a monthly payment plan option for its fees as well as scholarships. Please see its website for more information.

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline.  To insure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an on-line application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
IFSA-Oxford University Summer Deadline Feb 1

Returnees Information

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email

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