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IFSA-Oxford University


Program Location Oxford, United Kingdom
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34006
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced

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

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Overview
IFSA-Oxford University
Oxford University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, founded in 1250 with some colleges’ histories stretching back even further. The tutorial system at Oxford is ideal for hard-working, independent students who are passionate about academics and who crave an intellectual challenge. 

Oxford University is a federation of individual colleges. Each college has its own tutors, administrators, grounds, residence halls, and traditions. Students apply to a college, rather than to Oxford University, and most Oxford students readily identify themselves as students at their particular college, rather than the University itself.

Currently the Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA) works with the following colleges:

  • Hertford College
  • Lady Margaret Hall
  • Mansfield College
  • St. Anne's College
  • St. Catherine's College
  • St. Edmund Hall
  • Worcester College

Each college has its own selection criteria, requirements, fees, and academic calendar; therefore students should consult the IFSA program materials and website for more specific information.

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

Eligibility

IFSA-Oxford University

The program is open to liberal arts and psychology majors who have completed at least four semesters of university study by the start of the program and are planning to primarily take classes within their major. Although there is a wide range of subjects, this program (the tutorial system) is not suitable for introductory study. Students are expected to request tutorials that build on academic background already developed at Purdue. Students might be able to study more than one subject at Oxford, but they will need to choose related subjects.

The GPA requirement is a strict minimum of 3.7 to 3.9, depending on the college at Oxford University. Please see the IFSA website for the specific GPA and application requirements.

Students need be aware that this program is highly competitive. After approval of the student's study abroad application at Purdue, s/he will receive supplemental application materials from his/her study abroad advisor that will need to be completed before being evaluated by IFSA and Oxford University. Acceptance by Purdue's Study Abroad Office does not guarantee acceptance by IFSA or Oxford University!

GPA Requirement: 3.7 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit
Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Liberal Arts][College of Health and Human Sciences]
Specifically from: PSY (HHS)

If students complete courses while abroad from Purdue colleges that have not approved the program, they might be able to earn transfer credit for those courses. Students interested in pursuing transfer credit should discuss this with both their academic advisor and their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

The hallmark of Oxford University academics is the tutorial system. The tutorial is typically a one-hour meeting between one or two students and the tutor. Tutorials usually meet once a week or every other week, and at the center of the tutorial is an essay on a topic the tutor previously assigned. The tutor will lead a discussion about the essay topic in an effort to provide new insights. At the end of the tutorial, the tutor will assign a new topic and may offer recommended reading.

Tutorials are individually arranged, taking into account the subject to be studied and the tutor's area of expertise. They are similar to independent study courses, but Oxford students bear even more responsibility for conducting independent research and maintaining good academic progress.

At Oxford students will be expected to do much more work on their own and to think more independently than in most other teaching methods. The tutor is there to guide students' studies, rather than to feed facts and information, and this provides the opportunity for intensive academic study under a unique and prestigious system.

Excursions

Arrival orientation

  • Airport pick-up for group flight travelers
  • 2- to 4-day on-site orientation, which includes transportation, accommodation, activities and most meals
  • Transportation to host university accommodation at conclusion of orientation

Cultural events

  • Theatre evening
  • Visits to historic and popular sites (past locations have included Roman Baths, Hampton Court, Hever Castle, Warwick Castle, Salis and Ely Cathedrals, Blenheim Palace, Royal Pavilion, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle)

Excursions

  • London weekend, which includes a Thames boat cruise with meal, karaoke night, and sightseeing
  • Optional weekend visit with a British family
  • Students who wish make their way to the IFSA-London office can participate in the day trips of the London students (past trips have included Brighton, Salisbury, Bath, Stratford upon Avon, Canterbury, Cambridge and Windsor)

Other activities

  • Lunches
  • Thanksgiving meal (fall semester)
  • Program T-shirt
  • Farewell meal

Housing
Typically students live in housing owned and assigned by their college and eat meals in the college dining hall.

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.

Please check the IFSA website for the program fees for the various colleges at Oxford as well as what exactly is included in the fees. The amount listed below is for Worcester College and is there only to be used as an example for planning purposes.

The IFSA program fee typically includes tuition, housing, on-site orientation and pick-up service, emergency medical insurance, and excursions. Some or all meals may or may not be included.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Fall 2014

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee$18,255.00
Study Abroad Fee$914.00
Housing$2,620.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month)$32.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare$1,000.00
Books and Supplies$350.00
Meals$1,100.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 -$1,000.00
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 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.

Selection to Oxford University is competitive so applying early is strongly recommended.
Program Application Deadline
IFSA-Oxford University Spring Semester Program Jan 10
IFSA-Oxford University Fall Semester and Academic Year programs Dec 10


Returnees Information
IFSA-Oxford University

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.

Resources

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 studyabroad@purdue.edu.

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