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

Program Details

Program Location Oxford, United Kingdom
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34015
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2024 06/28/24 to 08/03/24
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Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


The IFSA-Butler St. Peter's College Summer Program at Oxford University is based at Magdalen College, one of Oxford's oldest colleges and is located in the heart of Oxford close to libraries, museums, theaters, and shops.

All weeks of the Summer School are teaching weeks, with the emphasis shifting towards concluding reviews and study field visits in the final week. Courses are taught through an integrated programme of tutorials, seminars and lectures in combinations varying from Option to Option.

The weekly tutorial is at the heart of every Course, with a small group of 1-5 students discussing papers, prepared in advance, with their tutor. Seminars bring together a larger group of perhaps 8–10 students to participate in more general discussions of common subjects related to the various Options of each Course.


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.

Beyond coursework, students from Academic and Professional Courses attend weekly evening interdisciplinary lectures on cultural, political, historical, literary, environmental and other issues of topical and general interest.

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.

This program generally runs from early July to mid-August. 

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


The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two 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

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: Prison Literature: The Freedom of Imprisonment

Several one-day field excursions are attended by all participants in the English literature programme. Participants can also elect to join the 4-day field excursion undertaken by those in the Medieval Studies option. 

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: Conquest & Colonisation: England and her neighbours 1016-1296
Option 2: Death, Nature and the Supernatural in Medieval Literature
Option 3: Arthurian Tradition

In addition, you will participate in a 4-Day Field Excursion – The Development of British Landscapes – which is a required component for most participants from the Medieval Studies programme .


Participate in weekly field excursions designed to introduce you to sites of exceptional importance in England's literary heritage.

There is a 4-day field excursion that is required for students selecting the Medieval Studies option, which may include an additional fee. Students on the English literature option can also pay and attend this field excursion, though it is only required for Medieval Studies students.


IFSA Saint Peter’s students live in the heart of the city, on the Magdalen College grounds or in housing secured by the college just across the street.  

  • Living space. Most students have single rooms, each with a bed, desk, chair, and storage. Students shared bathrooms and kitchen facilities.  
  • Meals. There is no meal plan, but the college dining hall serves lunch and dinner for nominal fees. Give it a try—dining hall meals are a big part of the Oxford experience! Students can also use the kitchen facilities in their residence halls to prepare meals.   
  • Nearby. Bodleian Library (7-minute walk). Botanic Gardens (1-minute walk). River Cherwell, The Grove, and The Water Meadow.  

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

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. 

Please note there is an additional fee for the 4-day field excursion, which is required for Medieval Studies students and optional for English literature students. This fee is approximately $675.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Summer 2024

Costs per term to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $8,400.00
Study Abroad Fee $609.40
Housing $3,550.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00

Approximate additional costs per term
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,200.00
Local Transportation $250.00
Books and Supplies $25.00
Meals $563.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $655.00
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 (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online 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 studyabroad@purdue.edu.