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Study Abroad in Oxford, England

Situated in central southern England, Oxford is a city of approximately 165,000 and home to the 39 colleges that constitute the University of Oxford—the oldest English speaking university system in the world, with some colleges dating to the 13th century. The city of Oxford is known not only for its university, but also for its architecture, for the arts, for its rich history, and for its lively pubs. More recently, it has become one of the fastest-growing, and most ethnically diverse, small cities in Britain. The city is also known for its many connections to literature, (the character upon whom the real Alice in Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland was based lived here), film (“Harry Potter”), and TV (“Inspector Morse,” and “Downtown Abbey”). This rich and interesting small city is now home to PLU’s International Honors program in social justice.

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International Honors and social justice


Students earn 16 credits

Required Courses

Compulsory Seminar, IHON 257 [4 credits] The Human Experience: Human Rights

Compulsory Seminar, IHON 258 [4 credits] Self, Culture, and Society

Compulsory Seminar, PHIL 287 [4 credits] Ethics, Law, and Conflict (w/Service Learning)

Independent Study 491* [4 credits] Oxford Tutorial

*Departmental credit may be arranged.

Tutorial System

Receive individual attention from a professor at Oxford

Have the flexibility to design a curriculum suited to his or her academic requirements and interests

Write and present weekly essays that form the basis of tutorial discussions

Are graded by the same standards expected of degree candidates (i.e., grades are based on tutorial essays, tutorial discussions and sometimes written examinations)

Learn more about Oxford

Service Learning

The IHON program in social justice includes a service- learning component, connecting the academic study of social justice with the concrete practices of specific groups. Students in the Oxford- IHON program will engage with groups such as Oxfam, Save the Children, as well as other groups which try to address issues of social justice.


Classes held at Regents Park College of the University of Oxford include:

  • Required seminars offered by the PLU site director
  • Individualized tutorials taught by Oxford scholars
  • Visits by local scholars and practitioners affiliated with the University of Oxford

Pacific Lutheran University awards all credits earned in this program. Semester-long study away programs fulfill PLU's Cross Cultural Diversity requirement.

Study Tours

The program will participate in activities essential to the international “Oxford experience.” Among these are visits to: 

The British Museum of History 

The National Portrait Gallery 


Plays and theatre performances 

PLU Community House

You will live in a house with other students in the program. You are provided with a monthly stipend, which gives you the freedom to grocery shop and eat locally.

Spring Semester

Early January to late June

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee for Spring 2015 covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing and meal stipend, study tours, study abroad insurance, and visa fees if applicable). Financial aid applies.

Out-of-pocket expenses

Roundtrip air travel, personal excursions, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.

Global Scholar Award

All PLU Gateway & Featured Programs are Global Scholar Award eligible. This need-based award can cover out-of-pocket expenses up to $2,500 on PLU Gateway and Featured semester programs.

For non-PLU students, please check with your home institution or sponsoring study abroad organization on program cost.

Learn More

Greg Johnson

Professor Philosophy
Director, Oxford-IHON Program

Tanya Ulsted

Study Away Coordinator & Gateway Programs Manager


Sophomore, junior, or senior standing in the IHON program. Students must have a minimum 3.6 or higher G.P.A. Must be a student in good standing. 

Application Deadline

Completed application materials are due to the Wang Center by March 10, 2014 for Fall 2014, Spring 2015 or Full Year 2014-2015 programs. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due with the application. A $250 non-refundable program payment to confirm participation is required within 10 days of acceptance. The Oxford-IHON program also requires a Supplemental Application, due March 10, 2014.

Oxford-IHON Supplemental Application

Program Highlights
  • Spring Semester program

  • Up to 12 credits of IHON requirements

  • One Tutorial with Oxford professor

  • PLU faculty on-site