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Study Abroad in Oxford, England

Spring Semester Program

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 “Downton 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

IHON 257: The Human Experience: Human Rights, Compulsory Seminar (4 credits)

IHON 258: Self, Culture, and Society, Compulsory Seminar (4 credits)

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

Independent Study 491:* Oxford Tutorial, Compulsory Seminar (4 credits)

*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


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 PLU Site Director utilizes the local area as the classroom to bring the concepts of the seminars to life. These may include museums, Parliament, plays and the historic city of Oxford itself.

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.

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee for Spring 2016 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.

Contact Us

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 13, 2015 for Spring 2016. 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.

Application Components

  • Typed and signed application form
  • Short essays
  • 2 recommendation forms (1 faculty, 1 professional)
  • Copy of passport ID page
  • Application fee
  • Oxford-IHON Supplemental application
Note: Applications for Spring 2016 will be available in January 2015

Reflections on the Program

Learn about PLU student Jakob Maier's experience studying in Oxford during Spring 2014 as a Philosophy and Creative Writing double major.


Visit Professor Johnson's program website for more information about the Oxford program.

Follow Us on Twitter

Follow the PLU Oxford program on Twitter for photos and updates from the group!

Photo Gallery

Check out our Flickr Photo Gallery to see pictures from past participants in the Oxford program.

Student Experience

Visit Emily Steelquist’s blog to learn about her experiences studying in Oxford during Spring 2014.

Program Highlights
  • Spring Semester program (early January to late June)

  • Up to 12 credits of IHON requirements

  • One Tutorial with Oxford professor

  • PLU faculty on-site

View PLU Gateway Program Catalog