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.


International Honors and social justice.

Required Courses

(16 credits)

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.

Course and study tour offerings are subject to change.

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 Fall 2015 covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing and meal stipend, study tours, study abroad insurance, and visa fees). Financial aid applies.

Out-of-pocket Expenses

Roundtrip air travel, books, 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.

External Scholarships

For more outside scholarship opportunities, please visit our Funding webpage.

Contact Us

Greg Johnson
Professor Philosophy
Director, Oxford-IHON Program

Art Strum
Visiting Assistant Professor of Multi-Disciplinary Programs
Oxford-IHON Instructor

Arthur Strum is currently visiting assistant professor at PLU. He began his academic career in the field of German Studies (with concentrations on Kant, German classical philosophy, and German Enlightenment and Romantic Literature, as well as Critical Theory). Since then, his scholarly and pedagogical focus has broadened towards philosophy and literature — and their uses and abuses — in humanistic study and practice. Arthur previously taught for 10 years at Stanford University. Since coming to PLU in 2007, he has taught in German, Philosophy, English, and has taught in the IHON program since its inception in 2008. He will be teaching the IHON Oxford J-term course in 2015 and 2016.

Carmiña Palerm
Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
Director, IHON Program

Carmiña Palerm is Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Director of the International Honors Program at PLU. She teaches courses on migration, memory, trauma, spaces and gender in the Hispanic Studies program and teaches courses on diversity, justice and sustainability in the International Honors Program. She researches the post-Franco novel and has published articles on the work of Julio Llamazares, Montserrat Roig, and Carmen Martín Gaite. Currently, she is working on a project titled “Aesthetic Transformations of the Immigrant Experience in Contemporary Spain.” Dr. Palerm has been the site director of the Oaxaca Gateway Program in 2008 and 2012.

Tanya Ulsted
Study Away Coordinator & Gateway Program 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 application fee 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 (2 faculty, 1 professional optional for Oxford applicants)
  • Copy of passport ID page
  • Application fee
  • Oxford supplemental application (includes 2 faculty letters of recommendation; same 2 faculty as above)
  • Interview


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 these blogs by PLU students Laura and Emily to learn about their experiences studying in Oxford during Spring 2015 and 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