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University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall Summer

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Program Overview


Revel in a new academic experience at one of the world’s most renowned universities. Learning gets personal at Oxford, with small class sizes, seasoned faculty, and a focus on rigorous discussion and critical thinking. Psychology, creative writing, artificial intelligence—Oxford’s summer range has it all.

After class, explore the city’s cobblestone streets or relax by the river with new friends—the lively city center is just a short walk from campus.

Lady Margaret Hall is a great option for engineering and computer science, political science, economics, psychology, and literature.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Summer: March 1

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option

Instruction language


Language prerequisites


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First-class teaching is at the heart of the University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall summer program. In a series of thought-provoking lectures and lively seminar discussions, learn about cutting-edge research, expand your core knowledge, and explore new ideas and concepts among peers with diverse international perspectives and academic backgrounds.

Classes at Lady Margaret Hall are designed and delivered by experienced academics and experts from Lady Margaret Hall and across the University of Oxford, and are taught using the Oxford teaching model. Over the three-week session, you will take part in a range of class types, including lectures (four per week), seminars (two per week), and tutorials (one per week). You will produce one assessed work each week, which will be submitted to the tutor and then discussed in a tutorial.

You may only enroll in the classes that are posted in the Lady Margaret Hall summer catalog and for which you have met any prerequisites. Lady Margaret Hall offers two summer sessions. Enroll in one session or both. Select one class per session. All classes are worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours.

Upcoming summer classes include:

  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Reinforcement Learning
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Computer Vision
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Natural Language Processing
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Deep Unsupervised Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Theory and Practice
  • British Literature: Repression, Subversion, Expression: Gender and Sexuality in British Literature
  • British Literature: Oxford and the Rise of Fantasy
  • Economic History: The Great Divergence, Convergence, and Beyond
  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: Leadership in Politics, Business, and Society
  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: Climate Change, Politics, and Environmental Justice
  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: Globalisation, Populism, and Identity
  • Psychology: Psychology and Social Connection
  • Psychology: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology: Computational Psychology and Artificial Intelligence

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Tutorial System
The hallmark of the University of Oxford 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. The University of Oxford organizes weekly lectures on myriad academic subjects, and all students at the University, regardless of college, are welcome to attend. Lectures are not usually mandatory except for some science subjects, but tutors often recommend them as good supplements to tutorials and research.

Australia Outbound Program
Students enrolled at select Australia universities are invited to participate in Session 1 this program. The program is open to students of all year levels and all fields. Students will earn 45+ contact hours credit; the equivalent of one subject.

Please see the Australia Outbound term below in the Dates and Fees section for program fees and expected expenses in Australian dollars. For more information on the Australia Outbound program, please reach out to us at australiaoutbound@ifsa-butler.org.

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.



  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university. Students attending select Australia universities are also eligible.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term. Classes during the summer program are geared toward students who have completed one to two years of study.

Recommendation Letter
No letter of recommendation required.


Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.
Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program. We’ll make every effort to run them all, but sometimes things we can’t control, such as local regulations and health protocols, get in the way. As a result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.
  • Haunted Oxford Tour, Uncomfortable Oxford: Step into the shadows of history and embark on an uncomfortable ghost tour as you explore the eerie and profound tales of hauntings that have transcended time. Researched and designed by two historians who study the history of hauntings and ghost stories, this tour delves into stories of the supernatural, revealing the unsettling moments of the past and the reasons why they continue to haunt the present. This unique tour examines haunting through the echoes of gender disparities, oppression, violence, social division, and the powerful grip of memory.
  • Woodstock and Blenheim Palace Trip: Venture out of Oxford for a day trip to Woodstock, a picturesque village in the Cotswolds. With beautiful meadows, river scenes and quaint shops, this is the idea break from the stress and bustle of Oxford. Woodstock is also home to Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
  • London’s Southbank Walk and Borough Market: Wander the River Thames then nosh on fish and chips, Thai curry, and more­—there are hundreds of produce and street food stalls to choose from. Soak up some history as you refuel—food markets have stood here since the Middle Ages.
  • Buckingham Palace: On the bucket list for countless UK visitors, here’s your chance to see the majestic London home of British monarchs since Queen Victoria in 1837. (Look for the Royal Standard’s yellow, red and blue squares that signify the king is in residence.)
  • Independence Day BBQ: You may be in the UK, but you can still celebrate the fabulous U.S. Independence Day with a festive get-together and meal.

Housing and Meals


Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option


Some Included


Students live in residence halls on the LMH college grounds, on the border of the River Cherwell and University Parks, just a 15-minute walk from the city center. 

  • Living space. Most students have single rooms with a bed, desk, chair, and storage, and share bathrooms. Halls have kitchen facilities to share.  
  • Meals: Eating in the dining hall is a big part of the Oxford experience, so be sure to take advantage of LMH dining, offered three times a day during the week, with limited weekend service.  
  • Nearby: Bodleian Library (18-minute walk). Oxford city center. River Cherwell. University Parks, with 70 acres of riverside green space.  

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Summer 2024 - Session 1
June 23, 2024
July 13, 2024
Summer 2024 - Session 2
July 14, 2024
August 3, 2024
Summer 2024 - Sessions 1 & 2
June 23, 2024
August 3, 2024
Summer 2024 (Australia Outbound)
June 23, 2024
July 13, 2024
$10,425 AUD

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Kristen Clark

Enrollment Counselor