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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

4 - 8


Residence Hall/Dormitory

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:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Gender and Sexuality in British Literature
  • Globalization, Populism, and Identity
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology and Social Connection
  • Writing Lives: Texts, Techniques, and Creativity in Life-Writing

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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 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.

Visa Requirement
Not required for U.S., Canadian, or Australian citizens. A visa may be required if you are a citizen of another country.

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 courses 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.
  • Windsor and Eton: Roughly half an hour by train from London, the beautiful Berkshire towns of Windsor and Eaton occupy opposite sides of the Thames. There’s no shortage of history here, with Windsor Castle—an imposing architectural study, built by Norman the Conqueror and now a residence for the British Royal family—and Eton College—a prestigious all-boys public school with a long list of famous alums.
  • 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.
  • Get to know the real London with Unseen Tours. No one knows London like the locals. Explore the East End’s Brick Lane—known for its street art and multicultural heritage—or the West End’s Covenant Garden—once orchard garden for Westminster Abbey, now home of theatre, opera, shopping, and food galore.
  • Shakespeare’s Globe: In London’s Southbank, travel back to 1599 and explore what’s arguably the world’s most famous theatre. Along the way, learn about Shakespeare and the history of this legendary open-air structure.
  • 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.)
  • Thames River Boat Cruise. Get a perspective on London you can’t find from land. See why England’s longest river has long been a vital link for trade and transport as you take in icons like Big Ben, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, the House of Parliament, and the London Eye, and more, depending on route.
  • 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


Dormitory/Residence Hall


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
Late June 2024
Mid-July 2024
March 1, 2024
Summer 2024 - Session 2
Mid-July 2024
Early Aug. 2024
March 1, 2024
Summer 2024 - Sessions 1 & 2
Late June 2024
Early Aug. 2024
March 1, 2024
Summer 2024 (Australia Outbound)
Late June 2024
Mid-July 2024
$11,825 AUD
March 1, 2024

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Kristen Clark

Enrollment Counselor