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University of Oxford, St. Anne’s College: Premedical Program

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Program Overview

St. Anne’s Premedical Program is distinguished by its focus on biochemistry and biomedical science, with an emphasis on independent study. This competitive program is designed to support premedical students in their degree progress, and to prepare them for medical school.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: Dec. 15
Academic Year: Dec. 15

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Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option

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St. Anne’s College Premedical Program is distinguished by it’s focus on biochemistry and biomedical science, with an emphasis on independent study. At its heart lies the philosophy that human diseases and clinical treatments can be full understood only with a detailed knowledge of cellular molecular process. Biochemistry tutors from St. Anne’s College lead the program in collaboration with their colleagues from chemistry, physiology, pharmacology and experimental psychology. Classes are taught through a combination of tutorials and lectures given by experts from St. Anne’s College and the entire Oxford system.

St. Anne’s College Premedical Program is highly competitive and a minimum GPA of 3.7 is required. Students will earn 12 U.S. semester credits for each of the three Oxford terms. The September presession classes will be worth 2 U.S. semester credits each for a total of 4 additional credits. During the September presession, students will have the opportunity to visit the Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility with a trip to a fragment screening lab. Learn how the synchrotron works and how the beamline generated is used to solve biological problems such as understanding protein structures.

The program is available during the following terms:

  • Fall Semester (September-December), designed to help participants maximize their time abroad in a shorter timeframe. The semester combines the Oxford Michaelmas Term with a required September presession.
  • Academic year (October-June), the traditional academic year at Oxford that combines all three Oxford terms: Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity.
  • Extended academic year (September-June). A more advanced course of study that includes all three terms at Oxford plus the September presession. This is a particularly popular option for students who plan to apply to MD-PhD programs.
  • Spring two-terms is not available for this program.

The program encompasses five broad themes:

  • Structure and Function of Macromolecules
  • Bioenergetics and Metabolism
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Physiology and Human Disease

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Class details are available on St. Anne’s program webpage.

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.

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.

Your tutorial topics should be limited to no more than two subjects, and those subjects should be related. For instance, the tutors reviewing your application will look more favorably at a tutorial request form that has choices limited to politics and history departments. They would not be as impressed with a tutorial request form that lists choices in chemistry, economics, and art history.


Application Deadline
The application deadline is Dec. 15 of the preceding year for Fall Term, Academic Year, and Spring Term for all University of Oxford programs.


  • 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.
  • Admission to Oxford colleges is highly competitive. Students typically study abroad at Oxford their junior year, having completed two (2) full-time years of study at their home institution before the start of the Oxford term. Oxford colleges may consider an applicant with just one (1) full-time year of completed study, but those students will be competing with students who have completed greater study in their specific subject area. A student with less than two years of completed study may be limited to first- and second-year classes.

Recommendation Letters
Your application to this program will require two (2) academic letters of recommendation on home institution letterhead.


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 result, we cannot guarantee activities and excursions.


  • London Pandemics–Past and Present: This event will engage you with both an historic overview and a contemporary look at concepts of community health and global health, with a particular focus on London and the pandemic. You will attend a guest lecture at the IFSA London Flagship, followed by the John Snow Cholera Tour. This tour will take you to the nearby streets of Soho to visit important sites in the story of Dr. Snow and the cholera outbreak in 1854.
  • London Statue Walk: This walking tour includes stops at some of London’s most iconic statues as well as some of its most obscure, weaving in historical, cultural, literary, and political threads as it seeks to put the past into dialogue with the present.
  • Homelessness in London–A Dialogue: This event will explore the realities of homelessness in London from three perspectives. First, you will participate in a dialogue with guest speakers followed by a tour of Central London developed, curated, and delivered by vulnerably housed individuals through Unseen Tours.


  • The Uncomfortable Walking Tour: This tour is dedicated to raising awareness about the “uncomfortable” aspects of history. Tours focus on a specific theme and ask questions aimed at provoking new ways of seeing Oxford’s city landscape and history. Students will engage with the politics of memory in the city whilst uncovering histories of empire, class divides and gender discrimination, highlighting how these legacies have left an enduring impact on our modern lives.
  • Visit to Oxford Castle & Prison: Explore the 1,000-year history of Oxford Castle & Prison. You will take a step back in time with costumed tour guides, bringing fascinating stories back to life. Engage with tales of Empress Matilda or the fate of Mary Blandy, one of the prisons’ most famous criminals. You can touch the stones where Oxford University is rumoured to have begun and stand in the birthplace of King Arthur.
  • The Pitt Rivers Museum Tour: Go behind the scenes at one of Oxford’s most popular attractions, famous for its period atmosphere and outstanding collections from many cultures around the world, past and present. Receive a private tour of the museum founded in 1884 by Lieutenant General Augustus Pitt Rivers, who donated approximately 22,000 items to be displayed. The collection has now grown to 500,000 items, many of which have been donated by travellers, scholars, and missionaries from across the world.
  • Cotswolds Villages and Blenheim Palace Day Trip: The Cotswolds are designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The famous picturesque villages of mellow honey-colored stone, gentle hills, peaceful pastures, and winding rivers offer a contrasting backdrop to engage with stories about the bloody battles and violent skirmishes that took place during the English Civil War. Next up is a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Blenheim Palace, home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
  • Oxford Regatta Course River Cruise: Explore Oxford University’s famous regatta course on a Thames River sightseeing cruise. Hop aboard your sightseeing vessel in the heart of Oxford and cruise out onto the famous waterway. You’ll learn more about the city’s rich history from a different perspective, while sharing the waters with punts, university boats, rowing eights, and cruisers. The river cruise offers a chance for sightings of native river wildlife along the banks too.

Housing and Meals


Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option




Students live in the modern Ruth Deech building on the college campus, north of Oxford city center.  

  • Living space. Students live in single rooms with one bed, a desk, chair, and storage, and an attached, private bathroom. Students share basic kitchen facilities.  
  • Meals. There is no meal plan. Students either cook for themselves, purchase food on or off campus, or purchase meals at the college dining hall. Dining hall prices are inexpensive, so be sure to take part–it’s part of the Oxford experience.  
  • Additional details. Clean sheets provided regularly. Laundry on-site.  
  • Nearby. Oxford city center (less than 1 mile). University Parks, a 70-acre riverside green space. Bodleian Library (15minute walk).  

Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Fall 2024
Late Sept. 2024
Early Dec. 2024
$35,445 (estimated)
Academic Year 2024-2025
Late Sept. 2024
Mid-June 2025
$73,990 (estimated)
Academic Year (Extended) 2024-2025
Early Sept. 2024
Mid-June 2025
$81,790 (estimated)
Fall 2025
Late Sept. 2025
Early Dec. 2025
$35,445 (estimated)
Dec. 15, 2024
Academic Year 2025-2026
Late Sept. 2025
Mid-June 2026
$73,990 (estimated)
Dec. 15, 2024
Academic Year (Extended) 2025-2026
Early Sept. 2025
Mid-June 2026
$81,790 (estimated)
Dec. 15, 2024

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Kristen Clark

Enrollment Counselor