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

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Program Overview


Recognized for excellence in the sciences, St. Anne’s College offers a competitive program focused on biochemistry and biomedical science with emphasis on independent study. And, as an Oxford student, you have access to outstanding faculty, libraries, and other resources.  

Campus sits away from the most traveled parts of Oxford but also in easy reach. Located near the trendy Jericho neighborhood, you’re just a 15-minute walk from the city center. 

While the Oxford experience is amazing all on its own, being in England is an incredible opportunity to explore UK culture. IFSA makes it easy, with IFSA excursions and activities, all included with no extra fees. Possibilities include a West End theater performance, a session in the famous The Great British Bake Off tent, and exploring below ground with a former coal miner in Wales.

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: Dec. 15
Academic Year: Dec. 15

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option

Instruction language


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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 University of Oxford system.

The program encompasses five broad themes:

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

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

Students will earn:

  • 16 U.S. semester credit hours for the Fall Term (September Seminar plus Michaelmas Term)
  • 36 U.S. semester credit hours for the Academic Year (Michaelmas Term, Hillary Term, and Trinity Term)
  • 40 U.S. semester credit hours for the Extended Academic Year (September Seminar, Michaelmas Term, Hillary Term, and Trinity Term)

St. Anne’s College Premedical Program is highly competitive and a minimum GPA of 3.7 is required. A stand-alone Spring Term (Hillary Term and Trinity Term) is not offered for this program.

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 classes, 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.

September Seminar/Extended Academic Year
IFSA students studying on the St. Anne’s Premedical Program Fall Term arrive in early September for the September Seminar. This month-long program helps students better understand the Oxford system in advance of the Michaelmas Term.

Academic year students can also apply for the Extended Academic Year Program which includes the September Seminar. This is a particularly popular option for students who plan to apply to MD-PhD programs.

The September Seminar includes classes, workshops, and lectures on scientific writing, amino acids and proteins, RNA/DNA, the protein toolbox, the genetic toolbox, enzyme kinetics and statistics, cell biology, cellular neuroscience, and more. 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.

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.

Application Acceptance
This program gives preference to students applying for the Academic Year over students applying for just the Fall Term or the Spring Term.

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 a selection of activities and excursions from previous terms; options may vary for your program. Due to the seasonal nature of many of program activities, we cannot guarantee a specific activity or excursion will be available in a given term or program.


  • The Uncomfortable Oxford 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 while uncovering histories of empire, class divides, and gender discrimination, highlighting how these legacies have left an enduring impact on our modern lives.
  • 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 travelers, scholars, and missionaries from across the world.
  • West End Theatre Performance: No time in the UK would be complete without a trip to the West End, London’s famous theatre district. Shows are chosen that provide context or different perspectives on London/the UK/Europe. Recent examples include Operation Mincemeat and Cabaret.
  • 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.
  • Big Welsh Weekend: Delve into the rich history of Wales and explore its unique culture and its complex relationship with the rest of the UK on a weekend that takes in the famous Tintern Abbey, the historic Raglan Castle, the Blaenavon coal mines, and St Fagan’s, a museum that has preserved buildings and cultural practices from Welsh history. Spend the night in Cardiff, the Welsh capital, and discover the Cardiff Bay area, home of the Welsh Parliament.
  • Yorkshire Adventure: Explore the vibrant and historic county of Yorkshire on a weekend trip where you’ll discover how this English region has contributed to the UK’s cultural landscape. Highlights may include the Bronte Parsonage in Haworth, the Piece Hall in Halifax, the Victorian model village of Saltaire, or the imposing Harewood House in Leeds.
  • Waddesdon Manor Visit: Step inside the country home of the Rothschilds, one of the wealthiest families in the world. The house, built in the style of a French chateau, was created to display the remarkable art collection of Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Discover the family’s rich and complex history while taking in some of finest pieces of world art, before exploring the extensive landscaped gardens.

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
September 4, 2024
December 6, 2024
Academic Year 2024-2025
October 2, 2024
June 21, 2025
Academic Year (Extended) 2024-2025
September 4, 2024
June 21, 2025
Fall 2025
Early Sept. 2025
Early Dec. 2025
$38,545 (estimated)
Dec. 15, 2024
Academic Year 2025-2026
Early Oct. 2025
Late June 2026
$83,590 (estimated)
Dec. 15, 2024
Academic Year (Extended) 2025-2026
Early Sept. 2025
Late June 2026
$93,040 (estimated)
Dec. 15, 2024

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Kristen Clark

Enrollment Counselor