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  • Locations: oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 04/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Eligible Major:
Various Majors
Language of Instruction:
Program Type:
IUP Faculty-Led
Length of Program:
Short-term program
Academic Standing:
Graduate, Junior, Senior
Minimum GPA:
Associated costs:
3 credits, IUP Study Abroad Application Fee, IUP Study Abroad fee, Set Program Cost
Credit Type:
IUP Credit or Bloomsburg Credit
Program Coordinator(s):
Linda Norris
Housing Type:
Residence Hall Single/Double
Non Credit Option: no Study Abroad Charge: $100.00
Program Description:
norrisWelcome!   Thank you for your interest in study abroad in Oxford, England.  I am Dr. Linda Norris, Director of the Oxford Summer Study Abroad Program for 2016.  Stonehenge (pictured) is one of the places you could be visiting on this program as well as London, Bath, and of course, the beautiful Oxford itself where we will be staying for three weeks.  

If you are interested in applying to this program, please click the "APPLY NOW" button above after you have read through these guidelines and understand the costs and time comittment to this program.  You will find the prompts to help you through the process. After you have carefully read all of this information, should you have any questions and/or concerns, you may e-mail them to me at, and I will respond as soon as possible.  This website will provide updates as we receive any changes, so check back periodically for any new information, especially about the flights and excursions for this trip. 

Direct any correspondence to the attention of Dr. Linda Norris, Director IUP Oxford Summer Study Abroad Program, 110 Leonard Hall, 421 North Walk, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 15705  Phone:724-357-3969 Fax: 724-357-2265 E-mail:

Tentative Calendar for Oxford 2016:















        July 15

 -FLY to     England


Unpack and short walking tour




Walking or Hop on Hop Off Tour of Oxford (Optional)












Town and Gown Lecture




Trip to Stonehenge and Bath



Day trip to London with Hop on Hop Off tour (optional)





Preparation Time










(Trip to Blenheim Palace--optional)










Optional trips


Optional trip to Windsor Castle





Preparation Time


August 1









Program Meeting


Farewell Dinner



Shop and Pack







You are responsible for the following costs if you apply and are accepted into this program, and you must abide by the deadlines for when these payments are due (see listing and deadlines for each separate cost in detail below):
  1. Application fee
  2. Room and Board
  3. Flights
  4. Ground transportation to and from airport
  5. One three-credit course
  6. Any optional excursion you choose
  7. Spending money while you are there
If you qualify for federal financial aid, please check your avalibility for this summer program with IUP's office of Financial Aid in Clark Hall or with your specific university's financial aid office if you are not an IUP student.  If you face a delay due to the processing of student loans, or for any reason, please inform me, and I will work with you and the IUP Bursar’s Office. 

Program Fees
Application Fee ($100.) is non-refundable:

Due immediately upon application and no later than May 1, 2016 to Office of International Education.
Link for payment will be online when you apply.
The first step is that you must apply online and be accepted into the program.  You must be a junior, senior, or graduate student to apply.  Complete the application in full. You will be notified of your acceptance in the order in which your application is received and no later than May 1, 2016.

Room and Board (payable to marketplace account--see directions below):                   
$2,400. Double Room based on current figures I have--this may change after Jan. 2016 but should not increase significantly (note there are no single rooms):
- includes bed and breakfast seven days a week at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford.
- includes an evening meal at St. Edmund Hall or packed lunch if on a day trip (Monday - Friday) and High Table farewell dinner.
- includes excursion to Stonehenge and Bath
For payment, complete the following steps:
Choose “Oxford Study Abroad”
Choose “Summer Study Abroad”
Then click “Program Fee”
Choose “Add To Cart”
Fill in the required information
Click “Continue” after you have filled out all the information
Verify all information you have entered is correct, then proceed to Checkout.
Note: You may enter your email address and continue unregistered, you do not need to register to use Marketplace.
You may pay with a credit card or electronic check.
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx accepted.
You will be sent a confirmation email upon submitting your payment.

By March 31, 2016-- At least 1/2 of Room and Board or full fee must be paid to the marketplace account (directions for how to submit payment above).
By May 15, 2016-- Second 1/2 of Room and Board must be paid to the marketplace account (IMPT:  You will forfeit your application and place in the program if the full Room and Board is not paid by this deadline).
Refund Policy:
Cancellation policy for participants is:
By April 29 - Professors are to cancel any class that does not ‘make.’ Students may take a different course if they choose to do so. Professors, please let students know if you are considering cancelling, since they may want to wait to book airfare.  All students must be registered for a course in order to participate in this program.
Before March 1 - Full refund of Room and Board
Between March 1 and May 1 - Refund of Room and Board, less $100.00
After May 1 - No refund of Room and Board for any reason
Cancellation must be made in writing and postmarked (or on e-mail to Dr. Norris at no later than April 30, 2016.
There is NO refund at any time for the Educational Excursions on this program.  You may NOT leave England during the three weeks of this program.

Air Travel
Flights are to be paid separately by the individual participant (IUP does NOT book your flight for you) and should be booked no later than April 30, 2016.  Flights will cost more the longer you wait to book. When you have booked your flight, fill out the Travel Information Form on the application no later than May 1, 2016.

NOTE:  If you would like to travel by air to England in a group, a specifically designated ‘group flight’ departing from either Pittsburgh or Philadelphia on Friday, July 15 and returning Saturday, August 6, 2016.  (The arrival in England will be on Saturday, July 16.)  Check with your professor to learn what flight he or she may be taking. If you have concerns about flying alone, please coordinate your travel with your professor or others in the program.
(These airfares are likely to be similar to those you will find on your own; however, you may want to check out lots of options.)

Group Flight Schedule

INDIANA UNIVERSITY of PA Oxford Summer Study “Group Flight” – arrange independently

July 15, 2016

Depart Pittsburgh

Arrive Philly

 American Airlines # 4687

 5:30 pm

6:40 pm


Depart Philly

Arrive Heathrow London

American Airlines # 728

  8:40 pm

9:00 am Saturday, July 16, 2016




August 6, 2016

Depart Heathrow London

Arrive Philly

American Airlines # 729

10:05 am

1:15 pm


Depart Philly

Arrive Pittsburgh

American Airlines # 4687

         3:25 pm

        4:35 pm

Ground Transportation

The Oxford Bus Company operates a very convenient coach service from Heathrow to Oxford. You will need to purchase a ‘period return’ ticket for approximately 30 GBP (British Pounds). This ticket will cover your transfer from Heathrow to Oxford and back to the airport again. You can buy this ticket at the airport, but will need British Pounds. Plan to use an ATM at the airport or exchange some US dollars for British pounds before you leave the US.

If you arrange for another flight other than the ones listed above, you should plan to arrive at Heathrow Airport between 9 AM and 10 AM on July 16, 2016, if you want to travel to Oxford with the group. Your return flight from Heathrow should not leave before 10 am on August 6. You may, of course, travel to Oxford on your own if you arrive at a different time.

Remember, regardless of what flight you choose, you will need to plan for about $50-60. in round-trip ground transportation costs to and from the airport to Oxford.  

Spending Money

"How much money shall I bring?"  You will need to buy lunch every day and lunch and dinner on Saturdays and Sundays.  Oxford is a popular tourist destination and offers a wide range of prices and facilities. You could plan on about $10.00 for a very simple lunch during the week, and about $50.00 a day for the 5 weekend days you'll be in England.  That's about $360.00 for the 3-week stay for minimum comfort.

A round-trip coach ticket to London costs about $30.  Most students go several times to see the sights, the museums, and theaters. The coach leaves every 20 minutes for the 1½ -hour trip from a bus stop that is about 100 feet from St. Edmund Hall where you will be staying.

These trips and others, plus tickets for concerts and plays in Oxford while we are there, are an option for everyone. Then, of course, there are the souvenirs and sweatshirts and gifts to buy.  Including the $360.00 predicted minimum needed for lunch and the weekend meals, $900 would be the suggested absolute minimum amount of spending money needed. Some students spend more, of course; some spend a great deal more! It is really a combination of interests and budgets.

Optional Educational Excursions:

LondonBridge  The Tower Bridge, London
  • Trip to Stonehenge and Bath on Friday, July 22  (all-day trip, included with room and board)
  • Afternoon trip to Blenheim Palace and Gardens on Tuesday, July 26  (4-hour trip, optional,will arrange when we get to Oxford for those who would like to go). Cost for bus and entrance ticket is additional.
  • In addition, there will be opportunities to go to London on weekends, to Windsor Castle, and each course will contain day trips relevant to the course content (e.g., Shakespearean plays, Alice's Shop, Harry Potter, etc.). Costs for these day trips are additional.


By March 31, 2016-- At least
1/2 of Room and Board must be paid to the marketplace account
By May 15, 2016--  second 1/2 or full fee for Room and Board must be paid to the marketplace account (IMPT:  you will forfeit your application and place in the program if the Room and Board is not paid by this deadline).

Refund Policy:

Cancellation policy for participants is:

·         Before May 1 - Professors are to cancel any class that does not ‘make.’ Students may take a different course if they choose to do so. Professors, please let students know if you are considering cancelling, since they may want to wait to book airfare.

·         Before March 1 - Full refund of Room and Board

·         Between March 1 and May 1 - Refund of Room and Board, less $100.00

·         After May 1 - No refund of Room and Board for any reason.

·         Cancellation must be made in writing and postmarked (or on e-mail to Dr. Norris at no later than April 30, 2016.

There is NO refund at any time for the Educational Excursions.  You may NOT leave England during the three weeks of this program.

St Edmunds Hall
 Remember that the online application does NOT register you for the course you plan to take -- that must be completed as you would if you were on campus registering for a summer course.  Courses will be registered for either at IUP if they are an IUP course (or at Bloomsburg University if they are a Bloomsburg course.).  Student participants should register accordingly.

This page contains an annotated list of courses available. Participants may register for only ONE course. Please note that if, for any reason, the course you want to take is cancelled by May 1, you may enroll in a different course. No one is allowed to change the course selected after May 1.

St. Edmund Hall, Oxford (where we will be staying, pictured above) 

ENGL 434/THTR 310: Shakespeare  Dr. Rick Kemp
This 3-credit course will focus on selected plays of Shakespeare, including their texts, film adaptations, and live performances where possible. The plays selected will be ones that are in performance at the Globe Theater in London, the RSC Theater in Stratford and/or in the colleges of Oxford in summer 2016. Prior to traveling to England, students will have read the texts of selected plays. Students will discuss those plays and attend performances of the plays as they are available in Oxford, London, and/or Stratford. Film adaptations may also be viewed and discussed. (Students in this class will need about $100 for play tickets.) (Undergraduate IUP)

ENGL 364/564: Literature for Young Readers in the British Tradition  Dr. Linda Norris
This 3-credit course will focus on both classic and contemporary literary texts for adolescents, including the writings of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R.Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, and J.K. Rowling. Walking tours of where these authors lived and/or worked and where their works were filmed will be included as options in this course.  Additional contemporary works of YA literature will be explored and discussed as selected by the students with instructor approval. Paramount will be the texts written and/or set in and around Oxford, U.K. (Undergraduate/Graduate, IUP)

Nursing 310: Family Nursing (Bloomsburg University)  Dr. Debbie Stayer
This 2-credit course focuses on culturally congruent nursing care of family in present day society. Students are introduced to theory and concepts related to family healthcare nursing. Assessment and analysis of sociocultural, economic, spiritual, and environmental factors on the family's health functions, perceptions, interpretations, and behaviors are explored.

Important Forms and Documents
Once you have been notified that you are accepted into this program, please fill out and return the following forms from the application site as soon as possible:

Notary Form
ISIC Card Form
Flight Information Form

Thank you for your interest in the IUP Oxford Summer Study Abroad Program! I look forward to seeing you.
Dr. Norris