Summer at Oriel College, Oxford

Oriel College
Oxford, England

Program Overview

Program Overview

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    Summer at Oriel College, Oxford

  • Location


  • Host University

    Oriel College

    Oriel College is the fifth oldest of the University of Oxford’s constituent colleges, founded in 1326. Situated in the heart of Oxford, Oriel is home to around 300 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate students, as well as around 100 members of academic staff. The majority of Oriel’s buildings date from the 17th century onwards and include the Chapel, Pantin Library, Senior Library, and Hall. The College prides itself on being a welcoming academic community, home to world-class teaching, learning and research.

  • Term

    Summer 1-3 2024

  • Program Dates

    Jun 30, 2024 - Aug 10, 2024

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 10, 2024

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Apr 25, 2024

  • Credit

    18 ECTS Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.50 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

Students will have the unique opportunity to live and study in the heart of Oxford – the oldest and most renowned university in the English-speaking world.  In this iconic backdrop, students will attend one of the top-ranked colleges at Oriel College and have access to its historic libraries, campus grounds, dining halls, and societies. Students will have access to courses covering cutting-edge topics like ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century,’ along with traditional classics like ‘Shakespeare’ and ‘International Criminal Law.’ Outside the classroom, students will explore the city of Oxford through guided tours of the famous Oxford University grounds, the Oxford castle & botanical gardens, local pubs, and University sporting events.  Students will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in unique experiences beyond campus grounds, including punting along the River Cherwell, cheering on a University croquet tournament, and enjoying a University concert. 

Enjoy Flexibility with ISA Flex

We’ve partnered with Arizona State University (ASU) to help you overcome common study abroad challenges by adding an ASU Online course to your ISA program. With more than 2,100 courses to choose from, ISA Flex minimizes academic challenges, like major requirements and limited course options, so you can make the most of your experience abroad. Once you’ve applied, access the Flex form in your ISA Student Portal for more information on how to add this to your program and enroll in the course you need.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

To participate in this program, you must be 18 years of age or older.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Visa Support

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Orientation

Resident Staff


On-Site Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities



ECTS Credits


US Credits


Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

Course Availability & Syllabi

  • Courses are subject to change. 
  • Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the ISA England Program Manager.
  • The below course list represents the courses available for the entirety of Summer 1, 2, and 3 at Oriel College. To view which courses are offered during specific sessions, please click on each session individually from this page.

Course Credit & Structure

  • Students participate in one course per session.
  • Per Oriel College, 6 ECTS credits are considered equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits/ 4.5 quarter units.
  • All classes are taught in the morning from 10am to 1pm, Monday to Thursday.

Transcript Information

  • The transcript from Oriel College will reflect ECTS and U.S. semester credits for each course. Please be in touch with your U.S. university regarding credit transfer for this program.



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Support & Funding

ISA is here to support you when it comes to navigating identity questions related to traveling abroad, providing resources and information for your accessibility needs, and identifying funding for your program abroad.


Our U.S. staff is available to support you though every stage of your study abroad journey. Please reach out with any questions about ISA programs or life on-site to your country-specific Program Manager.

Our on-site staff are there for you as soon as you arrive in country and will support you throughout your time abroad.

U.S. Team

Hannah Hamilton

Program Manager, England


Marina Kozhuharova

Assistant Resident Director, England

Kasia Rytczak

Regional Program Director, England

Antonio Santana

Resident Director, England

Joseph Sullivan

Student Services, England

Identity Resources

Accessibility & Accommodations

With our wide portfolio of program types and locations, we’re confident there is a suitable, accessible program for each student.

Securing accommodations abroad can take time, so we ask that those with requests inform ISA early in the advising process. We recommend reaching out to your Program Manager or our Accessibility Team ( to discuss your accessibility needs or accommodations abroad.

Destination Information

Our diversity pages for each ISA destination include information on Indigenous communities, languages, race and ethnicity, religion, LGBTQIA+, and disability access. We hope it will help when reflecting upon and contextualizing intersectionality in your host community.

Identity Blog

ISA offers students the opportunity to blog about their experiences abroad from their own diverse perspectives. These posts can be found on the ISA Student Blog, and interested students should email for more information.


All students should have the opportunity to study abroad. To help make this a reality, ISA offers a variety of scholarships to help cover your study abroad costs. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, check out our scholarships & grants page!

If you receive financial aid from your home university, you can likely use those funds for study abroad, as well. Speak with your home university’s financial aid office to learn about your options. Check out steps for using financial aid.

Questions about scholarships and funding? Email us at


Living in Oxford dorms will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the British lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average tourist. Uncovering the uniqueness of your surroundings will help you to feel right at home. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding. 

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations, however, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


The Oriel College residence halls are located on campus. ISA does not have control over which dorm you are assigned to by Oriel College. Students have single-room dorm accommodations with a private bathroom. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included Monday to Friday, and breakfast on the weekends.

You will pay a $300 refundable security deposit as part of your program materials. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property.



ISA excursions allow you to explore the timeless, quaint, and notable landmarks of the United Kingdom that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. One excursion to either London, the Cotswolds, or Bath is included in this program. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to take part in cultural activities offered by the ISA resident staff while in Oxford. Please know that these destinations are subject to change.


One of the world’s great cities, London is a major hub for business, finance, culture, innovation, and creativity. A multicultural city with a plethora of great sites for delegates to choose from. They could visit world-renowned museums, famous palaces, historic churches, theatres, the Tower, or simply enjoy wandering in the parks and along the Thames.

The Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is an area near Oxford famous for its soft hills, which rise from the meadows of the upper Thames to an escarpment, known as the Cotswold Edge, above the Severn Valley and Vale of Evesham. It is famous for the bucolic beauty of its landscape and the picturesque villages, manors, and churches that pepper it.


A Roman settlement in the rolling countryside of southwest England, known for its natural hot springs, its elegant 18th century Georgian architecture, and its outsize role in the literary and artistic culture of the day. Largely built out of famous honey-colored stone, it contains a number of historic gems, from the Roman baths to the fan-vaulted abbey.

Cultural Activities in Oxford

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore culture of England in and around your host city. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes England special. These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included guided walking tours, a visit to Oxford Castle, and time spent at the Oxford Botanic Gardens.


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