Spring 2018: Oxford, England
Oxford, home of the Pasadena City College Semester in England, has been a world renowned center of learning since the 13th century. This historic town houses over forty colleges, and is filled with a rich and exciting cultural, artistic, and intellectual history. Marvel at the breathtaking architecture. Stroll through the university quadrangles and manicured gardens. Experience the beauty and distinction of this vibrant city.
Seat of academic excellence and home to one of the oldest universities in Europe (along with Paris and Bologna), Oxford is often described as the “city of dreaming spires.” The city is a manageable size and surrounded by rivers. The beautiful, gentle countryside of Oxfordshire is home to the Chilterns and Cotswolds. Oxford continues to be a place of inspiration to writers and academics.
March 1 - May 19, 2018
$8,150 Excludes airline taxes & PCC tuition. Based on a minimum enrollment of 20 students.
Attend an Information Session to learn more about the program!
- September 21 at 12 pm in C-257 & 6 pm in C-305
- October 5 at 12 pm in C-257
- October 26 at 12 pm in C-257 & 6 pm in C-305
- November 8 at 4 pm in C-217
- November 21 at 12 pm in C-257 & 6 pm in C-305
- Tuesday, February 20 - Wednesday, February 28: Pre-departure classes at PCC
- Thursday, March 1: Group flight departs U.S. for England
- Friday, March 2: Arrive in London, transfer to Oxford
- Saturday, March 3: Orientation & sightseeing tour
- Friday, April 13 - Sunday, April 22: Spring Break
- Saturday, May 19: End of program. Group flight departs London for the U.S.
$8,150 (Based on a minimum enrollment of 20 students)
Program Fee Includes:
- Roundtrip airfare (LAX – London HR – LAX) & transfers
- Accommodation in single-room homestays
- 2 meals per day (breakfast & dinner)
- Oxford Key bus pass with unlimited travel within the city center and homestay areas
- Free wireless internet access in the classrooms and common areas on campus
- Guided walking tour of Oxford followed by afternoon tea
- Overnight excursion to London
- Full-day excursion to Stonehenge and Bath
- On-site faculty, student support staff member, and 24-hour emergency contact service
- Accident and illness insurance
- Liability insurance
Program fee does not include:
- Mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges of $370 (subject to change).
- Refundable housing damage deposit ($250)
- Meals other than those listed
- Optional medical insurance upgrade ($65) and optional personal effects coverage ($90)
- Passport and visa fees, if applicable
- PCC course registration fees
- Personal expenses
|Enrollment Deposit||$450.00||Due immediately upon acceptance into program|
|Balance of Fees||$7,700.00||January 5, 2018|
|Airline Taxes (estimate)
||$370.00||January 5, 2018|
|Housing Damage Deposit (refundable)
||$250.00||January 5, 2018|
|Medical Insurance Upgrade||$65.00||January 5, 2018|
|Personal Effects Coverage||$90.00||January 5, 2018|
* Subject to change if airline taxes/fees/fuel surcharges change.
All students must submit the $450 deposit when completing the online enrollment form. Subsequent payments may be made by check or credit card. Checks should be made payable to “AIFS.” American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted.
Please note: A $35 returned check fee will be charged on all checks returned by the bank for insufficient funds.
AIFS Transportation Package
Tickets purchased from AIFS are exclusively on scheduled airlines (not charters). They are not endorsable to another carrier. Flights are not necessarily direct or non-stop, and frequent flyer miles are not applicable. The AIFS Transportation Package includes round-trip ground transportation from the airport in London to your accommodations on the regularly scheduled program dates. AIFS will book flights on the dates indicated on this application only.
Participants wishing to cancel from the flight must notify AIFS in writing by TBA. Cancellation penalties will apply. Tickets are non-refundable after this date.
AIFS Airfare Regulations
Return must be to original U.S. departure point. Tickets are subject to airline availability. No refunds are available for any unused portion of ticket. Tickets cannot be rerouted, and stopovers are not permitted. Once in Oxford participants may be able to change their return date, but only if that date is available and in the same class of service in which the ticket was booked. Only the ticketing agent can provide this information. Participants are subject to agency and airline-imposed change fees and space availability. Group round-trip ground transportation to and from the airport in London is on the regularly scheduled program dates only.
A minimum of 12 participants must take the AIFS flight for it to be offered.
AIFS Refund Policy
All notification of withdrawal must be made in writing via fax or certified mail to: Registrar, Customized, Faculty-led Programs, AIFS Study Abroad, 1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905. The fax number is 203.399.5597. Postmark date or date of fax transmission is considered date of withdrawal. All withdrawal statements must be signed by the applicant, or they will not be processed.
If a student withdraws on or before Wednesday, December 6, 2017, s/he will receive a refund for all fees paid less a $150 processing fee and any non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by AIFS on the student’s behalf.
If a student withdraws after Wednesday, December 6, 2017, but on or before Friday, January 5, 2018, s/he will receive a refund for all fees paid less the $450 deposit and any non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by AIFS on the student's behalf.
No refund will be given after Friday, January 5, 2018 for any reason except medical covered by the AIFS Fees Refund and Medical Insurance Policy. The policy requires written proof of medical reasons provided by your physician.
Participants must enroll in a minimum of 12 units from the following program courses:
|ART 001B||History of Western Art||
|ENGL 005A||Creative Writing||
|ENGL 053||Interpreting Poetry||
|ENGL 061||Introduction to the Novel||
|HIST 005B||History of Great Britain from 1714||
ART 001B & HIST 005B will be taught by local instructors in Oxford
* All courses are CSU/UC transferable.* Honors Program credit for those who qualify
ENGL 05A: As creative writers in our English 5A class, “Introduction to Creative Writing,” we will practice writing in the literary types studied in literature courses and we will also have an expressive outlet to record, reflect on, and share your experiences of England and being abroad. Additionally, in writing at the University of Oxford, we join a prestigious tradition by following in the astounding line of the college’s numerous famous writers, such as Oscar Wilde, Aldous Huxley, Evelyn Waugh, Lewis Carroll, and J.R.R. Tolkien and so many more.
ENGL 053: The subject of the English 53 course, “Interpreting of Poetry,” is the primary literary tradition of English poetry. In studying the monumentally important poetry of the British Isles, we will also read Oxford poets—poets such as Donne, Shelley, Arnold, Larkin, Auden, and more—while in the very place of the poets and on the ground of their inspiration; it will be a unique, robust literary and cultural experience.
ENGL 061: The English 61 course, “Introduction to the Novel,” will trace a tradition of the English novel in our reading of great works of literature. The novels speak about the English people and speak to the lands of England. Outings, such as London city walks and the Dickens museum, will put us in the scenes depicted in the novels and in the writing and living environs of their authors.
ART 001B: Survey of the history of architecture, sculpture, painting and the minor arts from Renaissance to present day in Western civilizations.
HIST 005B: Development of British political institutions, formation of the empire, social and economic progress, relations with other nations, influence of English law and literature on American institutions.
Professor brian R. adler, english
Brian R. Adler teaches in the English Division of Pasadena City College. Professor Adler has taught literature and writing courses at universities and the college for over fifteen years now. He received his bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Washington and did his graduate work on literature and critical theory in the Ph.D. program at the University of California, Irvine. With a boundless appreciation for literature, language, and writing, he teaches composition, literature, and creative writing classes. He publishes his writing in scholarly and literary journals. After leading PCC’s Theatre in London program in 2015 and 2017, he is excited to return again to England and be a part of this inspiring cultural experience for students.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (626) 585-7643
- Office: C-252C
Meals & Accommodations
Accommodations in furnished, single-room, homestays. You will live with a local family in central Oxford and have your own room with a desk, and a key to the house. Daily continental breakfast and dinner will be provided in addition to weekly laundry service. Linens will also be provided, although you should bring your own towels. All homestay families are carefully screened and selected by AIFS personnel overseas. The AIFS Local Organizer will use the information you provide on your housing form to place you with a local family.
You will be invoiced for a $250 refundable damage deposit in addition to the program fees.
Excursions & Activities
Orientation program upon arrival followed by a walking tour of Oxford, entrance to an Oxford University College, and afternoon tea.
Enjoy an overnight excursion to London - a diverse and exciting city with some of the world's best sights, attractions and activities. Your time in London will include a guided sightseeing tour, entrance into the Tower of London, a boat trip along the River Thames, and an evening of theatre in the West End. Round-trip transportation, multi-bedded hostel accommodations, and breakfast are included.
Stonehenge and Bath
A full-day excursion to explore the mysterious and inspiring ancient creations of Stonehenge and the world-class attractions and architecture of Bath. The tour will include entrance to Stonehenge, a guided tour of Bath, and entry into the ancient Roman Baths.
Use your free weekends and Spring Break to travel to Europe’s great cities. Local staff will assist you in choosing destinations and transportation. Student favorites include Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin and Berlin.
Additional activities will be available in or around Oxford, either at no additional cost or for a subsidized fee. Activities may include visits to local libraries and museums, Blenheim Palace, Harry Potter Studios, and more!
Apply to Study in Oxford!
We are now accepting applications for the Oxford 2018 program! Applications submitted on or before Monday, November 6 will be given priority. Apply now!
To be eligible for the program, you must be at least 18 years old on the date of departure. All adult students and varied educational backgrounds are welcome! You do not need to be a current PCC student to join the program.