Study for a semester in 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.

Program Dates

Feb. 19 - May 24, 2019

  • February 19 - March 7 at PCC
  • March 8 - May 24 in U.K.

Program Fee

$8,320 Price based on 20 students. Excludes airline taxes & PCC tuition.

Info Sessions

Meet the faculty & learn more about the program at an Information Session!

Noon in C-253:
  • September 18
  • October 2 & 16
  • November 6 & 20
  • December 4
6:00 pm in V-200:
  • September 18
  • October 16
  • December 4

Program Dates

  • February 19 - March 7: Pre-departure classes at PCC
  • Friday, March 8: Group flight departs U.S. for England
  • Saturday, March 9: Arrive in London, transfer to Oxford
  • Sunday, March 10: Orientation & sightseeing tour
  • Monday, March 11: Classes resume in Oxford
  • Friday, April 12 - Sunday, April 23: Spring Break
  • Friday, May 24: End of program. Group flight departs London for the U.S.

Program Fees

$8,320 (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
  • Full-day excursion to London
  • Full-day excursion to Dover
  • 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 $542 (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
  • Textbooks
  • Personal expenses
Item: Fee: Deadline:
Enrollment Deposit $450.00 Due immediately upon acceptance into program
Balance of Fees $7,870.00 January 4, 2019
Airline Taxes (estimate) $542.00 January 4, 2019
Housing Damage Deposit (refundable) $250.00 January 4, 2019
Total $9,112.00  
Optional Upgrades: Fee: Deadline:
Medical Insurance Upgrade $65.00 January 4, 2019

Personal Effects Coverage

$90.00 January 4, 2019

Airfare for student participants is offered on a space-available basis. Airline tickets cannot be arranged for students applying after Thursday, December 6, 2019. Land-only packages, without airfare, may be offered to students accepted into the program after December 6, 2019. 

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 Friday, January 4, 2019. 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 Thursday, December 13, 2018, 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 Thursday, December 13, 2018, but on or before Friday, January 11, 2019, 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.

After Friday, January 11, 2019, the total program fee is due and no refund will be given 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. If approved, the student will receive a refund with all fees paid less a $150 processing fee and $210 insurance premium.


Participants must enroll in a minimum of 12 units from the following program courses:

Course No. Course Name Units
ENGL 001A Reading & Composition 4
ENGL 025I Post-Colonial Literature 3
ENGL 061 Introduction to the Novel 3
SPCH 006 Argumentation & Debate 3
SPCH 010 Interpersonal Communication 3
SPCH 013 Intro. to Speech Communication 3

* All courses are CSU/UC transferable.* Honors Program credit for those who qualify

Program Faculty

Dr. brian Kennedy, Professor of english

Dr. Brian Kennedy

Dr. Kennedy did his graduate work in contemporary British literature, and he has continued to teach, study, and write on the topic. His most recent book, Mixing Memory and Desire: Why Literature Can’t Forget the Great War, discusses the contemporary British and post-colonial novel’s unwillingness to let go of WW1 memories even long after the fact. His classes in Oxford will draw on his enthusiasm for the fiction written by current-day Brits.

Professor Kennedy has been to Oxford with PCC Study Abroad three prior times, and his intricate familiarity with the setting will inform his classes and give this year’s students the best experience possible. The lanes and byways of Oxford, the river, and the colleges that make up the University are like his second home, and he hopes to make it that way for all who travel to England in 2019 as well.

One thing he’ll do, as he has the prior three times—get a bike and pedal it all over town and countryside, no matter the weather.

Dr. Shane Underwood, Professor of english

Dr. Shane Underwood

Dr. Underwood is an Assistant Professor in the English Division at Pasadena City College (PCC) where he teaches composition, critical thinking, literature, and literary theory and criticism.  He also holds a graduate degree in Communication Studies with emphases on rhetorical theory and philosophical hermeneutics. Dr. Underwood is known for his demanding courses, unflinching support for students, mentorship of HTCC student researchers, and work on the Critical Theory Club.  His dedication to teaching and students has been recognized with the 2013 Risser Outstanding Teacher Award and the 2017 Honors Distinguished Faculty Award.

Dr. Underwood has spent a good amount of time traveling around the world, to countries including Japan, Korea, England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Canada.  In addition, Dr. Underwood is an avid road-tripper who logs nearly 20,000 miles a year traversing across the many national parks, mountain ranges, and other natural wonders of the Western United States.  These trips have allowed him to encounter a diverse array of people and develop a genuine love for exploring regional traditions.  He is particularly drawn to Oxford based on his longstanding passion for poets and pubs, and invites you to join him and his colleague on this sweet adventure.

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 Tour
Orientation program upon arrival followed by a walking tour of Oxford, entrance to an Oxford University College, and afternoon tea.

Enjoy a full-day 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.

Guided day-trip to the seaside port town of Dover. Explore the historic hill-top castle and its secretive war tunnels. View the iconic White Cliffs of Dover, a spectacular geological feature and notable symbol of England's wartime strength and resilience.

Independent Travel
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!

Financial Aid may be available to those who qualify. Grants, loans, and scholarships may be used to pay program fees.

Apply immediately. You should allow up to eight weeks for your financial aid request to be processed.

More About Financial Aid options at PCC

Apply to Study in Oxford!

We are now accepting applications for the Oxford 2019 program! Applications submitted on or before November 1 will be given priority. Interviews begin in October. 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.

Apply Now!

More Information

Contact Professor Andrea Murray, Study Abroad Coordinator