Study Abroad in Oxford, England

Quick Facts | Why Oxford? | City Description | Host Institution | Housing | Excursions

Course Offerings | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs


Quick Facts

Host Institution: Semester and Academic Year programs:

  • Oxford Brookes University
Eligibility Rules: click here
Academic Focus: Over 50 subject areas to choose from, in Business, Physical Science, Social Science, Arts, Humanities, and much more. Click here for course offerings.
Housing: Students live in on-campus apartments in the Oxford Brookes Halls of Residence. Each apartment houses 4-8 students; bedrooms are single-occupancy. Internet is included. Meals are not included.  For further information about housing in Oxford, please click here!
Sample Day Excursions: Stonehenge & Winchester, Wales

Why Oxford?

  • Historic university town
  • Located 1 hour from London by bus or train
  • Take classes alongside British students
  • OBU offers a huge variety of courses and subject areas
  • Large, vibrant student population
  • Active music scene

City Description – Small city of 140,000

Located just 1 hour from London by bus or train, Oxford is one of the oldest and most beautiful university towns in the world. As soon as you step foot in Oxford, you’ll discover what has made it a favorite of students, scholars, writers, and tourists for close to a millennium. Its breathtaking Gothic architecture and large student population make this one of the most captivating cities in Europe, as well as one of the most intellectually charged. Since 1 in every 5 people in Oxford is a student, the town is very student-focused and offers an abundance of extra-curricular possibilities.

Oxford is home to one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, Oxford University, which dates back to the 11th century. Fans of the Harry Potter series can relive scenes from the first 3 movies, which were partially filmed on Oxford University’s campus. The city also has quite a literary pedigree, with more published authors per square mile than anywhere in the world, and has been the home of such authors as Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Oxford is also home to the BMW Mini! Today, Oxford is a diverse and cosmopolitan city that has everything you could want – shops, theatres, museums, pubs, cinemas, and restaurants featuring cuisines from around the world.

Students will find Oxford to be incredibly convenient both in location and accessibility, since almost any part of the city can be reached by foot or bus. Oxford’s top-notch public bus system makes it easy for students explore their host city – If you live in Oxford Brookes Accommodation you will receive a free “Brookes Bus” pass.  In addition, Oxford’s train and bus stations will take you anywhere you want to go in Great Britain, for reasonable fares. There’s even 24-hour bus service to and from London, costing as little as £15 (approx. US$21) round trip, which means you can visit London anytime the mood strikes. You could hop on a bus on a Sunday night to catch a West End (Broadway) show in London and make it back in time for class on Monday morning. With London just an hour’s ride away, you can enjoy the best of two worlds – head off to London at a moment’s notice to experience the energy of one of the world’s biggest, cosmopolitan cities, and come home to Oxford’s intellectual oasis to live, grow, and learn.

Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University, located just a few minutes from Oxford city center, offers a true British university experience. ASA students will experience full integration with Oxford Brookes’ 17,805 students, and will have access to top-notch teaching and facilities, with Brookes recently becoming 1st in the UK for teaching and research.

Oxford Brookes is a leading modern university being the only UK university in the QS ranking of top 50 institutions under 50 years old. Additionally Oxford Brookes students have excellent employment prospects with 95% of Oxford Brookes students being in employment and/or further study within 6 months of graduating.

The International Office and International Student Advice Team provide over 2,500 international students with support and guidance, to help you adjust to life on campus and take advantage of the countless facilities and opportunities that the university has to offer. Upon arrival, you will also be assigned your own personal academic advisor.

Oxford Brookes is proud to be the first university in the world to be award Fair Trade status, meaning everything bought and sold on campus carries the Fair Trade mark. As 100% of the electricity used on campus comes from renewable resources, Brookes is committed to being an environmentally sustainable and ethically responsible place to study.

As an Oxford Brookes student, you’ll have the opportunity to join the Students’ Union. This organization is run by students, for students, and is the center of campus life. The Students’ Union is also home to Brookes’ 100+ student societies (clubs). Some of these include: Classic Cars, Baking, Drama and Improv, Gaming, Journalism, LGBTQ+, Business, Quidditch, Tea, Wildlife, and much more. Oxford Brookes also has over 30 different sports clubs, including American Football.

The Brookes Bus

Transportation between campuses is a breeze, as the University has its own bus line called the Brookes Bus, which is free to our students living in the Halls of Residence. The Brookes Bus offers free service to all 3 campuses and free or discounted service to almost anywhere in Oxford. Your Brookes Bus pass has additional benefits as well, such as discounts on Oxford restaurants, attractions, tours, and theaters. You also get heavily discounted bus fare to Heathrow airport, Gatwick airport, and London city!


ASA students will live on campus in one of Oxford Brookes University’s Halls of Residence.  The Halls of Residence are divided into cluster flats, each with 4-8 single occupancy bedrooms, shared kitchen, and Internet access. Meals are not included. Full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, can be found on our Housing page.


2 day excursions are included in your ASA program fee. Destinations may vary by term. Past semesters have included trips to:

Stonehenge & Winchester (day trip) – Stone circles, magic, and mysticism are all part of the story of Stonehenge, a 5,000-year-old World Heritage Site. Next, we’ll visit the beautiful and ancient city of Winchester, where you’ll learn how the Romans, Saxons, and Vikings shaped the city. Explore Winchester Castle, its Great Hall, and its famous round table, linked to the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Wales (day trip) – Explore the 800-year-old ruins of Tintern Abbey in the beautiful Welsh borders, as well as Cardiff, Europe’s newest capital. Here you’ll have plenty of time to see Cardiff Castle, the National Museum, and enjoy the culture and language of Britain’s most traditional country.

Costs & Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – ASA Oxford Program

  • HOUSING: Single room on campus in one of Oxford Brookes’ Halls of Residence. Meals are not included.  For further information about housing in Oxford, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, please click here!
  • TUITION for the maximum number of credits or courses indicated on this program’s course offerings page. Enrolling in more than the maximum number of credits or courses (if permitted by the host institution) will result in an additional fee.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by Oxford Brookes University. Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • EXCURSIONS: 2 day excursions, locations to be decided.
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at their host institution and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from London Heathrow (LHR) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to “Student Visa Information” to find out if a visa is required for your program.

Not Included:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • $800 winter break housing surcharge (academic year students only)
  • Books, materials, lab fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Meals
  • Meals on excursions
  • Laundry
  • Student Visa, if required
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • For students enrolling in more than one session, ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions (with the exception of academic year programs, where winter break housing is mandatory and carries a surcharge of $800).

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or if you simply want an estimate of the not-included costs listed above, please click here.

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.


If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info