Providing insight into seven fascinating centuries of English literature, the English Literature Summer School focuses on an array of significant literary movements and figures over a three week period.

*The 2020 program information is yet to be released. The 2019 program information is listed below as an example.*

Core Academic Program

  • Daily lectures led by renowned speakers and leading scholars.
  • Small seminar groups led by literary specialists

If you are an undergraduate applicant, you’ll participate in two mandatory courses, which include Critical Reading and Shakespeare on Stage and Screen.

Graduate level applicants may select two seminars from the following:

  • Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture
  • Shakespeare and Politics: Then and Now
  • The English Romantic Poets
  • Jane Austen
  • Victorian Fiction
  • Modernist Fiction
  • Contemporary Writing

With small class sizes, usually under 12 students, each seminar is highly focused and rewarding. Seminars involve two two-hour meetings on a weekly basis. 

This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
Contact Hours
The program provides a minimum of 46.5 contact hours including:

- 22.5 hours of lectures (15 lectures of 1.5 hours each)
- 24 hours of seminar meetings (12 per course)

Who is it for?
The program is for postgraduate students or senior undergraduates with at least 2 years’ study at university level in English literature.

Level and Demands of the Program
This is an intensive program of study taught at Master`s level to an informed international audience. Applicants should be confident that they are academically and linguistically prepared for such a program. Non-native speakers of English are required to submit evidence of their English language competency with their application.

Participants are expected to:
- Undertake preparatory reading in advance of the programme
- Attend all lectures and relevant seminar sessions
- Be actively engaged with their seminar topics
- Submit an assignment of 2000-3000 words in length for each course taken
- Undertake approximately 96 hours of private study during the programme (elements of private study will include: reading and other preparation between seminar meetings, work in the library, writing papers, etc)

All students who satisfactorily complete the program will receive an ‘Attendance Certificate’. If seeking credit at your home institution you will also receive a ‘Detailed Certificate’ detailing contact hours, grades achieved, and private study hours.

A range of optional social events will be offered throughout the summer school. These are likely to include: a walking tour of Oxford, after-dinner talks and discussions; and weekend excursions to sites of literary and/or historical interest.

Most of these activities incur additional costs, which are payable by students in Oxford.

Oxford University

First recorded as far back as the 12th century, the University of Oxford is noted as the world’s second oldest university. The first studies which took place at the University were translations and interpretations of the work of Greek philosophers, which paved the way for much development of society as we know it.

The colleges of the university were backed by the Christian Church, which can be clearly seen when observing that the buildings located on university grounds consist of various chapels and churches. Notable alumni include writer and author of the internationally acclaimed ‘Lord of the Rings’ J.R.R Tolkien, well known actor and screenwriter Rowan Atkinson, and Theodor Seuss Geisel – perhaps better known as simply ‘Dr Seuss’. In this way, studying at Oxford allows students the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of true greats in creative writing.

Founded in 1314, Exeter College is Oxford University’s fourth oldest college. Still situated in its original location on Turl Street in the heart of Oxford, Exeter was founded by Walter de Stapledon of Devon, the Bishop of Exeter and later treasurer to Edward II, as a school to educate clergy. Exeter College strongly values its long standing traditions, especially during special occasions. 

This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
Dr Victoria Condie Completed her DPhil at Oxford University on ‘Representations of the Nativity in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Art’. She has lectured in Old and Middle English for Oxford University and is currently a Bye0Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Dr John O’Connor is Visiting Senior Lecturer at Cornell University, USA, and was formerly Principal Lecturer in English at Westminster College, Oxford. He has also taught at the Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon. He is the author of Shakespearean Afterlives: Ten Characters with a Life of their Own (Icon Books, 2003) and the editor of the ‘Longman Shakespeare’ series.

Dr Tom MacFaul has taught for Oxford University for a number of years and is Lecturer in English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He is the author of Poetry and Paternity in Renaissance England: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Jonson( 2010) and Shakespeare and the Natural World (2015), and is the co-editor of Tottel's Miscellany: Songs and Sonnets of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Sir Thomas Wyatt and Others (Penguin Classics, 2011).

Dr Charlotte Jones is a Teaching Fellow in Victorian and Modern Literature at King’s College London. Her research focuses on the novel, literary realism and philosophy. She has work published or forthcoming on First World War literature, modernism, and neo-Hegelian philosophy, and mid-nineteenth-century realist cultures in Britain and France. She lectured at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, before moving to King’s in September 2018.

Dr John Ballam is Director of the Undergraduate Diploma in Creative Writing at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education. His research specialism is in the late-Victorian and Modernist periods. In addition to his academic writing, he has published two collections of poetry, a novel, The Toymaker (2008), and an autobiographical work, The Road to Harmony (1999) both published by Velluminous Press.

Dr Michael Molan has taught English literature from the early modern to the contemporary at Oxford University and the University of East Anglia. His research includes the impact of literary influence on poetry and criticism from modernism to the present, and epistolary networks of writers in the 21st Century. His publications include ‘F.T. Prince, Milton, and the Scholar-Poet’, in Reading F.T. Prince, ed. May (Liverpool University Press 2017) and ‘Milton and Eliot in the Work of Geoffrey Hill’, in Geoffrey Hill and His Contexts, eds. Pennington & Sperling (Peter Lang, 2011). He is currently working on a monograph about literary influence in the 20th Century and an edition of the letters of Christopher Logue.

Dr Edward Clarke teaches English literature for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and St Catherine’s College, Oxford. His publications include The Vagabond Spirit of Poetry (Iff Books, 2014) and The Later Affluence of W B Yeats and Wallace Stevens (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

This information is still be confirmed, the information below is based on the 2019 program details
One of the highlights of this program is the ability for you to live and take your meals in one of Oxford’s regular colleges: Exeter. You will have a single study bedroom in Exeter College – bedrooms are typically located between floors four to nine, and each floor shares a bath and/or shower and toilet facilities. Each room is equipped with a tray with a kettle, tea cup and saucer, teaspoon and glass.

There are a few rooms which offer private bathroom facilities available for an additional cost and require early application. Linen and towels are provided.

The program includes most meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and you will take these in the college’s dining area. The college dining hall offers an excellent array of food, and can also accommodate those with special dietary requirements. Alternatively, dine out with friends to experience the regional cuisine of Oxford.

First settled in Saxon times, Oxford, located 92 km from England’s capital, is internationally known as the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the country and the English-speaking world. The city retains features reminiscent of the period in which it was founded, with many examples of Saxon architecture found throughout its streets and university buildings. Oxford has a diverse economic base and its industries include education, motor manufacturing, publishing and numerous science-based and information technology businesses. Majority of the iconic landmarks which define the city and attract numerous tourists yearly are associated with the universities of the city, including the University of Oxford Botanical Garden, Museum of Natural History and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin among many others.

Here are some reasons why Oxford is a fantastic place to have your English experience:

  • Home to over 150,000 people, a large amount of which consist of students across the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University.
  • Oxford University is currently ranked as number one university in the world.
  • As a university city, Oxford University’s buildings and faculties can be located all across the city centre, allowing the chance to travel around and still be on campus grounds.
  • The university is in charge of a variety of museums, including the Museum of Natural History, Ashmolean Museum, the Museum of the History of Science and Pitt Rivers Museum.
  • Oxford possesses a culture rooted in theatre and the arts, home to numerous theatres, including Oxford Playhouse, O’Reilly Theatre and New Theatre (formerly known as the Apollo).


All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation. 

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Applications are currently closed for this program and will open on the 14th October 2019.
You can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for a July 2020 program, meaning you’ll receive more program info and updates. You’ll also be notified when applications for the July intake are open!

The application process for this program are as follows:

1. Apply online via the “Apply Now” button or by clicking this link.

2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.

3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.

4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.

5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.

6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.

7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.

8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.

9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.

10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 4th May 2020.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.