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Oxford University the Easy Way - Short Courses at Famous Oxford University

No grades, no tests and no papers, at The Oxford Experience

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Pictures of Oxford - Old Tom, Christchurch College

Old Tom, the bell tower over the gates of Christchurch College, Oxford

© Ferne Arfin
If you've ever wished you could boast that you studied at Oxford University in England - but lacked the opportunity, funds, or (gulp) grades to do it, now's your chance.

With The Oxford Experience, The University of Oxford offers week-long summer school courses, open to everyone, during a five-week period, beginning with the Sunday of the first week in July. Study at Oxford University for the pure enjoyment of learning - with no papers, no tests, no exams. The program of study at Oxford University is residential giving participants the experience of real student life, including meals at a historic hall, at Christ Church, one of Oxford's oldest and most beautiful colleges.

A choice of Oxford University Summer Courses

The seminars seminars and cover topics as varied as archeology and history, literature, art, politics and the social sciences. In 2012 a selection of 60 scheduled courses will include topics from:
  • Archaeology & Early History
  • Art, Music, Cinema, Houses & Gardens
  • Literature, Folklore & Creative Writing
  • Modern History & Politics
  • Natural & Social Sciences
In all, there are usually about 50 topics to choose from. Many participants choose to enroll for more than one week in order to study more than one topic at Oxford and to participate in the social program and historic atmosphere.

Studying and living in the lap of history

The seminars take place at Christ Church, a college founded by Cardinal Wolsely in the 16th century. Not only do participants study in this prestigious college, they also stay in Christ Church student accommodation and dine in Christ Church's Hall, lined with portraits of former students - W.H. Auden, William Penn, Lewis Carroll, John Wesley, John Locke and William Gladstone among them.Once a week, each student is invited to dine at the High Table. There is also a champagne reception in Christ Church Cathedral Garden and a farewell celebration dinner in the Hall.

All-inclusive arrangements

Fees cover tuition, room and board - three buffet meals a day, the champagne reception and the end of the week celebration dinner. Accommodation is in student halls - which may have shared facilities - but accommodation with private bathrooms can be arranged.

Extra excursions to soak up the atmosphere

There's plenty of time outside the classroom to have a real Oxford experience - enjoying the city's cultural life, its restaurants and pubs, riverside walks and boating on the Thames. Participants can take part in special lectures, attend Evensong in the college chapel - which is Oxford's Cathedral, and take part in a range of day and evening events, including:
  • excursions to stately homes
  • tours of Christ Church, Oxford and the Bodleian Library
  • pub walks
  • whisky tastings
  • Morris Dancers
  • croquet
  • wine in the Masters Garden

To enroll

The online registration deadline is May 15, but registrations by mail, fax or email have to be in before May 1.
Check their website for a detailed brochure and current prices.

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