Oxford is the oldest university in the English speaking world, founded in 1096. Its spires and towers soar above a beautiful, tree-lined medieval town filled with the distinguished and historic colleges that comprise one of the greatest universities in the world.
The unique atmosphere of ancient cathedrals, abbeys, a central castle and 38 constituent colleges is breathtaking to behold, making Oxford a magnet for tourists as well as students and scholars.
As our "little gem" enrollment at Oxford is limited to no more than 60 students and is open only to senior high school participants (ages 14 to 18). The single session is a two-week program from July 15 to 28. The program is staffed by seasoned GBSP personnel as well as faculty, guests, and staff drawn from Oxford.
Once again, GBSP will be hosted by Somerville College, a dynamic and relatively newer college founded in 1879. Students will reside at Somerville and most classes, electives and meals will be on campus. Our academic spaces include classrooms, lawns, and the new Margaret Thatcher Center, named for one of Somerville’s illustrious alumnae.
During our stay in Oxford, we will take daily afternoon excursions into the city to experience the best it has to offer, including visits to some of the other colleges - most notably New College and Christ Church, where Harry Potter was filmed. We will also explore some fantastic museums and visit the best bookstore, Blackwell's. We will to take a few day trips to get the most out of our time in the UK including a tour of many historic sites in London, a trip to the Roman Baths in Bath, a tour of at least one palace. This year, we will return to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to see Hamlet.
Air travel for students coming from the US should be booked separately but we recommend coordinating with us to join our counselors for and other participants on a chaperoned flight.
Great Books at Oxford works well as a standalone program or added onto our Literary Dublin program for a three-week adventure abroad.
For further information on Great Books at Oxford, visit our Oxford Frequently Asked Questions page, or please call 866-480-7323. International callers please ring +1-203-612-9470.
From wandering throughout the environs that inspired Lewis Carroll, John Locke, J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and more to an evening of Shakespearean theater in Stratford-upon-Avon, students share what makes the Great Books Summer Program at the University of Oxford so special.