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 50 students and is open only to senior high school participants (ages 14 to 18). The single session is a two-week program. The program is staffed by seasoned GBSP personnel as well as faculty, guests, and staff drawn from Oxford University.
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
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 - last year we found the entrance to the room of requirements. We will also explore some fantastic museums and visit the famous best bookstore, Blackwell's. We will take a few day trips to get the most out of our time in the UK including a trip to historic Bath featuring a tour the Roman Baths, a stop by Stonehenge, a trip to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon to see a featured performance and a visit to at least one castle.
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
Live Your Literature
Walk in the steps of famous writers like C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Read Macbeth and then see it performed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. Live your literature at the University of Oxford’s Great Books Summer Program.