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 students and scholars from around the world.
As our "little gem," enrollment at Oxford is limited to no more than 20 students and is open only to high school participants (ages 14 to 18). The program is staffed by seasoned GBSP personnel as well as faculty, guests, and staff drawn from University of 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 spend our mornings taking part in Shared Inquiry seminars and discussion. We take advantage of our location to create a curriculum rich with British literature, including selections from Shakespeare as well as authors who once called Oxford home. Select afternoons will include walking tours, punting on the Thames, and perhaps visits to some of the other colleges - most notably New College and Christ Church, where Harry Potter was filmed. (In prior years, we found the entrance to the room of requirement!) We will experience a hauntingly hilarious walking ghost tour of the city!
Great Books at Oxford works well as a standalone program or added onto our Literary Edinburgh program for a two-week adventure abroad.
For further information on Great Books at Oxford, visit our Oxford Frequently Asked Questions page, or please call +1-203-612-9470.
Why Choose Great Books @Oxford?
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 Great Books Oxford program.