Study in Oxford

A Fortnight in Oxford

All Souls College photographed from the top of tower of St. Mary's Church in Oxford.

Join us for 2 full weeks in the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ from June 1 - 14, 2025. Seminar topics will be announced later this summer. Registration is expected to open in early October.

Information below is from the 2024 program.

Our days begin in small classes led by Oxford faculty; in the afternoons, we will explore all that Oxford has to offer, and engage in a series of lectures given by the University of Oxford faculty and invited guests. Visit colleges and museums, browse in bookstores, go punting on the Thames, attend concerts and plays, and take long walks in the many parks and gardens. We will enjoy several group outings to places of interest related to our studies during our fortnight in Oxford.


Our 2024 Fortnight in Oxford will offer learners the opportunity to participate in a seminar on literature and culture. It will meet three hours each weekday with a tea break and some advanced reading will be required. The 2024 history and politics seminar is currently filled.

Participants are granted a certificate of seminar completion by the Oxford Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford.

Proust and Joyce: Two Paths of Modernist Literature
Kandinsky untitled 1916

This course introduces participants to two giants of early 20th century modernist literature: Marcel Proust and James Joyce. Explore the opening volume of Proust’s seven-novel epic In Search of Lost Time, and compare them to Joyce’s early short stories and first novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

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Fifteen Centuries of British Monarchy
old drawing of king John signing the Magna Carta

This seminar is currently filled for the 2024 program.  Please see information about our literature and culture seminar.

From warrior chieftains to servants of their peoples; the British monarchy from Aethelberht to Charles III; evolution, revolution and evolution again.

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Why Study at Oxford

Those who have studied and taught at Oxford include Sir Thomas More, William Tyndale, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Adam Smith as well as Jonathan Swift, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, V.S. Naipaul, Iris Murdoch, and Dorothy L. Sayers. Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Robert Penn Warren studied there.

An entrance to the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford.

Scientist and poets include Stephen Hawking, Edwin Hubble, Edmund Halley, T.S. Eliot, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Donne. British Prime Ministers from Sir Robert Peel to Boris Johnson attended Oxford as well as Indira Gandhi and William Penn.

Oxford is home to the Bodleian Library, which has been a legal deposit library for 400 years. The Oxford University Press is the largest university press in the world, having printed their first book in 1478, just two years after Caxton set up the first printing press in England. The Ashmolean, the University’s museum of art and archaeology was founded in 1683 while the Museum of Natural History has the world’s only soft tissue remains of a dodo.

  • Tuition for all seminar sessions
  • Thirteen nights in twin-room accommodations with private bathrooms at historic Rewley House, Oxford University Department of Continuing Education.
  • Meals during the two-week stay in Oxford with the following exceptions:
    • No Dinner, Friday, June 7
    • No Lunch or dinner, Saturday, June 8
    • No Lunch Sunday, June 9
    • No Dinner Thursday, June 13
  • A series of afternoon plenary lectures and discussions led by University of Oxford faculty and invited guests
  • Guided walking tours of Oxford, one for those new to Oxford and another for Oxford alumni
  • Guided tour of one of Oxford’s Colleges
  • Evensong choral program in a College Chapel
  • An afternoon outing to Kelmscott Manor including a talk, tour, and cream tea
  • A guided visit to Rousham House & Gardens, or a behind the scenes tour of the Ashmolean Museum
  • Porterage and baggage handling at Rewley House
  • Wi-Fi at Rewley House
  • Participants are granted a certificate of seminar completion by the Oxford Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford.

Participants will stay in the Rewley House Residential Centre in Oxford. Accommodations are similar to those of a conference center. All rooms are en-suite. Buildings are historic with limited elevator access and are not air-conditioned.

Participants should be aware that the trip requires considerable walking and ability to climb 1-2 flights of stairs to bedrooms and classrooms. There are no bedrooms on the ground floor.

Fee information for 2025 A Fortnight in Oxford trip to be announced at a later date. 

A Fortnight in Oxford is open to anyone interested in educational travel, including UChicago alumni, Graham School students, friends of the University, and lifelong learners.

Participants will have the ability to climb 2-3 flights of stairs.  Housing and programs take place in historic university buildings with limited elevator access.  Buildings are not air-conditioned.  Fans are provided.

A $1200 deposit is due upon acceptance into the program and no later than December 21, 2023.  The balance of the tuition is due no later than March 19, 2024. 

All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing.  Cancelations received prior to March 19, 2024, will be subject to a $500 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received between March 20, 2024, and Aril 11, 2024, will result in a forfeiture of 60% of the program cost per person. No refunds for any reason will be given for cancellations received after April 11, 2024. In the event of the cancellation of the program by the University of Chicago Alumni Association, Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, or the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, a full refund will be given.

We strongly suggest that participants purchase travel insurance to protect against nonrefundable costs incurred when travel must be postponed on short notice. We are unable to make exceptions to our refund policies.

Participants may elect instead to waive this requirement understanding fully that the University of Chicago Alumni Association and Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies are under no obligation to provide a refund after cancellation dates have passed.

Participants should also confirm that their medical insurance covers expenses while in the U.K. or arrange for alternative medical insurance.

The University of Chicago, the University of Chicago Alumni Association, the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, and the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education have no responsibility in whole or in part for any loss, death, damage, or injury to person or property or accident, mechanical defect, failure or negligence of any nature howsoever caused in connection with any accommodation, transportation, or other services. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. The right is retained to decline to accept or retain any person as a trip member should such person’s health, mental condition, physical infirmity, or attitude jeopardize the operation of the trip or the rights, welfare, or enjoyment of other participants.