Study in Oxford
A Sennight in Oxford
This one-week program is offered for those who would like to concentrate their experience in Oxford and will immediately follow our more in-depth A Fortnight in Oxford program.
Spend a week in the rarefied air of Oxford. Each day will begin with a lecture or classroom discussion; in the afternoons, we will go on field trips related to our studies and places of interest in Oxford including a Blue Badge led walking tour of Oxford and an in-depth behind the scenes tour of the Pitt Rivers Museum and Natural History Museum. There will be time to visit colleges, museums, and bookstores, attend concerts and plays, and take walks in the many parks and gardens.
Since the publication in 1811 of a novel called Sense and Sensibility “by a lady”, the works of Jane Austen have enjoyed both popularity and critical acclaim. Scholarly interest shows no sign of waning; nor does what can be described as a popular mania for all things Austen, especially in film and television.
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.
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.
The Oxford Botanic Garden was founded in 1621 and is one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. 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 lectures and seminar sessions.
- Six nights in twin-room accommodations with private bathrooms at historic Rewley House, Oxford University Department of Continuing Education.
- Breakfast and lunch daily. Three dinners including Welcome and Farewell dinners.
- Guided walking tour of Oxford.
- Guided tour of the Pitt Rivers Museum and Natural History Museum
- Guided tour to Chawton in Hampshire to visit Chawton House and the Jane Austen House Museum.
- Evensong choral program in a College chapel.
- 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.
The full cost of tuition is $4745. This price is for a twin/double room. Single supplement is $530. Price does not include airfare or ground transportation to and from Oxford, or 3 meals as indicated on the website. All rooms are en suite. Balance is due April 2, 2024.
A $1200 deposit is due upon acceptance into the program and no later than January 25, 2024. The balance of the tuition is due no later than April 2, 2024. All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received prior to April 2, 2024 will be subject to a $500 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received between April 2, 2024, and April 23, 2024, will result in a forfeiture of 60% of the program cost per person. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after April 23, 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.
A Sennight in Oxford is open to anyone interested in educational travel, including alumni, Graham School students, friends of the University, and lifelong learners.
The application period will open by November 14, 2023.
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 April 2, 2024.
All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing. Cancellations received prior to April 2, 2024 will be subject to a $500 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received between April 2, 2024, and April 23, 2024, will result in a forfeiture of 60% of the program cost per person. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after April 23, 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.
For further information, please email Jan Watson.