Study in Oxford

A Sennight in Oxford

The spires of All Souls College at Oxford.

This new 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 excursion to nearby Blenheim Palace. There will be time to visit colleges, museums, and bookstores, go punting on the Thames, attend concerts and plays, and take walks in the many parks and gardens.

We begin taking applications on January 21, 2022.


Our seminar topic is The Roaring Twenties: Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and the Glamour of Literature, taught by Oxford Tutor, Dr. Angus McFadzean.

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

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.

Gothic windows adorn an entrance to the Bodleian Library.

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 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. Four dinners including Welcome and Farewell dinners.
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford.
  • Tour of the Bodleian Library or Evensong choral program.
  • An afternoon outing to Blenheim Palace including entrance fees.
  • 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.

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.

Tuition fee is $4,295 per person, double occupancy. Single rooms can be booked with a supplement of $550.

Price does not include airfare or ground transportation to and from Oxford.

A $1,200 per person deposit is required upon acceptance of your application. Balance due by April 20, 2022.

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

We will begin to accept applications on Friday, January 21, 2022. To apply, please fill out and submit the Application Form. Prompt application is recommended as the program is expected to fill quickly.

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

Starting with Autumn Quarter 2021, the University of Chicago implemented COVID-19 vaccination-related requirements for students and staff. Students and employees must show proof of receiving any COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or by the World Health Organization (WHO). Further, starting January 31, 2022, students and staff will need to submit proof of receiving a COVID-19 booster shot.

The well-being of our travelers will be our highest priority. To that end, we will follow the health and safety guidelines of the US State Department, CDC, and WHO, as well as of the authorities of the U.K.  If the University of Chicago or the University of Oxford deem it is unsafe, the tour will be canceled or postponed.  Participants should stay abreast of travel and entry requirements for the U.S. and U.K. including testing and proof of vaccination.

A $1,200 per person deposit is required upon application. The balance of the fee is due no later than April 20, 2022. All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing and will be subject to a $300 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations received between April 21, 2022 and May 16, 2022, will result in a forfeiture of 60% of the program cost per person. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after May 16, 2022. 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.