Study in Oxford

A Fortnight in Oxford


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

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 travel to Stratford-upon-Avon for a lovely dinner overlooking the River Avon prior to a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Seminars

Our 2022 Fortnight in Oxford will offer learners a choice of two seminars: one in literature and culture and the other in history and politics. Seminars will meet three hours each weekday with a tea break and some advanced reading will be required. Each seminar has a limited number of seats available.

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


Gelatin silver print of Josephine Baker dancing.

The Roaring Twenties: Fitzgerald, Hemingway and the Glamour of Literature

The start of the 2020s and the post-pandemic period had led to much commentary about a new ‘Roaring Twenties’. The term refers back to the period of the 1920s when society, culture and the arts experienced a vibrant reawakening after the traumas of World War 1 and the Spanish Flu. But what were the Roaring Twenties really and what do they have to tell us about our situation in the 2020s?


Winston Churchill waves to crowds in Whitehall in London as they celebrate Victory in Europe Day on May 8, 1945.

Winston Churchill: Statesman, Prophet and Chronicler

During the two weeks participants will look in detail at Winston Churchill's career as a soldier, politician, journalist and historian, and as a central figure in British life in the first half of the twentieth century. He adhered to ideas of the mid-Victorian Liberalism long after most had rejected them, and was considered by his own contemporaries as trapped by history as much as he was steeped in it.

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 10
    • No Lunch or dinner, Saturday, June 11
    • No Lunch Sunday, June 12
  • Visit to Stratford-upon-Avon including a boat trip on the River Avon (weather permitting), dinner, and a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • 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 followed by dinner at an historic Oxford pub
  • Porterage and baggage handling at Rewley House
  • Wi-Fi at Rewley House

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 $7,295 per person, double occupancy. Single rooms can be booked with a supplement of $700.

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

An $1,200 per person deposit is required upon acceptance of your application. Balance due by March 29, 2022.

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

We will begin to accept applications on Friday, January 21, 2022. To apply, please click on the ‘Apply’ button, then fill out and submit the Application Form. Prompt application is recommended as the program tends 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. Participants should stay abreast of travel and entry requirements for the U.S. and U.K. which may include testing and proof of vaccination.

An $1,200 per person deposit is required upon acceptance of your application. The balance of the fee is due no later than March 29, 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 March 30, 2022 and May 2, 2022 will result in a forfeiture of 60% of the program cost per person. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after May 2, 2022. In the event of the cancellation of the program by the University of Chicago Alumni Association and Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, or the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education, a full refund of tuition 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.