Frequently Asked Questions for Great Books @Oxford
How do I get to Oxford?
Campers are responsible for arranging their own flights to Heathrow. Families will be given an arrival time window where students can meet up with a chaperone at Heathrow and travel to campus together. Students arriving after the window should meet us on campus. Details will be provided.
Do I need a passport or visa?
Oxford Students from the US need only a current US passport. Because policies vary from country to country, international students should contact us to determine their documentation requirements.
Where will we be living?
Great Books at Oxford will take place at Somerville College, which is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. Oxford was the first university in the English speaking world, established around 1096. Somerville is a relatively newer college, founded in 1879, among the 38 which make up Oxford.
Oxford is located an hour and a half outside of London.
How long is the Oxford program?
Great Books at Oxford is a single, two-week session.
Is the academic program different compared to Stanford or Amherst?
At Oxford, you'll explore the same kinds of great literature and deep questions that characterize the Great Books Summer Program. Just like at Stanford and Amherst, students at Oxford engage in Shared Inquiry with brilliant staff and distinguished professors, including guest lectures from Oxford Dons.
Is camp life different compared to American campuses?
While the academic program at Oxford is mostly the same as at other Great Books programs, the rest of the day is what makes Oxford unique. Instead of arts electives, we spend our afternoons exploring!
We see the different colleges that comprise Oxford, including Christ Church and New College, which were featured in the Harry Potter movies. We visit the local museums and shops, and once we're done exploring Oxford, we take day trips across England to places like London, Bath, and Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Where will we visit this year?
We' are working to schedule our excursions for summer 2020, and we'll update you when we have more information. Some places we've visited in the past include: a tour of London and a ride on the London Eye; the Roman Baths in Bath; Shakespeare's home at Stratford-upon-Avon; the Royal Shakespeare Company; Warwick Castle; Costwolds; Stonehenge.
Can I attend a session at Edinburgh or online in addition to Oxford?
Of course! Multi-week sessions are an excellent way to get an even fuller Great Books experience, and you can explore twice as much by doing Great Books on two different campuses. Contact us to discuss how a multi-week, multi-campus session could work for you.