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British Studies at Oxford

Oakland University's two-week faculty-led British Studies at Oxford Program is designed to immerse students in the historical, cultural, and social milieu that has shaped western literature. While studying at Oxford University, students will attend plays and performances in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, explore the city of Bath and encounter modern Britain through sites such as Harry Potter film locations.

View the British Studies at Oxford video.

Course: ENG 3620/HC 2020: Drama: Plays and Performance (4 credits)

             ENG 2300/HC2020 British Literature: Pottering Through British Literature (4 credits) 

Program Dates: July 20 - August 4, 2024 

Application Deadline: March 1 (Apply by February 1 for best consideration for scholarships)

For more information contact:

Susan Lynne Beckwith, Special Lecturer, English
[email protected]

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Program Overview

Students fly together to London, England followed by travel by bus to Oxford, a city founded in pre-Roman times between the Thames and the Cherwell rivers, with a history nearly as illustrious as England's.

For the next two weeks, students will study and live at Oxford University, composed of 43 loosely confederated colleges throughout the city. Nestled in the cluster of colleges at the heart of Oxford University are Brasenose College and Worcester College, both of which have hosted OU’s program.

Over the years, Oxford University gained prominence through the distinction of its faculty and the achievement of its graduates. For centuries the scientific, political, literary, and cultural development of England has been shaped largely by Oxonians and the word "Oxford" has become synonymous with age-old traditions and academic excellence. The city and university have developed a richly imagined collection of buildings designed by the best English architects over centuries, each of which is the repository of treasures of art and civilizations worldwide.

Students will participate in program and course excursions to London, and the Globe Theatre, an Elizabethan playhouse for which William Shakespeare wrote his plays. Other excursions include the National Theatre, the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the British Library, and Christ Church College. Optional excursions are available to Stonehenge, Salisbury Cathedral, Avebury, Warwick Castle, Harry Potter Studios, and the city of Bath. Students have Friday, Saturday and Sunday available for travel in the UK or local sight-seeing.

Although Oxford University is not in session during the program, Oxford students remain in residence and are eager to meet program participants. Oxford students often organize pub crawls, host special events, and get to know each OU student.

Following the program, students return to Michigan from London. Some students choose to stay on in Europe to travel on their own.


Requirements: A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Students who don’t meet the GPA requirement may still be eligible and should speak with OU’s International Education Office prior to applying.

Course: ENG 3620/HC 2020: Drama: Plays and Performance (4 credits). This course fulfills OU’s General Education Requirement in Literature.

ENG 2300/HC2020 British Literature: Pottering Through British Literature (4 credits). This course fulfills OU’s General Education Requirement in Literature.

The course is taught by OU faculty and consists of lectures and tutorials, with course-related excursions.

Housing and Food

At Worcester College, founded in 1283, students reside in dormitories with easy access to The Gardens, 26 acres of grounds and playing fields, lakes and ponds.

Brasenose College, founded in 1509, opens onto Radcliffe Square, often used as a location for films and television programs.

Student rooms are spacious and comfortably furnished; broadband internet access and a computer room are available 24/7. Student rooms share common bathrooms and a kitchenette. Many rooms are suites with separate living and sleeping rooms.

Meals included in the program fee: breakfast, served daily; lunch and dinner, served Monday through Thursday. Students have Friday, Saturday and Sunday available for travel in the UK or local sight-seeing and dining at any of the many restaurants, eateries, cafes and pubs in the area. Some of the most famous local dishes include Oxford Hollygog Pudding, New College Pudding, Burford Lardy Cake and Oxford Blue Cheese.


Tuition: 4 Credits

You will be charged for these credits on your eBill at your normal rate of tuition.

Program Fee: $3,750

To be paid to OU on our MarketPlace payment system and includes: housing and some meals, ground transportation and all excursions while in England, and health insurance.

Additional Costs: $2,075

You will need additional funds for these expenses not covered by program fee. Amounts are estimated.
Airfare: $1,200
Meals: $200
Incidental personal expenses: $300
Books and supplies: $200
Passport (if you don't have one): $175

Scholarships and Financial Aid: You are able to use financial aid to cover your full cost of attendance to this program (tuition, program fee and additional costs). Scholarships are also available through your study abroad application.