The Boston Teacher Seminar is based in North Hall, an on-campus residence of Harvard Law School, the oldest of its kind in the United States and home to the largest academic law library in the world. Lying in the heart of Harvard, North Hall is ideally situated for exploring the wealth of academic and cultural resources that the University, Cambridge, and Boston, have to offer.
Whether they are working with their Study Group or taking part in plenary activities, participants are constantly immersed in one of the world’s great intellectual arenas. They attend specialist lectures delivered by local academics and visit world-renowned collections such Harvard’s Museum of Natural History, the Fogg, Bush-Reisinger, and Sackler Art Museums, not to mention some of the greatest libraries in the world. A brief walk beyond Harvard Yard and participants find themselves on the banks of the Charles River, with breathtaking views of the Boston skyline. A stroll along the river takes them past the John F. Kennedy School of Government and MIT, before leading them into Boston itself, with its own plethora of extraordinary intellectual and cultural opportunities. With every step, participants are walking in the footsteps of notable Harvard alumni such as Henry David Thoreau, Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama, indeed in the very footsteps of history.
In North Hall, all Teacher Seminar participants enjoy the benefits of en-suite rooms with air conditioning. Breakfast is taken in the residence dining hall, dinner either in the hall or on an outing. For a lunchtime meal, participants can choose from the many cafés, sandwich shops, and restaurants in the area. All rooms have Internet access.
The Cambridge Teacher Seminar is held in Peterhouse - the oldest college in the University of Cambridge. It was founded by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, in 1284. In terms of the number of students admitted each year, Peterhouse is also one of the smallest, most intimate, and most traditional colleges. The dining hall has been in continuous use since the thirteenth century, and it remains one of the only Cambridge halls in which two Latin graces are said during dinner.
Despite its antiquity, Peterhouse has a long-held reputation as a center of innovation. Generations of graduates - known as "Petreans" - have contributed to the social and political upheavals that have shaped Britain and the world. Among them are the nineteenth-century polymath Charles Babbage, who is widely credited with developing the concept of the modern computer. And in 1884, to mark Peterhouse's 600th anniversary, the Petrean and mathematical physicist Lord Kelvin made the college one of the first British establishments to have electric light. Sir Frank Whittle, who invented the jet engine, studied at Peterhouse in the 1930s; as did the creator of the hovercraft, Sir Christopher Cockerell. Later in the twentieth century, five Petreans were awarded Nobel Prizes for their work in Chemistry - Sir John Kendrew, Sir Aaron Klug, Archer Martin, Max Petruz, and Michael Levitt. Participants on our Cambridge Teacher Seminar join a continuum of great thinkers stretching back through the centuries in a unique environment of living history.
Accommodation is modern and comfortable and bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms are available. Peterhouse is within easy walking distance of all the major attractions in Cambridge, including King's College Chapel and the Fitzwilliam Museum.
Founded in 1413, the University of St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest university, and the third oldest in the English-speaking world. Its scholars have included eminent scientists, doctors, mathematicians, philosophers, theologians, politicians, and Nobel Laureates - and royals Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Nestled between the North Sea and flanked by the rolling green hills of Fife, St Andrews is known for its beautiful cobblestone streets, historic buildings, narrow “wynds,” and ancient monuments and ruins, not least the striking remains of a medieval cathedral. The town is also known for its beautiful beaches that stretch for miles, and, of course, for being the home of golf. Seven local courses, many of which host international competitions, most famously the Royal St Andrews, are close to the ancient university.
Agnes Blackadder Hall opened in 1993. At that point it was known simply as “New Hall.” But in October 2012, current and former residents joined forces and petitioned for it to be renamed after Agnes Forbes Blackadder, the first woman awarded a degree by the University. The Hall is located on North Haugh between the Science Faculty and Andrew Melville Hall. Its facilities are among the most modern of any UK university. All bedrooms boast private bathrooms. The Hall is also equipped with a residents’ common room, a computer room, and a licensed café. There is elevator access to all four floors. The stunning settings of the Old Course golf course and West Sands beach are both within short walking distance, as is the medieval town center of St Andrews itself. The Hall is directly adjacent to the University sports center, which is accessible during the week for a small entrance fee.
One of the most important resources for The Oxford Teacher
Seminar is Oxford itself. Once the seat of kings, it has been a scholarly
community for over 900 years and continues to be one of the most important
intellectual and cultural centers in the world.
The Teacher Seminar is housed in the attractive and peaceful
setting of Mansfield College. Mansfield is situated in a quiet part of Oxford,
only a few minutes' walk from the Bodleian Library, the ancient heart of the University, and the commercial bustle of Broad and High Streets. Also nearby
are Rhodes House, the famous University and Pitt Rivers Museums, the spacious
and beautiful University Parks, and the meandering Cherwell river.
Teacher Seminar participants live in comfortable, modest rooms
in Mansfield College with shared bathroom facilities. There are a handful of en
suite rooms, available on a first-come, first-served basis. All rooms have Wi-Fi access. Teachers meet for seminars and
presentations either in the college itself, or in seminar rooms nearby. Meals
are taken in the College dining hall, and the food is widely considered
among the best in Oxford. Breakfast is primarily continental style, while wine and a variety of entree
options are available at dinner, including vegetarian dishes. There are also common room facilities that contribute to the
sense of scholarly community.
Our program participants reside in FIAP Jean Monnet, a clean and comfortable Foyer, lived in by students during the year, and situated in the 14th arrondissement, close to Paris’s famous catacombs, the Observatoire, the quirky, bohemian village of la Butte aux Cailles, and Montparnasse Cemetery. Just a brief walk or short metro ride away are most of the magnificent sights for which Paris is justly famous: the Eiffel Tower, the Jardins du Luxembourg, the Sainte-Chapelle, Louvre, Notre Dame, Ile de la Cité, Ile Saint-Louis, and many more.
Breakfast is served in the residence, but evening meals are eaten in cafés and restaurants around the city, adding another essential element to our immersion in French culture. Participants enjoy en suite bathroom facilities.
Two metro stops away lies the Lycée Notre Dame de Sion, one of the premier high schools in Paris and the setting for our Study Groups. Notre Dame de Sion - also home to our student program, l’Académie de Paris - is situated in the elegant and fashionable 6th arrondissement
, the neighborhood in which Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald lived and worked, and where Gertrude Stein held her celebrated salon.