The Cultural Enrichment and Activities programs ensure that whenever students are not in class they have a wide range of opportunities available through which to further immerse themselves in local life and culture. From museum tours, choral concerts, sports and movie nights, students have multiple options every day to satisfy their creative, intellectual, and gastronomic ambitions. The Activities Directors transform the program sites into laboratories in which students can actively, and safely, engage with their exciting surroundings.
Activities & Sports
Our extracurricular program maintains a healthy balance between study and leisure time that allows students to relax and unwind.
To that end, the Activities Directors organize daily elective social events and sports. These typically include punting on the Cherwell or Thames, dances, hikes, soccer, tennis, quidditch, cricket, running – students might run a lap on the track where Roger Bannister broke the four-minute-mile barrier in 1954 – chess tournaments and quiz nights, as well as plenty of time for fun, relaxation, sightseeing, and socializing with new friends.
All of these activities provide our students with unparalleled exposure to Oxford’s many resources. In addition, they help students make friends and discover shared interests that settle them swiftly into their new surroundings. This level of familiarity and bonding helps create the warm, welcoming community within each program. The certainty that they are in a secure and centrally located environment, as well as part of a supportive peer group, encourages our students to open their minds to the enriching personal and intellectual challenges that our programs present to them.
Designed to complement students' class work, the cultural enrichment program ensures that whenever students are not in the classroom they have a range of cultural opportunities available.
From museum tours to choral concerts, students have multiple options every day to satisfy their creative and intellectual ambitions. The Activities Directors transform Oxford into a living classroom where students can actively – and safely – engage with the history and tradition around them.
There are also many historical sites in Oxford that mark pivotal events in British history from early times to the present day. Every college is a fascinating chapter in the story of the University and provides a glimpse into hundreds of years of intellectual endeavor and academic tradition. From discovering Oxford's extraordinary Pitt Rivers Museum to following in C.S. Lewis’s footsteps, students have almost unlimited opportunities to be out and about. One might find them browsing an antiquarian bookshop, Blackwells bookshop, visiting an exhibition at the famous Ashmolean Museum, watching a play outside Oxford's medieval castle, picnicking in the Parks, or simply watching the world go by in a local café.
With summer festivals, music, theater, art and museum exhibits, Oxford offers unsurpassed opportunities for cultural exploration and adventure. We do our best to ensure that all our students make the most of their time in England.