Student Life

Student Life - The Oxford Summer Seminar

Students hold up Oxbridge balloons in Oxford grassy grounds

The Oxbridge classroom isn’t limited to one room or building.  Every Oxbridge course is designed to make the most of the extraordinary resources of the great cities in which the programs are taking place, so that students discover the city through the course and the course through the city.  On any given day, the classroom might be a local museum, a research lab or hospital, the market square, or a nearby park. Some days, the teacher’s expertise is supplemented by discussions, workshops, and demonstrations run by vising guest speakers. This variety in both venue and content delivery are core to our academic philosophy and contribute to an interactive and immersive environment.

When not in class, students are free to take advantage of Oxford. Should they wish to do so, they can choose from a plethora of activities especially designed by our team to immerse them in the city and its cultural life. We organize guest lectures by eminent academics; tours of different colleges; guided visits of the great museums and sites, including the Ashmolean, Pitt Rivers, and the Bodleian; and concert and theater nights.

Alongside the high culture, students have the opportunity to take learn how to punt, to take part in yoga sessions, or even to be introduced to Oxford pastimes such as cricket and croquet. The program ends with a formal dinner.

Although no week on an Oxbridge program is “typical”, the below provides a general overview of a week in the life of The Oxford Summer Seminars student.

The Oxford Summer Seminars - Typical Week*

Summer: Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

Spring: Pembroke College and Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

7:45 - 8:45 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00 - 12:30 Major Class Major Class Major Class Major Class Major Class Major Class Optional Activites:
Presentations, Debates
12:30- 2:00 Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
2:00 - 6:00 Optional Activities:
The Oxford Quest - Scavenger Hunt
Optional Activities:
Explore the Gloucester Green Food Market, Punting on the Thames
Optional Activities:
Guest Speaker - Professor James Baker "The College Application Process", Guided Tour of the Ashmolean Museum
Optional Activities:
Five-a-Side Soccer Match, Guided Tour of the Pitt Rivers Museum
Optional Activities:
Guided Tour of Magdalen College, Guest Speaker - Luka Katic "Empathy: Good or Bad?"
Optional Activities:
Q & A College Applications Panel Discussion, Guest Speaker - Dr. Tristen Naylor "Decline and Fall: The End of Empire"
Optional Activites:
Private Tour of Oxford Castle, Riverboat Cruise on the Thames
6:00 - 7:00 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner
7:00 - 10:00 Optional Activities:
Casino Games, British FIlm Night
Optional Activities:
Sunrise River Walk, Trip to G&D's Osford's Famous Ice Cream Parlor
Optional Activities: 
Noel Coward's Private Lives in Wadham College Gardens
Optional Activities:
Karaoke Night, Introduction to Cricket Workshop
Optional Activities:
Oxford Ghost Tour, Choral Evensong at Christ Church Cathederal
Optional Activities:
General Knowledge Trivia Night
Optional Activities: 
Formal Dinner and Farewells
10:00 - 11:00 Check In Check In Check In Check In Check In Check In Check In
12:00 Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out Lights Out

*Typical daily schedule for this program. Actual details may vary.