Spend a week living at historic Oxford University and sample life as a student at Merton College. Study with renowned Oxford tutors and delve into one of our fascinating courses.

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Smithsonian at Oxford

8 days from $4,995

Spend a week living at historic Oxford University and sample life as a student at Merton College. Study with renowned Oxford tutors and delve into one of our fascinating courses.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The Smithsonian at Oxford provides an accessible educational experience, nicely balanced with opportunities to visit nearby sites of interest. The Smithsonian at Oxford also provides an opportunity to experience true student life again.

- Christopher B.

Living and studying in a centuries old setting that famous people have lived is just...awesome!!

- Philip P.

The warm reception we received at Merton College made us feel that we really were Oxford students -- a very special sense of belonging.

- Lyn G.

I love Shakespeare; I love to study and to study Shakespeare at Oxford and to see the Royal Shakespeare Company perform is a dream come true!

- Blanche M.

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Enrichment

Please note that each course will be taught by an expert from Oxford University. The courses and their experts can be found below. 

The Country House in English Society (September 2018)

Dr. Kate Watson (BA MA Ph.D.) has worked for the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education for twenty years as a part-time tutor and lecturer in History and Politics. She graduated from the University of York and was awarded a research scholarship to the Open University in Milton Keynes. Her research interests are focused on the development of the modern liberal state within Britain and Europe and its ideological challenges.

"Tragical-Comical" Shakesphere (September 2018)

Dr. Lynn Robson is a Fellow of Regent’s Park College, Oxford, where she teaches 16th- and 17th-century literature to undergraduates and postgraduates. As well as her research in print culture, crime, and women writers of the period, she has an abiding interest in Shakespeare and has taught and lectured on his work to different audiences, including summer schools run by Oxford University’s Department of Continuing Education. Lynn has received several teaching awards from Oxford University, including one for Teaching Excellence in 2015.

Winston Churchill (July 2019)

Michael Redley came to Oxford as Secretary to the Continuing Education Board in 2002 after a career in the Civil Service (Defence and Treasury) and broadcasting regulation. 

The Archaeology of Britain ( July 2019)

Dr. Toby Martin studied for his Ph.D. in Anglo-Saxon Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. His most recent books include The Cruciform Brooch and Anglo-Saxon England, and Dress and Society: Contributions from Archaeology.  He is also an experienced archaeological field worker, having worked on and supervised at a number of sites in the U.K., as well as in Portugal, Romania, and Belarus.

Medieval Castles (July 2019)

Dr. Gillian White is a specialist in the history and visual arts of late medieval and 16th-century England. She formerly worked for the National Trust as Curator/Collections Manager of Hardwick Hall, one of the best-preserved Elizabethan country houses in England, about which she then wrote her Ph.D. at Warwick University. 

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire (July 2019)

Professor Jeremy Black, MBE, is professor of history at the University of Exeter and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the author of over 100 books, especially on 18th-century British politics and international relations. Recent publications include War and World 1450-2000, The British Seaborne Empire, Maps and History, George III, and European Warfare in a Global Context, 1660-1815

The Legendary History of the British Isles (July 2019)

Julia Cresswell has taught medieval literature and legends, the history of the English Language and a wide range of other subjects to both Oxford students and to American study abroad students, particularly at Stanford University’s Centre in Oxford. She has written 20 books, including The Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins; Charlemagne and the Paladins for Osprey’s Myths and Legends series, and Legendary Beasts of Britain.