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 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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Overview

Join Smithsonian Journeys at Oxford University and immerse yourself in the intellectual and cultural environment of one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the world. Given the past popularity of this Smithsonian Journeys program, and enthusiastic requests to bring it back to our collection, we once again return to Oxford. Join us at Merton College to study a subject in depth with others who share a deep and unbridled love of learning.

Highlights Include

  • Courses of Study: Choose from popular course subjects and spend your mornings learning from an expert. Our 2018 course selections include Winston Churchill, The Tudor Age, The Crusades: East and West, The American Revolution - Through British Eyes, and The Archaeology of Britain.
  • Excursions: Tour the Ashmolean Museum and Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford. Plus, take an additional excursion tailored to your specific course. Those enrolled in the Winston Churchill class will discover how the British Government operated during the war on a visit to the Churchill War Rooms in London. The Tudor Age features a field trip to Henry VIII's riverside palace at Hampton Court. Those in The American Revolution course will travel to George Washington's ancestral home. The Archaeology of Britain includes a tour of the Staffordshire Hoard in Birmingham, the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. The excursion for The Crusades course will be Dorchester Abbey and Iffley Church.
  • Lifestyle: Stay at historic Merton College, featuring the university's oldest quadrangle, and sample life as an Oxford student. Live in a dormitory room (with en suite bathroom), dine in the college hall (including the High Table at opening or closing dinner, a privileged tradition), and use Merton's common rooms and gardens. Explore the charming town of Oxford, take tea at local eateries, and enjoy Evensong at Christ Church College.
  • Optional London Extension: Add a four-day extension that includes guided excursions related to the Oxford courses, plus accommodations, meals, and transfers.

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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2018 Itinerary

Our 2018 course selections include Winston Churchill, The Tudor Age, The Crusades: East and West, The American Revolution - Through British Eyes, and The Archaeology of Britain.

Day 1 — Depart the U.S for London

Day 2 — London, Oxford

Arrive in London this morning and transfer to Oxford. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner and plenary. (D)

Days 3-7 — Oxford

Lectures take place in Oxford. Choose from one of five courses: Winston Churchill, The Tudor Age, The Crusades: East and West, The American Revolution - Through British Eyes, and The Archaeology of Britain.

Classes will be interspersed with excursions including the Ashmolean Museum and Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford. Each course will also feature an additional special excursion tailored to its theme. 

Excursions: Tour the Ashmolean Museum and Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford. Plus, take an additional excursion tailored to your specific course. Those enrolled in the Winston Churchill class will discover how the British Government operated during the war on a visit to the Churchill War Rooms in London. The Tudor Age features a field trip to Henry VIII’s riverside palace at Hampton Court. Those in The American Revolution course will travel to George Washington’s ancestral home. The Archaeology of Britain includes a tour of the Staffordshire Hoard in Birmingham, the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. The excursion for The Crusades course will be Dorchester Abbey and Iffley Church. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Oxford

After breakfast continue to London and transfer to Heathrow Airport for individual flights back to the U.S. or join the optional extension to London. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)