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University of Oxford: Intensive Courses

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This page is for the intensive
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Immerse yourself in the life of the Oxford University through these rigorous, graduate-level courses. In your spare time, explore the historic surroundings of the university and city. Study in small interactive seminar groups, led by specialist Oxford tutors, and conduct research with your own Bodleian Library card. Join fellow scholars for walking tours, after-dinner discussions, and weekend excursions to sites of literary and/or historical interest. You will live as a student of Exeter or St. Antony's College, becoming a member of the Oxford summer community. There are many options how to spend your summer at Oxford. Click to read descriptions of each course:

Program Cost

  • Creative Writing; English Literature; History, Politics, and Society: £3,035
  • International Politics: £2,340

Program cost includes tuition, access to libraries and IT facilities, accommodation, and meals (except lunch on Saturdays and Sundays). 

Program cost does not include travel, travel insurance, medical insurance, additional meals, or any other incidentals.

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Students on campus at Oxford


The scholarship application period for 2018 has ended.  Please check back this fall for information on 2019 scholarship opportunities. Each year, nearly 40 full or partial scholarships are given to teachers throughout the US.

You may also explore further scholarship and grant resources in our fundraising guide

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Professional Development Contact Hours

English Literature, History, Politics & Society, Creative Writing, and International Politics courses each constitutes a minimum of 45 contact hours. Please reference specific course pages for breakdown of hours.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Oxford upon submission of course work.

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This program is comprised of rigorous, graduate-level seminars. Participants must complete all preparatory readings, attend all seminars, and spend considerable time in the library (with your own Bodleian Library card!) to complete the required reading and research including a final paper of 2,000-3,000 words. There is also preparatory reading that must be completed prior to program start.

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In class at Oxford with Peter Gilliver

Application Details

Deadlines: Applications will be received on a rolling basis, with a response within three weeks from the date of application. Please see the individual program deadlines below.

Application Instructions:

  1. Download the application for your desired program.
  2. Consult the application instructions on our partner's website. Please note that you should NOT submit your application directly to Oxford. Pay attention to the information in the sections titled "Before you submit your application" and "The application process."
  3. Submit your application. All applications should be submitted digitally as one PDF via this form.

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Oxford Campus


Refund Policy: Scholars will adhere to the Oxford refund and cancellation policies.  ESU Branch Scholarship recipients will sign a contract with their Branch wherein they are required to repay the entire scholarship amount (concurrent with Oxford's refund and cancellation policies) if for any reason they must cancel their course of study or are unable to complete the course.

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