The English-Speaking Union of the United


University of Oxford: 2-3 week programs


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Who should apply?

This is a competitive, intensive program, ideally suited for secondary school teachers.

Course Requirements

This program is comprised of rigorous, graduate-level seminars.  Participants must complete all preparatory reading, 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.

Program Cost

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

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.


Partial or full funding may be available from your local ESU Branch.  You may also explore further scholarship and grant resources in our fundraising guide

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.

Professional Development Contact Hours and Credit

English Literature, History, Politics & Society, and Creative Writing minimum of 46.5 contact hours.  International Politics course 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.

Application Details

Download applications for each program:

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Please note additional components the applications may require (transcripts, letter of recommendation, passport photos)

Application Deadline

Applications must be sent to the ESU by February 22, 2018:

  • By mail:  TLab-UK, 144 East 39th St., New York, NY 10016
  • By email: (must be sent as one attachment)

Scholarship candidates will have earlier deadlines to complete their scholarship applications prior to applying to the Oxford program.

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