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Oxford Opens Its Doors to ESU Scholars

Each summer, the University of Oxford welcomes ESU British University Summer School (BUSS) scholars to attend its International Summer Schools.  BUSS participants must be American high school teachers.  They return to their classrooms reinvigorated and armed with deeper knowledge.  For three weeks, they have the privilege of living and studying English Literature, History, Politics and Society, or Creative Writing at Exeter College.  Founded in 1314, Exeter is one of the oldest and most esteemed colleges at Oxford.  Some BUSS scholars opt to attend the International Politics Summer School at St. Antony's College, Oxford  specialising in international relations, economics, politics and history.  All of the new "Oxonians" have won full fellowships from their local ESU Branches to fund the course tuition, housing, meals and travel expenses.

"I am relishing every second of my time here!  My days are filled with lessons from Exeter's exceptional tutors, enchanted historical walks, and reading periods in the Bodleian," Chelsea St. Clair, a teacher sponsored by the ESU Central Florida Branch and currently studying English Literature at Oxford reports.  "The evenings are for meeting the locals and other students during the pub crawls. I can't wait to share this experience with the ESU and my Lake Howell students! The opportunity to live and learn here is the greatest gift, and I am so thankful to the ESU for this incredible opportunity."

I am excited to infuse what I have learned into teaching my Contemporary America, Sociology, and American History students....  Here at Oxford, the academic program is complimented so well by the social environment.  My peers in the program are a diverse group of dedicated, interesting scholars from very different places and careers.  I cannot express enough thanks for the opportunity the ESU has given me to participate in this program. 

- Stephanie Ryan, ESU BUSS Scholar and teacher at Greenwich High School, Connecticut

If you are a teacher interested in the opportunity to live and study at the University of Oxford next summer as an ESU BUSS scholar, information will be available in November 2012.  Please check our website or contact ESU International Programs Manager, Alice Uhl at

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