English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

University of Oxford

University of Oxford Campus

Applications for Summer 2019 Will be available soon!

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Email us at tlab@esuus.org or
call (212) 818-1200 ext.246.

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This page is for the multi-week
courses at Oxford. Click here
for the short course.



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: $4,150

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.



Click here to complete the 2019 TLab Scholarship Application!

Every year, the ESU provides nearly 50 scholarships for classroom teachers in their communities. ESU scholarships are for current classroom teachers attending our multi-week courses at Shakespeare's Globe, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Oxford.

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



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.


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.



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 (coming soon).
    • Creative Writing (Deadline: TBD)
    • English Literature (Deadline: TBD)
    • History, Politics, and Society (Deadline: TBD)
    • International Politics (Deadline: TBD)
  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.


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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