Duke University : Global Education for Undergraduates

Duke/Oxford Summer Program
New College, University of Oxford

July 5-August 16, 2014*

* See the Program Schedule page for a more detailed itinerary, including information regarding travel to and from the program site.

About the Program

This distinguished academic program offers the opportunity to study modern British culture at England's oldest and one of its most venerable universities. The course of study, organized and taught by members of the Oxford faculty, uses the tutorial method, the unique style of instruction that is the central feature of an Oxford education. The program is organized by Oxford's Department of Continuing Education in conjunction with Trinity College of Arts and Sciences of Duke University. Dr. Alex Rosenberg, Duke University, and Dr. David Grylls, University of Oxford, co-direct the program.

To introduce students to the unique tutorial approach to learning, the Duke in Oxford summer program utilizes  experienced Oxford faculty as tutors. Students attend seminar meetings and engage each week in small intimate meetings with their tutor as an integral feature of this academic program. Students have access to the Bodleian Library, a most distinguished library in which to compose the one paper required per week. Five guest lectures will be given by academic staff of the University of Oxford and by experts from outside the University. Participants may meet the speaker at the reception before the Guest Night Dinner; students will be invited to join the school staff, the guest lecturer and other guests at High Table.

The Setting

Only a short distance from London, Oxford is one of England's most historic towns.  Many periods of English history have left their mark on the architecture and layout of the town.  The university, a tangle of 41 colleges and halls, lies in the center of the city of 115,000 people, 14,400 of whom are students of the Oxford.  Bustling shops and markets, quiet gardens, theaters and pubs enclose the colleges on all sides.  The program is housed in one of the oldest and most famous of the colleges, New College, founded in 1379.  From the windows of the college one looks out on splendid Tudor gardens, medieval walls and the courtyard of the New College chapel.


"This program is a once in a lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in the academic and social community of one of the world's first "modern" cities. From intense tutorials in small groups to dining in the university's first dining hall to enjoying a broad range of social and outdoor activities, this program provides one with a memorable experience, excellent summer coursework, and ample opportunity to meet new people and explore new places." - Student, Duke in Oxford

    • Postcard from Abroad
    • Postcard from Abroad
    • Dear Global Education Office:

      From the moment I stepped off the bus in Oxford's Gloucester Green station, I knew that I was in for a fantastic experience. The town buzzed with life as tourists, shoppers and scholars snaked their way through the narrow streets and alleyways. I could feel the rich, scholastic tradition as I walked about the different colleges, 38 in all.

      The program laid out for us at New College gave us a sense of what England was about. On Wednesdays we had guest lectures from various scholars and on weekends we went on excursions to Avebury, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and London. I was studying Modern British History and it was the perfect setting to understand their culture and apply my insights.

      My summer in England was all that I could have asked for in a study abroad experience. The Oxford tutorial system challenged me to take on new perspectives on my studies and I made great friends on the trip.

      -Bryan Gomez-Wong

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