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  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    Studying abroad with Duke in Oxford is a very worthwhile experience. I took a course called Science, Ethics, and Society, in which we studied and debated about various ethical issues. It was a precious experience to take a course in a collegiate university and be able to…

  • Credit: Tiffany Ho
  • Major: Computer Science
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Christ Church, Oxford

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    For 7 weeks, I was tutored in classical and contemporary political philosophy at New College.  We studied the works of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Tocqueville, Mill, and Rawls.  Although, as an American, Locke’s and Rousseau’s discussions of freedom naturally hit close to home, I found myself most moved…

  • Credit: Harrison Ferlauto
  • Major: Biomedical Engineering
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Henry's Oxford Postcard

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    I spent this summer studying Modern British Political History at the University of Oxford in England. While challenging, the program's emphasis on individualistic learning and critical analysis immensely contributed to my intellectual skillset. Each week we had a lecture and a tutorial to attend outside of required…

  • Credit: Henry Washington Jr.
  • Major: English & AAAS
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Lost in London

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The highlight of the Duke in Oxford study abroad program was getting lost in London. We managed to stumble upon Big Ben (as pictured) and Buckingham Palace. Nevertheless, we were not lost for long, as strangers, people who no obligation to help us, not only supplied directions,…

  • Credit: Kristen Buehne
  • Major: Biology and Religion
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • "The Link" of Oxford

  • The Radcliffe Camera is featured in this very photograph, and it is commonly referred to as the staple of Oxford. Similar to Duke's own Perkins Library that is home to The Link in its basement first floor, the Radcliffe Camera is also frequently referred to as The Link. Its construction features…

  • Credit: Diana Ye
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Draco turned Ferret

  • The site captured in the picture above features the New College cloisters and chapel, both of which are significant for a number of reasons. When entering the New College cloisters, one will stumble upon the location where Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was filmed. The particular scene filmed was…

  • Credit: Diana Ye
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Is Shakespeare Home?

  • Shakespeare's birthplace is famously known to be Stratford, England. With the Duke in Oxford program, I was very fortunate to be able to visit not only his home but also to be a part of the audience that had the pleasure of watching The Jew of Malta performed by The Royal…

  • Credit: Diana Ye
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Emerald Water: The Roman Baths

  • These bath waters are a natural source, rich with exactly 23 vitamins and nutrients. Historically, they've been used for public bathing since the Roman occupation of Bath, England during Emperor Claudius' reign. Interestingly, upon excavation, countless curse tablets have been found, with wills which wish for revenge. Bath, the city itself,…

  • Credit: Diana Ye
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Oxford From Above

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    The last week of the Duke in Oxford program, I ascended the New College Bell Tower--the Oxford equivalent of a Chapel Climb. From the top of the tower, the whole city was visible below. I was able to see the iconic Radcliffe Camera, where I had spent…

  • Credit: Haley Sullivan
  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Magic of Magdalen

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    Home to English scholar and theologian C. S. Lewis as well as nine Nobel Prize Winners, Magdalen is not only distinguished for its scenic views but is also home to some of the world's most esteemed and highly-regarded individuals. Historically, Magdalen has continued to stand firmly throughout…

  • Credit: Diana Ye
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Flora of Oxford

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    From indulging in rose tea biscuits from Piccadilly eateries to sipping chamomile and earl grey tea, I discovered that flowers subtly contribute to the UK's culture: in not only Oxford, but England's unique high table and tea culture itself. Whether it be in front of Buckingham Palace,…

  • Credit: Diana Ye
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Home: New College Grounds

  • Dear Global Education Office

    Duke in Oxford allowed me to satisfy all my childhood fantasies and literary pleasures. From visiting The Eagle and Child, the famous pub where J.R.R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis mused about their works over drinks, to visiting the cloisters of New College, where scenes from Harry…

  • Credit: Diana Ye
  • Major: Economics and Public Policy
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Out with the New and in with the Old

  • In comparison to those who live in England, I think that Americans and Duke students are out of touch with the past. Much of the United States has bulldozed over its history. It either erects new buildings over the foundations of this country or it saws out what academics label the…

  • Credit: Kristen Shortley
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Sunset on Summer

  • On the longest day of the year in Great Britain, the sun rises at four in the morning and stays out until ten o’clock at night. For those who do not want to let go of summer, this is the place to be.

    My fourth floor room at New College in…

  • Credit: Kristen Shortley
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Adventures in Oxford

    This summer passed by in a blur filled with ancient stone and monumental buildings. Oxford was truly an amazing place, and climbing the tower of St. Mary's provided the best view of this fantastic city. This experience has helped me appreciate the history of higher education and the…

  • Credit: Meaghan Shaw
  • Major: Psychology
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Living On the Edge

    Dear Global Education Office,

    Standing on the very edge of the White Cliffs of Dover, 350 feet above the English Channel, the sound of waves crashing and seagulls shrieking, I realized how fleeting yet important this summer was. Six weeks with the Duke in Oxford program had…

  • Credit: Kristen Shortley
  • Major: Political Science
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office,

    From the top of the New College tower, you could see all of Oxford: the serious scholars briskly interweaving the hoards of matching tourists on the narrow sidewalks as they made their way to the beautiful Bodleian Library or a quaint café that supplied energizing tea and…

  • Credit: Becky Chao
  • Major: Public Policy Studies
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    This is the archway that takes you from the living areas of New College to the Main Quad. I loved walking through it because it reminded me that everything at Oxford is steeped in tradition and history. Every time I walked through the dark corridor and saw…

  • Credit: Victoria Scott
  • Major: English and Psychology
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, United Kingdom, summer
  • Postcard from Abroad

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    My first day in Oxford was a busy one. After about a day's worth of travelling, I arrived on campus in desperate need of sleep and food. After getting relatively lost in the city, my friends and I stumbled upon a pub. While they were excited to…

  • Credit: Erin Stidham
  • Major: Religion
  • Tags: Duke in Oxford, England, United Kingdom, summer
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain