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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
  • Sunset at Uig Harbor

  • I went abroad in search of a deeply rewarding personal experience. Duke, and college in general, was an entirely overwhelming experience for me. Sometimes I had felt like I was on top of one thing, only to feel inferior in something else, and it really made me miss the internally peaceful…

  • Credit: Frank Wang
  • Tags: United Kingdom
  • Lost in London

  • I spent a good couple of days getting lost in London during my first couple of days in the city. As a Durham-native, I had never really been in a city all by myself, let alone a new country. Public transportation was hard to learn and I spent hours walking around…

  • Credit: Ellen Yuan
  • Tags: 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
  • Big Ben

  • Dear Global Education Office:

    The Duke in London Finance program was one of the best experiences of my life.  Not only was it an astounding educational opportunity, but also an incredibly fun and fulfilling experience. I able to learn from two of the best professors that I’ve ever had, and I…

  • Credit: Richard Law
  • Major: Economics and Computer Science
  • Tags: Duke in London Finance, United Kingdom
  • Windows to Wildness 2

  • The intimidating aura of the European Eagle Owl juxtaposed with the cautious and timid bystanders

    One of the fondest memories I have of my time in Scotland is my trip to the beautiful untarnished Highlands deep in the Scottish countryside. Not only was it a sharp contrast to the bustling cosmopolitan…

  • Credit: Vinay Nagaraj
  • Tags: Duke in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Street Wisdom

  • A friend once told me that there exist as many different Londons as there are people who live there. The magical quality of this city is that it becomes a different place to different people, molded uniquely in the imagination of each resident who calls it home. East London’s beauty is…

  • Credit: Chris Lee
  • Tags: United Kingdom
  • Windows to Wildness

  • One of the fondest memories I have of my time in Scotland is my trip to the beautiful untarnished Highlands deep in the Scottish countryside. Not only was it a sharp contrast to the bustling cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh, but it was also a diverse and scenic experience that allowed me…

  • Credit: Vinay Nagaraj
  • Tags: Duke in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Lest We Forget

  • For weeks leading up to the celebration of Armistice Day on November 11, myriads of red poppy flowers could be seen sprouting vibrantly against the grey, cloudy walkways of London. To mark the centennial of Britain’s involvement in WWI, 888,246 ceramic poppies surrounded the grounds of the Tower of London, one…

  • Credit: Chris Lee
  • Tags: United Kingdom
  • A Rainbow in the Skye

  • This photo was taken during a weekend trip with our professor to the picturesque Isle of Skye, an island off the coast of northwest Scotland.  On our second day in Skye, we took a boat trip from Elgol to Loch Coruisk, which is tucked in the Cuillin Mountains.  On the boat…

  • Credit: Sarah Rowan
  • Tags: Duke in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Principe Pio - Madrid, Spain