GEC Summer School Campus
University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is a collegiate research university located in Oxford, England, United Kingdom. While having no known date of foundation, there is evidence of teaching as far back as 1096, making it the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second-oldest surviving university.
The university is made up of a variety of institutions, including 38 constituent colleges and a full range of academic departments which are organized into four divisions. All the colleges are self-governing institutions as part of the university, each controlling its own membership and with its own internal structure and activities. Being a city university, it does not have a main campus; instead, all the buildings and facilities are scattered throughout the city centre.
The university operates the world’s oldest university museum, as well as the largest university press in the world and the largest academic library system in Britain. Oxford has educated many notable alumni, including 27 Nobel laureates, 27 Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, and many foreign heads of state.
Activities After Class
Over the course of the month, students discover the colleges that make up the University – including the ones used for Harry Potter and other famous movies set or filmed in Oxford. They visit the University’s extraordinary museums and collections: The Ashmolean, The Pitt Rivers, and The Natural History Museum, the site of the famous Wilberforce-Huxley evolution debate. They visit Binsey and its 12th-century well, the model for the treacle-well in Alice; they sit in The Eagle and Child, reenacting meetings of the Inklings; and they watch Shakespeare performed in College gardens. They can also participate in a sports program that includes yoga, fitness, basketball, and English sports such as rowing, cricket, lawn tennis, soccer, and touch rugby.
The capital of the United Kingdom, the seat of Parliament, and the home of the Royal Family, London is truly one of the great cities of the world. It offers students unforgettable sites and experiences. Each Major class teacher crafts a unique visit for their students, combining subject-specific sites with sightseeing fun.
One of the oldest monuments in the world, Stonehenge is believed to have been erected circa 2500 BC. To this day the exact purpose of the site is unknown, perhaps a calendar, a tool for astronomy, a place of religious sacrifices, or an aristocratic burial ground. The mystery only adds to stonehenge’s continuing allure.
Located in the Cotswolds, and surrounded by a moat, this castle has stood since the 14th century, remaining in the same family since it was first built. Students are introduced to this magnificent castle and its grounds on a private tour with Lord Saye and Sele himself, who explains the long history of his ancestral home.
Ancient History Prep
Art History Tradition
British History Tradition
Classical Civilization Tradition
English Literature Tradition
History’s Secrets Prep
Introduction to Latin Prep
Latin: Poetry and Language Tradition
Literature and the Fantastic Tradition & Prep
Middle East Studies Tradition
Philosophy: Of Mind and Morals Tradition
Psychology and Literature Tradition
War in World History Tradition & Prep
Production and Workshop
Architecture Tradition & Prep
Creative Writing Tradition & Prep
Drama Tradition & Prep
Journalism Tradition & Prep
Photography Tradition & Prep
Speech and Debate Tradition & Prep
Studio Art Tradition & Prep
Sciences and Social Sciences
Applied Science Prep
Business Communication Prep
Business and Finance Prep
Business Management Tradition
Computer Science and App Design Prep
CSI Oxford Tradition & Prep
Development Economics Tradition
Engineering Tradition & Prep
Environmental Science Tradition
Human Rights Tradition
International Business Tradition
International Law Tradition
International Relations Tradition & Prep
Law and Society Tradition & Prep
Math and Logic Tradition
Medical Science Tradition & Prep
Molecular Medicine Tradition
Physics and the Future Tradition
Politics and Economics Tradition
Pop Culture as Knowledge Tradition
Social Psychology Tradition