GEC Summer School Campus

University of Oxford

Campus Introduction

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.

City Excursion

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

Archeology Tradition

Art History Tradition

British History Tradition

Classical Civilization Tradition

Empires Prep

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 Prep

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

Filmmaking Tradition

Journalism Tradition & Prep

Photography Tradition & Prep

Screenwriting Tradition

Speech and Debate Tradition & Prep

Studio Art Tradition & Prep

Sciences and Social Sciences

Applied Science Prep

Biotechnology Prep

Business Communication Prep

Business and Finance Prep

Business Management Tradition

Computer Science and App Design Prep

CSI Oxford Tradition & Prep

Development Economics Tradition

Economics Prep

Engineering Tradition & Prep

Entrepreneurship Tradition

Environmental Science Tradition

Genetics Prep

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

Neuropsychology Tradition

Physics and the Future Tradition

Politics Prep

Politics and Economics Tradition

Pop Culture as Knowledge Tradition

Psychology Prep

Robotics Prep

Social Psychology Tradition