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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom; Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
The Oxford program provides students the opportunity to study and live at Oxford University while enjoying places of historic interest in the city of Oxford. The program goal is to provide students an opportunity to study academic subjects which most readily benefit from being taught in England. Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and the second-oldest surviving university in the world.?
UK: Oxford Brit Hist & Shakesp

The British History and Shakespeare in Oxford summer 2018 program has closed, and will not be considering any further applicants for 2018.
NC State's oldest summer study abroad program is in Oxford, United Kingdom, and it is also undoubtedly one of its best. The Oxford Study Abroad program encapsulates everything you could expect from a month at one of the most prestigious Universities in the world - courses with amazing Oxford Dons, history around every corner, and a diverse crowd of great minds and unique characters to mingle with daily.
In Oxford, you will live and study at Somerville College - the alma mater of former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Indira Gandhi. Within those sturdy walls, you'll have access to courses in 20th Century British History, the Plays of Shakespeare or Words Through Space and Time. Taking these courses in Oxford connects you directly to history and inspiration around every corner. Your coursework will come alive during additional field trips to London, Stonehenge, Statford, Blenheim Palace and

  • Courses
    • ENG 209: Introduction to Shakespeare 
    • OR  ENG 498: Studies in Shakespeare
    • HI 429: British 20th Century History
    • HON 311: Words Through Space and Time
  • NC State Program Cost
  • Program Dates
    • June 24 - July 21, 2018
  • Locations
    • Various locations throughout the UK including Oxford, London, Stonehenge, and Stratford
  • Contact
    • Sarah Beth May |
    • Chester Brewer |
  • Eligibility
    • 2.75 GPA
    • Not on active disciplinary probation
    • Not on academic integrity probation currently or during the prior semester
Oxford 2018 - Information Sessions
   Location      Date      Time  
 Honors Commons Multipurpose Room  Wed, September 27th  6:00p
 Bragaw Activity Room  Tues, October 17th  6:00p
 Honors Commons Multipurpose Room  Wed, October 25th  6:00p

The program brings together a diversity of students to live at an Oxford college and to study in a way which exemplifies the Oxford tradition of academic life, through British tutors and lectures from the University of Oxford. Over 730 students have participated in the Oxford program over the last 29 years. oxford1

For program cost information, see the above Summer Budget Sheet. Early application is advisable for all NC State Summer Programs.

Oxford lies between the Isis (Thames) and Cherwell Rivers; its name coming from an ancient site where oxen forded the river. A city and industrial center, it is best known as the seat of Oxford University, the oldest in England, celebrated for tradition, academic excellence, and beautiful architecture. Students are encouraged to take advantage of all the plays, places of architectural and historical interest, libraries, and museums.

The local area offers pubs where C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and John Wesley once gathered. The Oxford Theater Guild presents plays by Shakespeare in the garden of St. John's College, beautifully using the natural outdoor backdrop during the summer nights of July. The Bodleian Library, possibly the finest of its kind in the world, is at Oxford.

Students will take two courses for credit; one course must be taken for graded credit the second may be S/U. All courses are 3 credit hours. ENG 209/498 and HI 429 are taught by Oxford faculty. NC State faculty Dr. Tiffany Kershner is the instructor for HON 311. Graduate students have the option of enrolling in one course only.

ENG 209: Introduction to Shakespeare or ENG 498 Studies in Shakespeare
A general study of the historical background, four or five selected major works on Shakespeare, and attendance at theatrical performances.
Only ENG 209 satisfies Humanities GEP

HI 429: British 20th Century History
This course will focus on the causes leading to World War II and the nature and consequences of Britain's involvement. The policies of Winston Churchill and his government, and the immediate and long-term consequences of this period of Britain History will be examined.
Satisfies Humanities GEP

HON 311: Words Through Space and Time -
Cultures differentiate and frame events in various ways. At the heart of conceptual events are WORDS: an inventory of the ways a particular group of people depict and understand the interactions they have with each other and with the world around them. Through a detailed examination of lexical phenomena in cultures around the world, we will become familiar with the ways in which language and culture interact, the extent to which these surface in our everyday lives and the explanations proposed by various fields for their existence.
Satisfies Interdisciplinary Perspectives GEP

Students will reside in Somerville Hall, a permanent private hall at the University of Oxford. Most students will live in single rooms, with shared common areas.  Breakfast, morning tea & cookies, and lunch are provided each weekday. 

Excursions & Events
Early in the stay the group will take a walking tour of Oxford to acquaint them with the city. Students will visit the historic colleges, including visits to several of the most beautiful and historically famous chapels.  Day trips include London (including visits to the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and a boat trip on the Thames River), Stonehenge, Canterbury Cathedral & Dover Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon (home of William Shakespeare), and a tour of the Harry Potter film studio.  Afternoons often include a traditional game of croquet. Weekends are free for travel.  

castleLondon is only an hour away by train. Scotland and Wales are easily reached for weekend travel. Many students also arrange for extended travel in the British Isles or Europe before or after their stay at Oxford.

Financial Aid
Financial aid
is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. Students from other institutions should contact their home institution study abroad and financial aid offices for information. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship from the Study Abroad Office.

Resident Faculty
Chester Brewer and Sarah Beth May serve as co-directors and will be available prior to departure and on site during the program to help orient and assist students. They will also arrange special activities and field trips.

Sarah Beth May, seking2@ncsu.eduAssistant Director of the University Scholars Program
Chester Brewer,, Assistant Director of the University Scholars Program

Application Procedures
All students are expected to have a clear desire to engage in the academic work of the program and benefit from the Oxford academic experience.

The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us at:

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.