The Oxford Experience


The Oxford Experience is a residential summer programme providing one-week courses in a variety of subjects aimed at non-specialists. It offers a choice of ten seminars each week over a period of six weeks.

Choose from over 60 different courses in the following areas:

  • Archaeology and Early History
  • Art, Music, Houses and Gardens
  • Literature and Creative Writing
  • Modern History and Philosophy
  • Lively social programme
  • Natural and Social Sciences

The Oxford Experience gives you a unique opportunity to sample life in Christ Church, one of the university’s most impressive and beautiful colleges.

Programme Features

  • Week-long residential summer courses
  • At Christ Church, Oxford
  • Small study groups taught by experienced tutors
  • Designed for an international audience of all ages


At Christ Church you will be staying in student accommodation in buildings which range from the 18th to the 20th century.  All of the standard rooms are non-air-conditioned singles and are arranged up the four or five flights of a staircase rather than along a corridor. Each bedroom has its own washbasin and shaver point but bath/shower and toilet facilities are shared. In a few buildings 'twin set' rooms (two single bedrooms opening off a sitting room) are also available.

A very limited number of single and twin-bedded rooms with private bathroom facilities are available for an additional fee, so it is advisable to book early.

Social Programme

We invite you to participate in our wide-ranging and lively social programme which always has something for everyone, from guided walks and special guest lectures to entertaining cultural events. Enjoy croquet and wine in the Cathedral Garden, a folk dancing display and a whisky tasting evening. These vary from week to week and some incour an additional charge.

Fees and Supplements

  • Programme Fee: £1,285
  • Single Ensuite Supplement optional: £180
  • Twin Ensuite Supplement optional: £90
  • Excursion Fee where applicable: £50-100

All fees are charged on a per week, per person basis.