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The Oxford Experience Offers Early-Bird Savings



Oxford, England, October 30, 2007—The one-week summer course at England’s oldest university—called The Oxford Experience—is offering an early booking discount of $100 (£50) per week on weeks 1 to 4 and $200 (£100) on week 5. This priority booking scheme enables prospective students to save money while making their course selection and reserving accommodation for the program, which runs from June 29 to August 2, 2008.


The Oxford Experience is a residential program that offers a choice of about a dozen courses each week over a period of five weeks.  It  is open to anyone who would enjoy “auditing” such courses as A History of the English Language, An Introduction to Opera, Enjoying the Cotswolds, The Roman Imperial Army, Romantic Jane Austen, Creative Writing, The Play’s the Thing, Castles in Britain and The Garden in Art. There are no tests, no papers, just a lot of lively discussion.  Classes, with a maximum of 12 students, are made up of Anglophiles from all over the world, with the youngest students in their thirties, the oldest in their nineties.


The program takes place at Christ Church—the most prestigious and beautiful of all Oxford colleges—which was founded by Cardinal Wolsey almost five centuries ago.  This means  students stay in buildings that date from the 18th to the 20th centuries (though rooms with private bath are available) and dine in the magnificent Hall made famous by the Harry Potter films. Three meals daily are included in the cost of the program.  Once a week each student is invited to dine at the High Table and, on the final night, everyone gets dressed up for champagne in the Cathedral Garden and a celebratory farewell dinner in the Hall.


During the week there are tours of Christ Church, the city of Oxford and other colleges,  as well as  excursions to castles, stately homes, Roman villas, cities, towns, villages and museums.  In the evening there might be a pub crawl, a special lecture, croquet and wine in the Masters Garden and Evensong in the college chapel, which is also the Oxford Cathedral.  At other times participants can enjoy Oxford’s concerts and theater, the college picture gallery, riverside walks in Christ Church Meadow and boating on the Isis (as the Thames is called in Oxford). 


The price of a one-week course—including tuition, accommodations and all meals (except those on excursions) is £980, or approximately $1,960.  There are additional charges for excursions and rooms with private bath. Participants who stay over Saturday night between courses also pay a supplement. The registration deadline is April 1, 2008, but early application is recommended and even encouraged with the early-bird discount. 


It’s easy enough to get to Oxford:  British Airways offers flights to Heathrow Airport from 18 U.S. and 4 Canadian gateways and the Oxford Bus Company has frequent service from Heathrow to Oxford.


A brochure with complete information about all aspects of the program and an application form is available online at or from The Oxford Experience, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, U.K.

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