Oxford

Be inspired by history and tradition that goes back a millennium.


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Dates:
Session 1: July 03* - July 22, 2017
(3 Weeks)
Session 2: July 24* – August 05, 2017
(2 Weeks)
Paris Extension: July 22 - 26, 2017
*Group flight departs NY the night before
Program Fee:
Session 1: $6,995 + airfare
Session 2: $4,995 + airfare
Housing:
Dormitory
Grades:
Completing grades 8-12
Program Fee includes:

Tuition, room, 2 meals per day, use of select campus facilities, included excursions and daily activities, bed linens, pillow and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, staff accompanied airport transfer during specified windows.

Not Included:

Airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses.

Summerfuel Oxford takes high school students into the heart of the world’s most celebrated university. Oxford is a magical place, loved not just for its longstanding traditions, venerable buildings and academic reputation. A place like no other, Oxford is teeming with history, tradition and achievement that dates back almost a millennium.
 

Experience life as an Oxford undergraduate, discover challenging seminars and enjoy a wide variety of unique extracurricular activities. A full schedule of exciting visits and excursions provide an authentic taste of England’s history, culture and traditions. Be inspired to reach new levels of achievement, discover a new home, make friends from around the world and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE

SESSION 1

  • JULY 02 • GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS
  • JUlY 03 • WELCOME TO OXFORD!
  • JULY 04 • FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
  • JULY 08 • BEST OF LONDON: PART 1
  • JULY 09 • BLENHEIM PALACE
  • JULY 13 • LONDON BIKE TOUR*
  • JULY 15 • BEST OF LONDON: PART 2
  • JULY 15 • BROUGHTON CASTLE
  • JULY 18 • ACADEMIC LONDON
  • JULY 21 • AWARDS & FINAL DINNER
  • JULY 22 • DEPART FROM OXFORD
  • JULY 22-26 • PARIS EXTENSION*

 

SESSION 2

  • JULY 23 • GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS
  • JULY 24 • WELCOME TO OXFORD!
  • JULY 25 • FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
  • JULY 29 • BEST OF LONDON
  • JULY 30 • BLENHEIM PALACE
  • AUGUST 1 • ACADEMIC LONDON
  • AUGUST 4 • FINAL DINNER
  • AUGUST 5 • DEPART FROM OXFORD

 

Alumni Testimonial

"I am simply amazed at the experience you build for these kids wrapped in truly important educational development opportunities.  He met people from Kuwait to Venezuela and Boston to Texas.  The mix of diversity was impressive and they all seemed to have formed great friendships. 
 
Preston shared an amazing number of photos that clearly demonstrate how much these kids enjoyed learning more about history, digging deep into insights that they had not previously been exposed, and having personal breakthroughs about their own potential.  This has been a summer filled with an impactful experience and we are deeply grateful."

-- Mother of Preston G., Fort Worth, TX
WATCH THE 2016 INTERVIEW VIDEO >

SUMMER IN ENGLAND

An Oxford Education

Select two seminars to explore a subject of interest in depth, improve academic skills and discover new passions. Learn from experienced Oxford professors and local professionals who utilize all that Oxford has to offer to enrich the learning experience.

Oxford Adventures

Summerfuel in Oxford offers the freedom to choose options from our jam-packed activities calendar, or spend time in town with your friends. Play in a "footie" match, attend high tea, visit a museum and watch a Shakespeare performance - all in the same day.

Exploring England

Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for excursions that allow students to experience the best that England has to offer, from the beautiful countryside to exciting cities. You will visit London, Blenheim Palace, Bath, Broughton Castle…and then London again!
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LADY MARGARET HALL

At Summerfuel Oxford, students live and learn at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH), one of the 39 constituent colleges that make up Oxford University. Named after Lady Margaret Beufort, mother of Henry VII and founded in 1878, LMH has educated some of England's outstanding writers, educators and thinkers.

LMH is located alongside the University Parks and River Cherwell, which allows students to enjoy larger grounds than most Oxford colleges and escape some of the city center traffic and congestion. LMH is a short walk from the Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean and Pitt Rivers Museums and is within easy reach of the sights of central Oxford.

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Dormitory Housing

You will have a single room - the same rooms used by Oxford undergraduates during the academic year. All floors are single-gender and are assigned based on age and geographic diversity. LMH "Scouts" will tidy your bedroom every other day and supply/replace provided linens and towels once a fortnight. WiFi is available throughout the dormitory, common spaces and the college grounds and is included as part of the program fee.

Staff-in-Residence

A Resident Advisor (RA) will live on each hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help students get the most out of their stay in Oxford. Summerfuel Senior Staff also live in residence and are available to help address student concerns and emergencies, day or night.

Each year, LMH and Summerfuel program staff work together to provide the best and most comprehensive residential experience available to high school students.

Facilities & Gardens

You'll have full access to LMH's 12-acre grounds with gardens, fields for soccer, Frisbee and volleyball, tennis courts and our very own boathouse on the River Cherwell, which borders the college.

LMH also has common rooms with a foosball table, pool table, and a jukebox, as well as a computer lab for assignments and keeping in touch with friends and family. The Summerfuel Oxford program office is located on site and serves as the hub of student activity.

Dining

Breakfast and dinner are served in LMH's traditional oak-paneled dining room. The dining hall serves a wide variety of meal options to suit most dietary preferences and requirements.

Lunch is not provided on campus to encourage you to explore Oxford's many restaurants, sandwich shops, and coffeehouses or pick up a take-away meal to enjoy a picnic by the river.

Security

A team of amiable porters staff the lodge at the gated entrance to LMH 24-hours a day to monitor the entrance, sign in visitors, assist with lost keys, answer questions, and provide first-aid response. The dormitories have secured entrances that require an electronic key pass for access to the building and a physical key for individual bedroom entry.

Students are overseen by our dedicated residential staff during the entirety of their stay, whether on campus or in the town of Oxford, and are required to use the buddy system during free time.
 

Sample Daily Schedule

09.00am • BREAKFAST
09.30am • MORNING SEMINAR (5x/wk)
12.00pm • LUNCH
01.00pm • AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES (4x/wk)
04.00pm • AFTERNOON SEMINAR
06.30pm • DINNER
08.00pm • EVENING ACTIVITIES
11.00pm • CHECK-IN & RA MEETING

CITY OF DREAMING SPIRES

Oxford is a magical place, loved not just for its longstanding traditions, venerable buildings and academic reputation. It is also where the mile was first run in under four minutes, where Alice in Wonderland was first told, and where Tolkein wrote The Lord of the Rings.

All the entertainment and adventure of Oxford's city center is just a short walk away, and students are free to explore historic downtown in small groups or by joining a Summerfuel activity. Be sure not to miss some of the city's best spots.

Christ Church

Visit the beautiful cathedral and grounds of the famous college conceived in the 1520s.

Bodleian Library

This architectural gem holds a copy of every book published in the United Kingdom.

Covered Market

Explore this arcade of farmers’ stalls, small boutiques, flower shops and sandwich cafes.

Pitt-Rivers Museum

This must-see anthropology museum contains everything from shrunken heads to musical instruments.

University Parks

The perfect place to lounge, play, or watch a cricket match, the parks are just steps from the our college front door.

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Britain’s oldest public museum is home to an impressive collection of art, historical objects and oddities.

Eagle and Child

Have lunch at this famous public house where Tolkien first discussedThe Lord of the Rings.

Radcliffe Camera

With one of the largest domes in England, this is perhaps the most magnificent building in Oxford.
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INTERACTIVE SEMINARS

At Summerfuel, we believe learning should be engaging, inspiring and fun. We have worked hard to design courses, field trips and guest lectures that provide 'only in Oxford' experiences. Summerfuel Oxford aims to offer the best educational experience for each high school student that chooses to study abroad with us.

Small Classes

Summerfuel courses are modeled on the Oxford tutorial format, with an emphasis on seminar-style discussion, for a true college experience. While coursework is challenging, homework is limited to ensure that students are able to make the most of their time abroad. Most courses have no more than twelve students enrolled to ensure that each student receives individualized attention.

Whenever possible, course content is enhanced by the plentiful resources Oxford and London have to offer, so that England becomes your classroom. Visit Parliament while it is in session with your political science class, tour the medieval colleges in Oxford Art & Architecture, or visit a start-up business for Entrepreneurship.

Suggested Academic Tracks

While we encourage students to explore different academic disciplines, our courses are also designed to pair into recommended tracks:

PRE-MED:
AM Medical Science | PM Genetics

ENGLISH LITERATURE:
AM Shakespeare | PM Oxford Authors

PSYCHOLOGY:
AM Developmental Psychology | PM Abnormal Psychology

BUSINESS:
AM International Business | PM Entrepreneurship

Academic London Trip

Each year, students head into London with their faculty and classmates to enrich their Oxford-based studies. Students will participate in activities which relate to their chosen seminars and are designed to best leverage London’s assets. Past activities have included:

• Visit to Houses of Parliament
(PPE, International Relations)

• A Shakespeare production at The Globe Theatre
(Shakespeare, Actor’s Workshop)

• Lecture at the Museum of The Bank of England
(International Business, Finance)

• A Tour of St. Paul’s Cathedral
(Oxford Art & Architecture)

Seminar Series

Since its inception in 2002, the Summerfuel Oxford Seminar Series has provided an opportunity for students to explore and discuss a stimulating range of issues and ideas, and for our senior faculty members to showcase their research. The series takes place once a week throughout the program. The following are examples of past lectures, and possible topics for this summer:

• A History of Oxford and Britain in 25 Objects
• Philosophy: Why Bother?
• Oxford in the Movies: from Laurel & Hardy to Harry Potter
• What is Knowledge and how do we have it?

 


OUR FACULTY

Courses are taught by an accomplished and passionate teaching faculty, including Oxford University professors, practicing professionals and artists. Our faculty are exclusively hired to design and teach our seminars and do not have residential responsibilities. We consider our faculty part of the Summerfuel family, with most returning year after year to work with our students.

Our returning faculty will include:

Dr. Edward Clarke
Shakespeare, Shakespeare’s England
PhD in English Literature, Trinity College, Dublin
MA in English Literature, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford
Read Dr. Clarke’s Interview

Dr. Meg Dharod
Medical Science, Genetics
PhD in Medical Microbiology, Balliol College, Oxford
Biochemistry Researcher, John Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford

 

Paul Sinclair
Oxford Authors
MA in Medieval History, Brasenose College, Oxford
Assistant Director, Liberal Arts, St. Clare's, Oxford

Kay Alty
Marketing & Advertising
CESEM in European Management, Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Reims
Founder & Director, Data Print & Mail Ltd.
Read Kay's Interview

 

Alumni Testimonial

With the transition to college, my life has changed quite a bit since being at Summerfuel Oxford, but I think I can say from the perspective of two years later that the program has impacted and continues to impact my life every day. I still keep in touch with a core group of friends from that summer and see them as often as possible.

Living in an academic setting away from home and being responsible for my own well-being and academic success primed me better for college than any AP class could have. Plus, Ed Clarke awakened the Shakespeare nut in me, and my giant, heavy, Complete Works of William Shakespeare is still the first book I pack to go anywhere. 
In brief, my summer in Oxford was one of the most profoundly influential and positively fun experiences of my life. 
-- Yael C., Columbia University

SEMINAR OFFERINGS

Students choose one Morning Seminar and one Afternoon Seminar to complete while in Oxford and which last the duration of the program. Morning Seminars will meet for 2.5 hours each morning, Monday to Friday, while Afternoon Seminars will meet four times per week for 2 hours.

Morning Seminars

Business, Law and Medicine

Economics & Management

How do economic theories and the management of resources and labour intersect to solve global business and social issues? Dissect the relationship between these two related areas of study to find more efficient and effective theories, models and frameworks for government economic policies and organisational functions. This course will utilize case studies and dynamic class discussion to explore this multi-disciplinary concentration and hone students’ analytical and communication skills. Session 1 Only.

Marketing & Advertising

Marketing and advertising can make or break the success of any product. Learn how the right packaging, pricing and advertising can set an idea apart from the rest. Dive into the complexities of consumer behavior to develop a winning marketing strategy to promote and sell a new product of your choosing. From advertising on the internet, to magazines, the radio and TV, there's no limit to where your creativity can take you! Session 1 Only.

International Business

What is global capitalism and how does it work? Examine the dynamic world of international business - supply and demand, market structure, trading, and investment - and some of the institutions that keep it in check, such as national governments, the WTO, and the IMF. With your classmates, you'll solve interesting business problems and form your own strategies for some of the world's top organizations. Session 1 & 2.

Medical Science

This exciting and challenging interdisciplinary course will introduce you to some of the fundamental concepts of medical science. Learn how the immune system functions, and sometimes malfunctions, with respect to disease and how health care professionals and organizations work to prevent, treat, and cure illness. Besides the scientific, you will also investigate the social, political and cultural dimensions of the experience of health and wellness. Prerequisite: Completion of a high school biology course. Session 1 Only.

Liberal Arts

Creative Writing

Imagine. Compose. Inspire. Develop your unique voice as you focus on the main elements of writing short fiction. With works by well known writers as your model, learn to develop narrative point of view, effective description, characterization and dialogue. Make use of the rich resources of Oxford to turn your own experiences and impressions into finished works to share with others. Return home with a variety of revised pieces for a portfolio you can be proud of. Session 1 & 2.

Oxford Art & Architecture

Use Oxford as your classroom to discover its thousand years of architectural beauty and history. On daily trips to sites around the city, you will explore the civic, ecclesiastical, and collegiate architecture of Oxford and engage directly with some of the finest art collections in England. You'll fill a journal with sketches and photographs of all that you see to create a living memory of your summer experience. Session 1 & 2.

Shakespeare

Shakespeare can change your life. Find out how this summer by exploring The Complete Works with an expert guide. Whether you are new to the Bard or already an enthusiast this course will enliven your mind. We will read several plays, acting out scenes, and discovering Renaissance England along the way. Imagine attending performances at the Globe Theater and in the exquisite grounds of Oxford colleges. Rain or shine you will be mesmerized and finish the course a genuine Shakespearean. Session 1 Only.

Bloody British History

In 1455, England was a third-rate military power, an intellectual backwater and a commercial weakling. By 1714, it was the dominant nation-state in Europe. Examine the major political, economic, social and intellectual changes in Tudor and Stuart England, as they manifest in the violent struggle to guide the course of history. Attention will be paid to aristocratic intrigue, political executions, the War of the Roses, the Reformation, Henry VIII's wives, Sir Thomas Moore, Bloody Mary, Mary Queen of Scots and the Civil War. Session 1 Only.

Preparing for College

English as a Second Language

Improve your reading, writing, and speaking skills in order to succeed in college and beyond. Designed for non-native speakers of English, this course will expose you to a variety of texts and writing styles. You will be taken through the entire writing process--from crafting your work to the final editing process. This course compliments your immersion in a UK college setting, while providing a supportive environment to boost confidence and achievement. Session 1 Only.

SAT Prep with the Princeton Review

With 22 hours of small-group instruction and individual consultation plus 3 full-length SAT diagnostics, your Princeton Review program will provide you with instruction in the math, critical reading, and writing strategies needed to perform at your highest level. Session 1 Only. (Supplemental fee: $695)

Social Sciences

International Relations

Examine international relations not as abstract theory, but as events that affect the lives of ordinary people. You will study current events relating to war and terrorism, diplomacy, refugee status, human rights, and aid for the developing world in order to think critically about the arguments made in international politics. Formulate your own position on the issues, balancing moral concerns with national interests. Readings and class discussions will be augmented by guest speakers who can share their personal perspectives on events studied in the course. In past summers, speakers have include a former prisoner of war, an evacuee from the London Blitz of 1940, a Darfur activist, and the Head of the Oxford Islam and Muslim Awareness Project. Session 1 & 2.

Philosophy, Politics & Economics

How do philosophers, politicians and economists aim to create a just and fair society? Explore the connections between philosophy, politics and economics in America and Britain in this course based on the famous Oxford undergraduate major. Discover the real world consequences of financial policies that aim to improve our lives. Investigate controversial issues like the redistribution of wealth through taxation and economic incentives for individuals and companies to formulate your own opinion on how the government can best provide for its people. Session 1 Only.

Developmental Psychology

Investigate the psychological concepts that have revolutionized our understanding of others and ourselves. Examine the roots of personality and behavior as seen through the theories of Freud, Maslow, Erikson, and Piaget and evaluate the validity of these theories in light of your own experiences. You will focus on the major areas of human experience: physical maturation, intellectual and moral development, sensuality and sexuality, family and peer relationships, and coping with stress and problems in everyday life. Session 1 & 2.

Afternoon Seminars

Business, Law and Medicine

Genetics

Discover recent developments on the nature and role of DNA. Learn how genetic research and advances in molecular biology are re-shaping medicine and enabling new treatments for diseases such as cancer and AIDS. You will also discuss current ethical issues in medicine such as gene therapy, genetic engineering and cloning. Prerequisite: Completion of high school biology course. Session 1 Only.

Entrepreneurship

Are you a self-starter who is always looking for the next big idea? Do you want to develop your leadership skills and learn how to run your own company? This practically-based course will show you how to create your own business from start to finish. Learn how to identify a market, attract investors and manage growth and expansion. Study models of both successful and unsuccessful businesses and look at the developing impact of technology. Visit local businesses to gain a greater understanding of the complexities involved in running a successful entrepreneurial venture. Then, work with a team of your peers to develop your own original business plan to promote your innovative idea. Session 1 & 2.

Finance

Does the Economy affect the Market or is it the other way around? Explore political and economic events from the 20th and 21st century to gain a better understanding of the two. Discuss how psychological factors related to each can affect the other and consider ongoing world events and the possible impacts. Session 1 Only.

Law and Society

How does the law function as an instrument of social change and control? Compare and contrast the history, structure, and professional traits of the English and American legal systems and learn how Federalism and Constitutionality distinguishes American legal culture from that of Britain. This is an ideal option for those considering a career in law. Session 1 Only.

Liberal Arts

Creative Writing

Imagine. Compose. Inspire. Develop your unique voice as you focus on the main elements of writing short fiction. With works by well known writers as your model, learn to develop narrative point of view, effective description, characterization and dialogue. Make use of the rich resources of Oxford to turn your own experiences and impressions into finished works to share with others. Return home with a variety of revised pieces for a portfolio you can be proud of. Session 1 Only.

Actor's Workshop

Become a member of a working theatre company, led by a professional director. Stretch your imagination and develop the skills needed by all actors: movement, improvisation, characterization, voice and speech, storytelling, text interpretation, and ensemble work. Through games and exercises, you'll also learn about story telling, text interpretation and timing. At the conclusion of the course, perform for your friends and the entire Summerfuel community. Session 1 & 2.

Oxford Authors

Experience Oxford through the writings of three famous Oxford scholars: Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. By enjoying a variety of excursions, you will explore the physical and intellectual landscape of Oxford and the influence it has had on these author's imaginative works. Consider the function of myth, allegory, symbolism and other literary forms and compare your own experiences and adventures in Oxford to those that take place in Alice's Wonderland, Narnia and the magic of the Hobbit's Middle-earth. Session 1 & 2.

Digital Photography

Pursue your passion for photography and apply your own artistic touch in the digital darkroom. Master the fundamentals of composition through discussion of the work of well-known photographers and explore your own style taking pictures around Oxford. Learn how to use the manual features of your digital camera and Adobe Photoshop to conceive and create images with beauty, purpose, intent and meaning. Perfect your best work for display in the final ASA Art Show. You must supply your own DSLR digital camera and laptop with Adobe Photoshop. Session 1 Only. (Supplemental Fee: $75; DSLR camera and laptop required)

Preparing for College

Essay Writing

Effective writing is perhaps the most important skill for success in high school and college. This course will help students develop college-level writing skills and critical thinking skills that are applicable to any area of study. This foundation course focuses on moving through the steps common to all successful college writing: defining an audience, developing a substantive thesis statement, argumentation, organization, style, drafting, and revision. Structured writing exercises and reading assignments are followed by group workshops and student-teacher conferences as students work to complete several polished final essays for inclusion in a program literary magazine. Session 1 Only.

Social Sciences

Psychology of the Criminal Mind

What drives people to commit crimes? Do offenders have a failed sense of morality, or, is it a biologically hard wired, unstoppable urge? Investigate psychological phenomena such as "group think" and "de-individuation" as they relate to environmental factors like poverty, drug use and social upbringing. Explore how mental illnesses like psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder can be a source of criminal behavior and study fascinating examples of how seemingly normal individuals commit serious and violent felonies. Session 1 & 2.

Voyages in Afternoon Tea

"Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage" - Catherine Douzel - Britain consumes around 165 million cups of tea each day. Afternoon tea is an English institution, accompanied by sandwiches, scones or cake. Explore the culture and history of this English activity through the tea rooms, collections, shops and houses in Oxford. This will be a voyage of discovery leading from a variety of taste sensations to an exploration of English customs, rituals, trade and wars. Session 1 & 2.

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Once classes are over, you will have a full and varied schedule of extra-curricular opportunities to choose from. The below trips and activities are included in the program fee, so you will never be at a loss for something to do.

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INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

Every weekend, you will travel to historic sites to make sure you see the best that England has to offer.

Best of London: Part 1

Discover one of the world’s most exciting international cities, whose history dates back to Roman times. This trip is designed to give you an overview of all that London has to offer with a bus tour, a visit to Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the guard and a stop at Covent Garden for shopping and food.

Best of London: Part 2 (Session 1 Only)

Experience London’s must-see attractions on our second visit. Explore the Tate Modern art gallery, visit the Tower of London and the Crown Jewels, tour St. Paul’s Cathedral or wander through Harrods for souvenirs.

Blenheim Palace

Explore the 18th century palace and its extensive grounds, home to the 11th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Tour the palace and then take a turn in the classic hedge maze in the garden.

Broughton Castle (Session 1 Only)

Discover one of England’s most beautiful castles, where the films The Scarlet Pimpernel and Shakespeare in Love were filmed. The property has a beautiful garden tea shop and the Lord of the manor, Lord Saye & Sele, is often seen pruning the hedges and taking tea among the flowers.

 

DAILY ACTIVITIES

The Summerfuel Oxford team will work closely with students to determine their interests and fill the afternoons and evenings with varied options around Lady Margaret Hall and Oxford. Each day the Activities Director plans several activities in the afternoon, from cricket on the lawn to Harry Potter tours, and one or two larger community events in the afternoon. Past favorites have included outdoor movies, Oxford ghost tours, Casino night and the annual visit from our guest hypnotist. Suggestions are always welcome!

Past favorites include:

High tea, Croquet, Cricket, Formal dinner, Harry Potter Tour, Soccer, Tennis (courts on-site), Shakespeare performances, Basketball, Punting, Spa night, Casino night, Ice skating, Trivia night, College admissions workshops, British food tours.

 

For more information about program activities, check out last summer's program blog:

Read the Summerfuel Oxford blog

 

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Summerfuel provides the following optional trips at an extra cost to a limited number of students. Alternate activities are always provided for students who chose not to participate in these “optional extras.” Further details and registration instructions are sent in the late winter.

London Bike Tour, $75

Visit Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Royal Parks, Kensington Palace, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square – and learn about their history. This leisurely and comfortable tour is open to bike riders of all levels.

Paris Extension: July 22 -26, $1,695

What better way to complement your month abroad in Europe than to travel to one of the continent’s cultural capitals? Enjoy a five-day visit to the City of Lights, featuring organized tours and activities highlighting Paris’ greatest monuments and some of its more off-beat attractions. Climb the Eiffel Tower, visit Notre Dame and experience some of Europe’s greatest museums. In the evenings, take a cruise on the River Seine, explore Île Saint Louis or just watch the world go by from a Parisian café. The extension fee is all-inclusive and includes travel to Paris, full room and board (three meals per day) and all activities and excursions.

 

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EXPERIENCE MATTERS

Our summer staff members are at the heart of all that we do. Supported by our New York headquarters, our program directors and resident advisors create an exciting and balanced residential, academic and extracurricular experience each summer.

SENIOR STAFF

At Summerfuel, we are particularly proud of our exceptional program directors. We believe that strong, nurturing and experienced leadership sets the tone for a successful program.

The senior staff at Summerfuel Oxford is composed of a Director, a Residence Life Director, an Academic Director, an Activities Director, and a Student Services Director. The Director, Emily Osborne, has been with Summerfuel in Oxford for 9 years and this will be her 5th summer as the Director. During the academic year, Emily works as an AP/Honors high school teacher. Additionally, our Director Emeritus, Paul Saville, oversees much of the program administration. Paul has led the Oxford Experience program for over 30 years. He is an Oxford professor and artist and resides in the city year-round.

Meet Emily  |  Meet Paul

 

RESIDENT ADVISORS (RAs)

RAs are an essential part of the Summerfuel experience and are hired solely to support and act as role models to our students.

RAs are college upperclassmen or recent graduates with experience in residential life. They live on each floor, with one RA for every ten to eleven students. RAs are always available to organize activities, provide tours around Oxford, answer questions and make sure our students get the most out of their summer.

 

SAFETY & SUPERVISION

The safety, security, and overall well-being of our students is our utmost priority. We implement the following measures to ensure our students are well cared for and safe at all times. You can read more about student safety here.

  • 1 to 8 student to residential staff ratio
  • 24-hour security with a team of porters on staff at Lady Margaret Hall
  • Electronic key pass required for entry into residence hall buildings
  • Designated zone in which students can travel within Oxford
  • Buddy system to ensure students never travel alone
  • 11pm daily curfew and face-to-face check-in
  • Zero tolerance for drug / alcohol use or bullying
  • Read our full code of conduct here

 

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GETTING TO/FROM OXFORD

Group Escorted Flight from New York

Summerfuel offers escorted transatlantic flights from New York City on regularly scheduled airlines for all of our Pre-College Oxford program. All students traveling on Summerfuel escorted flights will be accompanied on their international flight and transferred to and from the airport on their arrival and departure free of charge. Upon return to the US, students are released from the program at the point of entry once they have cleared customs. Full information about escorted flights will be sent to enrolled students when available. Please note that students are responsible for booking and paying for their own seats on escorted and group flights.

 

Indidviual Air Travel

Summerfuel staff will meet students at the designated program airports, within the specified arrival time windows, at no additional cost. Students will be met at the baggage claim arrivals area or outside customs, and Summerfuel will transport students between the airport and the program campus. Students traveling outside of the specified time windows or to/from a different airport are responsible for their own transportation costs. Summerfuel is happy to assist with these arrangements. More details will be sent to enrolled students closer to the program start date.

 

Alternate Travel / Family Drop-Off

If you are not planning to meet our staff at Heathrow, it is still important for us to know how you will be getting to and from Lady Margaret Hall. Oxford is easily accessible from London via car or train and families often tack on a short vacation before or after the program to enjoy a bit more of the UK.

 

International Students / Travel Visas

All students are responsible for making travel arrangements, ensuring that they meet the entry and exit requirements of their host country and obtaining all travel documents (including visas) necessary to attend a Summerfuel program. Students are responsible for applying for the appropriate tourist/visitor visa with enough time to meet these deadline.

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