Field & Institutional Visits
Britain’s small size is misleading and the country is quite unlike many land areas of similar size. Amongst those forces which have created some of Earth’s richest and most diverse landscapes, we can list geology, climate, the long time span of human occupancy and the wealth of cultural influences which, in various historical periods, have been imposed imperiously or diffused peacefully into the lives of its inhabitants.
The Summer Schools take full advantage of these richly varied landscapes and their aid to study through integrated day field visits and a four-day Residential Excursion away from Oxford. Stratford-upon-Avon and a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company are usually included. Commerce, industry and City institutions host visits for the Professional Programmes and most Academic Programme Options have their own specific site and institutional visits, referred to in their Option Descriptions.
We also find that our participating students relish the short distances to a veritable feast of interesting places during free weekends ! All of England and Wales – and Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Bonn and Cologne – lie within five hours of Oxford by road or rail, whilst Scotland lies not much further afield and Ireland can be reached in half this time by air. Weekends are usually free, except for the Residential Excursion, for you to make travel plans with old and new friends
Leisure & Recreation
Beyond their commitment to academic work, Summer School students are free to organise leisure time and take advantage of the many sporting, cultural and social facilities which Oxford is able to offer. London, with its splendid heritage, theatres and concert halls is little more than an hour away for a few £ sterling by coach.
In Oxford, evening open-air theatre in College gardens, concerts and recitals galore in the Sheldonian Theatre and medieval College Chapels, afternoons punting on the Rivers Cherwell and Isis (Thames) and evenings of conversation in one of Oxford’s myriad pubs – these are the delicious ingredients of summer in one of Europe’s loveliest cities.
© Dr Ken Addison,St.Peter's College, University of Oxford: for 2017