The program fee for the Oxford Summer Seminar 2016 is only $7,500 (comparable programs begin at $8,000). It covers the following items:


The program fee includes tuition for two four-credit, six-week courses and the two-credit, pass/fail Seminar Colloquium.


The program fee coveres 6 weeks worth of accommodations within Trinity College, Oxford University, in either modern single rooms or traditional shared suites.

Please note: There is no price difference between rooms, and in fact, Trinity has more singles than doubles. Rooms will range from ensuite (i.e., with bathing facilites attached to the room), to those where the bathrooms are down the hall or even on a lower floor. This is entirely out of our control. The Seminar will try to take student preferences into account when assigning rooms, but cannot guarantee that everyone will receive their first choice.

Please note: some students with special needs can be accommodated, but Trinity College itself does not conform to American laws on accessibility. Please contact the director with further questions about accommodations.


The meal plan includes 12 meals per week: Breakfast all seven days, dinners from Sunday through Thursdays. It does not include lunches, but all students will have dorm fridges, and a full grocery store is right around the corner from Trinity. The meal plan also includes morning coffee and afternoon tea on weekdays.

High Table and Balcony Dinners
Within the meal plan are six formal dinners, the so-called High Table nights (for the presence of the High Table, at which all students will sit once during the summer). It also includes two formal receptions before the opening and closing dinners, and one informal dinner for each student (the Monday night "Balcony Dinners" with faculty).


The program fee also covers the costs of the Tuesday evening lectures at 7 pm, which feature literary critics, historians, and artists, and are followed each night by a the formal High Table dinner at 8. These lectures form the content for the British Studies Colloquium.

Field Trips

The program fee includes subsidies for several field trips. 2015 field trips were to London and the British Museum, the Roman Baths in the city of Bath, Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge and Avebury. The Seminar covers all field trips if possible; if not, participants may be asked to make a small contribution to travel costs (train or bus).

Other Expenses

Travel expenses to and from Oxford are not included in the program fee. Evening meals on Friday and Saturday are not included in the Program Fee. No lunches are included in the program fee. Students from Summer 2015 were asked how much they spent in pocket money during the Seminar. The average response was between $150 and $250 per week.