School’s out for the summer…unless you’re one of the many who would love to fulfill that fantasy of attending the prestigious Oxford University, in Christ Church, England. But before you start worrying about SAT scores and GPAs, I should tell you: the historic university is opening up its doors (and classrooms) to anyone who applies.
Thanks to a program called The Oxford Experience, anyone ready, willing, and able to pay for a weeklong course can do just that. (And without having to suffer through those pesky final exams!)
When you sign up for the program, you’ll be welcomed with a reception in Tom Quad. Courses begin the following morning—most mornings are devoted to coursework with ample afternoon tours of cathedrals, museums, castles, and more. Three daily meals are provided (a full English breakfast, buffet lunch, and three-course sit-down dinner prepared by a chef on staff), and accommodations are in the university’s dorms. (For an extra fee, you can nab one with a private bathroom.)
Hungry for more learning? Fret not! Your studies don’t have to end after just one week. You can sign up for up to five weeks if you want. (Those who sign up for multiple weeks are treated to breakfast in bed over the weekend.) Course offerings vary from week to week—The Brontës; Late Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories; The Novels of Thomas Hardy; The Arthurian Stories in Text and Image; Cotswolds Folk Traditions; and The Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela are just a few of their offerings—but if you’re interested, just take a look at Oxford’s site to see what’s available.
Oh, and when you realize the school’s Great Hall is one and the same as Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter films, try not to geek out too much…until you get back home, anyway.
Prices start at $1,700 per person, per week, and include tuition, accommodations, and meals. Courses are offered from July 10, 2011 through August 13, 2011.
Joshua Pramis is an online associate editor and resident tech guru at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis.