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Michigan State University

Odyssey to Oxford

Experience the World-Famous University of Oxford

Quench your thirst for knowledge by studying at one of the world’s most famous universities while you experience Oxford as a student. This two-week lifelong education abroad program takes you on a rare adventure to Oxford, England, “City of Dreaming Spires,” and to the University of Oxford, famous as a great center of learning since the 12th century.

About the 2023 Program

The dates for 2023 are Aug. 20-Sept. 2. Each participant enrolls in one non-credit personal enrichment course of study taught by an Oxford University tutor. Participants enjoy the relaxed but intellectually stimulating atmosphere of small classes and course-related field trips, plus several group excursions.

Free time during the program offers participants many opportunities to explore the city of Oxford, which is rich with cultural and leisure activities, offering a variety of museums, bookstores, theaters, restaurants, pubs, shops and natural settings to visit.

Participants stay in the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education residential center, Rewley House, which is located in the heart of historic Oxford.

The draft courses of study for the 2023 program are:

  • Murder Most British: Victorian Detective Fiction taught by Emma Plaskitt
  • People and Power: Medieval Castles in England and Wales taught by Gillian White
  • The Rise and Fall of the British Empire taught by Donal Lowry
  • Shapers of the Modern World: Two Centuries of British Science and Invention taught by Tim Barrett

Detailed course descriptions as well as course excursion information and group excursion information will be posted by Dec. 2022.

If you are interested in receiving information about the 2023 program, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email.

For an idea of what the program entails, including a schedule for the two weeks, review the brochure from 2020. 

Participants should plan to participate in the program in its entirety, which includes all course lectures, scheduled excursions and group meals, to maximize your experience. 

View 2020 Program Brochure


Program Accommodation

We strive to treat all participants fairly and equally and keep everyone safe while enjoying the program. To fully benefit from this experience, participants must be able to keep pace with the group. This program will be challenging for anyone who has difficulty walking, other mobility issues, visual impairments, some pulmonary or cardiovascular conditions.

Excursions involve walking that may range, over time, from one - three miles, less than half an hour to a couple of hours and may necessitate walking on uneven, steep or hilly ground, uphill terrain, unpaved surfaces or climbing steep and narrow stairs. England is not ADA accessible to the extent that the United States is - ramps and elevators are not common and walking to a destination is often required. Oxford’s historic city center has many cobblestone streets and walkways and the age and layout of many buildings at Oxford can make them arduous to traverse as well.

The MSU Alumni Office reserves the right to decline to accept or dismiss any person from the program should such person’s physical or mental condition, action or attitude impede the operation of the program or the rights, welfare or enjoyment of other participants. Any requested accommodations and/ or any physical or mental condition that may require special assistance or medical attention must be reported in writing at the time of registration. Requested accommodations must be approved prior to travel and the MSU Alumni Office and Oxford cannot accept responsibility for, or provide any ongoing assistance to, any participant who does not communicate such requests prior to the program. This will ensure the smooth and efficient operation of the program for all participants.

We respectfully request that prospective participants honestly consider whether this program is a good fit for them and if there are any questions, we encourage prospective participants to contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email prior to registering for the program.


All who participate in the program should assess their personal risk and be prepared to abide by all required safety protocols, whatever they may be at the time of the program. As the program date approaches, the MSU Alumni Office will contact participants regarding what the program safety protocols will entail, e.g., masks indoors, social distancing, etc. Safety protocols while participating in the program will be determined in consultation with the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.