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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 2022 Program

The dates for 2022 are Aug. 21-Sept. 3. Due to the 2020 and 2021 postponements, we will keep the same program – courses and course excursions, plus group excursions. 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. The three courses of study are:
  • Art and Power in the Tudor Court
    Tutor: Gillian White
  • British Traitors
    Tutor: Kees Windland
  • Oxford Fantasy Writers
    Tutor: Emma Plaskitt

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.

For complete program details, please review the brochure. Note: while the dates in the brochure are from 2020, the 2022 program will remain virtually unchanged from 2020 except the Making Things, Making Britain course is no longer scheduled.

View 2020 Program Brochure

Details

Updated Terms and Conditions for the 2022 Program

Since the Odyssey to Oxford program remains basically unchanged since 2020 and the program brochure has not been updated to reflect dates for 2022, this document sets forth updates to the following sections - REGISTRATION/CANCELLATION/REFUNDS, ITINERARY/PROGRAM MODIFICATIONS and RESPONSIBILITY - on pages 12-13 of the 2020 program brochure.

2023 Program

The dates and courses of study for the 2023 program will be available in September 2022. If you are interested in receiving information about the 2023 program, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email.

Program Accommodations

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 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 or by calling (517) 884-2106 prior to registering for the program.

COVID-19 

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.