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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.

There are a few spots remaining in the 2023 program. Contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email for details.

About the 2023 Program

The dates for 2023 are Aug. 20 - Sept. 2. Each participant enrolls in one non-credit course of study taught by a University of Oxford tutor. Participants enjoy the relaxed but intellectually stimulating atmosphere of small classes and course-related field trips. The 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
  • Religion, Rebellion, Magic and Murder: Early Modern Controversies, 1500-1800 taught by Charlotte Young
  • Shapers of the Modern World: Two Centuries of British Science and Invention taught by Tim Barrett

For complete course descriptions including course-related excursions, see pages 4-7 of the program brochure

Additionally, there are several group excursions planned for all participants. During our first week in Oxford, the group will take a day trip to Wiltshire for a visit Salisbury and Stonehenge. Later that week, we’ll visit the Oxford Artisan Distillery. An optional excursion to Bletchley Park is scheduled for your weekend enjoyment. A highlight of our second week is a reception and dinner at Brasenose College. Click here for a draft schedule of the two week program.

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

For complete program details, please thoroughly review the online brochure. We are not printing and mailing any brochures, but you can download and/or the online version.

View 2023 Program Brochure

Looking for a no-fuss, easy-to-print brochure? Click here. This version prints every page as an 8 1/2" x 11" page. We are not printing and mailing brochures.

Details

Application for the 2023 Program

There are a few spots remaining in the 2023 program. Contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email for details.

The MSU Alumni Office cannot "reserve" or "hold" a spot in a course of study in advance of the application opening.

The submission of an application does not guarantee a spot in the program. This is a popular program that frequently sells out. Applications are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

When you apply:

  1. Complete the requested information and be sure to select both a first choice and a second choice for your course of study. At this juncture, we will not be collecting any fees. At the time of application, we will be collecting the following information for each applicant:
    • Full name as it appears on your passport
    • Have you attended the Odyssey to Oxford program before and years attended (optional)
    • Address, City, State, Zip Code
    • Phone number
    • Preferred email
    • First choice for course of study
    • Second choice for course of study (optional, but strongly encouraged)
    • Room accommodations - double occupancy or single occupancy
    • Room requests, e.g., same room as 2022 (optional)
    • Acknowledge that you've reviewed and understand the Program Accommodation (see either page 10 of the program brochure or the "Program Accommodation" section below on this webpage) and indicate if you have any requested accommodations and/or physical or mental conditions that may require special assistance or medical attention
  2. The MSU Alumni Office will review applications as they are received and we will contact you via email within three business days of your submission to let you know if your selected course of study and requested accommodations are available.
  3. Once we confirm your course of study and requested accommodations with you, a $500 per person deposit is required to secure your place in the program and this will be due shortly thereafter. We will provide you with information to pay your deposit online with a credit card.

All online transactions are handled through the university’s secure, PCI-compliant server. We cannot accept credit card information over the phone for this program.

The balance of the fee is due May 15 and we will send you a statement in regards to this as the date approaches.

Fees

  • Tuition, full and half day course-related excursions, several group excursions, accommodations and most meals: $6,800 per person based on double occupancy
  • Single room supplement: $630
  • Optional early arrival: $100
  • Optional excursion to Bletchley Park: $170

For complete program details and what's included in the fees, see page 8 of the 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 to 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 in Oxford can make them challenging to traverse as well.

All participants should also be prepared to abide by all required safety protocols at their origin, destination and any points of transit, whatever these protocols may be at the time of the program.

The MSU Alumni Office reserves the right to decline to accept or dismiss any participant from the program should their physical or mental condition, action or attitude impede the operation of the program or the rights, welfare or enjoyment of other participants. The MSU Alumni Office and Oxford cannot provide any ongoing assistance to participants. Any requested accommodation and/or physical or mental condition that may require special assistance or medical attention must be reported in writing at the time of application. Requested accommodation must be approved prior to travel and the MSU Alumni Office and Oxford cannot accept responsibility for 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. 

Any requested accommodation and/or physical or mental condition will be kept confidential and shared only with relevant MSU Alumni Office and Oxford staff to ensure the participant’s requests are met to the best of our ability.

The well-being of participants is our highest priority. We respectfully request that prospective participants honestly consider the physical requirements and whether this program is a good fit for them. Prospective participants should also carefully consider their own health, including whether they are at increased risk for illness, and assess their personal risk tolerance. If there are any questions, we encourage prospective participants to contact the MSU Alumni Office prior to applying for the program.

Cancellation/Refunds

Refer to page 11 of the program brochure.

Travel and Medical Insurance

Refer to pages 11-12 of the program brochure.

Questions? 

If you have questions about the Odyssey to Oxford program, contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email or (517) 884-2106.

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The MSU Alumni Office also hosts Sojourn in St. Andrews, a one-week lifelong education abroad program in St. Andrews, Scotland, a historic, seaside destination on many bucket lists. This program will again be offered in 2024.