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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 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.

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    The tentative dates for 2021 are Aug. 22 – Sept. 4.
      Due to the postponement of the 2020 program to 2021, 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 four courses of study are:

    • Art and Power in the Tudor Court
      Tutor: Gillian White
    • British Traitors
      Tutor: Kees WIndland
    • Making Things, Making Britain
      Tutor: Antony Buxton
    • 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 thoroughly review the brochure. Note: while the dates are from 2020, the 2021 program will remain virtually unchanged from 2020. An updated brochure with 2021 dates will be available in late fall 2020.

    View 2020 Program Brochure



    The 2021 program is at capacity. If you are interested in being placed on a waiting list for the 2021 program, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email.


    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. There is a significant amount of walking and this program will be challenging for anyone who has difficulty walking/requires an aid while walking, other mobility issues or some pulmonary 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.

    MSU and/or Oxford cannot accept responsibility for, or provide any on-going assistance to, any participant. 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.

    For more information: If you have questions about the Odyssey to Oxford program or would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email or by calling (517) 884-2106.