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Odyssey to Oxford

Experience the World-Famous University of Oxford

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, England

August 19-September 1, 2018

Registration Opens January 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. EST

Quench your thirst for knowledge by studying at one of the world’s most famous universities while you experience Oxford as a student. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2018, 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.

The 2018 program brochure was mailed in early
January 2018 and is posted online as well
. For complete program details, please thoroughly review the brochure.

Note: On page 15 of the brochure, Monday, August 27, 2018 was omitted. The program will run on this day and the schedule is similar to that of Friday, August 24, 2018.

View 2018 Program Brochure

If you did not receive a copy of the program brochure in the mail, but would still like to receive one, please contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email or by calling (517) 884-2106


Registration for the program will open at 10:00 a.m. EST on January 24, 2018 and will be conducted both online and by mail (for those that received a program brochure), although online registration is preferred and will be conducted from this webpage. Please note that the MSU Alumni Association cannot "reserve" or "hold" a spot in a course of study in advance of the January 24, 2018 registration opening.

This is an extremely popular program that frequently sells out. Courses of study are limited to 10-14 participants each and fill quickly. When registering, please be sure to select both a first choice and a second choice for your course of study.

Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The MSU Alumni Association will review registrations as they are received and we will contact you within three business days of your submission to let you know which of your two selected courses are available. 

Once we confirm your course of study with you, we will provide you with information to pay your deposit–for registrations done online, we will send you instructions to pay with a credit card, and if you registered by mail, we will cash your check.

At the time you register, we will only be collecting a $500 per person deposit. The balance of the fee will be due May 17, 2018 and we will send you a statement in regards to this.

All online transactions are handled through the university’s secure, PCI-compliant server. Due to increased measures by MSU to ensure a secure credit card transaction, we can no longer accept credit card information over the phone or by mail for this program.


Each participant enrolls in one non-credit course of study taught by an Oxford tutor and each course has its own excursions. The courses of study for 2018 are:

The Arts and Crafts: Ideals and Creativity in Britain and America
Tutor: Antony Buxton
Full-day course excursion: the Red House and the WIlliam Morris Gallery
Half-day course excursion: Kelmscott Manor

Courtly Shakespeare
Tutor: Lynn Robson
Full-day course excursion: Sudeley Castle
Half-day course excursion: Bodleian Library

The Dying of the Sun: England and the Effects of the First World War, 1906-1924
Tutor: Kate Watson
Full-day course excursion: Imperial War Museum
Half-day course excursion: Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, and Botley Cemetery

Roman Britain
Tutor: Steve Kershaw
Full-day course excursion: Fishbourne and Portchester
Half-day course excursion: Chedworth Roman Villa

Group Excursions

In addition to the individual course-related excursions, a group excursion is planned for all participants to Stratford-upon-Avon. Participants will have free time explore the town and the excursion concludes with dinner and an evening performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. 

An optional group excursion to Portsmouth is scheduled for your weekend enjoyment. Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city with a rich naval heritage, and has many museums, memorials, and trails that cover social, literary, and maritime history.


For complete program details and what's included in the fees, please thoroughly review the brochure.

Tuition, accommodations and most meals: $5,775 per person, based on double occupancy

Single room supplement: $515

Course excursion fees: $150 for Arts and Crafts
                                      $190 for Courtly Shakespeare
                                      $140 for The Dying of the Sun
                                      $160 for Roman Britain                                                

Optional excursion to Portsmouth: $115

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.