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Odyssey to Oxford

Experience the World-Famous University of Oxford

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, England

Odyssey to Oxford is set for August 18 - August 31, 2019.


***REGISTRATION UPDATE*** The 2019 program is full. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please use the registration link above to submit some basic information, including name, first and second choices for course of study, and accommodation request. At this juncture, we will not collecting the security deposit.

If you are having difficulty registering online, please contact me via email at or phone. However, note that we cannot take registrations over the phone, nor accept credit card information.


About Odyssey to Oxford

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 36th anniversary in 2019, 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.

For complete program details, please thoroughly review the brochure.

View 2019 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.


Courses of Study

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 2019 are:

The Crusades: East and West, 1095-1250
Tutor: Michael Sibly
Full-day course excursion: Winchester Cathedral
Half-day course excursion: Iffley Church and Dorchester Abbey

The Delights of Fear: The Victorian Ghost Story
Tutor: Emma Plaskitt
Full-day course excursion: Highgate Cemetery
Half-day course excursion: TBD

Family, Sex, and Marriage in Early Modern/Tutor and Stuart England (and America)
Tutor: Antony Buxton
Full-day course excursion: Weald and Downland Museum, plus a visit to an historic town
Half-day course excursion: Tour of early modern village settlements in Oxfordshire

Their Finest Hour: The BBC at War, 1939-1945
Tutor: Tim Barrett
Full-day course excursion: Wood Norton
Half-day course excursion: Churchill War Rooms and Imperial War Museum


Group Excursions

In addition to the individual course-related excursions, a group excursion is planned for all participants to Oxfordshire. Participants will enjoy a trip down the River Thames aboard Salter’s Steamers, and disembark in Adbingdon. After lunch, the group will heard to Stonor Park in the Chiltern Hills.

An optional group excursion to Wales is scheduled for your weekend enjoyment. The Wye Valley in Wales is one of the most dramatic and scenic landscapes in Britain, and participants will visit several sites, including Chepstow Castle and Tintern Abbey.



Registration for the program will open at 10:00 a.m. EST on January 29, 2019 and will be conducted both online and by mail (for those that received a program brochure), although online registration is strongly 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 29, 2019 registration opening.

This is an extremely popular program that frequently sells out. Space is limited to 47 people and courses of study are limited to 10-14 participants each and fill quickly.

Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. To register:

  1. Submit the requested information (the information is the same for both online and mailed registrations) and please be sure to select both a first choice and a second choice for your course of study. At this juncture, we will not collecting any money.
  2. The MSU Alumni Association will review registrations as they are received
  3. We will contact you within three business days of your submission to let you know which of your two selected courses are available. 
  4. 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.

We will only be collecting a $500 per person deposit. The balance of the fee will be due May 17, 2019 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.



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

Tuition, accommodations and most meals: $5,800 per person, based on double occupancy

Single room supplement: $525

Course excursion fees: $200 for The Crusades
                                      $250 for The Delights of Fear
                                      $200 for Family, Sex, and Marriage
                                      $170 for Their Finest Hour

Optional excursion to Wales: $125


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.