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Odyssey to Oxford

Experience the World-Famous University of Oxford

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, England

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 37th year in 2020, 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.

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.  

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.

  • The 2020 program is scheduled for Aug. 23 - Sept. 5. The four draft 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

Program information including descriptions of the courses of study, excursion destinations, and cost will be available by mid-Dec. 2019 and posted here on this site.

If you are interested in attending and would like to learn a little bit more about the program, please review the 2019 brochure.

View 2019 Program Brochure


To enjoy this program experience, participants must be in good physical and mental health and be able to keep pace with the group. We strive to treat all participants fairly and equally, and keep everyone safe while enjoying the program.

This program will be challenging for anyone who has difficulty walking, other mobility issues, or some pulmonary conditions. There is a significant amount of walking, 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. Excursions involve walking that may range 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.

Prospective participants with mobility difficulties, visual or hearing impairments, or other health concerns should contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email or by calling (517) 884-2106 with any questions and prior to registering for the program.


Brochures will be mailed in early Jan. 2020 to those who have requested one and will include full program information and registration details. The program registration will open at 10:00am eastern time on Jan. 29, 2020. Registration will be conducted both online and by mail, although online registration is strongly preferred and will be conducted from this site.

Please note that the MSU Alumni Office cannot "reserve" or "hold" a spot in a course of study in advance of the Jan. 29, 2020 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.

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.