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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.

As of March 2, 2020 we have a few spaces still available in all courses except Art and Power in the Tudor Court. If you're interested, it's not too late to join us! Contact Elizabeth Wheeler via email or by calling (517) 884-2106.


  • COVID-19 Update

    The MSU Alumni Office is dedicated to ensuring that travelers participating in our travel programs have a safe and enjoyable experience. As concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) rise, we are closely monitoring the situation and are working with our travel vendor partners to provide the best information for you to make decisions about upcoming trips.

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  • You've registered and paid your deposit, so now what? Travel insurance is highly-recommended. You're welcome to insure with any provider you desire. The MSU Alumni Office is affiliated with USI Affinty and information on their services is available by clicking on the link below.
  • USI Affinity Travel Insurance Brochure 


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

    View 2020 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.



    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 Office 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 15, 2020 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.


    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 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.

    We 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) 884-210 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.