The Virginia Program at Oxford is an interdisciplinary summer school program based in St. Anne's College, Oxford University. The six-week program, which is open to students of any major after their first year, examines the history and literature of Renaissance England. Instruction follows the English system of higher education, combining daily lectures by renowned, British scholars with small, weekly tutorials. Students, drawn from a six-school consortium of small Virginia colleges and universities, earn three credits in history and three credits in English. 

 

2015 Summer Session Information

Dates: Between June 29 and August 8, 2015, a select group of students from participating Virginia colleges will have a unique opportunity to study at St. Anne's College, University of Oxford in England. The program follows the English system, combining daily lectures and weekly tutorials conducted by Oxford dons. Tutorial groups are small, allowing for considerable individual attention and active participation.

Subject: The literature, history, and society of late 16th and early 17th century England, the Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline periods, will be the central theme of both lectures and tutorials. (A sample tutorial)

Academic Credit: Upon successful completion of the program the student will be awarded six academic credits, three in English and three in history. The credits may be used to fulfill Washington and Lee's FDR requirements in Literature (HL) and Humanities (HU). Unlike most summer school courses, the program's credits may also be applied toward a major in English, history, or Medieval and Renaissance studies.

Cost: The program fee is approximately $7,900.* This sum includes full tuition, room, board, and group excursions to Shakespeare productions in London and Stratford-upon-Avon. Not included is the cost of airfare, personal weekend travel, passports, and incidental expenses.

Residence: All participants will reside at St. Anne's College (single rooms) and will take their meals in the college commons.

Application Procedures: The program is open to rising seniors, juniors, and sophomores from any major or discipline. (Application and instructions)

Completed applications are due by February 13, 2015. An application fee of $250 must accompany each application. In the case of successful candidates, this fee will be applied to the cost of the program. The fee is returned if the student is not accepted.

Announcement of acceptances will be made in early March 2015.

*Subject to echange rate. Exact fee will be set in February.