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  • One week's residence in Oxford University's oldest college
  • Individual study bedrooms
  • College library access
  • Breakfast and lunch in College
  • Guided tours of the city and other colleges of the University
  • Punting on the river Isis
  • Formal Dinner with ASE faculty and staff
  • Visit to Blenheim Palace


Each semester, ASE has a week-long residency at the oldest of the Oxford colleges, University College - or 'Univ'. Classes continue in the privileged environment of this historic college, and students get a taste of what it is like to be an Oxford undergraduate. At Univ, the Programme is welcomed by Dr Andrew Bell, Senior Tutor of the College, who gives us a lecture on the University's recent and ancient history, and students are treated to an interactive talk on a topic of contemporary relevance by an Oxford tutor. In addition, ASE professors can offer advice and guidance to those wishing to pursue graduate work at Oxford University.

While in residence, ASE students have their own common room and can use the Univ undergraduate library.

Oxford Activities

During the week in Oxford, we explore the treasures of several colleges. There is also ample opportunity to visit the city's galleries, museums, and botanic gardens and to tour the Bodleian Library, one of the finest in the world. We make an attempt at punting on the river Cherwell, and attend matins at Christ Church. The stay at Univ finishes, traditionally, with an ASE dinner in the Great Hall - so bring something smart to wear! This is often followed by the chance to challenge the British to table football and pool in Univ's cellar bar.

Accommodation and Food

Housing at Univ is in single study bedrooms of various shapes, sizes and ages. Breakfast is served daily in the Great Hall, and the day's events and evening activities are discussed and organized at lunch, which is held in the common room. In Oxford, as at Stratford, students have their usual food allowance augmented.

Tutorials in Oxford

Those opting for the Tutorial Programme are likely to have become familiar with the city of Oxford prior to the residential, since this is where such classes mostly take place. ASE covers the cost of students' travel to and from Oxford for these tutorials.

Visit to Blenheim Palace

The week in Oxford normally includes a visit to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and home to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough. The visit includes a guided tour of the Palace, and a chance to explore the beautiful garden and extensive grounds, famously designed by 'Capability' Brown.