English Literature Summer School 2019
A three-week residential summer school examining a variety of significant texts and literary movements from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day.
- Offering seminars on Anglo-Saxon literature and culture, Shakespeare, the English Romantic poets, Jane Austen, Victorian fiction, Modernist fiction and contemporary literature.
- Including a daily lecture programme given by leading scholars and distinguished speakers.
- Providing an opportunity to study and live at Exeter College, one of Oxford University's oldest colleges.
The academic programme consists of
- study in small interactive seminar groups with specialist tutors; and
- a daily lecture programme was given by leading scholars and distinguished speakers.
Graduate applicants choose two seminars from:
- Anglo-Saxon Literature and Culture
- Shakespeare and Politics: Then and Now
- The English Romantic Poets
- Jane Austen
- Victorian Fiction
- Modernist Fiction
- Contemporary Writing.
Undergraduate students take two mandatory courses:
- Critical Reading
- Shakespeare on Stage and Screen.
Each seminar has two two-hour meetings per week, and classes will usually contain no more than 14 students.
Please check the seminar timetables carefully to ensure that your first and second choice courses do not run at the same time.
The programme provides a minimum of 46.5 contact hours, comprising:
- 24 hours of seminar meetings (12 hours per seminar); and
- 22.5 hours of lectures (15 lectures, each lasting 1.5 hours).
A range of optional social events will be offered throughout the summer school. These are likely to include: a walking tour of Oxford, after-dinner talks and discussions; and weekend excursions to sites of literary and/or historical interest.
Most of these activities incur additional costs, which are payable by students in Oxford.
Beyond the summer school, Oxford is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city with a busy cultural and social scene offering a wide variety of plays and shows, concerts, films and exhibitions.
Residential: Standard (shared bathroom) - £3,155; Residential: Ensuite (private bathroom facilities) - £3,435; Non-residential (no accommodation or meals) - £1,405
Residential: Standard (shared bathroom facilities) - £3,155
Fees include tuition (2 seminars and the daily lecture programme); access to IT facilities and libraries; accommodation in a standard single room with shared bathroom facilities for the nights of Sunday 7 July to Friday 26 July 2019 inclusive; meals in hall from dinner on Sunday 7 July to breakfast on Saturday 27 July 2019 (except lunch on Saturdays and Sundays).
Residential: Ensuite (private bathroom facilities) - £3,435
Fees include tuition (2 seminars and the daily lecture programme); access to IT facilities and libraries; accommodation in a single en suite room with private shower and toilet for the nights of Sunday 7 July to Friday 26 July 2019 inclusive; meals in hall from dinner on Sunday 7 July to breakfast on Saturday 27 July 2019 (except lunch on Saturdays and Sundays).
Non-residential - £1,405
Fees include tuition (2 seminars and the daily lecture programme); access to IT facilities and libraries; no accommodation; no meals, except the programme's formal opening and closing dinners on Sunday 7 July and Friday 26 July 2019, respectively.
There are no sources of funding (scholarships, bursaries, etc) available for applicants.
- Before you submit your application
- ensure you meet the admissions requirements (see "Selection criteria", below);
- check the seminar timetables carefully to ensure that your first and second choice courses do not run at the same time (applicants for graduate seminars only);
- make sure you have all the required supporting documents listed below;
- ensure you are familiar with the terms and conditions of enrolment on the summer school, especially those relating to payment of fees and cancellations (see "Payment", above); and
- read the 'Important information regarding immigration and visa requirements' (see "Level and demands", below).
The application process
Download, print and complete the application form.
Please ensure all sections are completed fully, clearly, and in BLOCK CAPITALS.
The form must be accompanied by:
- A brief statement of purpose (350-400 words) detailing your academic reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. This should include what you hope to get out of the programme, and what you are likely to contribute to the intellectual life of the summer school. This may include details of literature courses you have previously taken, or the relevance of the summer school to your present course of study or professional development. If you are applying for the graduate strand of the programme it is essential that you clearly state your reasons for wishing to enrol on specific seminars.
- Your official university transcripts. These must be in English.
- In the case of non-native speakers of English, official evidence of English language competency.
- A letter of recommendation, ideally from a person who knows your academic work, though in the case of those no longer engaged in courses of academic study, recommendations from other sources (eg your employer or head teacher) will be accepted. A reference from a family member is not acceptable. Please note that the letter of recommendation must refer specifically to your application to the Oxford University English Literature Summer School.
- Four photographs (UK passport-sized - ie 4.5cm high x 3.5cm wide), with your full name printed on the back of each.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Applications should be posted to English Literature Summer School, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, UK
You may wish to send your application by courier service or registered post for speed and/or security of delivery.
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