Collegiate and Social Life in Oxford | The Exeter Summer Programme

Collegiate and Social Life in Oxford

Life at Exeter College in the University of Oxford

The Summer Programme, based at Exeter College in the University of Oxford, offers an exceptional opportunity to experience undergraduate life at the fourth oldest Oxford University college, in one of the most distinguished university cities in the world.

Uniquely among Oxford University colleges, Exeter welcomes you to two campuses: Turl Street and the Cohen Quadrangle. Exeter has been at the ancient and historic Turl Street site since 1315 and continues to use the Dining Hall, Chapel and other buildings that range in origin from the C15th to C20th. To maintain its high international academic standing in the C21st, Exeter has invested in a second campus, the Cohen Quadrangle. The Cohen Quadrangle provides high quality facilities, including Faculty teaching rooms, state-of-the-art lecture and seminar rooms, a music practice room, communal spaces designed for informal and formal social and intellectual interaction, an auditorium, a special collections library and scholars’ study room to house the College’s rare books and manuscripts assembled over its 700-year history. The presence of Senior Faculty and Exeter’s most precious scholarly collections makes the Cohen Quadrangle integral to the life of the College.

All Summer Programme students will live and study in the Cohen Quadrangle. But you will also be warmly welcomed into Turl Street to spend time in its tranquil Fellows’ Garden, advance your research interests in the Victorian Gothic College Library, and take part in the ancient Oxford tradition of Formal Dining – 3-course, candle-lit dinners in the Exeter College Dining Hall with your fellow students and Faculty.

The City of Oxford blends medieval charm with the buzz of a modern city. Although Oxford has given its name to a world-famous dictionary and a less well known marmalade, it is best known for the University of Oxford. Over the past 800-years it has produced an eminent list of Nobel Prize winners, scientists, philosophers, authors, archbishops, explorers and politicians: walk in the footsteps of Professor Stephen Hawking, Edwin Hubble, Prime Minister Theresa May, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Harper Lee, Sir V.S. Naipaul, and Seamus Heaney to name a few.

Oxford is an international city on an intimate scale and despite the intellectual influence of the University, the city is modern, multi-cultural and lively. Cafés, shops and restaurants stand shoulder to shoulder with cobbled alleyways and the cloistered, enigmatic world of the 39 Colleges and Halls.

Social Programme

In addition to a rich academic experience, the Exeter Summer Programme offers a wide variety of opportunities to participate in cross-cultural and social activities with members of the College and the University and your fellow students.

A team of current Oxford students, Programme Ambassadors (‘PA’s’), will arrange a packed calendar of extra-curricular activities. Typically, this will include: architectural and literary tours of the University and its constituent Colleges, practical city guides, visits to the University’s best museums and libraries, sports activities, talent shows, picnics, Shakespeare plays performed in College gardens, quiz nights, afternoon tea, punting on the River Cherwell and trips to nearby towns and places of interest. Although optional, we hope you join in! PA activities will be advertised in advance, and will either be free or at low cost.

The Programme Ambassadors will also be on hand to help you make your own plans to travel independently.

A day trip to London and Shakespeare’s Globe theatre is included in your Programme fee. Transport to/from London is provided and the PA’s will lead a variety of themed London tours.

Exeter Summer Programme Alumnni Society

Exeter College historically maintains regular and on-going contact with its own former students and welcomes students from the Summer Programme into its alumni network.

Details on how to join and the benefits of becoming a member will follow soon.