Collegiate and Social Life in Oxford | The Exeter Summer Programme

Collegiate and Social Life in Oxford

Social Programme

This was six-weeks of world-class authentic Oxford experience! Various academic and leisure activities, including a Shakespeare play at the Globe Theatre and a game of football at Arsenal FC, have greatly broadened my horizons

Yuhao from Mercyhurst University

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, the University and your fellow students. Take a look at a typical week from last summer: Social Programme Week 5, 2017

A team of current Oxford students, Programme Ambassadors (‘PA’s’), will arrange a packed calendar of extra-curricular activities, including: a day-trip to London, architectural and literary tours of the University and its constituent Colleges, practical city guides, private viewings from the University’s special collections and rare artefacts, 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, for example. Although optional, we hope you join in! PA activities will be advertised in advance, and will either be free or at low cost.

The PA’s 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.

Living at Cohen Quad felt like living in a hotel! 

Aditya from Northeastern University

There was a wonderful balance of challenging academics and fun activities such as museums, games, tours, cultural events, and day trips to London and Bath

Serena from Rice University

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 (CQ). Exeter has been at the ancient and historic Turl Street site since 1315 and continues to use the Dining Hall, Chapel and other buildings dating  from the C15th. To maintain its high international academic standing in the C21st, Exeter has invested in a second campus, the CQ. CQ 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 CQ integral to the life of the College.

All Summer Programme students will live and study in CQ. 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 J.R.R Tolkien, Pixley Seme, Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller, Professor Stephen Hawking, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Baroness (Margaret) Thatcher, Harper Lee and Sir V.S. Naipaul 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.

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 wider community.

Details will be provided towards the end of the Programme.