Collegiate and Social Life in Oxford | The Exeter Summer Programme

Collegiate and Social Life in Oxford

Social Programme

ECSP takes place in probably the most beautiful and historic campus in the world – we lived, studied and played together throughout the eventful six weeks. It introduced the British lifestyle to me and I enjoyed playing croquet and having a cream tea in the Exeter College garden!

Jacky, the University of Hong Kong

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, Rice University

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.

Take a look at a typical week from ECSP 2018: ECSP 2018 Week 4

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

The PA’s will also be on hand to help you make your own plans to travel independently.

Definitely an experience I’ll treasure forever…the people I met are so different and interesting!

Eleanor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Living at Cohen Quad felt like living in a hotel! 

Aditya, Northeastern University

Life at Exeter College in the University of Oxford

ECSP, 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 at CQ providing 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 ECSP 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 ECSP students into its wider alumni community. Further details will be provided during the Programme.