Testimonials | The Exeter Summer Programme

What Our Students Are Saying

The Exeter College Summer Programme (ECSP) was genuinely fantastic, and I would encourage anyone who wants to broaden their research to apply. It gave me a unique opportunity to experiment with my work among a diverse cohort of enthusiastic, intelligent and international students. The Programme’s wide range of courses encouraged students to look at the intersections between disciplines. Combined with the fact that everyone was from particularly different academic backgrounds, the Programme facilitated a unique space in which medics, engineers, philosophers, lawyers (and literature students like me) could cooperate creatively to produce innovative work. The tutors and lecturers pushed me to clarify my expression, and my confidence in articulating ideas improved significantly. I am particularly grateful for the support and advice I received from everyone on the Programme. I would thoroughly recommend ESCP to any ambitious individuals (including those from the UK!) who want an academically demanding, yet wholeheartedly rewarding summer. I have left the Programme with a bunch of bright friends from all over the globe, and eagerly anticipate seeing where my research takes me next.

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Björn from the University of St Andrews

The Exeter College Summer Programme offered a vibrant and collaborative experience that I will never forget. Aside from developing many friendships and being immersed in the city of Oxford, I grew as a scholar through excellent mentorship and instruction from a diverse and engaging group of lecturers, and also benefitted from the merits of a global classroom. I will forever be grateful for the welcoming community at Exeter, and for being able to take part in its many traditions. Floreat Exon!

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Katelyn from the University of Maryland

The Summer Programme is a truly life-changing, one-of-a-kind Oxford experience. The rich encounters with passionate professors, engaging tutors and more-than-amazing programme ambassadors enabled me to grow as a person and widen my perspectives. Despite the intensive and demanding workload, I still found time to develop warm-hearted friendships and participate in authentic campus-like activities. At the end of the programme I found myself uniquely bound to the College and all the wonderful people I had the chance to meet. Being able to take part in this programme was a great privilege for which I am evermore grateful.

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Jérémie from the Université de Montréal

The Exeter College Summer Programme exceeded expectations. The programme cultivates an outstanding community that comes wanting to be challenged and engaged, and there is no better setting to do so than Oxford. The small classes and tutorial system allow for a personal and extensive academic experience, while Cohen Quad is the perfect place to interact with and learn from people of all fields of study. When not studying, one has the option of attending a wide range of activities, from croquet on the Exeter lawn to touring the Bodleian library. I left Oxford feeling not like a tourist or visiting student, but like a true member of Exeter College. 

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Sydney from Northeastern University

Participating in this programme was extremely challenging and tiring, but also extremely fruitful. We interacted with students from all over the world and we encountered numerous intellects that were so brilliant. The professors were all so enthusiastic about the subjects they teach. Despite all the work load, we were still able to find time to travel all over England. The possibilities are endless! The Programme Ambassadors were fantastic. This is a  once in a lifetime experience. 

Contact Jerome: e0004413@u.nus.edu

Jerome from the National University of Singapore

The Exeter College Summer Programme was an absolutely amazing experience, and I highly recommend it for anyone that is considering studying abroad. The faculty in charge of the execution of the program and the Oxford students that were there to help were incredibly open and kind; I felt comfortable coming to them with any questions or just for a chance to catch up. England is a stunning country and there is so much to explore both within Oxford and outside the city. 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. I came back to my home university with a change in perspective and of course, some fantastic stories to tell. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have! 

Contact Serena: smb13@rice.edu

Serena from Rice University

The Exeter College Summer Programme was a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.  It was a privilege to meet, study, and work with such a wonderful group of students, professors, and staff from all over the globe.  This community pushed me not only to become a better student, but also to flourish in Oxford’s challenging, engaging, and beautiful environment.

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Rachel from the University of Maryland

Definitely an experience I’ll treasure forever, not just through the compelling courses and having an opportunity to experience Oxford University undergraduate life, but also the people I met are different to anyone I’ve ever met elsewhere! Everyone was so different and interesting that they definitely made the most of my experience! 🙂

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Eleanor from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The Exeter College Summer Program has been a life changing experience. Even though it was only 6 weeks I feel like I got way more out of it. Oxford is an amazing place and this summer program helped me gain an unparalleled experience that I would have not been able to get elsewhere. All in all, the program consisted of the right mix of academic and social activities with an emphasis on education. The teaching staff were impressive and the PA’s did a great job of making everyone feel welcome. Living at Cohen Quad felt like living in a hotel! 

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Aditya from Northeastern University

It was one of the best academic experiences of my life. I still keep in touch with my friends from the program and have traveled with some since. The program provided me with numerous academic, cultural, and social experiences that have shaped how I approach my life now. This program was incredible because it is the only summer program run by Oxford and the summer term allowed me study abroad.  It feels designed for people like me, who cannot study abroad during the academic year and want to be challenged while studying abroad. There is something about Oxford in particular that made me feel so lucky to be there, an intangible that made me never want to leave. I would love to help others have similar experiences.

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Maggie from Tufts University

The summer at Exeter offered an insider’s perspective on Oxford at its finest. Courses were demanding, intense, yet most rewarding, and routine encounters with the brilliant minds that give this gorgeous city its soul turned the whole experience into pure enjoyment. I was lucky to be left at the end feeling bound to the college and its amazing people, and only more eager to return and carry this journey further on.

Contact Danyu: dyqiao@hku.hk

Danyu from the University of Hong Kong

I would highly recommend the ECSP if you are looking for a summer experience that combines study for credit at a top university, cultural enrichment in a beautiful city, and a diverse group of people. The excellent professors and tutors, and the close-knit lecture-seminar-tutorial style of teaching was the highlight for me. What’s more, there is time on this program for travel and have fun as the Program Ambassadors organise some fantastic activities. Lastly, I found the insight into Oxford University and Exeter College life to be incredibly unique and very valuable.

Contact Amy: amybrooke@college.harvard.edu

Amy from Harvard University

ECSP was an intellectually rewarding experience taking place in probably the most beautiful and historic campus in the world. It was a great pleasure to study there in the summer when it was green everywhere. The programme was also a fun bonding experience with students from different parts of the world – we lived, studied and played together throughout the eventful six weeks. Moreover, this programme has introduced the British lifestyle to me. I enjoyed playing croquet and having a cream tea in the Exeter College garden. I genuinely recommend this programme to students who are looking for an academically fruitful summer and a culturally enriching experience.

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Jacky from the University of Hong Kong

Never have I met such a diligent, hardworking, and FUN bunch of students! The Exeter College Summer Programme provides not only an intellectually and culturally stimulating environment, but you will also find like-minded people from all over the world who dare to share their passion, talent, and brilliance.

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Junna from the University of British Columbia

The Exeter College Summer Program broadened and deepened my understanding of Machine Learning and Political Philosophy and allowed me to interact with some of the best thinkers and researchers in these fields. ECSP was academically rigorous but also incredibly nurturing. The entire program was geared towards allowing students to learn and grow. Besides the academics, the program was a great opportunity to explore Oxford, England, and Europe in general. Tours and activities organized by the PA’s gave us a taste of what it is like to live and study in Oxford. ECSP is perfect for anybody looking for a simultaneously academically challenging and culturally enriching summer. 

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Adam from Harvard University

The ECSP was a vital part in my academic career. I am in a three year program at McGill which doesn’t leave much time to study abroad. However, here is a program offered at one of the world’s most prestigious institutions, taught by eminent academics and it’s in the summer – I just had to throw my hat in the ring! And what do you know, the son of Iranian immigrants somehow made it to Oxford. Just saying that out loud gives me the chills. If studying abroad matters to you, but so does studying at your home university, ECSP is not a compromise; it is the perfect marriage. 

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Cyrus from McGill University

I will definitely recommend ECSP for anyone looking for an academically enriching and rewarding program this summer! Apart from stretching myself academically, I had the opportunity to interact with fun loving intellects from all over the globe and forge friendships that will last a lifetime. Excellent planned extra-curricular activities enabled us to take away many precious memories. ECSP will definitely bring out the very best in you over the summer! 

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Chin from the National University of Singapore

The summer programme at Oxford was rigorously challenging and maximally rewarding. Having the content and delivery of my writing constructively critiqued throughout each tutorial led me to develop a new writing process and a refined capacity to voice and defend my ideas. Tutorials, lectures, and seminars were truly undertaken in collaboration with experts in their respective fields.

 Immersing myself in the architectural and literary histories and beauties of Oxford was transformational.  I can now say I’ve experienced a ‘real’ Shakespeare play (Hamlet at the Old Globe), walked in Alice’s Wonderland (Port Meadow), been a patron of the pub where The Lord of the Rings and Narnia were discussed as drafts by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (The Eagle and Child), and walked into the Hobbit-land myself, at the Bodleian’s summer exhibition of Tolkien’s life-works. Now, I can say: “Cheers, mates!” with a savory nostalgia, as I wish you to embark on a journey in Oxford yourselves – a voyage that will re-pattern your understanding of the world, of Oxford, and of education as a way-of-life.

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Chris from UC Berkeley

This was six-weeks of world-class authentic Oxford experience! I came across a lot of new and fresh ideas, thoughts and knowledge from instructors and classmates of different education and cultural backgrounds. 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 and helped me revisit and redefine myself. I will always remember this wonderful summer.

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Yuhao from Mercyhurst University

The Exeter College Summer Program was excellent. It allowed me to both advance my interest in philosophy through the Contemporary Political Philosophy class, and also step out of my comfort zone to learn more about a subject that I was not familiar with through the Histories of Migration class. By taking a class outside my area of expertise, I was able to appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of academia and expand my intellectual horizons.Both classes were very intellectually stimulating and required a diligent amount of work for the essays, presentations, and final exams at the end of the program. The accompanying seminars allowed me to voice my opinions in a comfortable setting with other classmates, while the individual tutorials ensured that I received personal instruction from the tutor, which proved invaluable for understanding and appreciating the class materials. In this way the program is quite unique, as it allows one to have the true Oxford academic and cultural experiencein just over a month.

I also enjoyed the various activities that the program administrators set up for the students each day so that we could get to know the culture and heritage of Oxford. Amongst my favourite things were going punting, croquet, tower climbs, debating in Exeter chapel, Oxford Botanical Gardens, and the trips to Bath and London. The involvement of the PAs in our daily activities meant that we never felt lost or bored at any point in the program, and always had opportunities to bond with our fellow classmates, especially if they were not taking the same classes as us. One of the most distinctive features of the program is the formal dinner, in which we got to dress up and have dinner with our professors and tutors, which was a great way to get to know them personally. By the end of the program, I had successfully completed two intensive summer courses at one of the best universities in the world and made long-lasting friendships with some amazing people. Overall, the Exeter College Summer Program is an unforgettable and invaluable experience for anyone interested in expanding their intellectual and cultural horizons.

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Aliza from Queens College, New York

My experience with the Exeter College Summer Programme has played a role in not only helping me both rekindle my academic efforts and redirect them toward an academic and career path that I genuinely enjoy, but also engendering a personal questioning of my identity, the way I relate to others, and the way I aspire to live. With regards to the program and its academics, the British system of not only lectures but also seminars and tutorials for each course provided me with the chance to experience small-group learning unlike any other academic program I had experienced prior, therefore providing the opportunity to truly grapple with the material due to close interactions with instructors and peers; more personally, the program made me question and helped me redirect my learning methods in terms of understanding how to approach the question: how to learn. In addition to the academics, that which makes this program even more memorable were the brilliant relationships I was able to form with people ranging from other students from countries like Hong Kong and Singapore to the recent Oxford graduates who organized social activities, while overall providing an introduction to the beauty of British and Oxonian culture.

Contact Cynthia: cynthia.yue@yale.edu

Cynthia from Yale University