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Study Abroad in Oxford


NIU at Oriel College, Oxford University

June 25th- July 28th 2017

Photo of English MeadowThe 48th annual summer program offered by Northern Illinois University and Oriel College Oxford features courses at all levels from General Education through Doctoral Seminars.

The program is designed to take advantage of the unique resources of the British setting including the Oxford libraries, scientific and historical field trip sites, museums, and theatres of London and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Instruction and seminars are provided by NIU and Oxford faculty. Participating students and instructors live and dine in the same halls, so that formal class meetings can be supplemented by individual tutorials and informal conversations.

Enrollment in all courses is deliberately kept low in order to permit maximum interaction between students and faculty. Classes meet from Monday through Thursday to allow students weekends to explore England and the European Continent.

Oriel College

Photo of British CoastThe program will take place in Oriel College, founded in 1326 and considered to be one of the most beautiful of the 34 colleges that make up Oxford University. Oxford is less than 60 miles from London and Stratford upon Avon, with frequent and inexpensive bus service to both cities. Cambridge, Canterbury and other places with historical, literary and scientific connections are within 100 miles, and there is virtually no place in Britain or Western Europe that cannot be visited on a weekend trip.

For More Information Contact:

Short-term Study Abroad
International Programs
(815) 753-0700
Email: niuabroad@niuedu

Also check the NIU Study Abroad Website

Course Offerings


The program includes field trips to marine environments, the Atlantic Coast and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and also involves classes in Oxford University Botanical Gardens.


Photo of Glenn Black

Dr. David Gorman


Offered by Prof. David Gorman (NIU) and Dr. Glenn Black (University of Oxford). The program includes theatre trips to the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Globe theatre, London.

J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Ages 
Dr. Nicole Clifton
Offered by Dr. Nicole Clifton (NIU), the program eatures field trips to sites of historical importance, including Oxford and London.

Political Science

Dr. Artemus WardThe Beatles: A study in Politics and Popular Music
Offered by Dr. Artemus Ward (NIU), the program eatures field trips to sites of cultural importance, including London and Liverpool.