When will the programme take place?

Our 2024 Oxford Summer Programme will take place on July 21-30, 2024

How do I apply?

The application form is simple, and can be completed online. In addition to some basic details, we ask you to write a short reflection on a book or author that has most inspired you.

Learn more and apply here. Applications are due by January 25, 2024.

I’m a parent of an eligible student. Where can I learn more?

Thanks for asking! The full Oxford Summer Programme trip policy and program details are available here. You can also feel free to contact Programme director Chris Fisher here with any questions.

Explore, pray, and learn in the “city of dreaming spires”

Visit Harry Potter filming locations. Explore the culture of Oxford with your friends. Study the literature of C.S. Lewis with Visiting Faculty from the University of Oxford in the morning. Punt on the River Cherwell after lunch. Unwind over dinner before heading to the theatre for a world-class performance of Shakespeare. In Oxford, every day is an adventure.

Portsmouth Abbey’s Oxford Summer Programme invites students to embark on a pilgrimage of learning and adventure in the “city of dreaming spires.” Learning among close friends and teachers, students will explore the vibrant and historic culture of Oxford among friends, take pilgrimages to ancient churches, visit famous locations of film and story, punt on the River Cherwell, and grow in friendship through a shared experience of learning and adventure. Guest lectures by visiting professors from Oxford will give students an opportunity to experience collegiate life at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world, reading great works of English literature in daily seminars with program faculty.

In addition to exploring Oxford, you’ll take a day trip to London to visit the famed National Gallery, grab a fantastic lunch, and take a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Westminster Abbey. Students will live and study at St Edmund’s (Teddy) Hall at the University of Oxford.

Students will come home not only having learned and explored a great city—but will have been transformed by the experience of Oxford.

Oxford Summer Programme brochure available here.

2024 Readings

Full reading list to be announced shortly.

Tuition & Inclusions

$6,000*. Includes room and board (all meals except lunches), round-trip flights to and from Heathrow, admission to museums and landmarks, on-site group transportation, and classes with renowned scholars and professors.

*Scholarship assistance may be available for qualified participants. Cost may be updated based on inflation.

A Day in the Programme:

8.30AM: Tuck-in to a gourmet breakfast at Teddy Hall

9.30AM: Engage in seminar discussion, featuring a guest lecture by a visiting professor from the University of Oxford

12.00PM: Explore Oxford with your friends and find the perfect lunch spot

1:30PM: Visit Harry Potter filming location at Christ Church College, followed by a stroll on Addison’s Walk at Magdalen College

4:00PM: Enjoy afternoon tea at the Old Parsonage Hotel

7.00PM: Gather for dinner as a community

8.00PM: Free time with your friends / compete in a (friendly) croquet tournament on the back lawn

11:00PM: Check-in


To apply: Submit the application form.

Application deadline (Portsmouth Abbey School): January 25, 2024


Portsmouth Abbey:
Mr. Christopher Fisher: 401.643.1255 | cfisher at portsmouthabbey dot org

Saint Louis Priory:
Fr. Cuthbert Elliott: 314.434.3690 (ext. 364) | frcuthbert at priory dot org

*In the event the program is cancelled due for any reason outside the control of Portsmouth Abbey, participants may receive a full or partial refund. Details on refund eligibility will be provided with the Portsmouth Abbey School Trip Policy Form/Saint Louis Priory School Trip Policy Form upon receipt of Programme Application.

The Portsmouth Institute, administrator of the Oxford Summer Programme, is an organisation which contracts with St Edmund Hall for the use of facilities, but which has no formal connection with The University of Oxford.