2019 Dates Announced! August 11-20


The Oxford Summer Programme offers an opportunity for you to explore the nature of love, beauty, heroism, and grace through a study of English history, literature, and philosophy. You will immerse yourself in the unique culture of Oxford, cultivating a sense of imaginative wonder at the world (as Oxford begs us to do), developing an admiration for the life of countryside, and experiencing the mystical and intellectual Catholicism that gave birth to the university.


• Live and study in St. Benet’s Hall, a Benedictine Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford

• Study with internationally renowned scholars and professors under the guidance of your teachers

• Visit Harry Potter filming locations, punt on the Isis, wander through the countryside, and walk on the pathway where J.R.R. Tolkien helped convert C.S. Lewis over countless conversations.

• Explore the unique culture of England with excursions to London, the city of Oxford, and the English countryside

• Become a Junior Fellow of the Portsmouth Institute, a prestigious honor recognizing your academic capability, commitment to the pursuit of truth, and passion for culture.


$5,500* includes room and board (all meals except lunches), roundtrip flights to and from Heathrow, reading materials, admission to museums and landmarks, on-site group transportation, and classes with renowned scholars and professors.

*Financial aid is available.


8.00-9.00 am: Breakfast as a community
9.30-12.00 pm: Seminars with Programme faculty and professors, with a tea break
12.00-1.30 pm: Lunch break
1.30-4.30 pm: Cultural excursion in Oxford, London, or the English countryside
4.30-5.30 pm: Free time
5.30-6.00 pm: Vespers as a community
6.30-8.00 pm: Dinner as a community
8.00-11.00 pm: Evening activity


To Apply:

  1. Complete the form below
  2. Write a short reflection on a book or author which has most influenced you. Explain why that book or author had such an effect on you. Reflections should be between 400 and 500 words.

2019 Oxford Summer Programme

  • Write a short reflection on a book or author which has most influenced you. Explain why that book or author had such an effect on you. Reflections should be between 400 and 500 words.


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


Elise Banderob ’19

Amie Conlan ’19

I am going into my sixth form year and Portsmouth Abbey School. I’m from Ireland, I ride horses, I’m one of six kids, I love traveling and I love learning about and discussing the Humanities!

Joshua Downey ’19

Abigail Gibbons ’19

I’m beginning my sixth form year at Portsmouth Abbey. In my free time I like to read, listen to music and play sports. I’m interested in the Oxford Summer Progamme because I’d like to expand my perspective and grow as a thinker much like I did in the Abbey;s Humanities Program during my fourth form year.

Bella Hannigan ’19

I will be a sixth form student at Portsmouth Abbey. I love cooking, going to the beach and playing sports. I’m interested in Oxford because of the location and it history, and as a continuation of my study of Humanities literature.

Andrew Johnson ’19

I am a rising sixth form student at Saint Louis Priory School. I am an Eagle Scout, life guard and I have been on my school’s mock trial team for three years. I am interested in the Oxford Summer Programme because I wish to enrich myself in the English literature at one of the world’s premier universities.

Julia Lamarre ’19

I will be a senior next year at Portsmouth Abbey. I love golfing, singing, and boating with my family. I love exploring new places and reading interesting books so I am very excited for Oxford. I fell in love with Humanities during my fourth form year and can’t wait to continue that love!

Zach Mella ’20

Noah Mollet ’19

Nicolas Setzer ’19

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