+44 (0)1865 566166 (UK)

+1 (609) 608-0543 (US)

Visiting Scholars Programme

For students planning to step out of formal education for a year, the John Locke Institute runs three gap year courses, a visiting scholar programme from September till November, an eight-week course in Oxford in the spring and an internship programme on the Pacific Coast of Australia between January and March. Students can choose to do one of the courses or all. Much of the gap year programmes are tailored to the student and his or her subject interests with a strong emphasis on the humanities and social sciences.  


From Sunday 1 September to Saturday 21 September

Washington, DC

From Sunday 22 September to Saturday 12 October

Ivy League

From Sunday 13 October to Thursday 28 November

Visiting scholars programme: Oxford

For the first part of your gap year, join us in Oxford, just an hour by train from London. For three weeks, you will follow a tailor-made curriculum of tutorials and seminars, with professors from Oxford University, chiefly in the humanities and social sciences.


If you are applying to Oxford or Cambridge during your gap year, we can provide expert guidance in preparing for the admissions tests and writing your personal statement, and we will train you for the all-importance admissions interviews. Applicants to US colleges will benefit from our SAT/ACT training and advice, and editorial feedback on admissions essays.

Visiting scholars programme: Washington, DC

This is a three-week stay in Washington DC, where we will meet academics, senators, congressmen, senior staffers, and policy experts.

Visiting scholars programme: Ivy League

The course includes two weeks in Boston and two weeks in New Haven for seminars with professors from Harvard, MIT and Yale. For the last three weeks we will be in the in the picturesque university town of Princeton, just an hour by train from midtown Manhattan. You will attend tutorials and seminars, with professors from Princeton, Columbia and NYU, chiefly in the humanities and social sciences (with some emphasis on American history and politics), but also with scope for pursuing independent study under the guidance of distinguished academics and world-famous authors.

"The university-style tutorials and lectures I had access to in Oxford really gave me a chance to do something relevant to my subject during my gap year. This worked well in conjunction with Princeton where I had been able to study a wider range of subjects, as well as spend time visiting different parts of America, which was a great balance between traveling and working. Overall the course was exactly what I'd been looking for for my gap year: an academic experience that supported my university application and interest in history."

Katy Bennett (Thomas Hardy School; Cambridge University, Class of 2020)