23 April - 17 June, 2023
"I don’t think I’ve ever been surrounded by so many intelligent people in my entire life. The best part was never being more than a few metres away from a good debate or intellectual discussion."
– Anna Nora
Step Into Your Inheritance
In order to appreciate the Anglosphere, its laws and customs, its language and literature, and its contribution to the modern world, we need to trace its history, understand its politics and read its stories.
On this four-week course, you will work with political scientists, historians, authors, and literary experts in Oxford, and visit authors, politicians, think tanks and historic sites in London.
Places are limited to just six students. If you would like to be part of this very special experience, please apply now.
It has been said that more history has happened in Oxford, per square foot, than any other place in the world. From the early Scholastics to the English Reformation; from the Civil War Royalists (who briefly made Oxford the capital of England) to the Puritan interregnum; and from the Nursery of Empire to the discovery of Penicillin and the development of the 'Oxford' vaccine, the story of this city has been - for better or worse - the story of England.
In a series of tutorials and precepts, you will inquire into people, events, causes and movements from our shared past to appreciate how modern Britain came to be.
The Westminster bicameral legislature has provided the template for political systems in countries all over the world. Today, British politics is exciting, disappointing and exasperating and continues to influence the lives of people in this country, in continental Europe and beyond.
By engaging with politicians, advisors, and policy experts, and by tutorials with political scientists and political philosophers, you will enrich your understanding of the theory and practice of British politics.
The jewel in the crown of England's cultural inheritance is its rich literary tradition.
A large part of this experience will be to read and enjoy the works of a wide range of British authors and poets, and to engage in literary criticism with peers and professors.
In addition to the more formal aspects of learning, our social programme will take you to Stratford of Shakespeare and the London of Dickens.
“And that sweet city
with her dreaming spires,
She needs not June
for beauty's heightening”
There is no better place to enjoy late spring and early summer than this charming medieval city.
You will share accommodation with the other students, allowing you to form important friendships with other interesting young people.
If you would like to do something very special with the last part of your gap year, we would love to hear from you today.