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in the Fall
6 TO 26 November, 2022


Breadth & DEPTH

There are three elements to our academic strategy in Princeton:

  • Individual tutorials to develop a sophisticated understanding of one or two narrow fields.

  • Precepts to develop skills of analysis and persuasion, and to broaden your knowledge.

  • Targeted training for university applicants. 



We believe every student should strive to achieve a detailed mastery of some topic they really care about, rather than being satisfied with only a superficial or rudimentary understanding. With the sustained rigour of a series of eight tutorials, in a subject or subjects of your own choice, you will produce a dissertation of 6,000 - 10,000 words, which we will be proud to help you publish. What will be your area of expertise?  



A precept is a very small, interactive seminar, which brings together students with different perspectives and conflicting opinions to develop the ability to listen generously, reason logically and express arguments with precision, clarity and persuasive force. 

Precepts will broaden your understanding of the humanities and social sciences. You will be invited to choose up to five subjects from a list which includes the following: Ethics, epistemology, political philosophy, history of political thought, U.S. history, U.S. politics, political economy, principles of economics, financial mathematics, probability and statistics, psychology, jurisprudence, game theory and formal logic.  


If you are applying to Oxbridge, we provide intensive training in the Oxford and Cambridge admissions tests. We will also give you several mock interviews with detailed critical feedback. 

If you are applying to college in the United States, we can organise visits to the admissions offices of Princeton, Columbia and UPenn. We will host workshops by college counselors and give SAT tutorials and editorial guidance on admissions essays.


The Best

of The Best

The John Locke Institute is entirely independent, but we are proud to include among our faculty eminent scholars from Princeton University, Columbia, NYU and the University of Pennsylvania. Our guest professors  are selected not only for their academic reputation and their capacity to lend clarity to complex ideas, but also their ability to inspire our students with enthusiasm for their subject and love of learning. 

Your Home For Four WEeks

Our visiting scholars live in graduate accommodation, recently refurbished, in the heart of Princeton. You will take most of your meals in the Mackay Dining Hall. All of your tutorials and precepts are within easy walking distance.

Manhattan is only sixty minutes from Princeton. We will attend seminars and lectures at Columbia and NYU, but we will also see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Collection. In the evening, we will eat at one of the many fantastic restaurants and take in a Broadway show.

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Lifelong Friendships

The other students will be the very best part of your gap year. You'll learn more from each other than you will from books or professors, and you will make friendships that will last a lifetime.

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