Thursday, June 30, 2011

Oxford Program, week one photos

Upated Syllabus

Howdy Oxfordians! I've updated the syllabus for the summer course -- you'll find the new version under Summer Program Documents listed as Summer Syllabus 29.06.2011.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Week 1-Schedule update, 6/27

First class
Sunday, June 26--2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (approx)
meet at the picnic benches in front of EF Language School main office
-walk to Christ Church Meadow
-class outside near river

Monday, June 27--meet at 1:45 sharp! at the Information Center in Oxford (see "i" on map) for
Oxford Center Walking Tour (tour will last until 4:00 p.m. )

Tuesday, June 28, meet at 10:45am SHARP in Bodleian Old Schools Quadrangle for 11:00am Library Induction

Wednesday, June 29
8:30-10:30am meet at "THE VINES" classroom (V103), across from EF Language School

Thursday, June 30
10:00am to Noon (tentatively). Class with Faye Christenberry, UW English Librarian Specialist. Meet at the picnic tables out front of main reception at the EF Center.

Evening play at the Oxford Playhouse. Meet at 7 p.m. in front of theatre. (Brian will be at the Eagle & Child from around 6pm beforehand if you wish to join him.)

Friday, July 1
10:00am to 11:30am, Morning Walking Tour, meet at Information Center
. We will be exploring Cornmarket, the Clarendon Centre, and the Covered Market.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Important Housing Update

Hello Oxfordians! Here's a very important update: Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to make a change in housing for the summer program. Upon arriving in Oxford, you should now go to the following destination: the EF Language Center, Pullens Lane, in Headington, Oxford. The local contact is Ruth Chambers, tel +44(0)1865 759660, skype ruth.chambers.ef.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Oxford Is Nearly Here!

Only a week until I leave for Oxford, to get things ready for the rest of y'all. I'm so excited! There will be so much to see & do there. For example, you can visit Winston Churchill's ancestral estate, Blenheim Palace.

You can go punting on the Isis and Cherwell.

Or take a stroll along Addison's Walk in Magdalen College.

The Botanic Gardens should be in full bloom, too.

What an amazing place to spend time! See y'all there soon --

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


Dear Group,

A reminder about credit details, per the Oxford website off the Honors Program's International Site:

All students will receive 10 credits total. The 2 credits in spring will be joined with the 8 summer credits once the summer grades are turned in and grade designations are given (after the program and when grades are due). The FSTDY/6 credits is a placeholder only. You will receive 8 credits in summer and 2, of course, for spring.

If students want other designations different than what is listed on the Oxford website (2-credit Spring prep seminar + 8-credit program in Oxford = 10 credits of Honors Core and VLPA, I&S.  Or 1 core Honors core class, plus Honors seminar credit), then you will need to obtain pre-approval through the departmental advisor of that unit.  English credits can be approved by Professor Reed.

Here's the detailed version off the Honors International Oxford page:
Program Components and Academic Credit

Students will receive 10 credits total (2 credits at UW during spring quarter and 8 at Oxford). Credits will fulfill Honors Core requirements. Other credits may be applicable depending on individual research projects. (Alternative credit may be available to students outside of the Honors Program; this must be arranged in advance with your departmental advisers)

Spring Quarter 2011- 2 credit seminar

The first stage of this study abroad program involves a mandatory 2-credit Honors seminar (dates to be determined) during spring quarter 2011. This preparatory seminar will provide students with an interdisciplinary introduction to contemporary British art, culture, and politics as well as grounding in humanities research methods. Students will decide on project themes and develop proposals that will orientate them during their time in Oxford.

Summer Quarter 2011- 8 credits

During the month long summer program, students will focus on researching topics and exploring Oxford and surrounding areas. The summer portion will include classroom instruction, art and literature events, theatre performances, city walks, museum tours, and weekend excursions that will inform the final projects.

Please contact Julie Villegas with any questions regarding credits.