The beautiful and historical City of Oxford is one of the world’s greatest and oldest intellectual hubs, housing two universities, state-of-the-art hospitals and several research and business centres. In particular, the University of Oxford – founded in the early 12th century – is the oldest and one of the most prestigious educational establishments in the United Kingdom. Oxford has produced many of the world’s leaders in science, politics, civil service and business. Several members of the Japanese imperial family, including Prince Naruhito (Merton), Prince Owada (Balliol), Prince Akishino (St John’s), Prince Chichibu, (Magdalen), Prince Tomohito (Magdalen) and Princess Akiko (Merton) also studied at the University of Oxford.
Oxford is not just a great seat for learning; its unique charm extends to its convenient and central location, easy access to London and international airports, historical buildings, excellent shops in the newly-built Westgate Centre and Bicester Village – one of Europe’s largest designer outlets. Furthermore, Oxford is a rich tourist centre and has a large number of magnificent, historic buildings and museums; is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is close to several tourism spots. So Oxford is a perfect place for an introduction to the world!
During our summer schools, along with our guided tours, the students will also have the freedom to explore some of Oxford’s many attractions, clustered within a radius of the centre of the town during free afternoons. There are ancient colleges, a castle, outstanding museums, art galleries, a covered market, a botanic garden, some of the best bookshops in Europe (for example, Blackwell’s, Waterstones and Oxford University Press), punting on the river (Magdalen Bridge Boathouse, Cherwell Boathouse), walks in parks and Christ Church meadow, and guided Harry Potter, Inspector Morse and Lewis, JRR Tolkien (The Hobbit), CS Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) trails. Further afield, Blenheim Palace, set in its magnificent grounds, is only 30 minutes away by bus.
Oxford is linked to London by the M40 motorway that carries two frequent bus services (Oxford Tube and Oxford CityLink) while the train from Oxford to London’s Paddington station takes less than an hour, making the cultural and night life of the capital easily accessible.
We hope that you will be able to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the Oxford environs and will take back home fond memories of the city and the school.
We look forward to seeing you in the beautiful city of Oxford soon!
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