England

Program Overview

ENGLAND: Oxford

Sunday, August 4 to Saturday, August 31, 2019 (4 weeks)

* Note: 2020 program details will be posted by mid-December 2019.

This is the 19th year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer program in England. Since 2001, over 1450 students have enjoyed the experience of studying British culture and history while immersed in the United Kingdom.

The summer program in England is hosted by Worcester College at the University of Oxford.

Courses

Each course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Students are not permitted to register for more than one course.

Classes will take place Monday to Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Mandatory field trips are an integral part of each course and may occur outside of class time on afternoons or Fridays. For some courses there may also be one or two lectures held in Toronto before the start of the program; in this event, participants will be provided with further details in their admission documents.


CRI389Y0 Topics in Criminology: Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities in Criminal Law: Historical Origins and New Directions in England and Canada

ENG296Y0 Topics in English Literature: Shakespeare

HIS298Y0 Themes and Issues in History: The History of Britain from Earliest Times to the Industrial Revolution

HIS343Y0 History of Modern Espionage

PSY306Y0 Topics in Psychology: Disability – Culture and Inclusion

Program Details

Sunday, August 4 to Saturday, August 31, 2019 (4 weeks)

This is the 19th year that the University of Toronto has offered a summer program in England. Since 2001, over 1450 students have enjoyed the experience of studying British culture and history while immersed in the United Kingdom.

The summer program in England is hosted by Worcester College at the University of Oxford. Situated on 26 acres of land—including gardens, lakeside areas and a large sports ground—Worcester is also close to train and bus stations and only a few minutes’ walk from the city centre. Oxford alumni include T.S. Eliot, Indira Gandhi, Aldous Huxley, J.R.R. Tolkien and T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”).

“Dreaming Spires” in the Heart of England

  • For more than a thousand years the city of Oxford has played a central role in English history. Aside from its famous university and incredible “dreaming spires,” the city is also home to England’s most famous library (the Bodleian), its smallest chapel (at Christ Church) and its oldest museum (the Ashmolean, which is older than the word “museum” itself). It is the birthplace of Mensa, Oxfam, the Mini, Alice in Wonderland, and The Lord of the Rings.
  • The city’s remarkable past can be traced through its stunning architecture from the Medieval, Renaissance, Tudor and Victorian periods. The city’s major attractions are all located downtown, which is surrounded by spectacular gardens, public parks and lush meadows.
  • Oxford is only an hour away from London by train. The trans-channel ferry and
    Chunnel also allow convenient access to continental Europe.

For more information on Oxford, please see the official Oxford website, or click here for a virtual tour.

Program activities

To help familiarize students with Oxford, there will be a walking tour of the city. This tour will include such famous landmarks as the Ashmolean Museum, Bodleian Library, and the Covered Market. There will also be a high table dinner at Worcester. Finally, students may participate in additional activities paid for on-site, including the ancient tradition of punting down the Cherwell River, or taking an insider’s tour of Christ Church.

Accommodation and meals

Housing is available in on-campus student residences at Worcester College. Students will live in single rooms with a private (ensuite) washroom. A Porters’ Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day. All rooms have access to wifi or students may also use a wired internet connection. There is no air conditioning. Students will have access to shared kitchen facilities, a Junior Common Room (with TV), card-operated laundry machines, a small computer room, college pub, sports field and gym. Accommodation includes breakfast every day of the program.

  • Residence availability: Sunday, August 4 to Saturday, August 31
  • Room & Breakfast: CAD$3,135
  • Accommodation includes breakfast every day of the program. Students should budget approximately CAD$700 for all other meals.

Group flight

We have negotiated a group flight to London (direct) for students in the program. The round-trip economy class airfare with Air Canada is CAD$1,243, which includes taxes/fees of approximately $664. Note that flight taxes/fees (including fuel surcharges) are subject to change. Alternatively, students may make their own travel arrangements.

Departure date from Toronto: Saturday, August 3 (arrive August 4)
Return date from London: Saturday, August 31

Transportation between the London airport and Worcester College will be provided.

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues.

Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person England PDO, which will take place on May 6, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry requirements

All students are responsible for making sure that their necessary travel documents are in order. Information on visitor entry requirements is available from the British Consulate General.

As of the time of publication (December 2018), Canadian citizens need a passport valid for six months beyond their return date to enter Britain as a visitor. You will also need to bring evidence that you have adequate funds to cover your living expenses. The University of Toronto will supply you with a letter confirming that you will be pursuing a University of Toronto course at Worcester College and that your accommodation and course fee have been paid in full. Citizens of other countries may have additional requirements.

Costs

* Note: 2020 program details will be posted by mid-December 2019.

The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 1, 2019
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due one week after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due April 18, 2019

Cost of Studying in England

Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $2,425 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $3,580 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $176 Estimate based on 2018 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees
CRI389Y0 $245
ENG296Y0 $580
FAH392Y0 $440
PSY306Y0 $360
RSM295Y0 $390  
Airfare $1,243 Group flight arranged by U of T – optional participation
Accommodation $3,135 Based on accommodation in Worcester College residence
Meals $700 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Textbooks $50 Estimate – purchase in Toronto prior to departure
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $8,174 – $8,509 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $9,329 – $9,664 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

  • Summer Abroad Bursary (ten awards at $4000 each)

Information Session

A detailed information session for the summer program in Oxford will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from instructors and previous participants, see photos, and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: Woodsworth College, Kruger Hall, 119 St George Street (south of Bloor)

Map to 119 St George Street

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