The orientation programme and welcome reception on 6 July will give you the chance to meet your fellow students and the summer school staff.
We also arrange some evening social activities during the programme.
Optional weekend trips
There will be two long weekends (four days) during the summer school, giving you the chance to undertake independent travel.
British Culture field trips
If you are not taking the British Culture class, you may still have the opportunity to participate in its field trips, paying a fee per trip (space permitting). Whether this is possible depends on your schedule.
Full information about the trips will be available at the start of the summer school, but in the meantime you can see details of last summer's trips below for an idea of what to expect:
- Hampton Court Palace: students travel to Hampton Court Palace by boat for a lecture tour of the palace and visit the grounds and gardens.
- Greenwich: this trip includes a visit to the Old Royal Observatory (the location of zero longitude), the Royal Naval College (designed by Christopher Wren) and the Queen's House (designed by Inigo Jones). It addressed the role of Britain in the development of accurate timekeeping and navigation in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- Stonehenge and Bath: this includes visiting Stonehenge, a World Heritage Site, en route to the Roman baths in Bath, where students take a walking tour of the town to see the Georgian architecture.
- Oxford: students take a walking tour of the ancient heart of the city of Oxford, which gives an introduction to the architecture, history and way of life in Britain's oldest university. They also visit Christ Church College.