The 2012 Oxford Experience Programme of classes has been released and enrollment is open! More details here. The programme features:
~Week-long residential summer courses
~From 1 July - 11 August 2012
~At Christ Church, Oxford
~Accessible courses in the humanities
~Small study groups taught by friendly tutors
~Designed for an international audience of all ages
~Programme Fee: £1,135
~Single Ensuite Supplement optional: £180
~Twin Ensuite Supplement optional: £90
~Excursion Fee where applicable: £50-100
~Per person, per week, including room, board, and the class
~If you stay two weeks in a row, the room and board for Saturday are free!
The rooms are "undergraduate study rooms" in one of the quad buildings (see above for my elegant room in 2009); board is served, breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Great Hall of Christ Church; there are other social programs, some with a fee; tea and cookies served during a break between the two daily class sessions; one dinner at the High Table per student, which includes a pre-prandial sherry; a lovely closing dinner with wines per course. Breakfast and lunch are buffet style with orders for eggs and other English breakfast favorites taken at the former, with soup and bread and fruit usually available at the latter. As the website indicates, the rooms are modestly furnished; bathrooms are shared; no air-conditioning, but free wi-fi. I took my netbook and connected to the BBC or EWTN radio for entertainment in the room.
One of the fun things was that with an Oxford Experience ID, participants can walk right in Tom's Gate--visitors (the hoi-polloi) have to come in the back way!
Here's a list of the classes taught in 2012. I really enjoyed my week there and would love to go back! My room in 2009 was in the Canterbury Quad and I was on the stairway of the entrance to the Christ Church Picture Gallery!