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    Portsmouth Abbey Summer Program Oxford

    Portsmouth Abbey Summer Program Oxford


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: United Kingdom
    • Provided By: Private School
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Four Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $6,999
    • Career Clusters: Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Portsmouth Abbey’s Oxford Summer Programme invites students to embark on a pilgrimage of learning and adventure in the “city of dreaming spires.” Students will explore the vibrant and historic culture of Oxford, take pilgrimages to ancient churches, visit famous locations of film and story, punt on the River Cherwell, and grow in friendship through a shared experience of learning and adventure.

    Guest lectures by visiting professors from the University of Oxford give students an opportunity to experience collegiate life at one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Students read great works of English literature in daily seminars with program faculty, which include Portsmouth Institute executive director and Humanities teacher Christopher Fisher and best-selling author and director of vocations of Saint Louis Abbey, Fr. Augustine Wetta, O.S.B.

    In addition to intensive study, students immerse themselves in the life of Oxford, complete with visits to Oxford’s historic colleges, celebrations of sacred liturgy in medieval churches, punting on the River Cherwell, poetry readings—and of course, afternoon tea. A day in London leads students to the famed National Gallery, a private, behind-the-scenes 2-hour tour of Westminster Abbey, and an invitation from the Dean of Westminster to attend Evensong in the Abbey’s famed choir stalls. Students live, eat, study, and worship in St Benet’s Hall, the English Benedictine Congregation’s Permanent Private Hall at the University of Oxford.


    • I wanted to thank you for all the opportunities you provided me while at the summer program the past two summers! My Public Speaking class has really helped me throughout the school year so far. I speak with my roommate from this past summer on a daily basis. I recently just returned from a trip to San Diego with her and her family. We had a great time, and if it wasn't for the Summer Program I would not have been able to meet Ana or make such a great friend. Again, I just wanted to thank you again for everything!

      - A 2014 student - December 6, 2014
    • Great academics in a controlled environment and the children have their own fun activities. Great use of a month of summer-- fun and learning, what could be better than that?

      - Liz Conway - September 5, 2012
    • From an academic perspective, my son is really excelling in school this fall. He has straight A's in every class and organizationally he typically stays a week ahead of his assignments. He attributes a lot of that to his experience at the Abbey and has actually thanked me twice for encouraging him to attend the summer program. I can attest to the personal and intellectual growth that he realized during his time there. It couldn't have come at a better time for my son. I know he looks forward to having the opportunity to return.

      - Howard Mooney - August 15, 2012
    • o Our son seemed to have enjoyed himself very much. He is entering Geometry Honors this fall with much confidence. He has picked up soccer during the summer, and he is very excited about playing Varsity B this season. It was a fun and safe experience all around!

      - M. Marcel - August 20, 2013
    • I was pleased to hear my daughter so excited about her classes and never a complaint about homework. I think this was what school and learning should be about every day.

      - Anonymous - August 20, 2013
    • They helped me be more organized and that will help me next year in school.

      - a student - July 31, 2013
    • I would recommend the Summer Program to a friend. It is perfect! The place, the trips, the dorms, the activities were great. I loved it! Yes! I found meeting new people was amazing and I loved all my classes.

      - A 2013 student - July 31, 2013
    • I want to return because it was so much fun. I had a perfect summer vacation. I really learned a lot from this valuable experience.

      - A 2013 student - August 5, 2013
    • The program taught me lot, but also kept day fun and exciting.

      - a 2013 student - August 14, 2013
    • The best part was to get to know so many students from all over the world.

      - A 2013 student - August 3, 2013