Program Details

Why participate?

  • An academic focus supported by a community of Oxford scholars: Come away with in-depth knowledge of the region’s history and culture
  • A diverse cohort of multigenerational students from all over the U.S.: Unique perspectives and a chance to expand your personal and professional network
  • An immersive three-week program: Intimately experience everyday life at Oxford while taking full advantage of access to academic resources and cultural offerings

A Typical Day

Berkeley Scholars spend three weeks at Oxford and balance their academic seminar with activities and free time.


Breakfast | 7:30 a.m.

Class | 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
(including a 30-minute coffee and tea/cookie break)

Afternoons | Free time
See Things to Do for ideas about popular Oxford activities.

Evening lecture | 5:30 p.m.
(twice a week only)

Dinner in the Hall | 6:30 p.m.


Merton College


Oxford University is made up of more than 30 different colleges, essentially academic communities where students live and take classes. Oxford students closely identify with their college, each of which has its own persona and unique offerings.

As a student in the Oxford Berkeley Program, you attend classes and live at Merton College, one of the two oldest colleges at Oxford. Merton is picturesque, known for its medieval and 17th-century buildings and a garden protected by the city wall. Merton is situated on a quiet, cobbled street close to university libraries and lecture halls. Over the centuries, prominent scholars and cultural leaders have called Merton home, including four Nobel Prize winners and the physician who discovered the circulation of blood. At Merton you will have access to Oxford staff who will work with you and hold regular office hours throughout the duration of your stay to assist with administrative, cultural, and logistical matters.


Field Trips


Scholars typically take three field trips while at Oxford, generally each Thursday of the seminar. Field trips, led by tutors and linked to seminar material, are an essential part of your experience. These trips incorporate an important experiential learning component to the seminar and may include visits to museums, castles, historic buildings and abbeys, walking tours, and more.

Examples of typical field trips could be a visit London’s restored Globe Theatre to understand how Shakespeare’s plays were experienced by audiences of his time, or a tour of the great houses of the English countryside to experience the power and wealth of England’s ruling families through their art and architecture.


Accommodation and Meals


You will live in dormitories at Merton College—just as renowned authors T.S. Eliot and J.R.R. Tolkien did decades ago. Rooms at Merton are historic attractions and a far cry from U.S. dorms, even boasting reviews on Trip Advisor! Each scholar is assigned a private room and bathrooms are shared with two to three others in the program. A few rooms have private bathrooms en suite, and double rooms are also available. Oxford dorm amenities include weekly maid service, on-site laundry, computer and printer access, a TV room, on-site library, and complimentary in-room tea service.

Dining at Oxford is not an experience to be missed! The food at Merton is said to be some of the best on campus. Your meals are included: breakfast and morning coffee every day, lunch on weekdays, and dinner on weekdays and Sundays. Lunch is an informal self-service meal. Dinner is a formal meal two days a week (business attire is encouraged) and informal the other days. Meals are served in the magnificently appointed Hall, where historical figures such as Elizabeth I have dined. Meals also provide opportunities to get to know your fellow scholars as well as plan trips and free-time activities.

Staff members dine in Hall at High Table. Each evening, they invite a few students to join them for cocktails and dinner. Joining faculty at High Table—literally, a table raised on a platform above the rest—is a unique Oxford tradition not to be missed. Every scholar has the opportunity to eat at High Table once during the program.

Dietary restrictions and special health requests may be accommodated. This information will be collected after enrollment confirmation.


Dates and Fees

Oxford Berkeley Program Dates: July 19 – August 8, 2020

July 19 (Sunday) is the day you will leave the US en route to Oxford. Plan to arrive to Oxford on July 20 (Monday) for the start of the program. The welcome orientation takes place that afternoon/early evening. Check out takes place on the last Saturday of the program. Extra nights may be booked at for an additional fee. A deposit of $600 is required to secure your place on the Oxford Berkeley Program. The total balance of the program fee is due on the final payment date. An invoice will be mailed to you 30 days before final payment is due.

Application Dates

October 8, 2019: Priority enrollment opens (participants from the past three years may enroll)
October 20, 2019: General enrollment opens
March 21, 2020: Final payment is due
March 21 – June 4, 2020: Late enrollment period; full payment due at time of enrollment

Program Fee

$7,095 — Includes tuition, single room, weekday meals and weekend breakfast, Sunday dinner, general lectures, and receptions

Field Trip Fee

$300 – $445

Optional Fees

Private bath and double rooms have limited availability. Requests for private baths may be indicated in the appropriate section on the enrollment form and are available on a first come; first served basis.
$990 — Private bath supplemental
$495 — Double room supplemental (on request only)

  • Applicants must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Two years of college or more is recommended to participate.
  • A valid passport is required.
  • Applicants should be in good physical health. You must be able to walk at least a quarter mile in order to access various buildings on campus and navigate medieval-era stairs, which can be uneven and steep. There are no elevators at Merton College, so you should be able to climb up one to two flights.
  • Student visas, which can be obtained upon arrival, are required to study in England. The University of Oxford (via Cal Discoveries Travel) will provide necessary documentation to present when arriving to England.

Questions? Call 510.900.8222 or email