Oxford Summer Institute
Undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of academic disciplines are offered a once in a lifetime opportunity to apply to CUA's education abroad program at Oxford University in England. This prestigious program is organized locally by the Oxford Study Abroad Programme (OSAP), and features a variety of custom designed individual tutorials taught by prominent university professors. Students are placed in colleges considered among the best in the Oxford university system. Students will live in student housing in and around the center of Oxford.
Tutorials represent an intensive learning system due to the focused interaction with tutors and the amount of researching, reading and writing involved. Students typically write and defend one essay per week. Students take one 6-credit tutorial where they study a self-designed and pre-approved topic with an Oxford professor on a one-to-one basis.
For more information on choosing your tutorial, click here.
Oxford tutors are generally university professors, but in rare instances the role may be filled by an Oxford graduate student who is pursuing advanced studies in the student's requested area of interest. In all cases, Oxford tutors are excellent and knowledgeable in their fields. Additionally, students are assigned to the Junior Common Room (student union) at their college.
Catholic University Seminar
In addition to the 6-credit tutorial, students also enroll in a 3-credit seminar taught by a visiting Catholic University faculty member. The course and faculty member are chosen through a competitive selection process and change from year to year. Decisions are typically made in November. For Summer 2019, we were pleased to present:
The Birth of the Public: Music and Society in Eighteenth-Century England
MUS 328/HIST 390A
The eighteenth century witnessed tremendous change in almost every aspect of British life: The political system gradually shifted from the ideal of an absolute monarch and sovereign upper class to a more democratized parliament led by a prime minister, and the middle class emerged as a potent social force, transforming economic and cultural institutions. This course investigates these changes in eighteenth-century British society through the lens of music, focusing especially on the institutions in which music was heard—from opera houses and concert halls to pleasure gardens and coffee houses—and the practices by which music was consumed. As the century progressed, musical patronage shifted from a model in which music and musicians were supported by the upper class for its own benefit to one in which financial support came primarily from the general public, leading to models of musical consumption that are still with us today. Specific topics covered in the course include the political, religious, and social functions of Handel’s operas and oratorios, the rise of public concerts, the changing nature of audiences across the century, and Haydn’s London concerts in the 1790s. The final project is an original research paper, which need not focus on music provided that it engages with the broad themes covered in the course. Open to all students in the university; no prerequisites, and ability to read music not required.
Professor: Andrew Weaver, PhD
Head of the Musicology division at Catholic University, Professor Weaver received his PhD from Yale and is excited now to be traveling to England to share his love of music with Catholic University students at Oxford. His particular pleasure is exploring how musical works – especially symphonies, operas, and sacred music – engage with society: why music was written, where people heard music, and how music was influenced by (and in turn influenced) politics, religion, and daily life. As the 18th century was a time of momentous change in England, the answers to these questions are rich and complex, offering the promise of a unique and truly exciting course. Professor Weaver regularly teaches courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, including a class for the University Honors Program and classes for non-music majors.
Students live in double rooms, normally in the same apartment or house with British or other foreign students. Approximately half of visiting students are housed within the central area of Oxford, and all live within a twenty-minute walk. There is no "university campus" as the colleges, departments, lecture rooms, and tutorial venues are spread throughout the city. Thus, wherever students live, there will be some travel involved (by bike, bus, or on foot).
All housing units include TVs and internet access by either wifi or ethernet cables in the bedrooms. Telephones are installed and can be used with a calling card when students arrive. Students should note that the cost of local calls will be deducted from their security deposit.
All housing units have a kitchen, with an oven, stove, microwave, kettle, toaster, cookware (a baking tray, saucepans, frying pans, knives, assorted utensils, a chopping board), plates, bowls, cups, glasses and cutlery. Bed linens are included, but students should bring or purchase their own towels, and all participants should bring a laptop.
Housing is occasionally available in the main college or its annexes. This has the advantage of location and proximity to other Oxford students, but lacks common areas, a kitchen, and a house phone.
Further housing information and descriptions can be found here.
Students should note that certain accommodation choices come with a supplemental housing charge.