The English-Speaking Union

TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

Oxford University: 2022 Information for Reference Only, 2023 Info Available mid- February 2023


Immerse yourself in the life of the Oxford University through these rigorous, graduate-level courses. In your spare time, explore the historic surroundings of the university and city. Study in small interactive seminar groups, led by specialist Oxford tutors, and conduct research with your own Bodleian Library card. Join fellow scholars for walking tours, after-dinner discussions, and weekend excursions to sites of literary and/or historical interest. You will live as a student of Exeter or St. Antony's College, becoming a member of the Oxford summer community. There are many options how to spend your summer at Oxford. Click to read descriptions of each course:

2022 PROGRAM COST For Reference ONly

$4780 for English Literature, History & Creative Writing;$3650 International Politics

Program cost includes tuition, access to libraries and IT facilities, accommodation with shared bath, and most meals. 

Program cost does not include travel, travel insurance, medical insurance, additional meals, or any other incidentals.


Every year, the ESU provides nearly 50 scholarships for classroom teachers in their communities. ESU scholarships are for current classroom teachers attending our multi-week courses at Shakespeare's Globe, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Oxford.

SUISS offers their own scholarships which are completely independent from the ESU. Please read below for more information.

You may also explore further scholarship and grant resources in our fundraising guide


English Literature, History, Politics & Society, Creative Writing, and International Politics courses each constitutes a minimum of 45 contact hours. Please reference specific course pages for breakdown of hours.

All participants will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Oxford upon submission of course work.


This program is comprised of rigorous, graduate-level seminars. Participants must complete all preparatory readings, attend all seminars, and spend considerable time in the library (with your own Bodleian Library card!) to complete the required reading and research including a final paper of 2,000-3,000 words. There is also preparatory reading that must be completed prior to program start.


Application Instructions:

  1. Download and complete the specialized application for your desired program.

2. Compile the remaining application materials:

  • One letter of recommendation
  • Your official academic transcript/s
  • Proof of overseas health insurance (photo or scan of card)
  • One-page personal statement, detailing your academic reasons for wishing to attend the summer school. This should include what you hope to get out of the course, and what you are likely to contribute to the intellectual life of the summer school. This may include details of related courses you have previously taken, or the relevance of the summer school to your present course of study or professional development. It is essential that you clearly state your reasons for wishing to enroll in specific seminars.
  • 4 Passport size photos with your name written in block letters on the back of each photo. Please mail to ESU 144 East 39th St NY NY 10016 Attn: Alice Uhl

3.  Complete the TLab Application - Oxford University Multi-WeekAll applications must be submitted digitally via this application.


Cancellation Policy:

For cancellations received in writing more than eight weeks prior to the start date of the course, 50% of the total course fee will be retained. The ESU regrets that it will not be able to refund any part of the course fee within eight weeks of the start date of the course owing to accident, illness, or any travel disruption due to strike or terror. You are strongly urged to purchase adequate travel and health insurance which also protects against any emergency medical expenses or loss of personal property. 

If you are  unable to attend the program, you must notify the ESU immediately in writing at and when applicable cc the ESU Branch that awarded a TLab Branch Scholarship. Fees already paid to the UK institution will be returned according to the institution's cancellation policy, as specified in their materials. ESU Branch TLab Scholarship Recipients will be personally liable for additional TLab fees such as stipend and/or airfare if disbursed or paid prior to departure in the event of a withdrawal.

If the State Department of the United States announces a "no travel" policy or the Globe cancels a program, fees paid to the institution will be returned according to the individual school's cancellation policy, as specified in their materials.

International Airfare:

It is highly recommended to all participants to book a changeable/refundable flight. ESU TLab Branch Scholars do Not book international airfare until given permission by your ESU Branch. 

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