Study Abroad - NIU at Oxford, Oriel College


NIU at Oriel College, Oxford University

June 28th to July 31st 2015

Photo of Students at Radcliffe SquareThe 46th annual summer program offered by Northern Illinois University and Oriel College Oxford features courses at all levels from General Education through Doctoral Seminars.

The program is designed to take advantage of the unique resources of the British setting including the Oxford libraries, scientific and historical field trip sites, museums, and theatres of London and Stratford-upon-Avon. 

Instruction and seminars are provided by NIU and Oxford faculty. Participating students and instructors live and dine in the same halls, so that formal class meetings can be supplemented by individual tutorials and informal conversations.

Enrollment in all courses is deliberately kept low in order to permit maximum interaction between students and faculty. Classes meet from Monday through Thursday to allow students weekends to explore England and the European Continent.

Oriel College

Photo of swansThe program will take place in Oriel College, founded in 1326 and considered to be one of the most beautiful of the 34 colleges that make up Oxford University. Oxford is less than 60 miles from London and Stratford upon Avon, with frequent and inexpensive bus service to both cities. Cambridge, Canterbury and other places with historical, literary and scientific connections are within 100 miles, and there is virtually no place in Britain or Western Europe that cannot be visited on a weekend trip.

For More Information Contact:

Dr. Gabriel Holbrook
NIU Department of Biological Sciences 
(815) 753-3199

Short-term Study Abroad
International Programs
(815) 753-0700
Email: niuabroad@niuedu

Also check the NIU Study Abroad Website

Course Offerings


Exploration of Plant Science
Photo of Gabriel HolbrookDr. Gabriel Holbrook (NIU) 
Includes Field Trips to Marine Environments, Atlantic Coast and the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew. Also, involves classes in Oxford University Botanical Gardens.


Photo of Glenn Black

Photo of Alexandra BennettShakespeare 

Offered by Dr. Alexandra Bennett (NIU) and Dr. Glenn Black (Oxford University). Includes theatre trips to the RSC at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Globe theatre, London

 Includes theatre trips to the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Globe theatre, London.

British Children's Literature
Offered by Dr. Deborah DeRosa (NIU). Includes field  trips of historic and literary interest.

Political Science

Photo of Michael ClarkLittle England or Great Britain? 
Offered by Dr. Michael Clark (NIU). May include a field trips to London, Parliament and Museums.