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  • Locations: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/22/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Required: 3.4
Housing Options: Dormitory APA Program Type: Summer Programs
Credit Type: LSU courses & credit APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
Program Description:

Ogden Honors in Oxford 2018

Aereial view of Oxford
Study at the oldest (and arguably most prestigious) university in the English-speaking world with Ogden Honors in Oxford!

Honors College students will have the unique opportunity to be in residence at St. Hilda's College in Oxford University for a month while earning six hours of credit and exploring the history, politics, literature, art, and culture of the three great empires: Greece, Rome, and Britain.

Following class time in the morning and lunch in hall, each day we'll tour one of Oxford's amazing colleges, museums, and sites of interest, including Rhodes House and the Oxford Union, the world's most famous debating society.

We will also travel to:

  • Blenheim Palace (birthplace of Winston Churchill)
  • Bath (home of Jane Austen and the famous Roman baths)
  • London - where we will spend a weekend touring the classical collections at the British Museum, the Pre-Raphaelite paintings at the Tate Britain, manuscripts at the British Library, and more!
The Victorians looked to the Ancients for a sense of self; we'll look to both for what they can teach us about ourselves and our modern world.  And we'll do it at Oxford University!

Want to meet the other students and faculty who will be with you in Oxford this summer?  Join our Facebook group!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees (6 hours)
July 13 Aug 3 $3,950 instate: $2,784
out of state: $6,888

Program Fee Includes

  • tea timeHousing in the dormitories at St Hilda's College
  • Breakfast everyday and lunch on class days
  • Excursions to Blenheim Palace, Bath, and London
  • Group dinners in Bath and London
  • Ground transportation
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Health insurance

Housing: you will live in a single standard dorm room (sink in the room, shared bathroom) at St. Hilda's College.  Each floor of the dorm has a kitchenette for student use.  You can see photos of what students rooms look like here.

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

mikeonaplaneAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  Your Program Director will let you know when you should purchase airfare. Do not purchase airfare until you are told to do so.  Once you are told to purchase airfare, you should plan to fly in/out of London.

Spending money: Although some meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including meals not covered by the program fee, snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.


Course Description
HNRS 2012 Victorian Ideas and Ideals
HNRS 2030 Ideas and Ideals from Classical Antiquity

HNRS 2012 (Victorian Ideas and Ideals): This course in literature and social history will explore many of the artistic, cultural, political, and economic ideas that dominated Victorian Britain.  Using fiction, poetry, visual art, treatises, private correspondence, public legislation, and other supplemental primary texts, we will debate views of:

  • progress and "the civilizing mission" 
  • proper roles for women: mothers, daughters, wives, governesses, teachers, spinsters
  • proper roles for masters and workers
  • ideal form of education for both sexes
  • regulation of the economy
  • regulation of the passions
  • proper role of religion
  • "welfare" of the masses
library OxfordHNRS 2030 (Ideas and Ideals from Classical Antiquity): This course surveys many of the prominent ideas and texts from Greco-Roman classical antiquity.  Studying the material objects of ancient Rome can be done only in limited ways in the USA, but Europe is saturated with Roman sites, and the British museums have some of the very best collections in the world.

This course has been designed in tandem with HNRS 2012.  The Victorian era marked the political and cultural height of the British Empire, as well as the height of classical education in Britain.  The overlap between the two courses provides an experiment in with to explore the evolution of the humanities, where one defining period and place in Western Civilization absorbed yet redirected an earlier defining period and place.

Please note: because this program ends after the deadline for summer semester grades, all students will initially receive Incomplete ("I") grades. These grades will be changed to your final letter grades by the end of September. 

Because of these incomplete grades, you cannot participate in this program if you plan to graduate in summer 2018. 


May 2 Fee bills available via myLSU
May 17 Fee bills are due
July 13 Depart the US
July 14 Arrive in London; bus to Oxford; check into St. Hilda's dorms; tour of the college; welcome dinner
July 15 Oxford walking tour
July 16 Bodleian Library; Divinity Schools tour; Christ Church college tour
July 17 Ashmolean Museum and high tea; Persuasion movie night
July 18 Excursion to Bath: Jane Austen Center; walking tour; Roman Baths dinner and tour
July 19 Views of Oxford from St Mary's Church Tower
July 20 AM classes; free weekend starts after lunch
July 21 Free weekend
July 22 Free weekend
July 23 Oxford walking tour
July 24 Pitt Rivers Museum; Museum of the History of Natural Sciences
July 25 Excursion to Blenheim Palace
July 26 Port Meadow to Trout Inn via Godstow Nunnery for group dinner
July 27 Excursion to London: British Museum; city bus tour; theatre performance
July 28 London: Museum of London; Guildhall Art Gallery; St. Paul's; free time
July 29 London: Kensington Palace; Albert Memorial; Victoria and Albert Museum
July 30 Free afternoon; Jane Eyre movie night
July 31 Oriel College; Keble College; Rhodes House
Aug 1 Punting on the Cherwell
Aug 2 Final exams; farewell dinner
Aug 3 Program ends; return home or continue to explore on your own

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Dr. Drew Lamonica-Arms
Program Director
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Dr. Rex Stem Classics faculty placeholder

Eligibility & Withdrawal

2017 Oxford groupIn order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Member of the Ogden Honors College
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.4
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses 

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other institutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 2, 2018.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement when you are accepted into the program and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU in early May and are due in late May (specific dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

This program is the perfect introduction to the world abroad. The culture in Oxford and the U.K. is different from the US but not so extreme that it creates a culture shock. The classes facilitate discussion and learning that pairs perfectly with the excursions the professors plan. I gained a new perspective of British history and the great ancient empires and saw how these histories affected the current culture of the area. I loved every minute I was traveling and studying at Oxford, and I can't wait to study abroad again. It was a life-changing experience and has provided me with memories I will cherish forever. #GeauxAbroad
     — Summer, 2017 Participant