Study History Oxford Summer Courses

History

The study of History is an investigation into the politics, culture and economics of past peoples and societies. It teaches a range of skills that are universal in their application; the ability to investigate and analyse differing source materials enables you to sort factual accounts from biased ones. Defending your viewpoints and arguments teaches you the power of debate. Rigorous debate with your peers in the seminars will help you to learn the debating skills needed to become a good historian.

Why not explore our course choices using the links below?

Courses

At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to the best academic experiences and to the personalised learning that has made Oxford a global academic force. So while all of our tutors are at the top of their fields depending on your age you'll be taught in slightly different ways. We use small group seminars to ensure that you get greater attention than you could elsewhere. On top of that if you're aged 16-17 or 18-24 then you'll receive weekly tutorials from leading academics mirroring the teaching method that makes Oxford a world-renowned university. Choose your History course below:

18-24 years

  • 2 and 4 weeks courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • Tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast & Dinner included
History

Oxford Summer Courses’ History programme is ordinarily taught through four seminars and one one-hour tutorial per week. All readings and seminar questions will be circulated prior to the seminars. Importantly, the topic of the tutorials is decided in discussion between students and tutors, as this is an opportunity for students to develop and explore their interests in a small group setting (one or two students per tutorial).

Past students have studied a host of Ancient, Medieval and Modern topics as diverse as the fall of the Roman Empire, the Tudors and the World Wars. Don’t let this limit you though, if there is a particular area you are interested in, we are always able to cater for it.

  • History- 18-24 year olds course

    18-24 timetable

16-17 years

  • 2 and 4 weeks courses available
  • Oxford/Cambridge University accommodation
  • Tutorials & group seminars
  • Breakfast & Dinner included
History

Our history course for 16-17 looks to help students develop their analytical mind alongside their debating skills. You will be asked to produce a weekly essay on your chosen topic and through explaining your arguments to your tutor you will return home with a greater understanding of your topic of interest.

Your course can be tailored to your specific interests - past students have studied a host of Ancient, Medieval and Modern topics as diverse as the fall of the Roman Empire, the Tudors and the World Wars.

  • History- 16-17 year olds course

    18-24 timetable

Testimonials

Annabel van der Nagel  - History student from 2015

Annabel van der Nagel - History student from 2015

Studying history, and particularly Medieval History, in the ancient city of Oxford is extremely rewarding. Not only are you constantly immersed in the subject, but you're able to actively engage in the history around you. The staff at Oxford Summer Courses have challenged me to expand my mind - culturally, socially, and historically. The one-on-one tutorials and small seminar sizes really allowed the class to engage and ultimately led to a fantastic academic and social experience.

Staff

Mirela

Mirela Ivanova

Mirela Ivanova is a DPhil student in History at Balliol College, Oxford. She joined Balliol for an MSt in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies after completing an undergraduate degree in History at Wadham College, Oxford. Her research looks into the implications of writing and literacy in early medieval communities and religious and political thought, focusing especially on the Balkans. Additionally she is interested in the processes of religious conversion in medieval societies, and the dynamics therein for the formalisation of ‘heresy’. To this end she teaches a course on comparative conversions for Oxford Summer Courses. Outside of her academic research she has lived, worked, and studied in Bulgaria, England, the States, and Russia, and written on politics, socialism, medieval literacy, culture, social mobility and feminism for a range of publications including the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Oxford Left Review, the London Progressive Journal, and ISIS Magazine amongst others.

History Tutor

Dr Nicolas Stone Villani

Dr Nicolas Stone Villani is a recent DPhil graduate in History from St Hugh’s College, Oxford. His work focuses on the relationship between Aristotle and Machiavelli and the rise of the reason of state in early modern Europe. He holds an MPhil (with Distinction) in Political Thought and Intellectual History from Cambridge and an MA in Cultural and Intellectual History from the Warburg Institute in London. He has taught undergraduate History papers at Oxford and at the Middlebury-Oxford Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He has presented his research at a number of conferences in the UK and abroad and has worked as Research Assistant for renowned art historian and BBC presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon. His articles are currently under review by the English Historical Review and other international peer-reviewed journals and a podcast on his research will soon be available on the University of Warwick’s iTunes U.

Prices and Dates

Select your Age Range

Course start date
Courses – 09-10s 30/06/2019 07/07/2019 14/07/2019 21/07/2019 28/07/2019 04/08/2019
1 Week – Wycombe Abbey £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495
2 Week – Wycombe Abbey £2,795 £2,795 £2,795 £2,795 £2,795
3 Week – Wycombe Abbey £3,995 £3,995 £3,995 £3,995
4 Week – Wycombe Abbey £5,195 £5,195 £5,195
5 Week – Wycombe Abbey £6,295 £6,295
6 Week – Wycombe Abbey £7,395

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, in class sizes of 15 or less
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals, including lunch
  • A Graduation Ceremony
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course start date
Courses – 11-12s 30/06/2019 07/07/2019 14/07/2019 21/07/2019 28/07/2019 04/08/2019
1 Week – Wycombe Abbey £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495 £1,495
2 Week – Wycombe Abbey £2,795 £2,795 £2,795 £2,795 £2,795
3 Week – Wycombe Abbey £3,995 £3,995 £3,995 £3,995
4 Week – Wycombe Abbey £5,195 £5,195 £5,195
5 Week – Wycombe Abbey £6,295 £6,295
6 Week – Wycombe Abbey £7,395

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, in class sizes of 15 or less
  • Accommodation
  • All Meals, including lunch
  • A Graduation Ceremony
  • All Activities and Excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course start date
Courses – 13-15s 23/06/2019 30/06/2019 07/07/2019 14/07/2019 21/07/2019 28/07/2019 04/08/2019 11/08/2019
2 Weeks – Cambridge £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – London – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
4 Weeks – Cambridge £7,895 £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) £7,895 £7,895 £7,895 £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – London – Standard (shared bathroom) £7,895 £7,895

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including small group seminars (8 students or less) and subject related workshops
  • Accommodation and All Meals, every day, including evening meals at local restaurants
  • A Three-Course College Banquet, on Friday evening (this may differ for London programme students)
  • A Graduation Ceremony
  • 3 Full Day Trips and All Activities

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course start date
Courses – 16-17s 23/06/2019 30/06/2019 07/07/2019 14/07/2019 21/07/2019 28/07/2019 04/08/2019 11/08/2019
2 Weeks – Cambridge £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – London – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
4 Weeks – Cambridge £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) £7,895 £7,895 £7,895 £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – London – Standard (shared bathroom) £7,895 £7,895

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including tutorials and small group seminars and subject related workshops
  • Accommodation and Breakfast, every day
  • All Evening Meals, including those at local restaurants
  • A Three-Course College Banquet, on Friday evening (this may differ for London programme students)
  • A Graduation Ceremony
  • 3 Full Day Trips and All Activities

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance

Course start date
Courses – 18-24s 23/06/2019 30/06/2019 07/07/2019 14/07/2019 21/07/2019 28/07/2019 04/08/2019 11/08/2019
2 Weeks – Cambridge £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
2 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195 £4,195
4 Weeks – Cambridge £7,895 £7,895
4 Weeks – Oxford – Standard (shared bathroom) £7,895 £7,895 £7,895 £7,895 £7,895

Included in this price is:

  • All Teaching, including tutorials and small group seminars and subject related workshops
  • Accommodation and Breakfast, every day
  • All Evening Meals, including those at local restaurants
  • A Three-Course College Banquet, on Friday evening (this may differ for London programme students)
  • A Graduation Ceremony
  • 3 Full Day Trips and All Activities

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance