Learning and Experiences Beyond the Classroom

Coronavirus COVID-19 information:
Owing to the global health crisis we have unfortunately postponed this course until 26 June - 8 July 2022.

Oxford is a beautiful city oozing with history and culture. During the Enterprise and the Environment Summer School students will have the opportunity to appreciate its surroundings and explore the vibrancy that the University has to offer. Teaching across the two-weeks will mostly take place in the School of Geography and the Environment, which is home to the Universities natural and social scientific interests.


Bed and breakfast accommodation will be provided for all students at Somerville College. Bedrooms are single en-suites provided on the main College campus in the city centre. The College was founded in 1879 and named in honour of the Scottish mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville. Alumni of the College includes: Vera Brittain, Dorothy Sayers, Dorothy Hodgkin, Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher.

Food and Drink

Breakfast will be provided daily in the Somerville College dining hall. There will be a combination of working, group and picnic lunches, although there will be some lunch breaks which are for free time to allow students to try near by cuisine. Some, but not all dinners will be provided. In previous years dinners have included BBQs by the river, buffets in local restaurants and traditional Oxford formal College meals.

Extra-curricular activities

We appreciate the value in complimenting learning in the classroom with opportunities to engage with the city. Students are provided with an excursion to Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO world heritage site, as well as the opportunity to try punting (a traditional Oxford past time) and access to museums and libraries. The programme will also be interspersed with field trips. In previous years this has included educational visits to locations including:

  • Wytham Woods: an ancient semi-natural woodland, which has been owned and maintained by the University of Oxford since 1942. Its 1000 acres are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and are one of the most researched pieces of woodland in the world, exceptionally rich in flora and fauna, with over 500 species of plants, a wealth of woodland habitats, and 800 species of butterflies and moths.
  • Oxford Botanic Gardens: the first botanic garden in the UK (founded in 1621) and part of the University, the botanic garden occupies a world-class position in terms of its history and academic location.
  • Oxford Union: founded in 1823, the Union is a student Society at Oxford like no other - in the words of former Prime Minister and Union Officer Harold Macmillan, it is “the last bastion of free speech in the Western World."
  • MINI Plant Oxford: the heart and home of the MINI production line, this behind the scenes tour demonstrated to students the front-line of mass production, and encouraged them to consider applications of AI, robotics, and the future of transport coupled with the environment.
"Thank you for an amazing program! It really exceeded all expectations."
"It was great how so much material from such a variety of disciplines was covered in 2 weeks at a pace that was accessible and enjoyable."