The Virginia Program at Oxford is a Hampden-Sydney sponsored, interdisciplinary summer school program based in St. Anne's College, Oxford University. The six-week program examines the literature, history and society of late-16th and early-17th century England. Instruction follows the English system of higher education, which combines daily lectures by renowned, British scholars with small, weekly tutorials. Students, drawn from a six-school consortium of small Virginia colleges and universities, earn three credits in history and three credits in English. Unlike many other study abroad programs, credits for these courses are entered directly onto your transcript and the grades are calculated into your GPA. Some financial aid is available, and federal grants and loans may be applied.

Students from all years and majors are encouraged to apply.

The Virginia Program at Oxford taught me how to think on my feet, both in and out of the classroom. The work is hard, but the experience is unforgettable.

Max Dash '18

Program Dates

June 29-August 8, 2020

Estimated Cost



Hampden-Sydney students will need to register in the spring via TigerWeb for the following two courses.

ENGL 301: Literature of the English Renaissance (3 credits)
HIST 307: Early Modern Britain (3 credits)

Applications: Due February 14

Please note that the application will ask you to upload four items. The following downloadable forms and templates are available online

  1. Unofficial transcript (PDF of your TigerWeb version)
  2. Signed Agreement of Responsible Travel Form (PDF )
  3. Physician's Statement (PDF)
  4. Passport style image (jpg, png or gif files only)

The application will ask you to submit the names and email addresses of 3 personal references.  Once you have submitted your application, they will receive an email invitation with instructions.  References are due by February 21.

Announcements of acceptances will be made in early March.

For more information, please contact your campus sponsor and explore the VA Program at Oxford webpage.

Shirley Kagan
Department of Theatre 
Hampden-Sydney College | Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943

  • street view of the dome at Oxford

    Virginia Program at Oxford students have special access to the historic Bodleian Library

  • sky view of the dome at Oxford

    The historic Bodleian Library through the clouds

  • a theater at Oxford

    Inside Shakespeare's Globe Theater just before a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream

  • apartment buildings at Oxford

    The grounds of St. Anne's College

  • an alleyway with bicycles at Oxford

    Turl Street, an historic street in central Oxford

  • a rainbow behind a street and buildings at Oxford

    The Royal Oak, one of Oxford's many pubs, located a short walk from St. Anne's College