Study Abroad in Oxford


NIU at Oriel College, Oxford University

June 24th- July 27th 2018

The 49th 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

The 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:

Details about Biology courses:  Professor Joel Stafstrom 

NIU Study Abroad Ofice: 

Oxford program overview and application

Details about NIU at Oxford

Program Offerings


"Biological Discovery" and "Technology and Ethics of Human Stem Cell Biology and Gene Editing" are courses offered by Prof. Joel Stafstrom (NIU).  Field trips to Darwin's home, Cambridge University, and Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew are anticipated.


Photo of Glenn Black

Dr. Timothy Crowley

"Shakespeare" courses are offered by Prof. Timothy Crowley (NIU) and Dr. Glenn Black (University of Oxford). The program includes theatre trips to the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Globe theatre, London.

Dr. Lara Crowley"Jane Austen" 
courses are offered by Dr. Lara Crowley (NIU).  The program features field trips to sites of historical and literary importance.

Political Science

Dr. Artemus Ward"The Beatles: A study in Politics and Popular Music" courses are offered by Dr. Artemus Ward (NIU), the program eatures field trips to sites of cultural importance, including London and Liverpool.