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Wadham College - Yr 12 Classics Summer School

Wadham College - Classics Summer School

The summer school is for enthusiastic, committed students who are either considering applying to study the Classical world at university, or who would like to know more about the various subjects associated with it (Classical Literature, Ancient History, Classical Greek, Archaeology), and are interested in studying these subjects intensively over the course of a week. The summer school provides a stimulating and challenging academic programme that will develop your knowledge in the study of the Classical world. The academic programme has been designed to give you a taster of what it’s like to be an undergraduate studying Classical subjects at Oxford.

You’ll have the opportunity to:

  • take part in a seminar series focusing on ‘Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World’ delivered by tutors from the Faculty of Classics,
  • attend daily language classes in Ancient Greek,
  • visit the Ashmolean Museum,
  • receive guidance and advice from undergraduate mentors to help you write a short essay on a Classical subject, and
  • take part in a 20–30 minute Oxford-style tutorial, during which you will receive feedback on your work.

The sessions don’t require any prior knowledge, but you will be asked to complete some reading before the summer school. In addition to the academic work, you’ll be living, eating, and working in Wadham College alongside current students and will have the opportunity to explore this historic city.

WHERE: Wadham College, University of Oxford

WHEN: Monday 21st August – Friday 25th August (dates inclusive)

SUBJECTS: Classical Literature, Ancient History, Classical Greek, Archaeology

STRUCTURE: 5 days of study, comprising group lectures, language seminars, and tutorials in small groups. Students will also complete an essay of 1,500 words. 2

ELIGIBILITY: This summer school is primarily intended for students currently in Year 12. If you not in Year 12 (but are over 16) and have a strong reason to think that you will benefit from attending the summer school please contact us ( prior to submitting an application to discuss your situation. Applicants must be students at a state school or sixth-form college. Previous experience of any Classical subjects is NOT required.

ACCOMMODATION: provided by the College

COSTS: None. Meals and accommodation are both provided free of charge. Wadham College will also contribute up to £50 for travel costs to attend the summer school. If your travel costs are likely to be significantly more than £50 and it would be difficult to cover the remaining cost please get in touch (

Application deadline: 5pm, Friday 19 May, 2017

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