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Middlebury Museum Studies in Oxford

The Middlebury Museum Studies in Oxford programme offers undergraduates at American colleges and universities the chance to spend five weeks of the summer in the heart of Oxford, England. Students have the unparalleled opportunity to complete one week's practicum at Compton Verney (an art gallery housed in a magnificent former stately home), before visiting a range of local, regional and London-based museums, galleries and heritage sites. Here students meet with a variety of museum and heritage professionals, ranging from directors and curators, to experts in retail and marketing, in order to gain a broad understanding of how the different sectors operate. By the end of the programme, students will have had a privileged insight into the structure, management and activities of museums, as well as a critical introduction to the unique British approach to historic preservation.

Middlebury Museum Studies in Oxford is housed at St. Michael’s Hall, which houses lecture and seminar rooms, common rooms, a kitchen and dining area and a library.

Over the 5 weeks, students will get:

  • An intensive week of experiential learning with staff at Compton Verney, site of a nationally renowned art gallery.
  • Visits to a wide range of museums, galleries and auction houses in London, Oxford and further afield. 
  • Special tours of Oxford college collections and archives.
  • Careers talks and meetings with museum and heritage professionals.
  • Two credit-bearing courses* taught by British experts in art history, architectural history, and museum studies: 'How British Museums Work' and 'Perspectives on Heritage'
  • Weekly seminars, lectures and field trips. 
  • Access to the University's Bodleian Library.

*35+ instructional hours per course. Transcripts are issued by Middlebury College.

There is limited space and financial aid for this summer. Apply now! 

Dates: Tuesday, May 28 (arrival before 5 pm) to Friday, June 28, 2019.

Applications should be submitted online by April 1, 2019.
The program will run with a minimum of 12 students.

For more details, contact Marie-Louise Lillywhite at     

Fees and Financial Aid

The fee is $7,100 per student, which includes instructional expenses, accommodation, field trip expenses, museum entrance fees, transport to Compton Verney, lunches on trips and during the week at Compton Verney, Bodleian library membership and some meals in college. The fee does not include airfare, transportation to and from Oxford, personal expenses or other meals, which can be prepared at St. Michael’s Hall.

Estimated Out of Pocket Expenses:

Airfare: $700
Board: $900
Supplies: $100
Personal: $250

Thankful for every moment
I devoured the integral lectures, the seminars, the tea and biscuits, and the charming streets of Oxford. Aided by my tutors, my passion for the human...
Mike Rectenwald, Summer 2000, Geneva College