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Understand complex intersections + beautiful spaces

Immerse yourself in architecture, art, and culture in Oxford and London, expanding how you see the world—and the possibilities for future shared spaces. How have the values of various cultures impacted art and architecture? How are technological advances changing the way we design and build? How is architecture responding to ecological issues?

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  • Session 1: June 30 - July 13
  • Location:

    Week 1: University of Oxford’s Worcester College, Oxford, U.K.

    Week 2: University College London, London, U.K.

  • Staff to Student Ratio 1:6
  • Residential Tuition: $7,590
  • Tuition + Financial Aid

Uncover the connections between architecture, art + culture

Lead Instructor

Architecture, Art + Culture

Jan Zachmann

Jan Zachmann

Jan holds a Master's in Architecture from world-renowned ETH Zurich and a Master's in Architectural History from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He teaches at Kingston School of Art, ranked #1 in London for Art & Design, and works as an independent architect between Basel and London. Before establishing his own practice, Jan gained several years of experience as a project architect in Switzerland, contributing to a variety of widely published projects, including the Kunstmuseum Basel. In his leisure time, Jan enjoys playing outdoor tennis in the parks of London's East End and skiing in the Swiss Alps.

What you'll do

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Build real architectural design skills

Experiment with digital modeling and design and learn the principles of architectural photography.

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Take in the history + culture of the oldest university in the English-speaking world

Not only is the University of Oxford a storied and beautiful campus, with buildings ranging from medieval cottages to modern architectural achievements, it’s the #1 university worldwide (Times Higher Education).

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Enjoy daily guided Looking Labs and site visits

Explore Oxford and London while you examine case studies of architectural periods that span more than 800 years, honing your skills of visual observation, description, and analysis—important skills that apply to future careers in art, history, social sciences, law, medicine, and STEM.

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Delve into world-famous collections 

Find inspiration in the collections of the Ashmolean Museum, Britain’s oldest public museum, as well as the British Museum in London, which covers two million years of human history and culture.

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Visit the #1 school in the world for architecture and the built environment 

Experience the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London while you tackle complex issues like what it means to create human-centered spaces in an era of climate change, discovering how today’s technologies are changing the ways we build and live.

Program description

Using the architecture, art, and culture of Oxford and London as a jumping off point, you’ll expand how you see the world—and your place in it. 

Journey through time in Oxford, witnessing Roman architecture alongside modern marvels. Walk the same streets as writers such as Oscar Wilde and J.R.R. Tolkien. Explore the international metropolis of London, visiting world-renowned architecture and art collections. Try your hand at digital design, photography, and curation while unpacking the histories and politics of the body in space—and what they mean for our future.

Preview college life at two world-class universities    

At EXPLO, we combine academic inquiry with trips, guest speakers, and city adventures that build meaningful insights, relationships, and memories. In Explorations at Oxford and London, you’ll call two influential cities home. 

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Week 1

The University of Oxford’s Worcester College is set in the heart of the city, with 26 acres of British gardens and stunning architecture. From medieval cottages to the new Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, the campus is a conversation between old and new. Take up punting on the Cherwell River, attend a formal high table dinner, and visit the historic Oxford Covered Market.

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Week 2

Your home base for week two is the University College London, awarded University of the Year 2024 for the U.K. Whether you’re attending a play at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, taking in the splendor of Buckingham Palace, or shopping in the famously eclectic Camden Market, you'll have the resources of this international city at your fingertips.

Make Oxford + London your summer home.