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The Oxford Program

Thomas More College’s Oxford Studies Program is a two-week course that delves into the lives and thoughts of G.K. Chesterton and other major Catholic thinkers such as John Henry Cardinal Newman, poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, and authors Hilaire Belloc and  J.R.R. Tolkien. The program is designed to prepare participants for graduate school while helping them gain a deeper understanding of the role of the Catholic intellectual in today’s world through a combination of seminar-style lectures, guided tours, discussions, and conversations inspired by these four great writers.

Explore landmarks of England that are important to great thinkers and English history.

Students explore landmarks of England that are important to these thinkers and English history. Students see Cardinal Newman’s colleges, the church where he preached as an Anglican, and the retreat center in Littlemore where he was received into the Catholic church in 1845. Furthermore, participants visit Tolkien’s grave in Wolvercote, one of his houses, and the pub where he and other Inklings met. In addition, they tour The Kilns, the home of C.S. Lewis, where he and Tolkien would frequently meet.

“There are few greater temptations on earth than to stay permanently at Oxford in meditation.” —Hilaire Belloc

In 2019, our Oxford Scholars visited:

  • Stonor Park, home of a long-standing recusant family and once a shelter for Edmund Campion and his illicit printing press.
  • Uffington to see the “White Horse” of Chesterton’s Ballad and the remains of an Iron Age fort.
  • London to see Westminster Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, and the Tower of London.
  • William Morris‘ house, Kelmscott Manor, in the Cotswolds.
  • Newman’s “College” in Littlemore.
  • The G.K. Chesterton Library.
  • C.S. Lewis’ house, The Kilns.

Accreditation for this course is offered by Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. In order to complete the credit hours, you will need to:

  • Complete a reading list, and a take-home examination on the reading list on your return from England.
  • Attend a writing seminar while in England with Dr. Lamb.
  • Complete a paper, to be submitted no later than 1st October 2019, supervised by Dr. Lamb or other Second Spring staff.

With the Oxford program, the credit hours can be in any of the following areas:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Political Theory
  • Theology

If you wish to apply for the Oxford Scholars Program, or would like to discuss it further, please note this on your Application Form. Any questions you have concerning the accreditation prior to your applying should be addressed to Dr. William Fahey:

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts will give 3-6 credit hours this year for anyone who goes and undertakes a directed study.  Non credit students will just go through Second Spring.  The rates (which do not include airfare) are:
  • non-credit: $2,800
  • 3 credits: $3,200
  • 6 credits: $3,600

Classes take place in the centre of Oxford, in lecture rooms at Blackfriars Hall, the Dominican Hall of Study at the University of Oxford. We offer residential and non-residential places, to allow for budget flexibility.

Information about the Residential and Non-Residential housing can be found HERE.

Below you can follow the link to Second Spring’s Application From:

Here is the Application Form for our 2019 Summer School!

Please make sure you’ve read everything you need to on this website before you apply, and if you have further questions after that, feel free to email us at

Please do not make any travel arrangements until your place is confirmed.

You can read Second Spring’s FAQ here.

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