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Summer Abroad UK - Courses

Oxford — Portal to Fantasy

On this Summer Abroad program, you can

  • Earn 8 quarter units in 4 weeks.
  • Enroll in UC Davis courses to fulfill degree, major, minor, or GE requirements as listed in the General Catalog.
  • Experience academic coursework enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities.

Note to Non-UC Davis Students:

  • Students from other campuses should consult with their home campus to determine whether courses may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 
  • Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid can get an additional unit to meet unit minimums for financial aid eligibility. Please contact Summer Abroad for additional information.


Oxford—Portal to Fantasy - Draft Syllabus (PDF)

The above syllabus is representative of this program. The instructor provides a term-specific program syllabus to enrolled students. The program syllabus and schedule, including the daily itinerary and planned activities, are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

Required Texts and Ordering Information
  1. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  2. Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
  4. C. S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  5. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  6. Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle
  7. Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass (called Northern Lights in the UK)

Note: You may use any edition of the books listed above. Electronic readers are highly discouraged. These books are also available in Oxford. If you plan to travel after the program consider buying cheap versions of the books so you can leave them behind rather than carry them with you.

Class Format

Classes are held 3 days per week (always on Monday and Wednesday with Tuesdays and Thursdays being flexible). Classes run from 9:30 a.m. to noon and then again from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Excursions are usually scheduled for Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. The draft syllabus provides an overview of what to expect, though some changes might be made as the situation in England evolves. This is an academic course and as such you are required to attend class, discuss assigned readings, complete all midterms and casual writing assignments, participate in the group project, take the final exam and attend all field trips.

Earn GE credit! Some courses on this program offer GE credit. Expand the sections below to view course descriptions and type of credit offered.


  • English (ENL) 163. Study in the British Isles (4 units) 
  • Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Prerequisite: Course 3 or University Writing Program 1. Restriction on enrollment: by application only through the Education Abroad Center. Literary Study in the British Isles: On-site study of the literature, film, and/or performance of the British Isles. May be repeated two times if subject matter differs. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, WC, WE.
  • English (ENL) 198. Directed Group Study (4 units, Pass/No Pass grading only) 
  • This course includes participation on excursions and tours and attendance to guest lectures. Students are often asked to write reflective pieces. Assignment topics vary by program.


No prerequisites are enforced for this program beyond the general eligibility requirements.