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.


Over the five weeks, students experience the following:

  • 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.


Middlebury Museum Studies in Oxford is housed at St. Michael’s Hall, a well-equipped facility with lecture and seminar rooms, common rooms, a kitchen and dining area and a library.


The fee is $7,100 per student, which includes instructional expenses, accommodation, field trip expenses (including meals), museum entrance fees, transport to Compton Verney, lunches at Compton Verney, Bodleian library membership and a final dinner at Keble College. The fee does not include airfare, transportation to and from Oxford, personal expenses or most meals, which can be prepared at St. Michael’s Hall.

Estimated Out of Pocket Expenses

Airfare: $700
Board: $900
Books/Supplies: $50
Personal: $350

Financial Aid

Current Middlebury students do not need to submit a separate application for financial aid.

Students from institutions other than Middlebury may use the following links for financial aid applications:


Tentative Schedule for Summer 2019

May 29 Arrival
May 30 Orientation, Lecture, and Bodleian Library Induction 
May 31 First Seminar Meetings
June 1 Ashmolean Museum Visit and Lecture
June 4-10 Week at Compton Verney
June 11 Seminar Meetings, Lectures, and Field Trips
June 29 Final Papers due
June 30 Program ends (departure by noon)


There is limited space and financial aid for this summer.

Apply Now

Applications should be submitted online by April 1, 2019.


For more details, contact Marie-Louise Lillywhite.