We are excited to introduce this year’s offerings of Oxford Academia programs, created by Putney Student Travel, now in its 72nd year, in collaboration with Professor James Basker, a Barnard College/Columbia University professor and Rhodes Scholar. Professor Basker brings to Oxford Academia his 35 years of experience introducing high school students to the wonders of learning at Oxford. Collectively, Putney and Professor Basker have welcomed to Oxford thousands of bright, motivated students from all over the world.
What makes Oxford Academia different and special is the truly outstanding faculty that Professor Basker and Putney have assembled. They are Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, and British Academy scholars, with teaching posts at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Columbia, and other top institutions. They have earned awards for excellence in the arts and sciences, in scholarship and in teaching, and they bring unparalleled expertise and passion for their subjects to the classroom.
Ultimately, though, the magic of Oxford Academia stems from the students themselves, their interests, and the energy they contribute. Some students come to Oxford Academia to pursue a subject they love, others to explore new possibilities; some to build a background for college, others to escape the pressures of GPA and class rank; and still others to indulge their curiosity for different cultures, and experience living and breathing the traditions of these storied universities.
Whether in Oxford, Paris, or Siena, students on our programs thrive in a community of academically ambitious and intellectually curious peers. We hope to see you at Oxford Academia this summer!