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Oxford — Portal to Fantasy 

UC Davis Summer Abroad is an academic program that aims to enhance students’ education by incorporating both traditional lectures with experiential learning outside of the classroom setting. Students will earn 8* quarter units in four weeks; therefore, students should expect a rigorous academic course work that is enriched by both the program’s location(s) and activities. Auditing is not an option. 

Students on Summer Abroad programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. UC Davis students can use Summer Abroad courses to fulfill their academic requirements as listed in the General Catalog. Students from other campuses should consult with the academic advisors from their home campuses to determine whether courses taken on our programs may be used to fulfill their specific academic requirements. 

See Academics to learn more about applying Summer Abroad coursework toward your major/minor/General Education requirements. 

*Semester students who will apply for Summer Financial Aid should contact Summer Abroad to inquire about enrolling in an additional unit.


Oxford - Portal to Fantasy - Draft Syllabus (PDF)


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. The program schedule, including the daily itinerary and planned activities, are subject to change at the discretion of the instructor.

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

Required Texts and Ordering Information

  1. Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
  2. Deborah Harkness, A Discovery of Witches
  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, La Belle Sauvage,(The Book of Dust, Vol.1)

Note: You may use any edition for all of the books listed above. These books are also available in Oxford and some students have bought the British editions as souvenirs. If you plan to travel after the program consider buying cheap, used versions of the books so you can leave them behind rather than carry them with you.