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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 5, 2003

Iowa Voyagers Hosts Oxford Travel-Study Program

The University of Iowa Alumni Association's Iowa Voyagers is introducing Odyssey to Oxford, the latest addition to its series of residential travel study programs. Participants in this unique two-week trip combine travel with the opportunity to take personal enrichment courses at the University of Oxford in England.

From Aug. 21 to Sept. 4, UI alumni and friends can choose from one of four courses taught by Oxford tutors, and they will live and study on the beautiful and venerable Oxford University campus. Participants enjoy the relaxed but intellectually stimulating atmosphere of small classes.

Courses for 2004 are: "Historic Houses, Castles and Gardens," "Winston Churchill and the Liberal World: 1874-1964," "Roman Britain" and "The Spirit of Britain." Each course has specially designed excursions and field trips to enhance the classroom experience.

Free time and evenings can be spent exploring the breathtaking architecture, art and gardens of Oxford's 39 colleges, or visiting the diverse museums, bookshops, pubs, restaurants, theatres and lush natural settings. There is also an optional excursion to visit the beautiful countryside of England's Cotswolds.

Participants stay in Oxford's continuing education residential center in the heart of historic Oxford. The center features comfortable bedrooms each with private bathroom, phone, television, hair dryer, coffee maker and other in-room amenities in addition to common dining rooms, a library, computer room, laundry and bar.

In its 21st year, Odyssey to Oxford was started by Michigan State University in cooperation with the University of Oxford's Department for Continuing Education. Each year it is available only to alumni and friends of three select universities. In 2004, the sponsoring schools are: University of Iowa, Michigan State University and University of Georgia.

Since enrollment is purposefully kept small, space is limited. Therefore, interested travelers should inquire soon and reserve space as soon as possible. The program cost is $3,195 per person, double occupancy, and includes 13 nights accommodations, all meals but two during the two-week stay, morning and afternoon tea/coffee breaks, a welcome reception/dinner, a special dinner at Christ Church College, all tuition, tutoring and materials fees, special evening lectures, guided walking and bus tours, guided group tour and theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, excursion to Hampton Court Palace and to Buscot Park, graduation dinner and festivities, transfers to and from London's Heathrow airport and other extras. Price does not include airfare.

For more information or a brochure contact: Iowa Voyagers, 100 Levitt Center, One West Park Rd., Iowa City, IA 52242-1797, or call 800/469-2586 or (319) 335-3294, or email

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