The Westwood-at-Oxford Program

For ten years this prestigious study abroad program has been offering the Oxford experience to exceptional Westwood High School graduates. Over one hundred WHS graduates have successfully participated in the program since 2006. For more than thirty years, the Bridgewater-at-Oxford Program has enrolled students from a wide range of universities including Arizona State, Harvard, Holy Cross, Tufts, Roger Williams, Yale, Columbia, Howard and Vassar.


Oxford participants live at Wadham College while experiencing dorm life and the full Oxford student experience. They enroll in a 400-level literature course which carries three transferable college credits through Bridgewater State University. The small classes are taught in the tutorial style by Oxford lecturers, which is unique in that most study abroad programs are taught by professors from American universities. The English Literature course being offered this year is the “Oxford Fantasists” and will be taught by Oxford lecturer, Dr. Maria Artamonova.


WHS English teacher, Mrs. Karen Brackman, is also an Oxford Program alumna and a former adjunct English professor at Bridgewater State University. Mrs. Brackman has worked hard along with Dr. William Smith, Oxford Director and professor of English at BSU, to bring this outstanding opportunity to the WHS students.


As part of the program, students also experience several educational trips and walking tours relative to their studies. They participate in scheduled sojourns to such places as Tintern Abbey in Wales, Bath, Stonehenge, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and London.

During the spring of junior year, academically competitive English students, who have received a strong recommendation by their English teacher, are invited to apply. Acceptances are based on academic strength and exemplary character. Please contact Mrs. Karen Brackman with any questions: or at 781.326.7500 ext. 3167.

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