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NCH Summer School

Every summer our students can choose to attend the NCH Summer School at the Château de Béduer, a beautiful twelfth-century castle in the South of France. The aim of these annual, weeklong trips is to offer an opportunity for interdisciplinary intellectual conversation, removed from the constraints of the syllabus.

Across the week, NCH academics run a series of morning lectures and evening seminars. We discuss topics that are accessible and interesting to students whatever their degree programme and which are often inspired by our location in France.

In the afternoons we often go on trips to local sites of interest – historic châteaux, churches and nearby towns. But there’s also lots of free time for swimming, sitting by the pool (weather permitting), doing yoga, going for walks in the surrounding countryside, sleeping, reading, and hanging out with friends.

There is accommodation for up to 44 people in the château itself and in the three houses on its grounds – La Grange, La Ferme, and La Fontaine. We have found that the trip fosters a sense of collegiality, both among students and between academics and students. Those who have been have found it genuinely intellectually exciting and rewarding, encouraging debate and the sharing of ideas.

A former attendee: “it was fabulous sharing of intellectual and aesthetic pleasures, a really extraordinary week”.