May 11

 Our day started with the group heading to Oxford. Here we took a ride on the Hop On-Hop Off city tour where we were able to learn many things about the city and especially focusing on Oxford University. 

Oxford, in central southern England, revolves around its prestigious university, established in the 12th century. The University of Oxford's collegiate system arose because the university came into existence through the gradual agglomeration of independent institutions in the city of Oxford.
 The University of Oxford has 38 Colleges and 6 Permanent Private Halls, known as PPHs, of religious foundation. Colleges and PPHs are autonomous self-governing corporations within the university, and all teaching staff and students studying for a degree at the university must belong to one of the colleges. 
Generally tutorials and classes are the responsibility of colleges, while lectures, examinations, laboratories and the central library are run by the university. Most colleges take both graduates and undergraduates, but several are for graduates only.

The oldest of Oxford's colleges are University College, Balliol, and Merton, established between 1249 and 1264, although there is some dispute over the exact order and precisely when each began teaching. The fourth oldest college is Exeter, which was founded in 1314 and the fifth is Oriel, which was founded in 1326. The most recent new foundation is Kellogg College, founded in 1990, while the most recent overall is Green Templeton College, 2008, as the result of a merger of two existing colleges.

Women entered the university for the first time in 1878, becoming members of the University and thus eligible to receive degrees in 1920.

After the Hop On- Hop Off City tour we were able to spend some free time in the Covered Market. 

The Covered Market was officially opened on 1 November 1774 and is still active today. It was started in response to a general wish to clear 'untidy, messy and unsavoury stalls' from the main streets of central Oxford. Today the covered market is still home to numerous traders, around half of which are food retailers, including traditional market shops selling fresh food. Most of the shops now are quite a bit larger than the original stall sizes, and so the number of businesses in the covered market is smaller than in the past.

After the long day in Oxford, a few of the group members decided to take the European Culture head on by attending an English Premiere League futbol match between Arsenal and Swansea City. Although the girls had a lot of fun, the home team was defeated 1-0. In order starting from the left, Sami, Lilly, Amanda, and Mikayla are showing their Arsenal pride. 

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