Oxford University Summer Academic Programs are advanced pre-university courses taught by Oxbridge tutors, which offer ambitious international students an unrivalled university study experience to gain academic insights of undergraduate study at Oxford University.
These innovative flagship programmes are designed for high-achieving international students to live and study like an Oxford undergraduate, fully immerse themselves in university life in Oxford. Each subject’s syllabus is designed and taught by expert academics from Oxford and Cambridge University. Content is designed to introduce students to university-level subject matter, combining theoretical knowledge with practical application to ensure all students receive a well-rounded and challenging programme which inspires them to continue their studies after completion.
The programmes are unique in their focus on academic rigour, stimulating student’s intellectual curiosity in their chosen subjects. Through 40 hours of academic sessions, the programmes also offer young students invaluable academic insights into what it would be like to study their chosen subject at university level. With an average of 7 students in each class, expert tutors are able to provide highly personalised feedback both during and after the programme. Participants are encouraged to explore new material in-depth and to form independent and considered opinions and ideas based on sound research and practical knowledge.
By combining the university learning format of lectures and workshops, students have the chance to engage with theoretical principles as well as developing the soft skills required outside of the classroom. The academic skills workshops explore a diverse and enriching range of topics – past examples have ranged from ‘Productivity tips’ to ’21st Century Technology Skills’. In addition, all students receive weekly 1:1 tutorials with individualised written feedback from their class tutor, and have a mentor family of 10 participants led by a current Oxford and Cambridge University students to support their learning. With the support of expert academic tutors, all students will complete a project during their time and present a personal project or a creative portfolio to their peers at the end of the programme.
Outside of lessons, all students will enjoy an action-packed social programme and excursion trips to complement the academic programme, and to network with like-minded, high-achieving students from around the world, including approximately 33% native speakers. In addition, all students will be invited to dress up, dine by candlelight in the magical surroundings of a Oxford University College’s dining hall to enjoy traditional Formal Hall meal – a three course, silver service evening meal, once per week during two-week study, to sample authentic life as a real Oxford University student.
Oxford University Summer Academic Programs include:
- 40 hours of academic sessions from expert tutors of Oxbridge universities
- 1:1 Tutorial – once a week on study review and further study
- Guest Speakers – weekly influential guest speakers
- Mentor Programme from current Oxbridge university students
- Personalised evaluation written by expert tutors
- Class Size – average class size of 7 and maximum of 10 students per class.
- Formal Halls – once per week at Oxford University College
- Excursions – 2 coach excursions including a trip to London, as well as tours of Oxbridge Colleges / King’s College Chapel
- Networking with 1/3 native speakers and like-minded high achieving students from all over the world, and join alumni community
- Graduation photo and certificate
- Insurance – Comprehensive summer school insurance
- Airport transfers are NOT included in the course fees. A shared airport transfer service travelling from London Heathrow Airport is available at an additional fee of £90 one-way if required.
Students choose one specialist subject to study over a two-week course programme when applying the course. Students can choose two subjects as two separate courses if they stay for four weeks. Available subjects are:
- Artificial Intelligence (Not available from 02 July to 15 July)
- Business Management*
- International Relations*
*Subjects are offered at both Oxford and Cambridge University. Siblings and studenets who book two courses are entitled to a 5% discount on course fees.
Students will also enjoy a full social programme including two excursions during the programme, one day trip to visit Cambridge and its constituent colleges, as well as an optional day out in London, seeing the city’s most famous landmarks as well as some free time for shopping. Possible excursion and visits include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Oxford Street
The sample timetable below is a typical 2-week Oxford University Summer Academic Programs. Students will receive a detailed timetable on their arrival.
Students will be allocated to one of the following three Oxford University Colleges based on their dates and subject choice.
- Brasenose College
- St Edmund Hall
- Balliol College
Students are accommodated in an individual bedroom in a central college of the University of Oxford. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. There is Wi-Fi available throughout the college. Porters’ Lodge entrances are manned 24 hours a day.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked Breakfast and Dinner are provided at College’s dining hall.
In the UK, children at 16 and above have legal right to enjoy an independent life and learn to take responsibility. In order to give senior students more free time to enjoy and explore the charm of famous Oxford University City, the summer school specially provides students with 2 hours of leisure time at noon, not providing lunch at College, so that students can make the most of their time over a two-week summer school, just like Oxford’s own students.
All students will follow a special Oxbridge tradition to enjoy traditional Formal Hall meals – a three course, silver service evening meal in College’s stunning dining hall lit by candlelight, once per week during two-week study, which lets students sample life as a real Oxford University’s students.
All students will live on-site at the College in comfortable accommodation with Wi-Fi access. There are also common rooms with TVs, extensive gardens, lawns, and sports ground.
Coin operated washing and drying machines on college premises, paid by summer school.
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With its prestigious status and a distinctive and personal method of teaching, the University of Oxford is a great place to be a student. Each year, Oxford welcomes talented students from over 140 different countries and territories which make up a third of student population of over 20,000. However, like Cambridge University, the University of Oxford picks the best and brightest students purely on their academic merit and passion for their chosen course. Most applicants who are called for interview will have been predicted at least three A-grade A-level qualifications relevant to their chosen undergraduate course, or the equivalent in other qualifications.