Oxford Summer Advanced Study Program, modeled on the Oxford University teaching system, is designed for elite high school students to experience study life as an Oxbridge undergraduate, and also gives students a real advantage in the competitive world of college applications.
What set Oxford and Cambridge apart are their distinct tutorial systems! The tutorial and academic content of Oxford Summer Advanced Study Program are closely modeled on the Oxford University teaching system. It is designed for high-achieving international students to live and study like an Oxford undergraduate. All students experience an academic and activity programme similar to Oxford University undergraduates.
This prestigious Oxford Summer Advanced Study Program is set in the beautiful Brasenose College of Oxford University. The course aims to help students bridge the challenging gap between high school and college, and is available to international students with advanced level of English and native English speakers. The course offers a range of advanced academic subjects taught by expert tutors in a small class between 1 to 8 students. The student-centred approach and small group tutorial system encourages interactions and direct feedback, which offers a high degree of personal attention, student involvement and constructive appraisal of ideas, and allows students to study selected subjects in greater depth.
Students choose two challenging academic subjects to study over a two-week course. Students staying for four or six weeks may study the same subjects for the duration of the course or change after two weeks. Students receive 2 x 1.5 hours tutorials every morning and two Oxbridge style 1:1 supervisions with each subject tutor at the beginning and end of the course. Students are expected to research independently to prepare for each seminar and tutorial. Tutors will often set assignments or reading for the following day which will need to be done outside of class, this helps develop many extremely useful transferable skills, including independent thinking, confidence, and self-reliance.
Apart from interactive tutorials structured around group discussions and debate, students will participate in creative Workshops and Master Classes, delivered by guest lecturers of Oxbridge professors and industry experts, in key skills essential for success in further education and future careers, and can also choose optional SAT or IELTS preparation modules at no extra cost. In addition, students will enjoy a full structured social and leisure programme, cultural visits and trips in and around London to complement the academic programme, and to network with like-minded, high-achieving students from around the world, including approximately 20-25% native speakers from countries such as the USA, Canada and UK. At the end of the course, all students will be invited to dress up and follow a special Oxbridge tradition to enjoy a traditional Formal Hall meal – a three course, silver service evening meal in Brasenose College’s stunning dining hall, which lets students sample life as a real Oxbridge student.
Oxford Summer Advanced Study Program includes:
- In-depth Subject Tuition: 2 university-level subjects, 2 x 1.5 hours of in-depth tuition every morning taught by expert tutors in small group
- 1:1 Tutor Session: weekly on each chosen tutorial subjects as well as study reviews for further study.
- Creative Workshops: 9 hours over 2 weeks, including Entrepreneurship, Journalism, Drama, Film Production, Debating and Urban Sketching.
- Interactive Master Classes: three afternoons over two weeks, in key skills such as presentation, essay writing and interview skills.
- Independent Work: research and self-study on tutorial subjects.
- SAT & IELTS: optional preparation lessons, 2 hours per week.
- Formal Hall & Graduation Ceremony: Formal Hall meal before graduation ceremony.
- Excursions: 3 full day and 1 half-day excursions per two week to UK top destinations and attractions.
- Networking: periods of free time and guided tours and activities around the city for socialising with like-minded high achieving students from all over the world.
- Small Class: between 1 to 8 students
- Insurance & Airport Transfers (Heathrow & Gatwick airports between 10:00-20:00)
Students choose two tutorial subjects to specialise in from the following list of academic subjects when applying the course. Students staying for four weeks may study the same subjects for the full duration of the course or may change after two weeks.
- Film Studies
- Financial Technology
- History of Art
- International Law
- Marketing & Advertising
- Politics & International Relations
- Sustainable Development
Students must choose one Workshop that runs for three sessions over a two-week stay. Students staying for the full four weeks may change their workshop choice after two weeks.
- Film Production
- Urban Sketching
In addition to workshops, master classes take place on three afternoons per two-week program. These sessions explore key skills essential for success in further education and future careers. A maximum of two classes per day are available.
- SAT Preparation
- Introduction to UCAS
- Personal Statements
- Interview Skills
- Presentation Skills
- Essay Writing Skills
- Study Skills
- IELTS Preparation
- UK Undergraduate Experience
- How to Choose a Degree
Students will also enjoy a full social programme including 3 full day and 1 half-day cultural excursions and trips. Possible excursions include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Oxford Street
- Stratford Upon Avon
- Warwick Castle
- Ely & Ely Cathedral
- Thorpe Park
- Bury St Edmunds
- Blenheim Palace
- Windsor Castle
The sample timetable below is a typical 2-week Oxford Summer Advanced Study Program at Brasenose College of Oxford University.
Students live and study in Brasenose College, which enjoys the best location of any Oxford University College with the entrance to the Old Quad on Radcliffe Square next to the Bodleian Library. Brasenose College has been home to many famous students from William Golding to the current British Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Students stay in comfortable single study bedrooms in residential campus of Brasenose College, situated next to the historic Oxford Union, the world-famous student debating club. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. Porters’ Lodge entrances are manned 24 hours a day.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked meals are provided in the college dining hall. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
All students will follow a special Oxbridge tradition to enjoy a traditional Formal Hall meal – a three course, silver service evening meal in Brasenose College’s stunning dining hall, which lets students sample life as a real Oxbridge student.
Modern auditorium, student common room with TV and games, music rooms, student computer room. Wi-fi access in common areas and hotspots around college.
Coin operated washing and drying machines on college premises, paid by summer school.
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