Academic Summer Courses for 16-17 Year Olds
- Live in central Oxford in university accommodation
- Tutorial teaching with leading Oxford academics
- A packed programme of cultural and social activities to explore Oxford and immerse yourself in English culture
- 20 academic subjects to choose from
- Enjoy eating out each evening at Oxford's best restaurants
Stephen Mostek 2016 International Relations student from America
I hadn’t expected how incredible my time at Oxford Summer Courses would be! My tutorials opened my eyes to a hugely complex subject matter that would merit centuries of research, and I now plan to continue the subject at university, and in my own time. I thought the teaching was brilliant, with a mix of a lecture style and more interactive discussion seminars. During my time here I met so many interesting people from all over the world!
Loreto Simpson Urruti 2016 Physics student from Chile
I enjoyed my time at Oxford Summer Courses more than I even expected! The tutorials challenged me and pushed me out of my comfort zone, with a fast pace and a demand for my own motivation to study beyond the classes, which was exciting!
Aditi Parashar 2016 Psychology student from India
The highlight of my time at Oxford Summer Courses has to be my time with my tutor. The curriculum of my course was so exciting and well thought out that after 2 weeks of multiple seminars, tutorials and essays, all I could think about was how it didn’t seem enough.
This course gives you a taste of the Oxford undergraduate experience and the chance to study and explore Oxford independently, with the support of a helpful pastoral team of current or former Oxford undergraduates. Somerville College will be your base, a centrally-located and well-equipped college with access to the cafes, bookshops and green spaces of Oxford. You'll learn how to balance your academic study with investigating Oxford during your free time and your key card will allow you entry to the secure Somerville College site during the day before the 10.30pm curfew.
You'll discover Oxford as a group of 20 students studying different subjects and most likely from different continents. Diverse cultural and social perspectives come together each evening as we dine in one of Oxford's most delicious local restaurants before the chance to get dressed up for a formal Oxford dinner each Friday. On the final day of your course you'll have your graduation ceremony where you'll receive your certificate and celebrate the end of the course with a traditional Oxford "bop" (disco).
Your teaching will follow the methods used at the university and each week you'll prepare for a tutorial and four seminars.
Tutorials make Oxford a global academic force. They’re an unrivalled opportunity to scrutinise your work with the world’s finest minds. Your tutorials, quite simply, will shape your thinking forever. Each week our staff will closely attend to your essays and arguments – and force you to justify your directions and conclusions. And they’ll share their own approaches, honed throughout many years of intense study and reflection. Don’t be daunted, though. Our teachers are here to guide and inspire you. They want to hear what you think and why – and help bring out the very best in you. You’ll learn new ways to think, marshal evidence and defend your beliefs with flexibility and flair.
In addition to your weekly tutorial you'll have four seminars each week. In our seminars you’ll be in groups of no more than six students of the same ability and experience. You’ll be supervised by an Oxford tutor, but the emphasis here is on you. So you’ll each prepare a topic in advance, then present your work to the group. It’s a chance to learn from, and share with, your peers in a collaborative, friendly setting – while taking part in lively and thought-provoking debate. And our tutors will help give your academic presentation skills serious sheen.
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Prices and Dates
- 2 week courses: £3,895
- • 25th June to 8th July (available to all ages)
2nd July to 15th JulyFULL, WAITING LIST ONLY (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups) with Christ Church en-suite supplement of £350 What’s this?
- • 9th July to 22nd July (available to all ages)
- • 16th July to 29th July (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups) with Christ Church en-suite supplement of £350 What’s this?
- • 23rd July to 5th August (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
- • 30th July to 12th August (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
- 4 week courses: £7,395
- • 25th June to 22nd July (available to all age groups)
2nd July to 29th JulyFULL, WAITING LIST ONLY (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups) with Christ Church en-suite supplement of £700 What’s this?
- • 9th July to 5th August (available to all age groups)
- • 16th July to 12th August (available to 16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
Included in the price is:
- • All teaching, including tutorials (16-17 and 18-24 only) and small group seminars
- • Accommodation and breakfast every day
- • All evening meals at local restaurants (16-17 and 18-24 only)
- • A three-course college banquet on Friday evening
- • Lunch for students aged 13-15 three times a week and all evening meals (3 times a week at local restaurants)
Christ Church, the most magnificent college in Oxford was re-founded by King Henry VIII in the 16th century, it has educated 13 British Prime Ministers and was the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland but today it offers our students modern en-suite rooms in a grand setting.
If you stay at Christ Church this summer on either the 2nd or 16th July you’ll have:
- A superior quality en-suite room
- Breakfast in the same dining hall Harry Potter was filmed in each morning
- A special 4 course banquet each Friday in Christ Church’s magnificent banqueting hall
- A graduation ceremony in the Old Library which houses numerous historical artefacts including Cardinal Wolsey’s 16th century hat
If you are looking for a unique experience this grand setting offers our students a chance to live and study in a historical environment that has played host to inquiring minds for nearly 500 years.