Academic Summer Courses for 18-24 Year Olds

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Course Overview

  • Live in central Oxford in university accommodation
  • Kitty Golding 2016 Classics student from UK

    Kitty Golding 2016 Classics student from UK

    The thing I have enjoyed most about Oxford Summer Courses is being able to experience an Oxford student’s lifestyle. Oxford is an absolutely stunning city and to be able to study here, along with specialists in our chose subject field, is an honour and has really inspired me to strive towards my potentia

  • Bridget Cantrell 2016 Politics student from America

    Bridget Cantrell 2016 Politics student from America

    My favourite thing about the course was not the activities or the tutorials - although they were all amazing and fun - but actually the people I met. To be in an amazing place with people who are so engaged in their subjects and intellectually rigorous, who want to debate and discuss, was a fantastic experience

  • Loreto Simpson Urruti 2016 Physics student from Chile

    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!

Student Life

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Our courses are designed to give you a taste of undergraduate life at Oxford in a friendly and supportive environment. You'll stay at Somerville College which is a 5 minute walk from the centre of Oxford near the lively Jericho area of Oxford with plenty of pubs, bars and restaurants to discover. You'll have the chance to investigate Oxford during your free time (though it's up to you to balance this with preparing for your tutorials) and you'll have a key card that gives you access to Somerville College to come and go as you please.

You'll explore Oxford as part of a small group of 15-20 students who you'll get to know through the cultural and social dimension of your course. Small groups sizes allow us to visit the most delicious local restaurants each evening whilst after tutorials on Friday you can relax over a sumptuous three-course meal in the college dining hall and perhaps enjoy a glass of wine to celebrate the end of a packed week.


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Your tutor will guide you through a weekly 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 give you their undivided attention. They’ll 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 around 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.

Excursions and Social

  • Trip to London
  • Trip to Tower of London
  • Oxford Excursions


Twice a week we take trips beyond Oxford, which include visits to the stunning Blenheim Palace, the Queen’s residence at Windsor Castle and the British Museum in London. Our staff will help you get the most out of the trips with their knowledge of the sites - last year our resident Egypt scholar gave guided tours of Tutankhamun’s mummies! Your course will take in tours of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers & Ashmolean Museums boasting an array of amazing artefacts and peculiar curiosities and an open-air Shakespeare play in college gardens.

Social activities

There's a range of sporting and social activities on offer to keep you active. To unwind, we'll take a relaxing float down the river Thames in a wooden "punt" boat and we'll take you on a guided tour of Oxford's nightlife (both the classy and the cheesy). On the more active nights you'll have the chance to flex your debating skills, test your general knowledge in an English pub quiz or try your hand at croquet or ultimate frisbee in the university parks. Our staff and students get to know each other over daily restaurant dinners meaning you'll explore Oxford's culinary scene whilst getting to know like-minded students from across the world.


  • Biology

  • Business and Entrepreneurship

  • Chemistry

  • Classical Civilisation

  • Computer Science

  • Creative Writing

  • Earth Sciences

  • Economics

  • English Literature

  • Engineering

  • Environmental Science

  • Geography

  • History

  • International Development

  • International Relations

  • Law

  • Leadership

  • Mathematics

  • Medicine

  • Philosophy

  • Physics

  • Politics

  • Psychology

  • Theology

  • English Language

Prices and Dates

Courses for 13-15, 16-17 and 18-24 year olds:

  • 2 week courses: £3,895
    • • 25th June to 8th July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 25th June to 8th July, Oxford (18-24 age group)
    • • 2nd July to 15th July, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 9th July to 22nd July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)
    • • 23rd July to 5th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
    • • 30th July to 12th August, Oxford (16-17 and 18-24 age groups)
  • 3 week credit-bearing course at Wroxton College: £5,645
    • • 2nd July to 22nd July, Wroxton College (18-24 age group)
  • 4 week courses: £7,395
    • • 25th June to 22nd July, Cambridge (13-15 age group)

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)
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.

Courses for 10-12 year olds:

Held at Wycombe Abbey

  • • One week: £1,495 – Starting July 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
  • • Two weeks: £2,795 – Starting July 2nd, 9th and 16th
  • • Three weeks: £3,995 – Starting July 2nd and 9th
  • • Four weeks: £5,195 – Starting July 2nd

Included in the price is:

  • All teaching, including small group seminars
  • Accommodation
  • All meals including lunch
  • All activities and excursions

The price does not include flights/travel or medical insurance.