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Are you looking to gain an academic edge over your peers? Study with Oxford Summer Courses in India and you will receive exposure to world class teaching and educational excellence. Our tutors are all Oxford academics and have spent years honing their teaching skills. We provide tutors of the highest quality so you will be learning from leaders in their field, ensuring you will gain knowledge which will boost your university application prospects and improve your grades.
Residential or non-residential course at Oakridge International School, Bengaluru
Dates: 15-24 June 2018
Why study with us
Our courses provide a perfect introduction to university-level teaching in your chosen subject and a genuine Oxford experience in India. Study with us and you’ll:
Get the opportunity to test future subject choices in a university-style environment
Ignite your subject passion through small group teaching with an Oxford academic
Boost your university application prospects by developing academic rigour
Gain new experiences of English cultural activities (debating, Oxford-themed treasure hunt and sports such as croquet and rounders)
Meet like-minded students with similar interests from across India, and beyond
Achieve a certificate and a letter of recommendation at the traditional graduation ceremony
Join the 95% of students who rated their academic experience as “excellent” at Oxford Summer Courses India 2016
“Studying with Oxford Summer Courses has been the best 10 days of my life, I learned so much beyond the books. My tutor was very understanding and explained concepts much better than I could have ever learned in school.”
Benefits for students
Our courses are designed to give you maximum exposure to Oxford tutors who are at the top of their field to develop your profile and give you an academic edge.
Boost your performance through intensive classes with world-class tutors
Gain an academic edge over your peers through exposure to new material and new teaching methods
Deeper engagement with your subject and contemporary issues – useful to demonstrate a passion for your subject in future university applications
Learn your craft – whether essays or scientific method, the techniques you learn will be invaluable
You will develop the ability to think and live independently by studying away from home in a university-style environment
You’ll gain new perspectives on the world with students from across India and tutors from Oxford
Lessons are divided by subject and taught in small groups with a maximum of 15 students per class.
Our tutors are highly experienced teachers and motivated academics from Oxford University. They will guide you to think more deeply about your subject and gain academic maturity before you apply to university.
You will get the opportunity to experience interactive classes, interdisciplinary seminars, thematic workshops and a group project on a shared local problem.
Our courses are designed and delivered with a focus on developing your academic rigour. This is crucial when you come to apply to university and it shows you have the potential and commitment to be successful at university.
“Oxford Summer Courses was the ultimate experience. The tutors were amazing: not only were they well versed in their subject but they were also very approachable! Both academics and co-curricular activities were great fun. The course was totally enthralling.”
- Business & Entrepreneurship
- Computer Science
- Creative Writing & English Literature
- Natural Sciences
- Media Studies
Business & Entrepreneurship
The goal of the course is to let you discover best practice in the start up world, so that one day you have the basic tools to pursue your own dreams. The course pulls together key learnings from leading authorities in entrepreneurship, and teaches them in a hands on, interactive fashion. You will develop your own business ideas in teams and learn about the most important aspects of business design. This includes developing a business model, pitching it, determining hypotheses and experiments to validate your key assumptions, developing a minimum viable product and action plan. Some part of this will involve going out and talking to potential customers
From app development to HTML and CSS, Computer Science touches the very cutting edge of today’s online and offline technology. Our course introduces and explores a range of coding techniques and languages, including Python SQL and web development, giving you the perfect base from which to build your knowledge.
Creative Writing & English Literature
Oxford has long inspired and excited some of the world’s finest writers. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter was dreamt up in this town of ‘dreaming spires’. Marvel at Hogwart’s dining hall and Alice in Wonderland’s Tea Party. From Oscar Wilde to Philip Pullman, Oxford has a literary pedigree that is hard to match elsewhere. Your tutor will introduce you to some of the techniques that these greats have used, and you will be encouraged to write as much as possible so that you go home with your own short stories. You’ll also study the development of the English literary tradition, sharpen your critical eye, advance your writing skills, and broaden your horizons to discover your own voice as a writer and scholar.
Economics involves the study of how markets work and why businesses succeed and fail, both at an international level and within a domestic economy. You will study key ideas such as supply and demand, market structures and reasons for market failure, and how government intervention can mitigate – or exacerbate – the problems. Our tutors always relate their teaching back to current events and this keeps the study of economics stimulating and relevant. Causes of – and solutions to – the recession can be investigated alongside the arguments for and against protectionist policies to help domestic industries
Oxford has taught medicine since the 1300s and remains at the cutting edge of the discipline today. The course at Oxford Summer Courses introduces you to the practical study of Medicine through Medical Biology and Anatomy. You will consider ethical questions about the value of a human life and the possibility of human enhancement. You will build a solid understanding of the foundations of medical science, and have the opportunity to engage with the latest developments in medicine.
Our Leadership course will provide you with the opportunity to discover your own potential by developing interpersonal and leadership skills, increasing self-confidence and acquiring the motivation and ability to bring about change.
You will study topics such as presentation and public speaking skills, teamwork and conflict resolution, different leadership models and styles and the current economic social and political context of leadership.
Natural Sciences draws together elements of physics, mathematics, chemistry, earth sciences, life sciences, maths and science and technology to give you a taste of each of the key subjects that form the basis of the academic study of science. The course offers a shared focus on understanding the natural world, from a variety of perspectives – chemical, physical, mathematical, environmental, geological. We take the best bits of each subject and pack them into 10 days to provide you with a broad understanding of all areas of science.
Lying at the intersection of many other disciplines, from linguistics to philosophy, studying psychology allows students to develop many different skills and modes of thought. Frequently studied psychological questions include ‘How do we perceive the world around us?’, ‘Is there a link between genius and madness?’, ‘Why do we conform to societies norms?’, ‘What is emotion?’. At Oxford Summer Courses the emphasis is on scientific rigour, and evidence based discussion, teaching students to think critically and analytically, and question the information presented to them. Psychology is the subject for students with natural curiosity, who question the world around them and are interested in covering a diverse range of disciplines, while upholding the principles of scientific analysis.
This course is divided into 8 separate yet intertwined topics, with each of the topics following a general approach:
Approach -> Production -> Content –> Audience -> Effect
This offers not only a broad overview and in-depth analysis of certain topics, but a number of transferable and highly cross disciplinary skills such as: critical approach and analysis, independent and group research, both a commercial and cultural awareness of the media and creative industries, teamwork and cooperation, initiation and development of creative work, the ability to work to a brief and meet deadlines, and an innovative, inquisitive and flexible approach to tasks.
Politics is one of the most widely discussed areas of our lives. It is impossible to open a newspaper or to log on to the internet without encountering the word “politics” in some form. In this course, we will explore various questions considering men and women’s political life. Why, and how, do people form communities? How do they organize themselves, and how did systems of governance around the world evolve? What lessons can we, at this very dynamic point of time, learn from comparative approaches to social democracy; both historically, and across the globe?
The question ‘What is the law?’ in relation to a particular problem is far more complicated than it initially appears. The answer will not be revealed simply by turning to the correct page in the statute book. Instead, different cases, legal theories and overarching principles of law must be taken into consideration.
Oxford has produced and continues to produce some of the finest legal minds, from William Blackstone to the heavily influential recent head of the Supreme Court Lord Hoffmann. All of your tutors will work regularly in this environment and will be involved in investigating and even creating the newest legal developments, as well as being highly experienced in teaching law courses.
CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Oxford Summer Courses is about an all-round experience and we want our students to leave with new friends, new insights into their subjects, new and fun experiences and skills and hopefully a new way of thinking.
During the course you will be able to participate in a series of debates in the style of the prestigious Oxford Union. We’ll choose a wide breadth of topics and in teams you will prepare timed speeches for either the “proposition” or the “opposition” of the “motion”. Debates are not only fantastic fun, but also a useful exercise which will give you a chance to practice your public speaking, formation of arguments and how you think under pressure.
Oxford the place
You will get to learn a bit more about Oxford during the course, with an Oxford-themed treasure hunt, where in groups you will have to compete to solve a series of logic puzzles and riddles to be the first to win. There is also the opportunity to test your general knowledge in our “pub quiz”, a trivia extravaganza with several themed rounds such as “History”, “Music”, “Oxford” and more, just like we have in British pubs!
To help you relax after classes we play a range of popular Oxford sports including football, touch rugby, cricket, rounders and even a croquet tournament!
Throughout the course you’ll be getting our handy hints and study tips and in the evening a selection of Oxford- themed and best of British cinema for film club! Of course we’ll be on hand throughout for all of your questions and academic support.
“The entire experience of Oxford Summer Courses has been a splendid one. The tutors were absolutely amazing, creating an atmosphere we quickly eased into. The lessons were very, very interesting, and the choice of campus was perfect! The idea of involving us to play rounders, croquet, was cool, and we thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Harry studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics as an undergraduate at Oriel College, Oxford before taking an M.Phil in Political Theory. During his time at Oxford he taught Politics to visiting students, gained academic prizes for essays on Rousseau and Plato and played football for Oxford University. Alongside developing Oxford Summer Courses, Harry worked for the non-profit organisation Social Finance (2011-2015) where he helped structure social investment deals worth over £10mil. He is a keen footballer, amateur politician and endurance sports enthusiast.
Assistant Course Director
Elle graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford with a degree in Classics in 2015, with a special focus on ancient art and architecture, between the Hellenistic and Roman imperial periods, and the Latin language. Throughout her time at Oxford she spent significant time attending debates and talks at the Oxford Union, the University’s old and universally prestigious debate society, enjoying the skill and art involved and studying it for my future profession. She is currently working for the banking and finance branch of an offshore law firm, and will continue her law studies in London next year.
Luka is an experienced tutor across multiple disciplines and believes that economic problems often require an interdisciplinary approach to be properly understood – and solved. Luka holds degrees in Economics and Cognitive Science and currently conducts research in Experimental Psychology. Luka has taught undergraduate students at Hertford College Oxford and school-level pupils at Cherwell College in Oxford. Luka is currently a visiting researcher in Neuroscience at the Oxford University Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics where is conducting research in order to gain a DPhil in Experimental Psychology. Luka is a very international student and tutor and holds a Master of Cognitive Science, University of Vienna, Austria and a Master of Science in Economics, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. Luka has won the De Breyne scholarship, Keble College, Oxford University and the Faith Ivens-Franklin Award. At the University of Vienna he won a Scholarship as one of the best performing students.
Creative Writing tutor
Henry is a prize-winning author and highly experienced teacher and tutor of English language and creative writing. Born in Oxford and educated at one of the country’s leading schools, Magdalen College school, he then moved Bristol to complete a Joint Honours degree in English and Philosophy. He then received a poetry scholarship from the Arvon foundation (studying under Hugo Williams and Julia Copus) before returning to Oxford in 2011 to gain a spot on what was then the University’s most competitive Master’s course, the recently-founded Creative Writing MSt. Henry has written and published across a range of genres, from food and wine (as a restaurant critic in London), to poetry, drama and prose. His theatrical Adaptation of Kafka’s A Country Doctor was staged at Oxford’s Burton Taylor Theatre in 2012. He now resides in Oxford where he balances tutoring with a move to becoming a full-time writer with the completion of his first major work.
Dr Gauri Ang
Gauri completed a BSc in Biomedical Sciences in University College London, where she learnt about the workings of the human body. During her second year at university, she participated in a summer internship at the University of Cambridge, where she investigated the roles of certain genes in learning and memory. She then completed her DPhil in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, investigating the role of schizophrenia-relevant genes in the generation of body clocks, sleep, and cognition. Her teaching experiences include teaching English in India as well as current affairs to students in Singapore.
Dr Guillermo Tirelli
Computer Science tutor
Guillermo works on educational and digital projects combining philosophy, languages, human sciences, design and technologies. He studied philosophy and received his teaching qualification in Cordoba, Argentina. He moved to Paris to continue his education obtaining his Master degree and a PHD in philosophy at the Sorbonne University in Paris under the direction of Jean-Luc Marion (Académie Française). After his PHD he specialised in Media Arts. In parallel to his studies and teaching he has been working as a computer programmer for more than 20 years. He writes articles in his research about the relation between human sciences and digital technologies and works in teaching, in writing, in web projects and in ebook editions. He speaks five languages.
Prices and Dates
Residential or non-residential course at Oakridge International School, Bengaluru
15-24 June 2018
Grades 9-12 (ages 14-17 inclusive)
Business & Entrepreneurship, Computer Science, Creative Writing, Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Politics
Costs:Price in GBP: Residential £1,085, Non-Residential £1,554
Price in INR (equivalent on 07.12.2017): Residential Rs. 135,000, Non-Residential Rs. 95,000
Oakridge International School Bangalore, is a massive breathtaking campus spread across an area of 11 acres equipped with modern infrastructure and state-of-art amenities.
- • All teaching and activities
- • Lunch and 2 snacks
- • Graduation ceremony
- • Certificate and letter of recommendation
- • Sightseeing excursion to Bengaluru
Residential students also benefit from:
- • Accommodation at local hotel Holiday Inn Whitefield, Bangalore
- • Evening meals and activities including film nights
- • Dedicated student welfare team to look after students overnight