Our Students

At Oxford Summer Courses we offer a range of subjects to fit every sort of student. It doesn’t matter if you are a scientist or an historian, an aspiring politician or a writer, we pride ourselves on providing you with the best teaching and an inter-disciplinary group atmosphere. We take what our students think about their time with us very seriously, which is why we are so pleased to have such high ratings from them for their time here. Last year, out of ten, they rated us:

  • 9.6 for staff
  • 9.5 for teaching
  • 9.4 for organisation
  • 9.2 for group atmosphere


Oxford Summer Courses prides itself on the international diversity of its students. With applications from over 50 countries, and students from around the globe, the course becomes a true melting pot of ideas and perspectives. We strive to create the multicultural atmosphere that is generated by bringing people from all over the world together in a place as stimulating, vibrant, and welcoming as Oxford. So wherever you are from in the world, you can be guaranteed a warm welcome and a complete immersion in English language and culture.

Lasting Friendships

As organisers, one of the things we most enjoy about the course is seeing the students develop friendships with each other which span the globe. Because Oxford Summer Courses is about giving you the Oxford experience, we want to give you the chance to get to know people from across the world in social settings as well as an academic one. By structuring the course in small groups, with high staff-student ratios, we provide an environment which allows you to make friends quickly and easily. By the end of your two weeks with us, you’ll feel as though you’ve known your Oxford Summer Courses friends for months.

Excellent Feedback

Student feedback on Oxford Summer Courses is consistently excellent, with average ratings of above 9/10 for Staff, group atmosphere and organisation by students in 2014. We also make sure we listen to students when they have suggestions for things to do or places they would like to visit in Oxford and try to accommodate that if we can. Have a look at our testimonials – for many students their time at Oxford Summer Courses is simply the best two weeks of their life!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Brenda Moita

2016 Medicine student from Angola

I have really grown over the past four weeks at Oxford Summer Courses; both academically and as a person. I have really enjoyed getting to know people from all over the world and from many different cultures. I especially enjoyed the trips to the museums and art galleries in Oxford and in London. The best thing about the course is that it helped me realise what I want to study in the future thanks to the essays and tutorials. The teaching experience was really rich due to the small class sizes, and it allowed me to see what my university teaching experience would be like. My favourite activity was definitely punting- it pushed me out of my comfort zone and was a lot of fun! The staff were really friendly and open and showed a real interest in what was going on in our lives. Oxford is a very pretty city with lots of history and lovely architecture. It is very multicultural and metropolitan and is an inspiring place to study.

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2016 Medicine student from Switzerland

I learned so much on the medicine course. Every morning we had three hours of lessons in which we discussed different subjects on different days and each one was even better than the last. Every afternoon we did different activities, went to museums and sometimes had free time. The free time was great, it allowed me to meet so many amazing people that I will never forget. Moreover, Oxford Summer Courses is great because it welcomes people from all over the world. For example, I met a girl who has a different religion to me and it is astonishing to learn the difference between my religion and hers. Overall, Oxford Summer Courses was a new big adventure for me and made me realise how much I liked studying medicine and socialising with people all over the world.

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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 potential.

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2016 student from Peru

I have really enjoyed studying at Oxford Summer Courses. The style of teaching was personalised and suited everybody’s needs and catered for all abilities. The staff were very organised, the activities were great and everything worked just as it should. Oxford is a small city and everything is within walking distance but there is so much important history all in one city. I enjoyed punting the most because it is a really nice outdoor activity where you can be with friends and relax on the river.

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