Our COVID peace of mind policy (January 2021 onwards) covers all students who pay a deposit from 1 January 2021. We are committed to supporting you to book with confidence that whatever 2021 throws at us, your booking will be safe and we will treat you fairly. As a minimum standard, you can expect:
To take part in a course with the only provider with experience delivering a COVID-secure course in summer 2020
Proven effective on-site COVID-19 control measures including testing if required
COVID-secure Oxford & Cambridge University college campuses
Professional deep cleaning of rooms prior to your arrival
En-suite options available (single occupancy) for added peace of mind
Extended accommodation for self-isolation should you develop symptoms during the course
Free postponement to a later course date in 2021 or 2022 when you notify us before your fees balance due date (90 days before course start)
The right to cancel for free before 31st March 2021
You can cancel up to 45 days before if COVID-19 prevents you from attending – we may ask for proof to verify the reason, such as:
You or a member of your household contracts COVID-19
You have to quarantine before the course at the time of travel
There is no travel available from your country to the UK
Our summer school tutors are expert academics, passionate about their subject, and they're here to help you take your next step towards success.
Dr Claudia BonfioBIO
Dr. Claudia Bonfio is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the MRC – Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge where she studies the chemical origin of extant life. She gained her PhD in Biomolecular Sciences (subject: Biochemistry) in 2017 from the University of Trento (Italy), after publishing 6 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Claudia has experienced interdisciplinary research in international teams across Europe and US and has tutored high school students and undergraduates in General, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry for 4 years. A strong believer in science communication, she spends her spare time attending workshops and watching TED talks to improve her transferable skills.
Dr David MaskellBIO
Dr David Maskell was Fellow and Tutor in Modern Languages at Oriel College from 1979 to 2004. His main research and teaching interests were Renaissance studies, French classical drama and Francophone theatre from Africa and the Caribbean. As Emeritus Fellow of Oriel College from 2004 he has translated and adapted plays for performance by both students and professional actors. These include Greek tragedies, a French medieval mystery play, Shakespeare, French classical tragedies, and African and Caribbean Francophone theatre. His recent productions over the last two years include his dramatizations in English verse of Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’ from the Latin, and of Ariosto’s ‘Orlando Furioso’ from the Italian. His current research is on theatre and interculturalism from the Renaissance to the present day, with special reference to representations of religious and cultural diversity in the theatre.
Hila Levy is studying for her DPhil in Zoology at Oxford, researching the diseases and population genetics of several penguin species in Antarctica and the sub-Antarctic. Originally from Puerto Rico, Hila has lived, studied and worked on every continent. A strong believer in interdisciplinary teaching and research, she obtained a B.S. in Biology, Arabic, French and Spanish from the US Air Force Academy, followed by an MSt. in Historical Research and an MSc. in Biology from Oxford while on a Rhodes Scholarship. She subsequently worked in government service for several years, and obtained an additional M.S. in Environmental Planning and Management from Johns Hopkins University before returning to Oxford for her doctoral studies on a Clarendon Scholarship. Hila has taught with Oxford Summer Courses for two years, and also lectures and tutors Oxford undergraduates in Biological Sciences.
Dr Amanda HoltonBIO
Amanda Holton was educated at Oxford University, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Southampton. She has many years’ experience teaching Old and Middle English and the English language at various UK universities. Her main research interests are in Chaucer, the medieval and early Renaissance love lyric, and poetics, with an emphasis on the intersection of form and meaning. She also has particular interests in the relationship between medieval and Renaissance poetry. Her publications include The Sources of Chaucer’s Poetics (Ashgate, 2008), and Tottel’s Miscellany (Penguin, 2011), edited with Tom MacFaul. She is currently working on a book on the role of rhyme in love lyric from 1300 to 1579.
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The Queen's Award for Enterprise (2020)
We are very proud and honoured to have won an award for outstanding achievement in the International Trade category of this year’s Queen’s Awards for Enterprise (2020). The accolade has been awarded for our sustained growth and commercial success in international trade and our commitment to corporate social responsibility.
With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, we understand that students and parents may have some concerns or queries regarding student safety and course availability. Oxford Summer Courses is still open, running courses and operating as usual. Read more about our commitment to student safety, our COVID-19 deferral policy, and FAQs related to the emerging situation.
We’re proud to introduce Melio, the new sister company to Oxford Summer Courses, offering online courses for 13-24 year olds. With personalised one-on-one learning with Oxford and Cambridge tutors, you’re guaranteed a truly exceptional learning experience. Wherever you are.
Summer school means so much more than study. From cultural events to sightseeing, you'll be making memories at every turn.
Beyond the books, there's a world of entertainment and culture to explore.
Once you're up-to-date with your city's rich past, head back to the present, where you can shop, dine and dance in contemporary restaurants, or enjoy a formal dinner in the college hall.
Whether you're staying in Oxford, Cambridge, London, or Wycombe Abbey, your surroundings will be beautiful, but remember you're well placed to explore further afield too. Blenheim Palace, Windsor Castle, and the city of Bath are recent day trips our summer school students have loved, as well as exploring the many museums and cultural sites located in each host city. Fill your mind with knowledge and your weekends with memories. Work hard, play hard and enjoy the balance of achieving your academic goals while enjoying a fun, fulfilling experience with new friends at your side.
Your brilliant future is ahead of you.
"I liked how we were given complex problems to solve. This pushed me to learn more and gave me the motivation to want to learn more. "
"I love how practical the course is. Our tutors supported and guided us throughout the course and really helped us build businesses from scratch."
"Oxford Summer Courses has been such a unique and fulfilling experience with the help of the counselors and mentors. "
"It has been exhilarating, all in all, to be a part of Oxford Summer Courses and I would definitely recommend it!"
"I would love to do this course again in the future. Oxford Summer Courses is a place where you can make friends that live all over the globe. And a chance to explore Oxford, London, and enjoy all sorts of extracurricular activities."
"The tutorials were comprehensive and detailed and helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses and made it so much easier for me to work on them. "
"Oxford Summer Courses offered what I was looking for. I wanted to studied two specific subjects; I also wanted to experience a different teaching method; and I was also looking for that balance between social and academic activities."
Why choose Oxford Summer Courses?
Our courses combine unique world-leading universities and the smallest classes (ave. 4 students per class) so you’ll have the perfect environment for learning.
Our award-winning approach has earned us a reputation for superb student satisfaction: this is your chance to study alongside 97% of students who rate our courses as ‘fascinating,’ ‘friendly,’ and ‘inspiring’.
Gain access to our engaging, expert tutors, selected from the world’s leading universities for their ability to teach high-potential young minds, like yours. 91% of our summer school tutors study or teach at Oxford or Cambridge universities - they’ll combine their cutting-edge research with subject fundamentals to inspire you to start your academic adventure.
Select from 55 university-style subjects, where you'll join motivated students from around the world with similar interests, keeping your classes stimulating and fast-paced. You’ll experience authentic Oxford teaching, giving you an edge over your peers (91% of our summer school students rated their classes as boosting their subject knowledge).
With a tested COVID-safe approach (we had 100% student satisfaction for our August 2020 courses) - study safe with us in 2021.
Why not book your course today?
Oxford Summer Courses 2021
Applications for 2021 summer courses are now open. Due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting the number of students we can welcome to our courses, limited spaces will be available.