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Should I Study in the UK or the US?

At Oxford Summer Courses, we want to support you in realising your greatest summer yet! With even more academic options on offer for 2019, you have an excellent variety of experiences to choose from.

You might find yourself asking:

Would I prefer a course in the US or the UK? What is the difference? Which course should I pick?


This week, we’ve decided to discuss our UK and US summer courses in more detail, including the main differences between the two, as well as the unique benefits and perspectives each location can bring.

We host courses at three great locations here in the UK: Oxford, Cambridge, and London (ages 15-17 only). In the US, we offer an exciting course at the prestigious Stanford University in California, which offers you a proper taste of North American University life in the golden state.

The UK

If you find yourself inclined towards a specific subject, our Oxford and Cambridge courses foster a learning environment which will allow you to study one or two subjects in-depth. With over 40 different subjects to choose from, you won’t be short on choice. Our courses are held at two of the UK’s most historic and stunning locations, where the accommodation and facilities from both Universities intertwine themselves with the greater city, offering you a taste of British university life, but also, Oxford and Cambridge city life.

The Oxbridge lifestyle presents an intimate and picturesque setting for you to learn and fall in love with your subject, through the famous seminar and tutorial methods of teaching, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a taste of your future for 2 – 4 weeks. Most importantly, perhaps, you will grasp an understanding of a UK university experience.

The US

In contrast, if you aren’t as sure of your subject choice, or you would prefer to spend your summer learning about a range of different disciplines, our Stanford course is a must!

Not only will you experience a taste of the US undergraduate university system - whereby students study multiple subjects during their first year, prior to ‘majoring’ in one subject in time for second year – you will also experience a life-changing summer exploring the dreamy California landscape, visiting famous locations such as San Francisco and the California academy of Science.

You’ll have the chance to explore a great range of academic subjects taught by expert Stanford professors, including English, Leadership, logic & problem solving, legal studies, Anthropology, Neuroscience, Bio-science, Maths, Robotics, game design, and many more. What you’ll learn will not only be great fun, it could even ignite a new-found academic interest or confirm a gut instinct as to which pathway you should follow in future.

In addition, our Stanford course will provide you with an innovative approach to academia, especially if you’re used to European educational institutions and systems. You will stay on campus, where you will live and study in a thriving student-led community, and will have access to many of the University’s great facilities, which may include: digital anatomy lab, an undergraduate admissions talk, and visit to the cantor museum.

What Next?

The planning involved in choosing the right University can be a stressful task. Between the ages of 14 and 17, you will find yourself considering your academic future, and you may well be amongst the many students looking to study abroad for University. Attending a summer program is an excellent stepping stone into the higher education arena, and we’re keen to offer you support in the next phase of your academic journey.

Whether you decide on a course in the UK or the US, at Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to providing you with an academically enriching summer experience, set in a diverse environment. At all of our great locations, you’ll make new friends from all over the world, all the while developing valuable practical skills.

Whichever course you may choose, Oxford Summer Courses seeks to be an essential tool in helping you plan for your academic future. We urge you to submit an application with us today: https://oxfordsummercourses.com/apply/

Or get in touch with us via email: info@oxfordsummercourses.com

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Not sure if you would benefit more from a UK or an international summer course in the US? Student ambassador Oliver describes his experience of studying with us in Stanford.

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