Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Contact Oxford Summer Courses
How do I contact Oxford Summer Courses?
If you cannot find the information you are seeking about our summer school below, please feel free to visit our contact page and submit a contact form.
Summer School Applications and Policies
I want to study more than one course. Is this possible?
It will depend on what summer school course you apply for with Oxford Summer Courses and whether you are residential or not, but in general, all teaching, accommodation, pastoral care, activities, and excursions are included. Most meals are included for residential students. Please check the website for more details. Also included for summer school courses in the UK is travel insurance and complimentary transfers at specified times. Further information can be found in the Travel & Insurance FAQs.
How can I reserve my place?
Please click the 'Apply' button on the Oxford Summer Courses website where you will be directed to your summer school application form. Depending on the summer school course you select with Oxford Summer Courses, you may have the option to pay the deposit and/or balance immediately. Details of how to do this will be provided, and through our Flywire payment system, we accept most local methods of payment, including all major credit cards and bank transfers. If you are not directed to pay a deposit, one of our Admissions team at Oxford Summer Courses will contact you. Once you make a deposit payment, you will receive an email with a link to our Assessment Form. This form gives us a clear understanding of your educational interests so we can allocate you to an appropriate class group for the summer school. You must complete this form and pay your full fee balance to guarantee your place in the summer school course.
I want to come and study at Oxford Summer Courses but my area of interest isn’t listed. Can you still accommodate me?
If your area of interest isn't listed for the summer school at Oxford Summer Courses, we may not be able to accommodate a new subject choice as we want to ensure you have tuition from an expert in your field and can work alongside other students who share your interests. No matter what subject you choose for your summer school experience, you are guaranteed to learn in new areas and leave enriched in your knowledge base, transferable skills, and academic development.
When will I receive more details on the course?
We'll be in touch with lots more information before the start of your Oxford Summer Courses summer school. This will include details of your accommodation and where to go on your first day.
I have special requirements (medical, learning, dietary, accessibility). Can I still come?
We can cater for any dietary specifications (religious or health) during your Oxford Summer Courses summer school, and have often in the past had students fasting. We can arrange meals outside scheduled times where necessary. Once you have submitted your dietary requirements for the summer school, please note that amendments can only be made for medical reasons. All other requirements are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, so please contact us at Oxford Summer Courses, and we will make every effort for your child to be able to attend the summer school. We will collect all essential details about our students in an information form, sent to you before they join us on their summer school course.
Does Oxford Summer Courses offer scholarships or bursaries?
Unfortunately, at this time, Oxford Summer Courses does not offer any scholarships or bursaries for our summer school courses.
If I have to cancel, how much will you refund?
If you’ve been accepted onto Oxford Summer Courses for the summer school, any refund will be limited to recoverable costs. We won’t be able to refund the initial deposit. The specific details can be found in our terms and conditions.
What to Expect During Your Summer School Course
If my parents stay nearby, will I have time to see them?
Yes, during your time at Oxford Summer Courses summer school, there will be occasional afternoons when we are very happy for you to catch up with your parents, but this will need to be arranged beforehand so it doesn’t affect your studies.
What is on offer when I am not studying or being taught or tutored?
As well as visits to the local area, we also organise a range of workshops for you to participate in during your Oxford Summer Courses summer school. Our younger students might try activities such as tie-dyeing, music-making, and circus skills. For our older students, there is a more professional focus with workshops covering topics such as CV writing, interview skills, and public speaking related to your summer school experience. The specific programme will vary depending on the age group of your summer school course. If you are attending one of our week-long Spring courses, there is a greater emphasis on professional development workshops and academic networking specific to your subject area. Your free time outside the classroom will include exploring the city of Oxford, such as visits to historic colleges, a formal banquet, and a chance to go punting on the River Thames, as well as discussing great ideas with professionals and thinkers in your field of study during your Oxford Summer Courses summer school.
What kind of places will I get to go to on the cultural excursions?
For students coming to the UK for the Oxford Summer Courses summer school, we are fortunate to have some incredible experiences all within a close distance of our course locations. The cities of Oxford, Cambridge, and London themselves are gems with a range of things to do and places to visit. You will have time to visit these and soak up the atmosphere. Organised trips travel further afield, and all of our students will get to visit some amazing places in our capital city, London. Other trips include the royal residence of Windsor, the Royal Naval Dockyards in Portsmouth, the Roman city of Bath, Harry Potter Studios, the medieval city of Canterbury, and the architecturally stunning Blenheim Palace. The visit programme varies according to the date and age group of your Oxford Summer Courses summer school, but we aim to give every student a varied and exciting cultural programme. For students attending one of our international summer school courses with Oxford Summer Courses, we aim to show you the amazing cultural experiences on offer.
How much spare time will I have?
You’ll be expected to spend a few hours each day preparing for tutorials and seminars during your Oxford Summer Courses summer school. There are plenty of organised (optional as well as programmed) activities most days. This still leaves time to explore and relax. Giving you the freedom to choose when to work and when to relax is part of the university experience, and key to our ethos at Oxford Summer Courses. Have a look at our example weekly timetables for a clearer idea.
How long is the day?
Apart from Sundays, when there is a more relaxed programme at Oxford Summer Courses, the day will start between 7.15 and 8am. Our younger students are settled in their bedrooms between 9.30 and 10.30pm at night. The daily programme during your summer school is a busy one, and there is registration at least twice a day. Our 13-24-year-olds should expect to do quite a lot of walking because lessons, tutorials, and seminars for your Oxford Summer Courses summer school are not always in the same place as the accommodation. You will also want to make the most of the chances to explore the city you are staying in!
How are breakfast, lunch, and dinner organised?
The majority of meals are included, especially if you are on a residential summer school course with Oxford Summer Courses. Breakfasts are served at the colleges and dinners are often held at local restaurants. A highlight for many of our 13-24 year old students in Oxford and Cambridge during their Oxford Summer Courses summer school are the formal three-course banquets held in the college dining rooms on Friday nights. If you have to buy your own lunch during the summer school, our pastoral staff are there to show you where and how.
When should I arrive? And leave?
All arrival and departure information for your Oxford Summer Courses summer school is sent to you at least 4 weeks before you begin your course. For most summer school courses, students must arrive on Sunday afternoons as the courses do not open, and rooms will not be accessible before 2pm, so you should aim to arrive between 2 and 4 pm. When it is time to leave on Saturday, you will need to hand back your room key by 10 am and leave the site by 12 noon. Your first meal during your summer school will be on the evening of your arrival day, and your last meal with us will be breakfast on your departure day. Please note, we cannot accommodate students outside their summer school course dates unless students are participating in consecutive courses with Oxford Summer Courses.
Who are the on-course (pastoral) staff?
This is our fantastic team of people, drawn from all over Oxford, Cambridge, London, and further, who are dedicated to looking after you and your well-being during your Oxford Summer Courses summer school, and making sure that you get the most out of your course. There is someone in charge of the whole site, and they have a team of leaders and helpers who will look after groups of students attending the summer school. They are all trained in working with young people. Not only are the pastoral teams around whenever you aren’t in an academic session, some of them are subject specialists in their own right and will bring their expertise to subject-specific workshops to expand your academic experience during your summer school.
How much of my own money will I need during a two-week course?
For 18-24 year olds attending the Oxford Summer Courses summer school, we recommend that £300 will cover additional expenses, including lunches, souvenirs and free time. For 16-17 year olds at Oxford Summer Courses, we recommend £250. For 13-15 year olds participating in the Oxford Summer Courses summer school, we recommend £200. 9-12 year olds will not need any more than £50 for a week during their summer school.
What should I bring with me?
We will send you information closer to your Oxford Summer Courses summer school with details of the types of things you will need to bring depending on the course you are doing. Most important are your travel documents, chargers with UK adaptors for your devices and a range of clothing to suit the variable weather we can experience over spring and summer during your summer school.
Summer School Travel and Insurance
I want my child to travel with an airline using their Unaccompanied Minors service – who will the airline hand my child over to?
All of our staff waiting at Heathrow Airport for the Oxford Summer Courses summer school will carry proof of identity and an official letter from Oxford Summer Courses confirming their role in the collection of students arriving into the UK for the summer school. We will have a full manifest of all students we are to meet at the airport, and which of these are in the care of an airline. This is information which parents/guardians will provide to us in the weeks leading up to the course at Oxford Summer Courses, when they make their request for our airport transfer service for the summer school. If your airline requires a specifically named individual when you book their Unaccompanied Minors service, please contact us.
Will I be covered by medical/travel insurance?
All our students studying in the UK during their Oxford Summer Courses summer school are covered under a travel insurance policy – included in your course fee. Please view the Insurance Policy wording and our Terms and Conditions specific to your summer school. This means if anything unexpected happens and reasonably prevents you from attending your summer school course, you will be able to make a cancellation claim. You can contact us via email for a claim form. Please note that if you are requesting a refund based on a visa refusal for your Oxford Summer Courses summer school, you will not be able to make an insurance claim and our cancellation policy will apply (as per our Terms and Conditions).
Do I need to apply for a visa to attend my course?
Please consult the UK government website https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa to confirm whether you need a visa, and what documents you need to provide for your summer school with Oxford Summer Courses. You do NOT need a study visa - a short term visitor visa is sufficient to attend a summer school course with us at Oxford Summer Courses. We will provide students with visa support letters to assist in their applications.
What happens if my visa is rejected?
Please note that as explained and agreed to in our terms and conditions specific to your summer school with Oxford Summer Courses, it is the student's own responsibility to secure a visa in order to attend your summer school course with us. Therefore, if your visa is rejected you’re not eligible for a refund, as agreed to in our terms and conditions for your Oxford Summer Courses summer school. The insurance included in your course does not cover visa rejections.
Summer School Teaching Methodologies
Are you affiliated with the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge or any of their constituent colleges?
No. We’d like to make it very clear that we’re not affiliated with any. But, unlike many other summer school courses, our founders and co-directors have been educated at Oxford University. We believe that anyone should be able to experience the magic of Oxford, Cambridge and the best of British academia, and we benchmark our standards against these universities for your Oxford Summer Courses summer school. The majority of our tutors for our Oxford and Cambridge summer school courses are Oxford and Cambridge academics who use the seminar and tutorial Oxbridge methods of teaching. This gives you the opportunity to explore and discuss your subject, and individual subject interests, with your tutor during your summer school. Our Juniors programme draws on expert teachers, often from elite British schools.
Is there a minimum academic standard?
Our tutors at Oxford Summer Courses summer school can support students of all abilities. All we ask of you is to have a genuine passion for your chosen subject and a sufficiently good level of written and spoken English. On application to your summer school, you will be asked to submit a personal statement, you can use this to demonstrate your enthusiasm, previous experience and interest in your subject with Oxford Summer Courses.
Are all your tutors Oxford and Cambridge academics?
Many of our tutors are academics from across Oxford and Cambridge with experience of the seminar and tutorial methods, which sets Oxford Summer Courses summer school apart from other course providers. For the 9-12 and 13-15 age groups during your summer school, we require tutors to have significant and relevant teaching experience or a teaching qualification, so they can best engage, motivate and lead the students they are working with at Oxford Summer Courses.
What can I expect from the teaching methods you will use?
Oxford & Cambridge Summer Courses – self-directed learning for ages 16-17, 18-24 Singapore – self-directed learning for ages 16-17, 18-24 You will be taught through the highly effective seminar and tutorial method at Oxford Summer Courses. During seminars, you will work directly with a tutor who will introduce a particular topic to you whilst providing their expert support. Between your seminars and tutorials, you will be set independent work by your tutors, such as an essay question or problem sheet, which you will submit to your tutor via email before a set deadline. During your one-hour tutorial with Oxford Summer Courses, you will revisit this piece of work, and you will be able to delve into your topic in further depth with your tutor. One of the key success factors to the Oxford and Cambridge method of learning at Oxford Summer Courses is your own self-directed learning. You will be set wider reading and homework by your tutors in addition to the contact time with them. It is expected that you will complete this to the best of your ability and direct your time accordingly to meet the self-study requirements. In addition, you will have the opportunity to undertake workshops that will develop the wider skills needed to be successful during your summer school. These workshops may include topics such as communication, drawing on your strengths, performance at an elite level, and using your voice effectively. You’ll also attend our wider-interest lecture series. Oxford & Cambridge Summer Courses – small-group learning for ages 13-15 Working within small groups of eight or fewer during your Oxford Summer Courses, you will receive taught and practical teaching sessions from your tutor. These are designed to be interactive and encourage you to work with individuals within your group. Your homework and study time will build on the work that you have been covering in class. In addition, you will participate in workshops that will build and enhance skills required for your present education and future career. Juniors Programme – small-class teaching for ages 9-12 Your teaching during your Oxford Summer Courses will take place in a small class size of fewer than 15 students (divided into 9-10 and 11-12 age groups), and you will be learning in different, fun, and interesting ways. You will also be able to improve your skills when you are working in a group or making presentations. You will get the chance to take part in activity workshops, some of which will feel quite academic, and some which will feel more like play and games. All of our workshops will be with your fellow students from across a variety of subjects so that you can share ideas and learn from each other. Oxford Spring Courses – intensive teaching for ages 16-17, 18-24 Your teaching at Oxford Summer Courses will take place in small groups with a mix of taught-tutor lead sessions, hands-on workshops, and visits to local sites that will enhance knowledge of your subject. The course is designed to immerse you within your subject while giving you the practical skills needed to advance your knowledge and understanding. You will also experience networking evenings and be involved in a professional presentation. India Courses – intensive teaching for ages 14-17 Your teaching at Oxford Summer Courses will take place in small groups with a mix of taught tutor-led sessions, hands-on workshops, and group project work.
Do I gain credits at my school/university for completing a course with Oxford Summer Courses?
Our 18-24 summer school courses at Oxford Summer Courses have been recognised as credit-bearing for students studying in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and mainland Europe. We will support you with the relevant transcript to ensure your home university recognises your study with us at Oxford Summer Courses with the appropriate level of credit. You are advised to speak to your home university first to obtain their individual requirements as these vary between institutions.
What certificate do I gain by completing Oxford Summer Courses?
Your certificate will be issued by Oxford Summer Courses and will state your name, subject, and course dates. It will be signed by the founders of Oxford Summer Courses, Harry Hortyn and Robert Phipps. In addition, you will receive written feedback from your tutor at Oxford Summer Courses, which you may wish to use as a reference. These are not documents from the University of Oxford or any of the colleges.
How should I prepare for Oxford Summer Courses?
You will be sent a welcome pack in the weeks before you arrive at Oxford Summer Courses, which may include a course outline from your tutor. Do be aware that your tutor may set you a piece of work or some pre-reading to do before the course at Oxford Summer Courses. Do try your best but do not worry if you have difficulty completing or understanding what is set. It is your tutor’s job to help you develop and learn as much as you can during your summer school; the first assignment will help the tutor assess where your knowledge and experience lies and help them tailor their course to you at Oxford Summer Courses. It won’t help anyone if it is not your work, though, and do note our policy on plagiarism in the Student Handbook.
Summer School Accommodation
Can I be accommodated in a room next to my friend?
We will take your request into consideration, but we can’t guarantee it for your summer school with Oxford Summer Courses.
Can my parents stay with me?
There are plenty of suitable accommodation options nearby if parents want to stay locally; accommodation included in the programme is for the students only during your summer school with Oxford Summer Courses.
Must I stay in the accommodation?
Unless you have enrolled in a course with a non-residential option, you are required to stay in the accommodation during your summer school with Oxford Summer Courses.
Are the student rooms and classrooms air-conditioned?
Students studying with us in the UK during their summer school experience a real university or boarding school lifestyle by staying in historic buildings and locations with Oxford Summer Courses. The UK has only recently started experiencing extreme temperatures in the summer, and some of these historic sites are not equipped with air conditioners for students living on-site during their summer school. Some classrooms are air-conditioned, depending on location, but this is not something we can guarantee at Oxford Summer Courses.
I am coming on a junior program – where will I stay?
You will stay in a top UK boarding school, which will give you the opportunity to experience British boarding school life during your summer school with Oxford Summer Courses. You will stay in rooms used by pupils during the term time and be looked after by a House Parent. Your meals, apart from packed lunches on day trips, will be eaten together as a group in the school during dining room or in the boarding house. The accommodation has impressive sports facilities and you will have the opportunity to play different team sports and take part in inter-house sports competitions.
Summer School Student Safety & Privacy
What measures do you take to care for the safety of all students?
At Oxford Summer Courses summer school, we take the well-being and safety of our students extremely seriously. Our on-course (pastoral) team is carefully selected, well-trained, and given 24/7 support to ensure that our students have the best experience possible at Oxford Summer Courses. We use the same standards that are applied in UK schools, and we are regularly inspected by the British Accreditation Council. There will always be staff members available at all hours of the day to help with any issues that may arise during your summer school. All of our accommodation sites for under 16s are closed, meaning that the entrance and exit are security-controlled. Our staff have their own bedrooms located among the students' bedrooms, with genders separated. Depending on their age, students are accompanied by staff members to and from classes, social and cultural activities, and during mealtimes at Oxford Summer Courses. Staff members are also present before and after classes and activities. Registrations and checks take place regularly at the beginning of the day, throughout the day, and at the end of the day.
What are on-course (pastoral) staff to student ratios?
We maintain a strict pastoral staff to student ratio throughout the entirety of every summer school course at Oxford Summer Courses. This ensures that our students are well looked after and safe during your summer school. Please contact our admissions team if you’d like to know the exact ratios for your course, as this varies slightly between courses and age groups at Oxford Summer Courses. Our staffing levels are set to support student supervision levels during your summer school. Supervision levels are dependent on the activity. For example, a film night in the boarding house will have different supervision needs by comparison with a day trip to London during your summer school. All activities are risk assessed.
Will students be allowed to go out on their own during the course?
We are fortunate in the UK to have good traffic and pedestrian laws, and a culture of safety and social responsibility during our summer school with Oxford Summer Courses. We also have some wonderful buskers, street artists, and independent shops which our teenage students love to experience. There is some free time in all of the course programmes where students may enjoy some of these during your summer school with Oxford Summer Courses. Our rules that are adhered to for student safety are: 13-15 year olds: in groups of at least 3, for short durations (e.g. an hour), and only with charged phones and clear timings during your summer school with Oxford Summer Courses. 16-17 year olds: in at least pairs, for short durations (e.g. an hour), and only with charged phones and clear timings during your summer school with Oxford Summer Courses. Unaccompanied walking out is always at the group leaders’ discretion, and only ever in the daytime during your summer school with Oxford Summer Courses. 9-12 year olds will always have staff members with them.
What happens if I get sick during the course?
We hope that no one gets ill during their summer school with Oxford Summer Courses, but sometimes it happens. If your child does get ill, our staff will make sure that they can access appropriate medical services to be diagnosed and treated during their summer school with Oxford Summer Courses. The on-course team and House Parents will ensure that they are looked after properly. Although children are generally quick to inform their parents if they become unwell during their summer school with Oxford Summer Courses, we will always ensure that you are fully informed of what is happening, and we will keep you updated. We do our best to maintain your academic programme and may reschedule time with your teacher or tutor once you feel better during your summer school with Oxford Summer Courses. If you choose to end your course early due to illness during your summer school with Oxford Summer Courses, we are unable to refund the cost of your course. You may be covered for the course costs and/or any emergency travel by your holiday/travel insurance (included in the fee for UK-based courses) at Oxford Summer Courses.
How will you use my data?
Will you take my photograph?
In addition to the images we may take for any marketing purposes (which you may opt out of), we find it very helpful for our group leaders at Oxford Summer Courses to have their students' photographs on their devices. These are deleted at the end of the summer school course. The images we take of activities and of the students during their course are also used for course blogs at Oxford Summer Courses. Each course team runs a blog, and the link will be shared at the beginning of the summer school course. We find that these blogs are reassuring and are enjoyed by parents who are able to see what their children have been doing each day during their summer school at Oxford Summer Courses.
Summer School Programme Information
What is included in the price of the course?
It will depend on what summer school course you apply for and whether you are residential or not, but in general, all teaching, accommodation, pastoral care, activities, and excursions are included for Oxford Summer Courses. Most meals are included for residential students during their summer school at Oxford Summer Courses. Please check the website for more details. Also included for summer school courses in the UK is travel insurance and complimentary transfers at specified times for Oxford Summer Courses. Further information can be found in the Travel & Insurance FAQs for Oxford Summer Courses.
What happens if I’m staying for more than one course?
Students staying with us for more than one summer school course at Oxford Summer Courses will be catered for throughout the changeover weekend. This includes all accommodation, transport between cities if courses are in different locations, meals (including lunches for our under 18s), and an additional excursion or activity on the Saturday. On the Sunday, students will join the new summer school course and meet their new course mates at Oxford Summer Courses.
What happens if I have a complaint?
Complaints Procedure If there is any problem with your summer school course, we want to be the first to hear about it. If you’re experiencing a problem during the summer school course, please contact your Course Director at Oxford Summer Courses. If you’re experiencing a problem before or after the summer school course, please contact our admissions team for Oxford Summer Courses. To support our students with unforeseen circumstances during their summer school stay in the UK, we provide medical and travel insurance. Please see our policies for more details. It is essential that you contact us as soon as possible so that we can try to rectify the situation on the spot. In the unlikely event that the matter remains unresolved after 5 working days, please ask to speak with a manager, and we will do our utmost to find a satisfactory solution for your summer school experience with Oxford Summer Courses.
Summer School Technology Requirements & Screen Policy
Will there be internet access?
Yes – you’ll have access to WiFi networks that function where you are staying and studying at the summer school. There are also often WiFi networks available throughout the city where your Oxford Summer Courses are located.
Will I need a laptop/tablet to study?
Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop if they have one (make sure that you bring the right charger!). It is possible to complete all of our summer school courses without a laptop or similar device, except for Computer Science, but it is recommended that students work as they would at university, which for us means using laptops. Oxford Summer Courses does not provide laptops, and you are responsible for the safety and security of your hardware, although all students have access to a lockable space. If you bring any valuables, please ensure you have the relevant insurance.
Can students bring and use their phones/personal electronic devices (PEDs)?
We want students to enjoy their time with us and make the most of the summer school courses that they are enrolled in; making new friends, taking part in activities, and studying with top teachers. We feel this is best done without the distraction of phones and personal electronic devices (PEDs), and we encourage our students to be mindful of this. While students are permitted to bring phones and PEDs to dinner, activities, and day trips, our staff will encourage them to interact with others to build great friendships rather than use their devices. As with all personal possessions, our 13-24-year-old summer school students are responsible for their own devices. Our 9-12-year-old summer school students are allowed to bring their phones when they join us; however, all of the Juniors sites operate a ‘restricted screen-time’ policy. Students will have their phones and PEDs for specified periods during ‘free time’. This is time that is set aside from study and group activities for students to hang out with their new friends or call home. Our highly trained staff will ensure that all phones and PEDs are collected and safely secured outside of ‘free time’ and day trips. Robust procedures will ensure that students remain safe and contactable throughout their time with Oxford Summer Courses.
Summer School Airport Transfers
Can you book my flight for me?
Students participating in the summer school courses are responsible for arranging their own flights/transportation to and from the UK for their courses.
When should I book my arrival flight?
The first Sunday of your summer school course with Oxford Summer Courses is for checking in and settling in. This is the date you should arrive on campus. If you arrive before this date, we are unable to arrange additional accommodation or transportation. You will need to arrange this yourself.
When should I book my departure flight?
The last Saturday of your summer school course with Oxford Summer Courses is for packing up, saying goodbye to your new friends, and checking out. This is the date you should book your flight home for.
Can you organise a transfer for me from the airport to my location on arrivals day?
We offer a complimentary airport transfer service from Heathrow Airport, all terminals, for all flights arriving between 08:00 - 15:00 for our summer school students at Oxford Summer Courses.
My flight arrives at Heathrow outside of the 08:00-15:00 window/ at another airport. Can you schedule a transfer for me?
If your flight arrives outside of this time at Heathrow or from another airport, you will need to arrange your own transportation to your course at Oxford Summer Courses summer school.
Can you organise a transfer for me from my location on departure day?
Transfers can be arranged to Heathrow Airport only. This will be arranged by your on-course staff at Oxford Summer Courses' summer school; they will confirm your departure flight on your check-in day, then you will receive confirmation of your taxi transfer to the airport during your course.
Do you offer an unaccompanied minors service on departure day?
Yes, we do! This service, provided by Oxford Summer Courses' summer school, costs £145; students will travel to the airport and be met by the "unaccompanied minors" supervisor who will escort students and help them with the check-in process so that they are safely handed over to the care of the airline's designated staff member. Please ensure that all airline conditions for unaccompanied minor travel are met: every airline is different!
How can I get in touch with you if there are any issues on arrival day?
We will provide you with a contact number closer to arrivals. This will be monitored by staff on the ground and a team member in the head office who will also be monitoring the emails. This service is provided by Oxford Summer Courses.
Can parents join in airport transfers?
No, this service is for students only. This is a policy of Oxford Summer Courses.
Can I arrive a day early/depart a day late from my course?
Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange accommodation for additional nights, so you will need to arrive and depart according to your course dates. This is a policy of Oxford Summer Courses.
If we’re making our own way to the campus, when should we arrive?
Check-in is between 14:00 and 16:00 on the start date of your course. We will send out information about the exact check-in location closer to the start of your course. It will be clearly signposted on the day. This process is specific to Oxford Summer Courses and our summer school programme.
When should we leave campus on departure day?
For the majority of sites, students will need to be checked out of their rooms by 10:00 and have departed campus by 12:00. This is a standard procedure for Oxford Summer Courses and our summer school programme.
What if my flight is cancelled/ rescheduled/ delayed and I miss my transfer?
If your flight moves and you can no longer use your scheduled taxi, you can claim this money back using the insurance included in your course fees, and will need to make your own way to your course location. This is a standard procedure for Oxford Summer Courses and our summer school programme.
Four-Week Enhanced Programme
What is the Four-Week Enhanced Programme?
The four-week enhanced Programme allows students to immerse themselves in the cultural experiences of both Oxford and Cambridge by booking two courses. It includes comfortable accommodation, seamless transportation, and engaging weekend activities between consecutive courses.
What Does the Programme Include?
The programme includes overnight accommodation between consecutive courses, convenient transportation between course locations, and extra weekend activities for added enjoyment.
Is the Programme Available for Specific Age Groups?
Yes, the four-week enhanced programme is designed for students aged 13-15 and 16-17.
How Is the Schedule Structured?
Students spend two enriching weeks in Oxford, followed by two weeks in Cambridge. The programme offers flexibility, allowing students to choose different subjects for their courses in Oxford and Cambridge.
Can I Choose Different Subjects for Oxford and Cambridge Courses?
Absolutely. The programme provides the flexibility to choose different subjects for courses in Oxford and Cambridge, allowing you to tailor your academic experience.
When Is the Programme Available?
The four-week enhanced programme is available for select courses with start dates from C1 to C3 and C3 to C5. For specific questions or assistance, feel free to contact our admissions advisor.
How Do I Apply for the Programme?
To apply, visit our application page, select any Oxford course within your age group (e.g., ages 13-15), and extend your experience in step 3 by choosing a corresponding Cambridge course for the same age group.
What Are Back-To-Back Courses?
Back-to-back courses allow students aged 13-24 to extend their Oxford or Cambridge experience beyond the standard two weeks. For junior students aged 9-12, the option provides an extended stay beyond one week.
How Does Booking Back-To-Back Courses Enhance the Experience?
Booking back-to-back courses provides an extended period for students to fully immerse themselves in study, social activities, and unique experiences, maximising the benefits of the programme.
Can I Choose Different Courses for Back-To-Back Experiences?
Yes, students can choose different courses for back-to-back experiences. Visit our application page, select any course, and proceed to step 3 to extend your experience by choosing another course.
How Do I Apply for Back-To-Back Courses?
To apply, visit our application page, select any course, and proceed to step 3 to extend your experience by choosing another course.