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Embark on an extraordinary academic journey with Oxford Summer Courses. Our distinguished summer programmes offer a unique opportunity to cultivate critical thinking, independence, and a global perspective. Join a diverse community of learners from around the world and immerse yourself in an inclusive environment hosted within prestigious University colleges in Oxford.

Tailored for learners aged 13-24, our courses cover a wide range of subjects including Arts and Humanities, Business and Economics, Law, Medicine, Technology, Engineering, and Creative Writing. Each course spans two weeks, providing a comprehensive and enriching educational experience.

For those seeking an extended stay, learners aged 13-24 can opt for back-to-back courses. Alternatively, students aged 13-17 can explore both Oxford and Cambridge through our four-week enhanced programme. Nestled within iconic Oxford Colleges such as Lady Margaret Hall, New College, Somerville College, and Worcester College, our summer courses promise a journey of discovery and personal growth. Apply now for an unforgettable experience with Oxford Summer Courses!

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Typical outings

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British Museum

The British Museum, located in the heart of London, is one of the world's most renowned museums, housing a vast and diverse collection of over 8 million historical artefacts from all corners of the globe. Founded in 1753, the museum covers over 2 million years of human history, from ancient civilisations to modern times.

Warwick Castle

Visiting Warwick Castle is an opportunity to explore the rich history of this magnificent medieval fortress. It dates back to the 11th century and has played a significant role in English history. Students can explore the castle's impressive collection of buildings and exhibitions, as well as witness jousting tournaments, falconry displays, and other live shows.

Tower of London

The Tower of London is a historic castle and fortress that has served as a royal palace, prison, and even a zoo over the centuries. Visitors can explore its impressive collection of buildings and exhibitions, including the iconic White Tower, the Crown Jewels, and the medieval palace. They can also learn about the infamous prisoners who were held in the tower over the centuries, including Anne Boleyn and Guy Fawkes.

Westminster, London

Visiting Westminster in London is a must-see for anyone interested in the city's rich history and iconic landmarks. This historic district is located in the heart of London and boasts several of the city's most famous attractions, including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Buckingham Palace.

Bath

Visiting Bath is a must-see attraction, as it is home to some of the best-preserved Roman architecture in the world and the ancient Roman Baths. Visitors can also explore Georgian architecture, such as the Royal Crescent and the Jane Austen Centre, which celebrates the life of the famous author.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is an impressive example of baroque architecture in Britain, home to Sir Winston Churchill. Visitors can explore the state rooms, stroll through the gardens, and try their hand at the challenging maze. It also houses a butterfly house, model village, and miniature train, providing entertainment for all ages.

Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, is one of the world's oldest and most prestigious museums, founded in 1683. Its collection of over 1 million objects spans from ancient Egypt to contemporary art, including archaeological treasures, fine art, and rare manuscripts, making it a must-see destination for art, history, and culture enthusiasts.

Oxford

Oxford is a world-renowned university city with stunning architecture, idyllic cobblestone streets, and rich history. It is home to some of the most iconic university buildings in the world, such as the Bodleian Library and Christ Church College, which inspired the Hogwarts dining hall in the Harry Potter movies. Visiting Oxford is like taking a step back in time and discovering the quintessential beauty of England.

Portsmouth

Visiting Portsmouth offers an opportunity to explore the rich maritime history of the UK. The city has played a significant role in the country's naval history, and students can learn about this at the historic dockyard, which is home to several iconic ships. They can also explore the Mary Rose Museum, which houses the remains of Henry VIII's flagship, and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Bristol

Discover the wonders of Bristol, one of the UK's coolest cities, as you explore its many attractions. Step aboard Brunel's engineering marvel, the SS Great Britain, and delve into its fascinating history. Get hands-on with science at We The Curious, gaze in wonder at the Planetarium, and uncover even more of Bristol's secrets as you explore this vibrant and eclectic city.

The Oxford Summer Courses experience

For ages 13-15, our programme blends academic exploration, curriculum enrichment, and social engagement. Students participate in two daily lessons with Oxford summer school tutors, ensuring interactive learning in small class sizes. Directed study sessions offer dedicated homework time with on-course staff available for assistance.

In the 16-17 age group, academic pursuits deepen with seminars, tutorials, and independent study sessions. Goal-setting and reflection sessions provide a personalised approach to academic and personal growth. University fairs and college visits offer valuable insights into higher education options.

For ages 18-24, independent study takes precedence, allowing students to explore topics beyond seminars and develop their own ideas. Industry insights discussions and future pathways sessions offer valuable career guidance. Evening socials, diverse activities, and college visits contribute to a well-rounded experience.

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Stay in the City of Oxford

For ages 13-15, residing in Oxford provides diverse experiences. City tours and orientations introduce students to the city's highlights, while planned activities and excursions allow deep immersion in the local culture.

In the 16-17 age group, evening socials and a broader range of activities foster socialising and personal growth. Full-day excursions offer extensive exploration opportunities.

For ages 18-24, emphasis on evening socials, college visits, and industry insights discussions delivers a mature and comprehensive experience. Free time allows for self-directed exploration and collaboration with peers, culminating in formal dinners and a graduation ceremony.

When you apply to participate in a Oxford summer school with Oxford Summer Courses, your accommodation assignment will be based on your chosen room type and age group. Each venue, including Lady Margaret Hall, New College, Somerville College, and Worcester College, offers distinctive features. Please note that you won't have the option to select your preferred Oxford college; it will be assigned based on room availability and your age group.

For our 13-15 Oxford age group, full-board accommodations include breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided by the college, with packed lunches on excursion days and potential unique dining experiences. The 16-17 and 18-24 Oxford age groups have half-board arrangements, offering breakfast and dinner, with dinner featuring a mix of college and local restaurant meals. Lunch is not provided, but on-course staff will offer suggestions for individual purchase.

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Reviews

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Blythe, Hong Kong

"The best thing about Oxford Summer Courses is the kind teachers and friendships I've built. During the summer school, I adapted to being surrounded by people from many parts of the world. The environment was very welcoming. I learned a lot from the courses and enjoyed my time here immensely overall."

Brett, USA

"The best part of my classes at Oxford Summer Courses would be the insight they’ve provided towards looking at history from different perspectives, and how important it is to properly gauge the usefulness of a source in your given essay. The summer school experience has been enriching and has allowed me to broaden my understanding of historical analysis."

Katrina, USA

"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."

Oscar, Germany

"The tutorials were the best part, as our tutor gave individual feedback and valuable suggestions for our essays. This personalised approach was extremely helpful. The summer school was highly beneficial for my studies. I feel much more prepared for future academic challenges thanks to this programme overall."

Emma, Sweden

"You get the chance to ask questions at Oxford Summer Courses to someone that can tell you what it’s like to work in that field and who can answer more difficult questions. You get a more inspiring insight into the subject than you get in your normal school."

Jana, Palestine

"My tutor, Mrs. Hila Levy was really kind and helpful, she made sure that all of the students in her class clearly understand the new concepts that she explained, and she used to give us a full feedback when we finish our work."

Krisha, India

"We were taught about business: what is it? how can we set up our own businesses? How can we successfully one day become leading entrepreneurs? Our classes were very engaging and informative. We did lots of case studies which helped us understand better."

Summer, New Zealand

"I like my course, business and entrepreneurship, because I can learn many things there and the teacher can be more focused in teaching me since there are only six students."

Mitko, Macedonia

"The teaching is done so well here. I really like that my tutor broke down complicated issues into smaller subjects that we then discussed in-depth."

Alejandro, Spain

"I loved having people from different cultural backgrounds in my Oxford Summer Courses summer school course—they brought experiences to the conversation that I had never encountered before."

Muhammad, Pakistan

"My tutor, Daniel Kaute, was not only witty and engaging, but also took the time to make sure we are applying our own skills to the work we are doing."

Aryaman, India

"Chemistry has always been my favourite subject, and my tutor at Oxford Summer Courses summer school made me love it even more. Mr. Rami E Kremesti is one of the most experienced people I have ever met. He shared insights about chemistry that one cannot find in any books. It was an incredible learning experience overall."

Erin, Canada

"The course at Oxford Summer Courses made me realise that chemistry is all around me and there is much more than just the classroom."

Gabrielle, Singapore

"The last 14 days at Oxford Summer Courses have allowed me the opportunity to study International Relations and Politics in a new environment, with tutors who were able to cover a broad scope of the subject with us at the summer school."

Gabrielle, Australia

"I chose the same subject that I am studying at my own university (Classical Civilisations), but Oxford Summer Courses made me think about and view my subject in a different way that I hadn’t been exposed to before in the summer school."

Loobdhak, Bahrain

"After finishing the course, I feel as if I have not only learnt more on this topic but also understood how important it is in our everyday life. We explored different parts of computer science such as Hardware, Software engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Game designing etc."

Maxim, Russia

"Even though I consider myself an advanced student in this field, I still had something new to learn and feel as if there’s plenty more that I could do."

Anas, Australia

"The favourite thing about my subject at Oxford Summer Courses summer school was that, for the first time, I felt challenged, coming from someone who has studied Computer Science for 3 years in school (at GCSE and A Levels). It was kind of exciting and intimidating at the same time."

Christian, Romania

"The classes at Oxford Summer Courses have simply amazed me, and the tutor has guided us every step of the way, focusing on our interests, but also developing our critical thinking by encouraging us to support our views and finding arguments to do so. The summer school experience has been invaluable in expanding my knowledge and skills."

James, USA

"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."

Patrick, Norway

"I will forever appreciate the time I have spent at Oxford Summer Courses. During my time there I gained new friendships from a range of different cultures and I learned new things that about myself."

Magnus, Norway

"The main reason why I choose Oxford Summer Courses was to make new experiences, both with people and for myself to grow as an individual. Looking back now, the two weeks might be one of the most memorable and I am greatly thankful and satisfied."

Bree, Canada

"The Creative Writing Course helped me properly analyse famous writers’ works in order to fully understand them while letting me create my own short stories and poems."

Irene, Panama

"Oxford Summer Courses has been such a unique and fulfilling experience with the help of the counsellors and mentors."

Jennifer, India

"It has been exhilarating, all in all, to be a part of Oxford Summer Courses and I would definitely recommend it!"

Marina, Finland

"My tutor was very nice and encouraging, she gave me lots of feedback that helped me improve my writing."

Ximena, Mexico

"My tutor was open to suggestions about other material we would like to see and study, like poetry!"

Adnaan, Mauritius

"The best lesson I have had so far was at Oxford Summer Courses when we studied Game Theory during the summer school, and when we did presentations in class about shops or platforms that we had to imagine ourselves."

Dev, United Kingdom

"My mentor at Oxford Summer Courses, Mr. Christian Holm, has been an absolute pleasure. I always look forward to his lessons, not only for my passion for economics but also because I feel Mr. Holm has been great at dissecting complicated and large ideas, making them simpler and easier to digest. The summer school experience with Mr. Holm as my mentor at Oxford Summer Courses has been invaluable in enhancing my understanding of economics."

Joshua, South Africa

"Inside the classroom we have learnt a great deal about a wide variety of topics such as game theory, evaluation, supply and demand, inflation and interest rates, allocation of resources which all fall under macroeconomic as well as microeconomics."

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