Kick-start your career with our one-week intensive academic courses

Course Overview

  • Prepare for university, internships, and your future career
  • Network with industry experts and top academics
  • Gain knowledge on your chosen subject in our 1-week intensive courses
  • Stay in central university accommodation, in historic colleges that make up the University of Oxford
  • Learn new concepts with 27 hours of teaching time from top academics
  • Make new friends from around the world
  • Experience all that Oxford has to offer, including tours of the city, visits to its restaurants, cultural activities, and more
photo (c) John Cairns

Student Life

Our 1-week intensive courses for 16-17 and 18-24 year olds are focused on giving you the tools to succeed in your chosen field, preparing you for university and beyond. You’ll receive 27 hours of teaching time over the course of one week, in addition to professional development workshops, networking dinners, and TED-style talks.

A helpful pastoral team of current students and alumni from some of the UK’s top universities will be on hand to support and introduce you to Oxford. You’ll make friends with students from around the world, expanding your international network and your worldview.

We’ve created a programme that balances intensive academic learning with social and cultural activities in Oxford, giving you the chance to explore all that this city has to offer.

photo (c) John Cairns

Accommodation

You’ll experience the life of a student at Oxford University, staying in its historic college accommodation on campus.

At each location our pastoral staff and group leaders will be nearby to make sure you’re safe, comfortable and happy – and can help with anything from finding your teaching room to working out where the laundry gets done. On the first day, our staff provide students with an orientation to help you settle in and work out the basics of life in Oxford.

photo (c) John Cairns

Insightful Academic Experiences

Our spring courses don’t just give you the chance to develop academic knowledge in your chosen subject, but also teach you more about the basics of networking and professional development.

Each week, students take part in a networking dinner where they’ll dine with professionals in their chosen field. You’ll be able to chat about your field, obstacles the professional faced in their career, and more. Learning about what lies ahead on your career path is an invaluable experience, and one best learned outside the classroom.

Inside the classroom, students take part in 27 hours of learning from their teachers in small groups, focused on practical experience. If you’re studying medicine, you may practice suturing. If you’re studying marketing, you may manage a rebranding campaign.

You’ll develop skills that will help you later in life, at university and in the workplace. Included in your course are workshops focused on effective learning techniques. You may learn how to write an great research paper, or learn more effective methods to network within your industry.

You’ll also get the chance to learn first-hand from industry experts during our TED-style talks, and have the chance to meet with the speaker to discuss their ideas further. You’ll leave the course feeling inspired, with a greater understanding of what it will take to succeed in your future.

photo (c) John Cairns

Excursions and Social Experiences

Oxford offers a wealth of social and cultural experiences unique to this special and historic city. With its compact city centre, you will be able to soak up Oxford’s atmosphere and top locations, such as the colourful Jericho with its many independent shops and bars, or Broad Street with a gory history of religious persecution.

Staying in central Oxford University accommodation ensures that you can absorb the sights and sounds of the city throughout your week, making this a truly immersive learning experience.

Your time outside the classroom will combine social events giving a genuine taste of the city of Oxford, such as visits to historic colleges, a formal banquet, and a chance to go punting on the River Thames, with networking opportunities offering a chance to discuss great ideas with professionals and thinkers in your field of study.

In the middle of the week you will take part in a half-day excursion away from Oxford. This could be to Windsor Castle, the Queen’s official residence and the place where Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were recently married, to the city of Bath, a UNESCO World Heritage city and the site of the incredible Roman baths, or into London where you can explore the amazing museums and attractions.

Spring Courses: 16-17 Year Olds

Choose from our selection of spring courses for 16-17 year olds to learn more about course content, availability, and pricing.

Spring Courses: 18-24 Year Olds

Choose from our selection of spring courses for 18-24 year olds to learn more about course content, availability, and pricing.

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