Politics from Mexico – 18-24, Oxford
I chose to study politics with Oxford Summer Courses as it was an opportunity to study abroad and to study a new subject which I have had limited exposure to before. I had previously done a psychology course and it was interesting to see the areas of overlap as well as the differences in the ways that the two subjects must be approached. In my politics classes I enjoyed reading about different political theories and applying them to real world problems that are faced today. The topics we looked into would often centre on controversial issues and I revelled in picking a viewpoint on these issues and formulating arguments in tutorials. Tutorials were my favourite part of my time at Oxford as the high-pressure teaching dynamic really drove me to give more and fully explore the subject.
Law from Indonesia – 18-24, Oxford
I study law at my university in Indonesia and I wanted to learn more about how the UK has influenced some of Indonesia’s legal principles, and wanted to deepen my comprehension of law in general. I also wanted to experience what life as an Oxford student is like! My favourite thing about the classes has been the tutors – they encourage you to challenge your own view to find the best answer. I’ve also enjoyed the teaching system which is very different to my experience in Indonesia. The professors engage us and invite us to discuss things, and I like that we can argue with things that the professors say if we don’t agree. The professors are very open to our points of view. I also loved meeting new people from various parts of the world. Talking with them has opened my eyes about things that are happening in other countries.
Engineering from Brazil – 18-24, Oxford
Oxford Summer Courses was the perfect way for me to spend the summer; I wanted the experience of living independently, being responsible for my work and myself. I was also keen to get to know students from a number of different nationalities around the world and learn about their cultures. The tutors on the course were friendly and assured me that the topics I studied would be beneficial and were related to my interests. I was a shy person before coming on the courses but asking and answering questions in tutorials has improved my confidence immensely – the tutors were always happy to answer any question, however silly it may have seemed, and the course staff were always so friendly, on hand to answer any questions about the course, or the teaching system in Oxford in general. Oxford is such a beautiful place to study with so many interesting places to visit and things to do. My favourite activity was my first-ever punting trip!
Leadership from UK – 16-17, Oxford
My experience at Oxford Summer Courses is one I will never forget. I had the chance to experience life as university student – meeting people from all around the world, making new friends, learning so much about different people’s culture and ways of life. I was also able to explore Oxford and see the gorgeous town. My leadership course was interesting as it involved a lot of debating and much more critical thinking than I expected – the frequent debates meant that I had to always be on the ball and interact with the teacher and the class, because on this course the students are like the teachers themselves due to the frequent debates and discussions we had. The course consisted of different methods of self-improvement and taught me how to grow as a leader and as a person. Our tutors are kind but always eager to push us to think for ourselves and challenge us to do our best. I chose this course as I want to go into “Business Psychology and Management” at university and I wanted to improve my skills around this topic. I also learned that leadership is such an important attribute in almost all situations and I recommend that all should consider how to improve their leadership, and I firmly believe that this course does that successfully.
Psychology from France – 16-17, Cambridge
The two weeks in Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge were an incredibly beneficial experience, from both academic and social points of view. Coming here was not only a great chance for me to learn more in depth about psychology but also to meet amazing people and places. We had seminars with our tutor 3 times a week, each hour being an opportunity to learn more about a new topic. During the two weeks, we covered various aspects of psychology and learned a lot by discussing our ideas, debating, and reading. I also improved my writing skills by working on an essay and a poster under the supervision of a careful and attentive tutor. I really loved the tutorials, which allows the tutor to individualize the lesson depending on your needs. Coming here made me even more sure that psychology is the subject I wish to study in my undergraduate studies. On top of the academic part, I have also met incredible people during this course and created strong relationships. I have enjoyed sharing with people from all over the world. We had many opportunities to bond together while we were having dinners in the city or during the day-visits. Indeed, we had the chance to visit various places in England, like Windsor Castle, Sandringham Estate, and even London. The staff here has also been very kind and attentive; organising fun activities every evening like punting, karaoke, quizzes, Ted-style talks, and plenty more! We also had the chance to attend two formal dinners giving us an insight to the Cambridge traditions. In short, I would recommend Oxford Summer Courses to anyone interested in learning about a new topic but also in sharing an amazing summer with great people. Thank you to all people in charge of this summer course for this life changing experience and those unforgettable memories.
History from USA – 16-17, Oxford
I chose Oxford Summer Courses because I wanted a break from normal day-to-day life back in the states, and wanted to experience something new. I decided specifically on Oxford due to its history as a prestigious university, and that it might be the best way to spend my time. The best part of my classes here 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 most enjoyable aspect of my time here would be the large amount of people I’ve met from all around the world, and the way so many different cultures have come here and intermixed; gaining an education about people from different parts of the world, more than any geography class could give you.
Medicine from India – 14-17, Courses in India
These 10 days were the best days of my life. I learnt a lot of new things, met new people from various backgrounds, made new friends too. I also gained a lot of knowledge beyond my textbooks. Among all the activities, the best one I liked was the pub quiz. We had fun and learnt a lot of interesting things. I would surely love to come back again.
English Literature & Creative Writing student from Vietnam – 13-15, Oxford
Oxford Summer Courses has been an unforgettable experience especially for me, having a Lebanese nationality and living in Vietnam. These past two weeks, I’ve enjoyed discovering Oxford’s culture, its history and savoring its food. Studying a topic I am passionate about in a breathtaking university atmosphere is an honour, and the course was very beneficial and educational thanks to the fully committed and dedicated teachers. The small classes with only a few students was also very helpful and enabled each of us to participate and all be on the same page. The very well trained staff were a pleasure to be around and were all very caring and made sure you felt comfortable. They did everything to ensure our happiness. Oxford Summer Courses has been one of the most memorable experiences of my life and created memories and friendships I will never forget. I cannot stress enough how beneficial these two weeks have been and strongly encourage every aspiring student to apply.
Science student from Sweden – 13-15, Cambridge
I came to this course so that I could learn more science and just get to meet new people but I was nervous about whether I would have a good time and make friends. However, I was overwhelmed with the kindness of both the teachers and the other students coming here. I really enjoyed going to different restaurants and visiting different places here in Cambridge. The lessons here are great and I’ve learned a lot. Not only from the actual material, but also the ideas and processes. The London trip was the best. First, we went to the National History Museum and then the London Dungeon. Both were fun. One of the restaurants I really enjoyed was The Olive Tree, a really good Greek restaurant, in Cambridge. Overall, the rooms here are great, it’s really nice having your own room, the food is really good, and the activities have almost always been fun. I’ve made lots of very interesting friends and the environment doesn’t feel hostile what so ever. I also think that Cambridge is a really nice town and there’s a lot of very interesting history.
Economics & Business from Chile – 13-15, Oxford
Oxford life is an adventure. Almost every morning I walked to the St Benet’s Annex to attend my Economics and Business class. We were a group of six, and our tutor made sure that everyone was amused after every lesson. With my class, we visited the Covered Market, where we collected information and had debates on market strategies. Days with social activities, and even the flights, gave me the opportunity to meet other people. I met students from Bulgaria, Spain, Seattle, Hong Kong, Ghana, Mexico, and even a few from my own country. Day trips like visiting Harry Potter Studios or Warwick Castle filled my phone with pictures and my head with memories. During free time, my friends and I wandered through the busy lanes and street of the academic city, buying souvenirs of interest. Finally, after long days, our group leaders took us to different restaurants every night where eating lightly wasn’t an option! Overall, my experience in Oxford was unforgettable. Every trip became a new story and everyone I met will forever be remembered. It was a privilege.
Story Explorers from Hong Kong – 10-12, Wycombe Abbey
I liked it when the teacher showed us the Story Arc and helped us develop our stories. The first week was especially fun and exciting! I loved writing descriptive and narrative essays. I also loved Chessington and Cadbury World. It was also fun when we went bowling, because it was my first time to actually go to a public bowling place. I will miss the fact that the teachers gave me a wider range of freedom, unlike at school. I will also miss my friends a lot, since they have gone through the same things as I did. We had fun together different to how it is back in Hong Kong.
Joie Emelline Teh
Story Explorers and Science Explorers from the Philippines – 10-12, Wycombe Abbey
Oxford was a fun learning experience with lots of friends. I made so many wonderful friends in Oxford. They were fun to be around and they were nice. Junior House at Wycombe Abbey had a playground with a swing set, a big basket-like swing, and a balancing tight rope about one foot off the ground. Free time was popularly spent on the big swing, every time we yearned to be swung higher. Every day was full of exercise. Why, we exercised even just to get to breakfast! It was because the walk from the dorms to the cafeteria was extremely long! Sadly, dinner was sometimes followed by hunger (for me) because of that. Luckily we didn’t have to go up to the dorms again after breakfast. Saved by classes! Class started after breakfast. The subjects were surprisingly more than enjoyable and I absorbed a profusion of information. Read Joie’s full blog post about her time at Wycombe, HERE
International Relations student from USA – Class of 2016
I hadn’t expected how incredible my time at Oxford Summer Courses would be! My tutorials opened my eyes to a hugely complex subject matter that would merit centuries of research, and I now plan to continue the subject at university, and in my own time. I thought the teaching was brilliant, with a mix of a lecture style and more interactive discussion seminars. During my time here I met so many interesting people from all over the world!
Medicine student from Angola – Class of 2016
I have really grown over the past four weeks at Oxford Summer Courses; both academically and as a person. I have really enjoyed getting to know people from all over the world and from many different cultures. I especially enjoyed the trips to the museums and art galleries in Oxford and in London.
The best thing about the course is that it helped me realise what I want to study in the future thanks to the essays and tutorials. The teaching experience was really rich due to the small class sizes, and it allowed me to see what my university teaching experience would be like.
My favourite activity was definitely punting – it pushed me out of my comfort zone and was a lot of fun! The staff were really friendly and open and showed a real interest in what was going on in our lives. Oxford is a very pretty city with lots of history and lovely architecture. It is very multicultural and metropolitan and is an inspiring place to study.
Psychology student from India – Class of 2016
The highlight of my time at Oxford Summer Courses has to be my time with my tutor. The curriculum of my course was so exciting and well thought out that after 2 weeks of multiple seminars, tutorials and essays, all I could think about was how it didn’t seem enough.
Politics student from USA – Class of 2016
My favourite thing about the course was not the activities or the tutorials – although they were all amazing and fun – but actually the people I met. To be in an amazing place with people who are so engaged in their subjects and intellectually rigorous, who want to debate and discuss, was a fantastic experience.
Medicine student from Switzerland – Class of 2016
I learned so much on the medicine course. Every morning we had three hours of lessons in which we discussed different subjects on different days and each one was even better than the last. Every afternoon we did different activities, went to museums and sometimes had free time.
The free time was great, it allowed me to meet so many amazing people that I will never forget. Moreover, Oxford Summer Courses is great because it welcomes people from all over the world. For example, I met a girl who has a different religion to me and it is astonishing to learn the difference between my religion and hers.
Overall, Oxford Summer Courses was a new big adventure for me and made me realise how much I liked studying medicine and socialising with people all over the world.
Physics student from Chile – Class of 2016
I enjoyed my time at Oxford Summer Courses more than I even expected! The tutorials challenged me and pushed me out of my comfort zone, with a fast pace and a demand for my own motivation to study beyond the classes, which was exciting!
Classics student from UK – Class of 2016
The thing I have enjoyed most about Oxford Summer Courses is being able to experience an Oxford student’s lifestyle. Oxford is an absolutely stunning city and to be able to study here, along with specialists in our chose subject field, is an honour and has really inspired me to strive towards my potential.
Law student – Class of 2015
Studying Law at Oxford Summer Courses has given me great assurance about pursuing my future career goals. Each seminar was so interesting and provided such a stimulating environment. Studying law through Oxford Summer Courses allowed me to make mistakes and not be afraid to learn from them due to the guidance I received from my tutor during small group seminars and one-to-one tutorials I could see where I could improve!
Economics & Business student from Ghana – Class of 2015
Studying economics and business at Oxford Summer Courses was so insightful. The best thing about it was how effectively the line was drawn between theory and practice. The chance to apply my understanding of economics like I did here is something I have never done before. From the preparatory work alone, I had already begun to view the world around me more insightfully and with a greater level of understanding.
Not only did the course help me to further develop my critical eye in the subject, but also think in new ways. The essay questions were just the right level for me. I almost always felt like I was doing something challenging but not too hard. It also helped that it always felt very relevant, using real world examples my tutor (who was great) taught me something new about concepts I thought I was familiar with.
Overall, I cannot commend the academic aspect of this course highly enough. Forcing me to make real-world connections under the guidance of an expert tutor has really improved my understanding of the subject.
Medicine student – Class of 2015
Oxford Summer Courses was an amazing experience for me. The time I spent here was definitely life changing. I met people from all over the world, learned about so many cultures and made friends for a lifetime.
Living and taking classes in Oxford was extremely inspiring. The city is full of history and the frequent activities that we had here, like punting and walking tours, made me fall in love with it. The staff were always there to help us and to share their Oxford experience with us as well. My seminars and tutorials were so much more than I expected. My medicine tutor would always introduce me to new research, treatments and clinical trials related to what we were studying as an addition to the normal material. Learning about the subject in this setting was a life changing experience. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Economics and Business student from the UK – Class of 2013
If I had only two words to describe my time at Oxford with Oxford Summer Courses, they’d be “Life Changing” – honestly. Living and studying with students from around the world has given me an insight into various cultures and ultimately helped me to make great friends. Teaching and socialising were rightly balanced, allowing me to experience life at Oxford as if I were a student – a chance many would die for.
Tutorials and seminars have honed my knowledge about economics and philosophy, preparing me for life at university. I cannot emphasise how incredible my two weeks with Oxford Summer Courses were and I truly hope you take up this opportunity. I can guarantee that you won’t regret it.
History student from United Arab Emirates – Class of 2013
Studying history at Oxford Summer Courses was incredible – I learned so much from my amazing tutor, not just about historical facts but also about essay writing, persuasive skills, debating skills and how to effectively present an argument. Not only did I come away from my time at Oxford Summer Courses 2013 with a wider range of historical skills, but I also made so many good friends, with whom I’m still in touch will today and miss a great deal!
I was slightly worried at first – coming to a new place and staying with people you’ve never met before can be scary – but I was immediately relieved after I met everyone and they were so welcoming and kind. I would definitely recommend Oxford Summer Courses to anyone who is interested in going to Oxford and learning more about the tutorial system and to anyone who enjoys meeting new people and forming long lasting friendships!
Economics & Business student from Brazil – Class of 2012
Oxford Summer Courses 2k12 has been one of the most enthralling experiences of my life. Being there for a fortnight seemed so brief that I didn’t want to go back home. The course was fabulous with the one-on-one tutorials. We had discussions about our views on the topic and our professor would guide us.
Moreover, there was plenty of time to get to know Oxford and the day trips we had were amazing. The time we spent with other course students allowed us to create friendships and have great chats. There is always something to do and you also in many occasions have the decision as to how you coordinate your day, it’s a step forwards into realizing what University will really be like!
Lastly, all I have to say is that you would be crazy not to go to the Oxford Summer Courses; I encourage all students to take part in it! It’s a once in a lifetime experience and you mustn’t miss out.
Student from USA – Class of 2012
From nights out eating international and delicious cuisine, the theatre, ghost tours around Oxford, to day trips into London, there is plenty of time to bond and build lasting friendships with peers. Some of the people I met at this course have become my best friends.
Medicine student from the Netherlands – Class of 2012
Oxford Summer Courses was everything I expected it to be and more. The course I was taking, medicine, was both engaging and inspiring. I always left class with a big smile on my face! The course inspired me to keep learning about all the subjects we covered in the tutorials. Aside from the academics, Oxford Summer Courses was a great experience because I got to meet new people from all over the world and make lasting friendships. The frequent trips and outings made me fall in love with Oxford, and I hope to come back soon!
Physics student from Pakistan – Class of 2012
There are very few instances in your life when life brings about something so exciting yet meaningful. Connecting with people over six continents and brilliant minds is the experience of a lifetime. New friends, awesome cuisines, great architecture, interactive tutorials and the chance to live a day as a student enrolled in Oxford! The best part of Oxford Summer Courses was that it was excellently organised. Day trips to London, visits to Eton and a friendly atmosphere to top that. This multi-cultural diverse experience of this summer is and will always remain close to my heart.
International Relations student from Italy – Class of 2011
The month I spent in Oxford was a terrific one in all respects. While the seminars led me to gain a broader knowledge on many issues, the tutorials challenged me to consider them from a different, deeper perspective.
However, the assets of Oxford Summer Courses do not only concern academic life. In fact, during my stay I had the chance to meet wonderful people coming from all countries and to get to know their cultures better. Together, we had the chance to take part to a wide range of activities, ranging from punting, to going on a ghost tour of Oxford, to attending a Shakespeare play in Globe Theatre in London – this one being my favourite. Last but not least, the whole staff was wonderful and we didn’t have to worry about a thing.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I would definitely give the whole experience a full ten. It proved a perfect way to enhance my academic knowledge and to have lots of fun at the same time.
International Relations student – Class of 2011
The course, like the city of Oxford was magical – particularly for students like me, who aspire to broaden their academic horizons, equally for those who unfortunately haven’t been able to do so. It gives us the unique taste of life at Oxford. Academically challenging and socially exciting, the course is indeed an experience of a life-time!
Creative Writing student – Class of 2011
I would rate it 10/10. The course was very engaging and it provided a very good and realistic representation on what life in Oxford could be like. The staff were of the highest caliber and very approachable with all our issues. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the course was the diversity and number of all the students present. The low numbers of students worked in favour of the other students allowing us to befriend and properly understand people from around the world giving us a unique perspective into the ways of life all around the world.
I can honestly say it was a worthwhile experience that helped with my choice in applications in the future.
Psychology student from Italy – Class of 2010
It was a great two weeks, it was really interesting and it wasn’t just all work – we had lots of fun times. We did karaoke, we went to London, we did loads of different activities which I thought were really nice.
My number one highlight was definitely the karaoke, we all had a laugh and I enjoy singing. I’m coming back next year and I hope to bring a couple of friends with me.
It’s definitely the kind of thing I’d recommend to a friend and I hope to come back next year.
Economics student from England – Class of 2010
I found it a really good balance between academically stretching myself but also having a really good time as well, and also I liked the people very much. It was one of the main positives, on one level I really enjoyed the academic side and on another level I’ve enjoyed the people and activities too.
I was a bit worried about what sorts of people would be here and I’ve had no complaints with anyone and I’ve built quite a few friendships. I’ve been able to discuss anything and everything in a really diverse environment with people from all around the world.
On a scale of 1-10 I’d give it a ten because it was my first course and it far exceeded my expectations. I’ve got no complaints about it, I’ve had a really good time.