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Oxford Royale 2024

English Language Summer School

Berkeley Summer School

English as a Foreign Language

Join students from around the globe at the English Language Summer School hosted at the University of Berkeley. Students will develop strong skills in English grammar, syntax, pronunciation and colloquial usage in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Designed for rapid improvement of English language skills within a fun and challenging environment, students will progress their knowledge and usage of English while studying in Berkeley, one of the most famous centres of educational excellence in the world.

Students will study the English language with experienced and qualified tutors, while immersing themselves in American culture and practising their English with native speakers outside the classroom.

Location San Francisco
For Ages 15-18 years
Duration 2 weeks
Price
Course Dates
  • 30th Jun to 13th Jul
  • 14th Jul to 27th Jul
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English is the common language of international commerce, finance, politics, law, research, and education throughout the modern world. Whatever your aspirations, learning to communicate accurately and elegantly in this global lingua franca will set you up for success for years to come. Our summer programmes on campus at UC Berkeley offers profoundly enriching environments in which to take your English to the next level, perfect for those who are preparing for advanced EFL examinations such as TOEFL, Cambridge First, and IELTS.

We are proud to be able to call ourselves the world’s most international summer school, having welcomed the best and brightest students from over 175 nations since our foundation in 2005. By studying with us, you will have exposure to a network of like-minded, ambitious learners, all of whom will have diverse reasons for deciding to study English intensively this summer. These friendships will last a lifetime, blossoming into opportunities to keep practising your English as you stay in touch, and bearing the potential for future intellectual collaboration as you further your studies and career

Our academic faculty is made up of only the finest teachers and academics in their field, all of whom possess the tools not only to teach you the technicalities of the English language, but also to inform you about its rich literary and linguistic history. Showing individual attention to learners whilst also bringing their unique ideas and knowledge to the table, your tutors will offer you an unforgettable learning experience that will inspire you to persevere in perfecting your English for years to come.

As neuro-linguistic research has continuously shown, immersion is the most effective way to learn any language. Although at the beginning of the course learners will be sorted into three groups subject to their existing levels of English – Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, and Advanced – each set will reap the rewards of being fully immersed in English throughout the duration of the two weeks, both within and outside of the classroom. Our extensive extra-curricular calendar offers EFL students access to inspiring talks and workshops from leading lights across a spectrum of professions, exposing attendees to a wide range of new vocabulary, accents, and modes of expression in a highly memorable context.

Our courses take full advantage of each of our stunning locations and their cultural legacies. Students on campus at UC Berkeley will be exposed to the multicultural vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay Area, home to some of the most innovative tech start-ups on the planet. As world-class teachers incorporate the local environment into their lessons, your choice of where to study has the potential to shape the way you communicate, study, and engage with English for years to come.

Destination subject to their location and age group, all students will enjoy a thrilling day out to a nearby city over the mid-programme weekend. Students at UC Berkeley will be taken to San Francisco, famous for its exceptional cuisine, beautiful beaches, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Students at the world’s greatest universities are experts in balancing hard work and play. We ensure that our attendees are well rewarded for their hard work, and offer not one, but two opportunities to celebrate their accomplishments over the course of the programme. A mid-programme party is held for students to let their hair down and socialise with their newfound friends following the first week of the programme, and you will celebrate your achievements at your graduation party.

Sample timetable

Explore our sample timetable here.

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What's Included

  • Residential on the prestigious campus of UC Berkeley

  • Inspiring programmes taught by experts

  • International student community with over 170 nationalities represented since 2004

  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programmes included

  • Graduation, report cards and certificate

  • 17.5 hours of tuition per week

  • Inspirational cultural programmes

Watch our video Graduation 2023

How You'll Learn

Escape ordinary classroom teaching and learn through interactive and immersive lessons.

Workshops

Hands-on classes designed to help students learn through practical application.

Masterclasses

An interactive forum with an expert in the field, giving students valuable insights into related and new topics.

Guest Speakers

Successful and famous guest speakers offer students the chance to pose their most important questions.

Debates

Essential for honing students' reasoning abilities and public speaking skills.

Interactive Lectures

Dynamic lectures given by passionate teachers packed with facts and viewpoints to engage the audience.

Group Projects

An opportunity to work closely with, and learn from, different perspectives.

Seminars

Working in pairs and small groups, students have plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate.

Challenge Days

Apply the skills and knowledge gained throughout your two-week programme in an immersive full day simulation event.

Exciting Activities and Trips

Discover San Francisco

Visit San Francisco and enjoy the sun and excitement that this city has to offer. Ride the iconic cable cars, wander through Golden Gate Park and soak up the sunshine, view the spectacular skyline from Coit Tower, or have a relaxed visit to the spectacular Palace of Fine Arts.

Berkeley Summer School: campanile

Sather Tower

Sather Tower is a well recognised symbol of the University of California, Berkeley, known as The Campanile for its resemblance to the Campanile di San Marco in Venice. Ride to the top and take in spectacular views of the campus and the entire Bay Area.

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is a famous image of San Francisco, so have the chance to see this architectural masterpiece for yourself. A marvel of modern engineering, the Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 miles long and connects San Francisco to Marin County.

Sporting Events

Experience an exhilarating baseball game, one of the favourite sports in the USA. There is no better way to unwind after a busy week than with an exciting sporting event, joined by your new friends from across the globe.

“I’ve been exposed to such a rich tapestry of cultures and I have formed extremely close bonds after only a few days. You’ve got blue skies, and to actually do my learning here and live here with people I have made friends with so quickly has been really amazing.”

Sam, United Kingdom

“I am making friends for life from all around the world, and I have had so much fun with them!”

Katherine, Colombia

Reviews

We have a 4.8 rating based on 769 reviews on Reviews.io.
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Hannah

I had an absolutely incredible time doing Summer school with Oxford Royale Academy! I learnt new things about myself and the world around me, and would definitely recommend to others!

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Clara

I loved the Oxford Royal program, I met many people with bright personalities and unique minds, and I also learned a lot from the teachers, campus staff etc. You will enjoy it!

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Francesca

Oxford Royals Academy made my summer amazing! I learned many new things and I met people from all over the world that I know I can call true friends. I definitely recommend ORA to anyone who wants to make unforgettable memories!

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Minquan

The twelve days I spent in Oxford Summer School were very happy, the teachers were very kind and professional, and the curriculum was very reasonable, which expanded my knowledge. All the courses mean a lot to me and I hope I can come back next summer.

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Jade

The oxford royale academy was definitely the highlight of my summer. I have not only learnt more about the course I have chosen, but I've also met a lot of new friends, friendly staff and helpful teachers from different cultures all in the same campus and had a lot of unforgettable memories.

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Katherine

Oxford Royale was a great expreince. It was amazing to get to know people all over the globe and form life long relationships.

Frequently Asked Questions

Once you have decided which programme you would like to attend, and where you would like to study, you can book online using our secure booking system. You will need the details of the student and of the person paying the bill, the name of the programme or programmes you would like to study, and a credit or debit card to pay the relevant enrolment fee.

We are happy to accept enrolment fee payments via a number of other, non-card payment methods (including domestic and international bank transfer), thanks to our partnership with education payment specialists, Flywire. If you would prefer to pay your enrolment fee payment by bank transfer or another method, please contact our Admissions team who will be able to assist you.

Once your application has been submitted, your enrolment fee has been received by us and your booking processed by our system or our team, you will be sent an email confirming your place. You will also receive a login to the Oxford Royale Portal, which you will use to provide us with important additional information about you as your time with us approaches.

A Welcome Pack is available to download from the Oxford Royale Portal.

If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a member of our award-winning Customer Service team, please feel free to contact us.

All enrolments require an enrolment fee to secure the booking. For Summer 2024, enrolment fee payments are structured as follows:

  • Summer Schools for ages 13-18 (University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of California, Berkeley and Yale University) – £1295 GBP for each 2-week session

You may either pay the full programme fee when you book your place, or pay the enrolment fee amount and then the balance at a later date.

The balance clearance is required no later than 90 days before the start date of the programme. Where the student is booking less than 90 days before the start date, the programme fees must be covered in full. We appreciate that, with the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, people may require additional flexibility to these terms, and we are doing our best to accommodate that – please contact us if you have concerns regarding making the balance payment in line with the 90-day deadline.

Enrolments received via our online application form will require a debit or credit card payment of at least the enrolment fee amount. If you would like to enrol and make your enrolment fee payment via Bank Transfer or another method, we are happy to facilitate this. Please contact our Admissions team to arrange this.

Balance payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to the Oxford Royale Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

All programme fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation at a top university
  • Meals in the dining hall of your college, every day of your programme (Meals provided are typically as follows: breakfast, lunch and dinner for ages 13-15; breakfast and dinner for ages 16-18)
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions (kindly note that excursions can be to local attractions or to sites further afield)
  • Welcome and graduation events
  • A multitude of extras, including an Oxford Royale notebook and branded clothing

If you wish to change your programme or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to programmes are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the programme start date.

Oxford Royale’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be made on the following terms:

  • No refund of enrolment fee will be made under any circumstances once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
  • For cancellations before your programme start date, the remainder of the programme fees excluding the enrolment fee amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:
Period Before Start Date Total Refunded
120+ days 100%
90-119 days 50%
45-89 days 10%
0-44 days 0%

Cancellations made after the commencement date of the programme will not receive any refund.

 

Students attending our USA Summer Schools may be able to enter the USA on the Visa Waiver programme – we can provide individual support on request for those that do need a visa.

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