COVID FLEXIBILITY PROMISE. Find out how you can book with confidence here
Business Summer School
Business summer school - Business teacher presenting

Business Summer School 2021

Study Business on the campus of the world’s most prestigious universities. Live, dine and study on the campus to get an authentic taste of university life; from the historic prestige of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, to the Ivy League excellence of Yale in the USA.

Why study Business?

Kickstart a top career in business at the world’s most prestigious institutions, from the University of Oxford to Yale University in the United States. Choose from our varied and exciting range of business courses, from Business Finance, where you’ll learn how to forecast economic trends and manage a company’s money, to Business Challenge, where you’ll create and market your own business product. Whether you’re a budding entrepreneur with an app idea that the world just needs to know about, the world’s next great business leader, or you dream of working at a top global company, you’ll realise your business ambitions and enjoy courses packed with first-class business teaching. Our expert faculty will give you a strong grounding in business theory, practical case studies and university advice for those looking to progress to further study of Business.

Study, sleep and dine in world-famous academic institutions, including the historic colleges of the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and the magnificent setting of Uppingham school, one of the leading private schools in the UK.

Find the perfect Business course

Global Business & Management - Oxford

This course invites you to reassess the role of the manager in these unprecedented times and to develop the knowledge and skills required to be an agile manager of the future.

Business Challenge Summer School in Cambridge

Through a series of presentations and practical exercises, this course focuses primarily on developing a new business or product and encourages you to think about the effect businesses have had on your daily lives.

Business and Enterprise Summer School in Cambridge

Join our Introduction to Enterprise course, and become an entrepreneur of the future. You'll gain the skills you need to create and manage your own business. You'll also develop a strong understanding of global financial markets, and gain an invaluable international perspective on entrepreneurship.

Multicultural students listening

Business Challenge Summer School in Yale

During this course you will be divided into groups for the Business Challenge, and must negotiate real-life obstacles such as marketing, budgeting, and the importance of leadership and teamwork in a business context.

Business Finance Summer School in Oxford

On this course, you will delve into the complex world of business finance, covering aspects ranging from company finance to the bigger picture of the UK economy. You will investigate how big businesses weather the storm of turbulent economic times, with topical debate on the impact of Brexit on the UK’s businesses and their finances.

Economics Summer School - coloured graph

Economics Summer School in Oxford

In our Economics and Management course, you'll learn about the basic economic problem concerning scarcity and choice, study the supply and demand model, different models of market structure, the occurrence of market failure (e.g. due to the absence of markets for public goods, problems of information, and externalities), and the incidence and effectiveness of government intervention.

5 reasons to choose the Business Summer School

Queen's College, Oxford - Exterior

Explore Business in world-class universities

Our Business programmes are taught in academic cities and towns across the world, all of which have a long and distinguished history of academic excellence. Students live and study in university college accommodation; the perfect scholarly environment in which to take your academic career to the next level. The ancient and beautiful buildings of these colleges evocatively add to the atmosphere of academic excellence, which inspires our students to excel themselves. Their beautiful city centres, meanwhile, are the perfect locations for a short stay; plenty to explore and discover without leaving too much undone.

Business student proof reading university application

Give your university applications the edge

On our Business programmes, students will learn the principles of business, finance, accounting and human resources, and how they relate to the broader picture of economics and marketing. The programme is taught at different levels, so students aged 11 – 19+ can benefit from the teachings of our expert summer faculty. The teachers have extensive experience and can give the students valuable guidance, which can help determine an ambitious student’s career.

Business students working on whiteboard

Looking at Business as a career

A range of subject-specific activities and excursions are available depending on age range and programme choice. Whether you visit the London Stock Exchange, the Bank of England, or Cadbury World, the trips help to foster an interest in the day-to-day life of an entrepreneur. Each student will have the opportunity to experience first-hand what it is like to work in the world of business and enterprise, and our students are always awed by by the professionalism displayed – a reason in itself to attend one of our immersive courses!

Business students in class

Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur

Business is an exacting yet rewarding profession, so we seek to provide students with valuable insight into what a top university or MBA programme would expect from its students. We aim to provide a realistic sense of what a career in Business involves, as well as a strong set of transferable skills that will be of equal use at school and in the workplace. These experiences are highly valued at the point of application for higher study, making the experience gained on an ORA summer course invaluable.

Business- students socialising in gardens

Make valuable connections

An ORA Business summer course is the perfect place to make connections with other budding entrepreneurs, and share your experiences of and enthusiasm for the corporate world. However, it’s not all work and no play – when not in class, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of workshops and excursions. Some of the friendships made on ORA summer courses have lasted long into adult life for our students – the sort of connections that are both personally fulfilling and professionally invaluable.

Study Business in the world's most prestigious universities

Useful Information

Information for Parents

Visit our parents page to find some useful information for parents and students about living and studying in our summer school centres. Further practical information will be made available through the ORA Portal in the months leading up to your summer school booking.

Pastoral Care

Over 15 years of delivering world-class summer programmes, we have established robust processes and structures to ensure all of our over 25,000 students have been well looked after during their stay with ORA. We pride ourselves on the exceptional levels of pastoral care we provide to our students

Medical Care and Insurance

All students must be comprehensively insured for their time with Oxford Royale Academy. Details of insurance available through ORA for our 2021 programmes will be announced in due course. If you would like further information on course insurance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Oxford Royale online learning

COVID-19 Response

As members of the British Safety Council, student safety is our top priority. Our coronavirus measures go beyond the latest UK government and Public Health England guidance, and as a minimum, guarantee a number of key features.

Arrivals and Departure

Welcome to the Summer School Arrivals and Departures Hub. Here you can find all the information you need prior to departure including information about flights, transfer options and other important information regarding your arrival and departure.

What to Pack

You will receive a Welcome Pack after you enrol. Your Welcome Pack will provide a full list of what to pack and which personal items and travel documents you will bring with you when you join the programme

Summer Blogs

Check out some of the best moments from our 2019 summer school through our student blogs. Get a taste of the ORA summer school experience through the pictures and words of our students as they describe the highlights of their summer programme

Visas and Immigration

Students are responsible for obtaining their own visa prior to travelling, but can request assistance from Oxford Royale Academy if required. You can find some helpful information here

Any questions?

Check out our FAQs

How do I book a place on the course I want?

Once you have decided which course you would like to attend, you can book online using our secure booking system. Once your application has been submitted, you will be sent an email confirming that it has been received.

If you prefer, you can download an Application Form by clicking here. You can return the Application Form to us by any of these methods:

  • Scan and email to [email protected]
  • Fax to +44 (0) 845 280 01 22
  • Post to Oxford Royale Academy, Yarnton Manor, Church Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1PY, UNITED KINGDOM.

Once your booking has been processed by one of our members of staff, you will receive email confirmation of your place on the course of your choice. A Welcome Pack will be available to download from the ORA Portal from April. If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a course advisor, please feel free to email [email protected] or call us on +44 (0) 1865 954 800.

How do I pay for my course?

All courses require a deposit payment to secure the booking. For Summer 2021, this is £995 GBP for all two-week courses for ages 13+, and £395 for one-week courses for 8-12 years. You may either pay the full course fee when you book your place, or pay the deposit amount and then the balance at a later date. The balance clearance is required at least 60 days before the start date of the course. Where the student is booking less than 60 days before the start date, the balance must be covered in full.

New online enrolments will require a Debit or Credit Card payment of at least the deposit amount. If you would like to enrol and make your deposit payment via Bank Transfer, please contact our Admissions team, who will be happy to assist you in doing so. ([email protected])

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 your ORA Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

What do my course fees include?

All course fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition (20 taught hours per week)
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation in your chosen location (see our accommodation page for the specific colleges and locations)
  • Meals in the Hall
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • Daily updates for parents and family on the ORA campus blogs
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions
  • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
  • A multitude of extras, including an ORA notebook and branded clothing
Will I receive a graduation certificate?

Yes, students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Academy Graduation Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course.

Will I have to share a room/facilities?

Most of our accommodation sites offer a mix of single and twin bedrooms, with some campuses having en-suite bedrooms available and others have shared bathroom facilities between a small group of same-sex students. If you have a particular preference for a certain room type, you can make a request on booking, which may be granted subject to availability. If a particular room type is required for medical reasons, please contact our Admissions Team who will be able to check availability on different sites, depending on the course chosen.

Sharing your room with fellow students is a great way of getting to know people and making friends.

How secure are the campuses?

All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at roll-call at breakfast; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.

Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.

All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day.

Do I need a visa to travel to the UK/US?

If your country is part of the EU or the European Economic Area you will not require a visa to enter the UK. It is always safest to check whether you need a visa with the relevant authorities.

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.

I want to change to another course or study option. Is this possible?

If you wish to change your course or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to courses 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 course start date.

If I need to cancel my booking, will I get my money back?

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

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

no refund of deposit will be made under any circumstances, once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
for cancellations before your course start date, the remainder of the course fees less the deposit 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%
I want to attend one of your English language courses: how will you know what my level of English is and what sort of tuition I need?

All students registered to attend our English Language courses will be required to take an English Language Placement Test, which will assess the relative abilities of each student. Students are then placed into ability groups based on the results of their assessment, and the material that they study is tailored to the level of the class.

Once you have booked your place on a course we will send you information on how to take our online Placement Test. This test should take approximately one hour and should be taken by the student at least one month prior to their arrival date.

Please note that Oxford Royale Academy English courses do not cater for beginners in English.

Can I take more than one course?

It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. This can be done in two ways:

  • Enrol on two different programmes. For example, you may wish to have two weeks on the Broadening Horizons course and then two more weeks on the Oxford Enterprise Programme.
  • Enrol on the same programme twice, but choose different subject options. For example, you may wish to have four weeks on the New Perspectives course, choosing Creative Writing & Experimental Psychology for the first two weeks, followed by Human Biology and Physics & Chemistry for the second two weeks. Four-week courses include New Perspectives, Broadening Horizons and Oxford Summer English only.

Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one course please do not hesitate to contact us.

Hear from our students

Study in confidence