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Broadening Horizons Summer School in Cambridge

Oxford Royale Academy's award-winning Broadening Horizons summer school 2021 on the campus of the University of Cambridge, taught by elite ORA academic faculty.

Why Study Broadening Horizons?

Want to find the perfect course for you? Study your own tailor-made course this summer with Oxford Royale Academy. Our Broadening Horizons course is truly flexible, allowing you to choose three from a selection of different, cutting-edge subjects including Economics, Experimental Psychology, Medical Biology, Mathematics and more. You could explore a subject that you’re already interested in, or why not try something completely new? Broadening Horizons is our most popular Summer School course and it’s easy to see why. Through small study groups, interactive workshops and masterclasses we will boost your knowledge and passion for study at university. You will get a superb taste of university life studying on the campus at the University of Cambridge, one of the UK’s most prestigious universities, in a truly international environment.

Join the Broadening Horizons Summer School with Oxford Royale Academy, and have the world open up to you.

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Course Summary

Oxford Royale Academy’s world-renowned Broadening Horizons course offers you the opportunity to study a combination of subjects of your choice. This provides a perfect opportunity for you to pursue areas of interest in more detail or to try out something brand new. Morning lessons in small study groups are combined with interactive afternoon workshops and masterclasses to provide a rounded educational experience that covers core personal skills as well as in-depth academic knowledge in your chosen subjects.

 

Unsure about what to study at university?

You can study a combination of subjects of your choice allowing you to pursue areas of interest or to try out something new. These programmes are unique to Oxford Royale Academy and remain the most popular choice with our students.

A range of unique, cutting-edge study options available
Take 3 different subjects
Choose 2 morning options and an afternoon workshop

What’s included?

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Cambridge
  • Inspiring courses taught by experts
  • A truly international environment – over 170 nationalities in 2019
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programmes included
  • Maximum of 15 students per class
  • 20+ hours tuition / week
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations
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What you will learn

By the end of this course you will have:

  • A range of subject options to choose from – tailor your course
  • Ability for multiple subjects to be combined to produce a unique itinerary powered by individual preference
  • Varied structure ensures both group and individual learning

Course Topics

Morning List A
Climate and Sustainability
Study Climate and Sustainability to be an empowered sustainable citizen, who is striving to be part of a more sustainable society. By exploring ideas for our future society, such as Sustainable Cities, you will realise the complexities of the societal change needed for our future.
Economics
This exciting Economics Summer Course in Oxford has been designed to introduce students to basic economic theory while also looking at the way in which it is applied, to help students understand current economic issues, from unemployment to the benefits and disadvantages of the Eurozone.
Experimental Psychology
This Experimental Psychology course follows the pioneers of the field in seeking answers to some of life's most intriguing questions, giving students the opportunity to study, discuss and debate issues of identity, consciousness, morality, and more.
Medical Biology
This summer Medical Biology course is designed for students who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of the science behind modern medical practice, encouraging students to consider human health and its wider impact more broadly.
Physics
This physics summer course aims to introduce students to aspects of physics beyond what is taught in most schools, introducing them to topics encountered at a degree level in order to give an impression of the current state of modern physics and its most intellectually challenging -and rewarding- aspects.
Political Science & International Relations
This Politics summer course is designed to introduce students to the academic disciplines of Political Science and International Relations, exposing them to the methods of social scientific inquiry and contemporary issues dominating the discipline.
Morning List B
Chemistry
This Chemistry summer course focuses on strengthening core concepts as well as introducing new and exciting topics, to go beyond what students might have had a chance to cover at school.
Climate & Sustainability
Study Climate and Sustainability to be an empowered sustainable citizen, who is striving to be part of a more sustainable society. By exploring ideas for our future society, such as Sustainable Cities, you will realise the complexities of the societal change needed for our future.
Economics
This exciting Economics Summer Course in Oxford has been designed to introduce students to basic economic theory while also looking at the way in which it is applied, to help students understand current economic issues, from unemployment to the benefits and disadvantages of the Eurozone.
Experimental Psychology
This Experimental Psychology course follows the pioneers of the field in seeking answers to some of life's most intriguing questions, giving students the opportunity to study, discuss and debate issues of identity, consciousness, morality, and more.
Mathematics
This Mathematics summer course in Oxford is designed for students with a keen interest in Mathematics. Our focus will be on the introduction of basic concepts from higher mathematics, on the development and practise of critical thinking skills, and on fun and exciting topics that the student is not likely to be taught on a standard school curriculum.
Neuroscience
Students on this challenging Neuroscience course will explore the complex workings of the human brain, covering difficult issues including memory, the storage of information, the role of sleep, and how emotions and pain affect neural pathways.
Political Science & International Relations
This Politics summer course is designed to introduce students to the academic disciplines of Political Science and International Relations, exposing them to the methods of social scientific inquiry and contemporary issues dominating the discipline.
Afternoon Workshops
Academic Writing Skills
The perfect choice for any student looking to add that extra polish to their coursework, personal statement or exam essays. The workshop complements any of the morning subjects on the Broadening Horizons course, helping improve students’ writing skills for a broad spectrum of subjects.
Business Challenge
Study Business this summer, a course designed for students aged 16-18 with a keen interest in business and entrepreneurship.
Leadership & Teambuilding
This Leadership and Teambuilding course replicates contexts that students are likely to encounter in their future academic, professional, and social development, equipping them with lessons from great leaders of the past.
Public Speaking & Debate
In this course, students focus on developing their presentation and advocacy skills: an understanding of how to plan a speech; build a strong and persuasive argument; and to give a convincing speech, with plenty of practice to build confidence for the future.

Earn your certificate

After your amazing summer of discovery, we know that you’ll want to share your success with your family, friends and teachers back at home. We also know that you’ll want to understand from your ORA tutor what you did particularly well on your course, but also where there might be room for future learning and development.

After successfully completing your course, you’ll receive a graduation certificate, awarded at a memorable ceremony hosted for you and your parents on the final Friday of your summer school. We’ll also provide a detailed report card, highlighting all that you have achieved during your time with us, as well as some next steps for future success.

Oxford Royale Academy Summer School is back for 2021!

After the devastating year we have all had with COVID-19, we need something to look forward to. Our award winning summer school is back for summer 2021! Get ready for an inspirational summer of unparalleled learning as you make new friends from around the world. Discover hidden passions and hidden talents, open your mind to new possibilities, and experience world class culture. Join us for an unforgettable summer!

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Experience life on the campus of the University of Cambridge

What’s life like at a world-renowned university that can trace its roots back to 1209? Join us this summer to find out! Your Cambridge summer school will be hosted at a historic residential college where you will experience authentic undergraduate life. Sleep in student bedrooms set in centuries-old quadrangles, socialise in vibrant student common rooms, and relax in glorious college gardens. Take your place in vaulted halls where students have dined for over eight centuries. Learn in lecture theatres and laboratories where groundbreaking discoveries have been made, and study in the classrooms where 109 Nobel prize winners developed the key academic and life skills crucial for future success.

Learn from the world’s best minds

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a new discovery at the cutting edge of science? Would you like to learn what it’s like to study in an Oxford tutorial, a Cambridge supervision, or in a top British boarding school? Or explore whether university study in your favourite subject is really for you?

Whatever your motivation, our exceptional, inspiring, world-leading teachers can help you achieve more this summer. Our amazing array of talented tutors includes Oxbridge academics, Ivy League lecturers, groundbreaking medical researchers, glittering industry leaders in film and fashion, acclaimed authors, and more!

We assemble our diverse faculty from all over the world, exclusively for you, so you only learn from the very best. Every tutor will guide you on your path to future greatness.

Join exciting activities and trips

Summer should be fun, right?! Don’t worry, we get that – we never forget that you’re on holiday! We can help you to uncover Cambridge’s secrets, from the best coffee shops to the dreamiest riverside parks, from the bustling Market Square, to must-visit shops, galleries and museums. You and your friends will enjoy an amazing extra-curricular timetable, including dazzling graduation balls and parties, city tours, excursions offering a glimpse of Britain’s past, and much more. Make Instagram-worthy memories as you visit glitzy attractions such as the bright lights of London’s theatres, Hampton Court Palace and Woburn Abbey

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.

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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.

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