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Cambridge Business Summer School

Cambridge Summer School

Cambridge Business Summer School (Ages 13-15)

Explore Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The ‘Explore Business’ programme provides you with a broad introduction to business, finance and marketing, on campus at our Cambridge Business Summer School. 

Develop the skills to successfully launch, manage and grow your own business and explore the exciting world of innovation. Take centre stage and apply your skills in the ‘Explore Business Shark Tank Challenge’, where you will collaborate with your classmates to pitch a new business idea.

Immerse yourself in the vibrant academic atmosphere of one of the world’s most prestigious universities: the University of Cambridge. Connect with like-minded individuals from all corners of the globe and make lasting friendships. At the Cambridge Summer School,  you will have the chance to live and dine like a Cambridge student, and immerse yourself in this picturesque university town’s rich heritage.

Location Cambridge
For Ages 13-15 years
Duration 2 weeks
Price
Course Dates
  • 30th Jun to 13th Jul
  • 14th Jul to 27th Jul
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Kings College Chapel near our Cambridge Summer School

The Cambridge Experience

Watch our Cambridge Summer School trailer to hear from our students about living on campus in the colleges of Cambridge University and the chance to experience university student life. See beautiful college buildings and the ceremonies and events we run for our students whilst students and teachers speak about the life-changing academic experience our programmes provide.

Cambridge Business Summer School for 13-15-Year-Olds Details

As students aged 13-15 begin to develop a sense of their life’s ambitions, there is no better time for them to gain early insight into the inner workings of business and entrepreneurship.

As the world’s most international summer school, we design courses that have helped students of over 175 nationalities form networks of lifelong friends from all over the world. Students will have the opportunity to learn from a diverse range of perspectives, cultivating essential interpersonal skills and cultural understanding from an early age.

Our Cambridge Business Summer School takes young teenagers above and beyond the school curricula, instilling in them an independence of mind that will give them the edge in their academic endeavours. Attendees will: 

– Gain a sound understanding of the role of enterprise, entrepreneurship and innovation

– Study principles of marketing and human resource management

– Examine how the micro- and macro-environment impacts upon various sectors in the business world

– Benefit from a series of talks and workshops from academic experts and business leaders

A holistic approach to education goes beyond the classroom, nurturing young people’s ability to cooperate with others and navigate conflict across a range of settings. Our programmes are tailored to help young people:

– Develop better interpersonal skills through socialising with diverse peers

– Grow confidence in public speaking and presentation skills through debating opportunities

– Begin to take responsibility for their schedules and set personal goals by undertaking independent study

– Collaborate in a team environment to practise a fair division of tasks 

– Hone active listening skills through attending seminars and talks

Our Business Summer School for 13-15-year-olds offers not only a flavour of what it would be like to study business at university, but also hands-on experience of the world of work. As develop a solid foundation in business studies, they will:

– Begin to develop a portfolio by working on strategic projects representative of real-world business planning

– Learn essential business skills such as pitching, presenting effectively, and campaign planning

– Learn from the experience of others through analysing case studies and hearing from inspirational tutors and guest speakers

Although the academic component of an Oxford Royale Summer School is built to be intellectually challenging, students will enjoy plenty of time to relax and get to know their newfound friends. Our action-packed extracurricular calendar includes:

– A range of sporting activities designed to suit everyone, from the budding athlete to the complete beginner

– Thrilling cultural excursions both to local landmarks in Cambridge and the bustling nearby city of London

– Engagement with arts and culture, from film and theatre to galleries and museums

– Immersive team building activities like Capture the Flag

– Opportunities to showcase musical skill and hobbies, such as karaoke nights and talent shows

Guided by expert tutors, students will master the basic principles of business studies. They’ll go from examining theoretical overviews of the role of business in society, to gaining the practical knowledge that will allow them to effectively execute stakeholder analyses, set clear aims and objectives for a real or hypothetical company, and produce an accurate business plan for a start-up in an industry of their choosing.

Students will learn about the impact of external factors on a business’s functioning, be these widespread socio-economic trends or more localised issues. In keeping with the contemporary landscape, students will study the changes brought about by processes such as globalisation and ecological crises, learning about which factors it is necessary to consider in order to ensure that one’s business is sustainable in the long run.

Students will have the opportunity to showcase their hobbies and personal projects in an informal talent show. Whether you sing, play an instrument, write poetry, or are a budding stand-up comedian, this is a fantastic opportunity to unleash your creativity alongside your new friends.

Students will enjoy stepping back from their studies after a day’s hard work and going on culturally enriching excursions around their campus and its surrounding city, including walking tours, cinema trips, and outdoor pursuits. Over the weekend, students will go to the nearby global city of London and experience quintessential British culture.

Full Timetable

Click here to download a full sample timetable of our Cambridge Business Summer School.

Typical Day

A typical weekday on our Cambridge Business Summer School for ages 13-15 looks like this:

  • 8AM: Students wake up for breakfast on campus before heading to lessons
  • 9AM: Morning lessons, with two short breaks
  • 1PM: Lunch break for students to eat on campus, and some free time to relax
  • 2PM: Afternoon lessons
  • 3:30PM: Business academic workshop to develop key skills, activities such as football or arts and crafts, and study support
  • 6PM: Dinner on campus
  • 7PM: Public Speaking and Debate Society
  • 8PM: Social activities such as quiz nights, movie nights or karaoke
  • 10PM: Curfew

Week 1

Students start the week gaining an understanding of the purpose of businesses, entrepreneurship and ideation to solve problems. Further lessons explore finance, business planning, segmentation, targeting and positioning, and strategy. Students will also learn about types of ownership, sources of finance and work with their fellow students on business projects. Their evenings are a mix of study support, debating, public speaking and social and sporting activities. The first week culminates with the Oxford Royale Olympics and guided cultural tour of London.

Week 2

The second week allows students to build on their newly acquired knowledge and put it into practice. As well as practical and academic workshops, students will develop their own business ideas to pitch at the end of the week. They will also look more closely at the operations side of business, including HR and recruitment, and explore the global markets. Evenings continue to offer social and sporting activities, combined with study groups and debating competitions. The week finishes with the Oxford Royale Challenge, Debate Grand Final and the famous Oxford Royale Graduation.

An Oxford Royale Graduation Certificate

What's Included

  • Residential on the prestigious campus of the University of Cambridge

  • Inspiring programmes taught by experts

  • Graduation ceremony, report cards and graduation certificate

  • International student community with over 170 nationalities represented since 2004

  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programmes included at the Cambridge Summer School

  • 17.5 hours of tuition per week

  • Inspirational cultural programmes

Watch our video Graduation 2023

Learn from world-leading experts

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, acclaimed authors, and more!

Meet Our Faculty

Dr Anisa Butt

Business & Entrepreneurship

A member of the Oxford Royale team for 3 years, Dr Anisa Butt is a lecturer in economics at King’s College London. Currently completing a PhD in Economics from the University of Reading, her focus is on gender and ethnic income inequality.

Dr Endrit Shabani

Law and Politics

A trained lawyer, Dr Endrit Shabani has a Doctorate in Politics from the University of Oxford where he studied with a full Clarendon scholarship. He has consulted for multiple international organisations including UNICEF, UN Women, and the EU, and taught Politics internationally.

Dr Claire Keene

Medicine

Dr Claire Keene is a public health clinician with a masters in International Health and Tropical Medicine from the University of Oxford. She is an experienced clinical trial manager, recently managing a Médecins Sans Frontières project on HIV and tuberculosis.

Bruce Windwood

Film Academy

Bruce Windwood is one of Oxford Royale’s most senior tutors, having helped design and develop our filmmaking classes. He is a multi-award winning filmmaker, a commissioned writer for TV and audio, and also composes soundtracks for film, audio, and TV content.

Dr Rehan Shah

Engineering

Dr Rehan Shah is a Lecturer in Engineering Education at Queen Mary University of London. He has completed a BEng in Mechanical Engineering with Business Finance at UCL with LSE, an MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing at the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics at UCL.

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

Cambridge Summer School walking tours

Walking Tour of Cambridge

Experience the magic of Cambridge on a walking tour of the city. Wander through historic colleges with stunning architecture, see the pub where the discovery of DNA was announced, or uncover hidden gems from coffee shops to art galleries. 

Cambridge summer school formal dinner group

Oxford Royale Graduation

Experience an Oxford Royale graduation, on campus at the University of Cambridge. Dress up with your new friends, dine in a magnificent venue, and celebrate everything you have achieved on your programme. 

See our exclusive events Oxford Royale Graduation

Cambridge Summer School students punting

Punting in Cambridge

Feel like a real Cambridge student and try your hand at punting, a type of rowing that uses a metal pole to push the boat forward! Relax in the sun and view some of Cambridge’s spectacular colleges as you punt along the River Cam.

“I didn’t know a lot about business before I came here, so coming to a class like this has taught me so much. Here we talk and give our own takes instead of just being told what to do, and I have learned a lot more than at regular school, gaining perspectives from people from all over the world.”

Benjamin, United States of America

“I have learned so much about how business actually works. I know more about finance, marketing, different strategies for marketing and how to research new elements. The teachers are so helpful, and I really appreciate their help to learn more about the subject.  ”

Sasha, Ukraine

“The quality of the teaching is great, and it is fun to learn while you are making new friends. It gives you the specifics, and it gives you the teaching for what you need to know when it comes to business academics. Definitely come here if you want to learn about business and put a foot forward. The programme has changed my mind about the subject and I am extremely interested in pursuing it now.”

Nadir, Venezuela

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

For the Explore Business programme, students live and study on campus in colleges of the historic University of Cambridge, as part of our Cambridge Summer School. Oxford Royale students will stay in accommodation at either Clare College or St Catharine’s College. Both colleges are beautiful, historic institutions situated in the heart of the university town.

Explore Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship is also available at our other locations, please see our courses page for more details.

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 enrolment fee.

We are happy to accept enrolment fees 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 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 2023, enrolment fees are structured as follows:

  • Summer Schools for ages 13-15 and 16-18 (University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London 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 and then settle 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. If you would like to pay your enrolment fee 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 the 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 will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:
Period Before Start Date Total Refunded (excluding enrolment fee)
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.

For full information regarding cancellation and refund terms, please see our full terms and conditions, and please contact us if you have any questions.

Our English language requirements are as follows:

  • B1 for EFL programmes
  • C1 or IELTS level 6.5 or higher for all academic programmes

Students who have studied at an English speaking school for two or more years are exempt from English requirements.

Yes, all students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Graduation Certificate in their chosen programme upon satisfactory completion of the programme. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the programme. In general, the graduation ceremony is for students only, but in certain cases, it might be possible for parents to attend on request. Due to limited seating and viewing facilities in the colleges, it is essential that parents contact the campus office well in advance to ascertain whether space is available.

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 breakfast roll-call; 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.

It is certainly possible to take more than one programme and combine a variety of subjects. This can be done by enrolling on two different programmes. For example, you may wish to have two weeks on the Film Academy and then two more weeks on Creative Writing.

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 programme please do not hesitate to contact us.

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