Cambridge Summer School
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Learn English in Cambridge

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

Why Study English?

Do you want to gain a flawless grasp of English, for school or university? Gain fantastic English skills on our Learn English Summer School in Cambridge. We’ve worked with EFL (English as a Foreign Language) experts to tailor a programme that is perfect for you. Develop strong skills in grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and colloquial English. Gain a strong grasp of syntax and vocabulary, as well as top English reading and writing skills. Perfect your English in the famous colleges of Cambridge University, an institution which launched some of the most famous writers, from William Wordsworth to Sylvia Plath.

Join our Learn English summer course in Cambridge, and fast-track your future.

Select your curriculum

Cambridge Summer English for ages 13-15

Course Summary

Join our Cambridge Summer English course, and transform your knowledge of written and spoken English. You’ll live and study in the historic University of Cambridge, and experience life as a student of one of the top universities in the world.

Our own English as a Foreign Language (EFL) tutors have designed an English programme tailored to your needs. You’ll benefit from small class sizes, and dynamic, interactive and exciting student-centred teaching methods. You’ll enjoy cultural and enrichment activities outside of the classroom, to practice the skills you learn in class.

Topics Covered

On our Cambridge Summer English course, you will:

  • Significantly improve your English in the core areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and colloquial English
  • Practise your English with native speakers and expert tutors, benefiting from tuition tailored to their needs
  • Improve the whole range of your English skills for general contexts, with the main focus being on spoken English.
  • Gain strong skills in English grammar and syntax, vocabulary, pronunciation, use of tone and register, and more.
  • Experience an interactive and enjoyable teaching experience
  • Gain insights into England’s vibrant culture beyond the language, and develop a rounded appreciation of England, its people and its history.
  • Enjoy a coherent, multicultural approach to learning the English language, where you’ll share ideas and focus on the positive aspects of enhancing your English abilities.
  • Experience the beautiful and historic city of Cambridge

You’ll cover topics including:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Colloquial English

 

What’s Included?

  • Residential in prestigious campuses: University of Cambridge
  • For ages: 13-15 | Price from £3,995
  • Rigorous, immersive study of English with native speakers
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment – over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate
  • Maximum of 12 students per class
  • 20+ hours tuition / week

 

Cambridge Summer English for ages 16-18

Course Summary

Join our Cambridge Summer English course, and transform your knowledge of written and spoken English. You’ll live and study in the famous colleges of the University of Cambridge, one of the top universities in the world.

You’ll make rapid progress in all areas of English, and gain strong writing, reading, listening and speaking skills. You’ll experience England and English culture as much as you intensively learn its language. You’ll learn from expert English as a Second Language (EFL) tutors who are qualified to British Councils standards, and communicate with native speakers throughout your course. You’ll study in an enjoyable learning environment, connect with like-minded peers, and live in the inspirational and historic city of Cambridge, which has launched some of the world’s most brilliant minds.

Topics Covered

On our Cambridge Summer English course, you will:

  • Significantly improve your English in the core areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening, grammar, syntax, vocabulary, pronunciation and colloquial English
  • Practise your English with native speakers and expert tutors, and benefit from tuition tailored to your needs
  • Experience life in one of the world’s most prestigious universities: Cambridge
  • Benefit from an environment that encourages independent learning alongside rigorous in-class study
  • Enjoy exciting leisure and cultural activities to introduce you to the vibrant culture of Britain

You’ll cover topics including:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Colloquial English

 

 

What’s Included?

  • Residential in prestigious campuses: University of Cambridge
  • For ages: 16-18 | Price from £3,995
  • Rigorous, immersive study of English with native speakers
  • Talks and debates with native English guest academics
  • A truly international environment – over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural and enrichment programme
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate
  • Maximum 12 students per class
  • 20+ hours minimum tuition / week

 

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.

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.

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.

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

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 admin@oxford-royale.co.uk
  • 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 admin@oxford-royale.co.uk 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. (admin@oxford-royale.co.uk)

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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