English Summer School

English Summer School 2021

Learn English 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 learn English?

Transform your English skills in the world’s most famous academic settings, including Oxford and Cambridge. With Oxford Royale Academy, you’ll enjoy a range of award-winning English summer courses, perfectly adapted to your needs. Whether you want to improve your English skills for school or your career, develop your English essay writing skills, or gain a top score in the IELTS or TOEFL exam, you’ll study with top English tutors and improve your knowledge of English beyond recognition. Our English courses, designed by our own English as a Foreign Language (EFL) experts, ensure that you become a confident speaker of the language, able to adapt to a wide range of English speaking settings.

Study, sleep and dine in world-famous academic institutions, from the historic colleges of the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, to the magnificent setting of St Mary’s School in Ascot, one of the leading private schools in the UK.

Find the perfect English Summer School

7 reasons to choose the Learn English Summer School

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Accredited EFL courses taught by expert teachers

At ORA, we make sure that our teaching staff are of the highest calibre. All teachers on our EFL programmes are native English speakers and have at least a bachelor’s degree, along with recognised English-language teaching qualifications according to British Council standards. Teachers hold a CELTA, Trinity Cert TESOL or equivalent Level 5 TEFL qualification. Many of our staff have studied, taught or worked at top universities, including the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

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Comprehensive study and understanding of the English language

Aiming to develop a solid foundation of grammatical knowledge, these courses address the fundamentals of any language: speaking, listening, reading and writing. They also focus on aids to communication, such as specialist vocabulary, pronunciation and colloquial English.

English language immersion

The summer school provides a total linguistic immersion in English, helping to improve students’ confidence rapidly. Conversations in English happen all over the summer school, not just in lessons, and effort is made to ensure that students broaden their social groups so as not to speak too much in their native language.

Prepare for IELTS

Studying is often easier if you have a goal to aim for. Oxford Royale Academy offers IELTS preparation courses for students aged 16-18. IELTS is one of the most-respected and widely accepted English language qualifications in the world, and it has many advantages. One important aspect of IELTS is that there is no fail grade. Instead, candidates are given a score between 1 and 9 from non-user to expert user, and so preparing for and taking the test is always rewarded. There’s also no restriction on retaking the test – that can be done as soon as you like and as often as you like, so it matters less if you happen to have a bad day.

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Meet the requirements needed for university admissions

One of the best reasons to study English is to gain access to English-language universities. Every single one of the world’s top ten universities (according to the QS World University Rankings) teaches in English, with four of them located in the UK: the University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London, and of course the University of Oxford. Where better to gain the skills you’ll need to attend an English-language university than with Oxford Royale Academy?

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Enjoy a varied and exciting English programme

Our students get exposed to a wide variety of different uses of English, going far beyond the usual EFL focus on essays and presentations (although they gain a thorough grounding in those important areas as well). For instance, on our EFL course for students aged 13-15, students will learn how to use English in circumstances as varied as travel itineraries, sonnets and recipes. This not only makes lessons more interesting, but it also gives students better comprehension of how the language can be used.

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English for all contexts and goals

Getting to grips with language in use is a focus of English language study at ORA – from courses with a vocational focus like Business English and Legal English for adults, to fun activities like creative writing exercises in our courses for under-18s. Activities that build thorough grammatical understanding are frequently paired with entertaining tasks so that students are always aware of how their newfound knowledge can be of practical and enjoyable use to them.

Learn English in the world's most prestigious universities

Useful Information

Any questions?

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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.

Hear from our students

Tamas, Hungary

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I attended Oxford Royale Academy, where I was inspired by guest speaker Ivan Beckley on the subject of good old-fashioned hard work being the catalyst for achieving goals

Camila, Argentina

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It gave me the opportunity to improve my confidence. I would recommend this course at Yale to anyone!

Sara, Greece

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Year after year the allure of ORA has pulled me back. I met many different people during my first two weeks in ORA, from different cultures and backgrounds.

Mifta, Indonesia

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I decided to return because I fell in love with Oxford, the gardens, the old buildings, the good books…

Carolina, Qatar

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I found the ORA course online, saved the link as ‘life saving course.’ What I needed the most was help with my UCAS application, but I also wanted to challenge myself intellectually and learn new things

Yousuf, Maldives

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This summer school has taught me many things, including the basics of engineering, which will most definitely help me in my future – academically and professionally.

Wisam, Sudan

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Oxford Royale Academy creates a small family-like community that makes everyone feel welcome and cared for. All in all, my experience at ORA is something that I will always remember and be grateful for.

Vannakhone, Laos

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I gained so much knowledge and experience from this trip; it showed me things that are totally different to my home country. Now I’m very interested in studying at a UK university in the future.

Taonga, Zambia

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This experience was life-changing in so many good ways. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me realise that ‘the world is my oyster’. I highly recommend this program to students who would like a memorable international experience without limits.

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