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Live and study on campus at London Summer School

The Oxford Royale London Summer School offers students aged 16 to 18 the opportunity to experience life on campus at London’s top university, Imperial College London. Take a step toward your future and choose from one of our expertly designed programmes, learning from motivational teachers in an innovative environment, alongside a diverse mix of students from across the world.

This is a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals from all corners of the globe. Together, you will have the chance to live, dine, and explore the city, as you immerse yourself in London’s vibrant culture. From the world-class museums and art galleries to luxury shopping and quirky boutiques, there’s so much to discover and experience.

Location London
For Ages 16-18
Duration 2 weeks
Course Dates
  • 30th Jun to 13th Jul
  • 14th Jul to 27th Jul
  • 28th Jul to 10th Aug

Students at our London Summer School will enjoy an unparalleled learning experience, designed to equip them with the skills needed for the world of university and to shape future careers. Our two-week academic timetables consist of 40 hours of lessons in career-focussed subjects, combining engaging workshops, seminars and group projects. All of this takes place in the truly inspiring academic environment Imperial College London.

Our London Summer School programmes are designed by experts in their respective fields to give students the ultimate educational experience. We carefully build timetables, making sure that every moment comes together to turbocharge our students’ entry into their chosen subject.

Our teachers – often lecturers and graduates from top UK universities – inspire students to excel. Teachers cater to the individual needs of each student, and adapt their teaching style appropriately. Our students will be prepared for their university applications and guided in their career aspirations by learning more about different specialisms within their field.

Students will not just be taught in a traditional classroom setting, but will learn in a myriad of dynamic ways. This includes independent research, undertaking group projects with their international classmates, academic and practical workshops with experts in their field, and an all-day immersive Challenge Day a unique opportunity to apply their skills to a real-world scenario.

Over the programme, we host many educational events in some of the amazing venues in London. Every evening students will have the chance to take part in our Public Speaking and Debate Society to develop confidence and communications skills, all culminating in our debate grand final. 16-18 students also enjoy enriching seminars, such as our ‘Shaping Your Future’ series and the Headline Address discussing an important modern issue

All students’ accommodation, lessons, meals, lectures, and events will take part in the amazing educational venues of London. Programmes utilise the world-class facilities in London to ensure our students get the most from their studies. For example, Law & Politics students last year had the opportunity to visit the Old Bailey – the home of UK criminal law.

We ensure that students who attend our London Summer School not only develop crucial academic skills, but also have a summer to remember. Our programmes include exclusive cultural activities including events, exciting excursions, and social and sporting activities to ensure our students get the most out of their stay in the global city of London. Some examples include:

Students at our London Summer School will enjoy thrilling excursions to nearby cultural sites during the programme. For example, students may have the opportunity to explore world-famous landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

Students will have the chance to visit one of London’s top theatres to enjoy an immersive performance of Guys and Dolls.

After weeks of learning, we make sure students can celebrate with fun parties in amazing campus venues. On each Friday of the programme, we host a party with a specific theme for each of our age groups, complete with activities, a DJ, or a silent disco.

As well as our educational timetable and exclusive events and excursions, we also have a thoroughly planned set of activities for our students to relax and make new friends through, such as our campus Talent Show and the Olympics in the Park.

As the programmes draw to a close, students are invited to attend an illustrious graduation ceremony to celebrate their achievements, in which they will receive their certificates in an amazing Imperial College venue.

Student welfare is our number-one priority. We do everything within our power to make sure that their summer is a safe and happy one, and the Oxford Royale teams have been recognised nationally for this commitment.

We pride ourselves on the exceptional level of pastoral care we provide to our students, made possible by the expertise and experience of our staff. They are supported by our robust system of welfare policies and procedures that has been developed over two decades of providing successful summer programmes.

Oxford Royale has been twice awarded the prestigious RoSPA Bronze Award for our health and safety practices. RoSPA has been running for almost 100 years, making vital changes in legislation surrounding accident prevention. We are delighted by the continuing recognition of the extensive lengths we go to in ensuring all our students, teachers, and staff enjoy a safe time while they are with us.

The summer courses are run by an exceptional and experienced staff, led by our Programme Director. The Director is supported by a team of Counsellors who ensure that students are looked after culturally, and socially during their programme, as well as meeting any pastoral needs. Each campus has dedicated members of staff who are residential throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time, day or night.

Safety, happiness and inclusion are woven into the fabric of our summer programmes. One of the most important and enriching aspects of a summer programme with Oxford Royale is the opportunity for bright young people to interact, network and build new lifelong friendships with students from across the globe and from different cultures. There will always be counsellors on campus to reassure or advise, and our team has decades of experience in the international school sector.

Oxford Royale is the UK's leading international summer school and for nearly two decades, we’ve given students around the globe access to world-leading academic programmes and an unrivalled cultural experience. We’ve helped launch brilliant careers, provided the market’s widest range of courses, and created an authentic taste of university life.

Oxford Royale has welcomed more students than any other academic summer school provider. 99% of our alumni recommend us and we have more five-star reviews than the other providers combined. More parents trust Oxford Royale to help their children than any other provider, and have done for the last 20 years.

Unlike other summer programmes, our curriculum is developed by academic experts who draw from their wealth of teaching experience and subject expertise, crafting programmes that allow students to grasp the core concepts of their field of study, and enlighten them to the current issues and innovations shaping the future of their subject. Our students receive comprehensive educational materials designed by us, containing the key concepts they are learning in class, alongside useful resources to help them grow as an ambitious learner and reach their full potential.

  • Our exemplary standards of education, service and safety have been recognised by numerous accreditation bodies, and we are honoured to have received some of the most prestigious awards in the education sector:
  • The Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Three Time Winner
  • British Youth Travel Awards: Best Educational Product – Five Time Winner
  • BETA: Best Customer Service – Gold Award 2019
  • RoSPA Awards – Bronze Award, 2019
  • The Beautiful South Awards for Excellence – Bronze 2019 & 2020
  • Education Investor Awards – 2017: Finalist

Over our 20-year history, Oxford Royale has hosted 35,000 alumni from over 175 different countries. Students on our London Summer School will be exposed to an international perspective on the subject they study, and will make friends with a global network of future leaders in their field.

What Can I Study at the London Summer School?

Select Your Age Group

  • Engineering & Technology

    16-18 years

    30th Jun - 13th Jul | 14th Jul - 27th Jul | 28th Jul - 10th Aug

  • Curing the Future: Medicine & Disease

    16-18 years

    30th Jun - 13th Jul | 14th Jul - 27th Jul | 28th Jul - 10th Aug

  • Law & Politics Summer School

    16-18 years

    30th Jun - 13th Jul | 14th Jul - 27th Jul | 28th Jul - 10th Aug

  • Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    16-18 years

    30th Jun - 13th Jul | 14th Jul - 27th Jul | 28th Jul - 10th Aug

  • Architecture & Design

    16-18 years

    30th Jun - 13th Jul | 14th Jul - 27th Jul | 28th Jul - 10th Aug

Learn from world leading experts

Watch our 2023 Great Debate featuring Helen Sharman, the first British person in space, and gain a taste of the enriching experiences offered to our students.

Our Inspirational Teachers

Oxford Royale is proud to offer students a diverse faculty of teachers, all experts in their field who are dedicated to inspiring and motivating ambitious young learners to achieve their greatest ambitions.

Experience student life in London

Our Imperial College London campus is right in the heart of the UK’s capital: from Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London to Hyde Park and Oxford Street, have the chance to explore all the iconic scenery the city has to offer. For a taste of culture, the Natural History Museum, the V&A, and even the Royal Albert Hall will be right on your doorstep. 

Discover London’s 2000 year history,  the stunning artwork and architecture– and don’t forget the limitless luxury shopping! The area is a vibrant haven of music venues, theatres, restaurants and parks – a city that is bursting with energy, there’s never a dull moment in London with Oxford Royale. 

Where will I stay in London?

Live and study on campus in the heart of London at Imperial College London, the best university in the city. Oxford Royale students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

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Imperial College London Summer School Kensington campus

London's top university

Imperial College London is one of the world’s most respected and prestigious academic institutions, and our students get to live and study on its campus. As well as ranking consistently in the top ten universities worldwide, Imperial has already produced an impressive number of Nobel Laureates – no mean feat considering the university was officially founded as recently as 1907.

Live on campus in the heart of London

Imperial College London is situated in the desirable Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Oxford Royale students will stay in accommodation at Prince’s Gardens, located just a stone’s throw from such iconic London landmarks as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Albert Hall.

Exciting Activities and Trips

London summer school walking tour st pauls cathedral

London Walking Tour

Going on a walking tour of London is an exciting way to explore the city’s rich history and culture. From the towering skyscrapers of the financial district, to picturesque parks and gardens like Hyde Park and Regent’s Park, there’s always something new and exciting to discover on foot. You’ll never run out of things to see and learn in this vibrant city.

Marvel at Buckingham Palace

Get ready to experience the epitome of regal grandeur at Buckingham Palace! With its majestic gates, stunning architecture, and sprawling gardens, the Palace is a sight to behold. Marvel at the Changing of the Guard ceremony, pose alongside a ‘Beefeater’ (The King’s Guard), and catch a glimpse of the late Queen’s famous balcony.


Experience an Oxford Royale graduation, on campus at Imperial College London. 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

See the Houses of Parliament

Visiting the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben is an exciting adventure that transports you back in time. You’ll marvel at the stunning architecture and learn about the history and traditions of British democracy. Standing beneath the iconic Big Ben clocktower, you’ll feel the weight of history and the majesty of London’s political heart.

London summer school visit Royal Albert Hall

Visit Royal Albert Hall

Prepare to be awed by the magnificent Royal Albert Hall! This iconic events venue has hosted some of the world’s most iconic figures, from Jimi Hendrix, to Adele, to the greatest heavyweight boxer of all time, Mohammad Ali. With its breathtaking architecture and state-of-the-art acoustics, the Royal Albert Hall is the ultimate destination in Kensington.

London Summer School Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe

Experience history through a visit to Shakespeare’s Globe, a replicated version of the Bard’s theatre, located right in the heart of London. For those who love literature, live performances, or those who just want to be transported back in time, this is the perfect venue to visit!

London Summer School Harrods

Go Luxury Shopping

Luxury shopping in London is a must-do experience for anyone who loves high-end fashion and extravagant shopping. Harrods is the ultimate destination: with its opulent interior and exclusive designer brands, it’s the perfect place to indulge in some retail therapy. From glamorous couture to the latest tech gadgets, Harrods has it all. 

London Summer School students at Notting Hill market

Explore London's Markets

Get ready to turn your Pinterest boards into reality with London’s wide variety of iconic markets. From Portobello Road, home to a lively market and the Notting Hill Book Shop, as seen in ‘Notting Hill’, to the quirky Camden Town, there’s endless possibilities for those looking to make a statement with their style. Uncover hidden gems and stand out from the crowd with your unique finds this summer.

London summer school explore the British museum

Museums and Galleries

London boasts a vibrant art and cultural scene, with 170 museums and over 800 art galleries. Explore the Natural History Museum and dive into 4.6 billion years of historical artefacts, experience new technological innovations at the Science Museum, or be amazed by the weird and wonderful art of the Tate Modern. With free admission to many institutions, there’s no excuse not to explore the city’s cultural offerings.

See our exclusive events Night at the Museum
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“I feel like I am having a taste of university at a young age. This is setting me up for the future. It will help me decide where I want to live in the future, and if I want to major in this course at university. Meeting new people has been my highlight so far. Building connections for the future is so important, and I think I am doing it right here.”

Gary, Lebanon

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“The Oxford Royale programme is very professional. That’s probably the word I would use to describe it the most. It is also so much fun, because it allows us to explore the city and experience what it is like to be an independent student in the UK. I feel like I have made friendships that I will pursue in the future and never forget. ”

Jenna, Canada


We have a 4.8 rating based on 770 reviews on Reviews.io.
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I went to different summer schools within the past few years but this one was the best. This summer school gave me a chance to experience college life at a young age, learn interesting courses from a well experienced staff and connect with people from all around the world.

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It truly is an amazing experience, and for anyone hesitating to try the course- go for it! I myself am an introvert and was anxious to not make friends or fit in. I was wrong. Everyone was so kind and inclusive. It truly was one of the greatest experiences of my life. 10/10 recommend.

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I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to come back next year.

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It was a spectacular experience and I learned a lot. I would recommend it to all my friends who loves an experience such as this, an experience where you will meet people from all over the world and learn a lot. It was a fun experience I will never forget

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One of the best experiences in my entire life. I had a great time I met new friends and I am still in contact with them I viewed London and other parts of England and most importantly I improved my English and my accent. Finally, it was really nice to meet people from all around the world and learning about their culture and the courses were super helpful and I became more open minded by attending them

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I’ve spent the best two weeks of my lofe at ORA. The friends I’ve made will stay in my life forever. The teachers and courses are also very interesting. Lots of love to everyone at ORA and considering to go there. Anna

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Please see our Prices and Dates site for 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.

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.

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.

Yes – while there’s still time to book a 2024 course, if you would prefer to book for summer 2025, speak with a member of the team and they can start this process for you now. By booking early, you can guarantee your placement, course and location as our summer courses sell out quickly.

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