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Oxford Royale 2024

Medicine Summer School

Experience life on campus at the world’s finest universities as you explore your interest in Medicine or prepare for Medical School.

Medicine Summer School

Medicine Summer School

Our Medicine summer programmes are based in Oxford, Cambridge, London, and Yale, the ideal locations in which to live, study, and develop your interest in the medical sciences. We are proud to offer introductory courses for 13-15 year-olds and medical school preparation for 16-18s, selecting expert teaching staff who cater to their students’ respective ages and levels of experience.

Medicine is a notoriously demanding and competitive field, and successfully applying to your first choice is a significant first hurdle. Our Medical Summer School programmes can help you build a strong application and instil confidence, while deepening your knowledge of what is required of a medical student.

For younger students just embarking on their academic careers, an Oxford Royale programme can provide a vital head start in, and enthusiasm for, this varied and invaluable profession. This can give students the edge at an early stage and prove a decisive investment in their future success.

Location UK & US
For Ages 13-18
Duration 2 weeks
Course Dates
  • 30th Jun to 13th Jul
  • 14th Jul to 27th Jul
  • 28th Jul to 10th Aug
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Medicine Summer School for Ages 13-15

The Medicine Summer School Programme for ages 13-15 provides an unparalleled opportunity for students interested in exploring medicine to develop their academic ability, career knowledge and transferable skills, while also having an unforgettable summer.

Our Medicine Summer Schools welcomes 13-15 year olds from all around the world. Our students will meet like-minded classmates, all excited to learn and discuss medicine, but each bringing a unique perspective which will allow for invaluable comparisons of how the medical system differs across countries. Over the course of our programme, students will bond through group projects, practical medical simulations and a full timetable of social and cultural activities. Friendships to last a lifetime will be formed over the programme, providing our students with a network of keen future medics spanning the whole globe. 

Students on our medicine summer school for ages 13-15 will enhance their academic skills and strengthen their ability in school by:

Learning basic human anatomy and physiology

Conducting independent research for their assignments

Taking part in academic workshops and study skills sessions

Working as a group with other students to deliver a project

Presenting their research to others as part of an exhibition day

Our programmes are designed to set up our students for life with valuable transferable skills, which they will develop by:

Developing confidence and communication skills through our public speaking and debate workshops

Building a network of friends from all around the world and learning about new perspectives

Gaining independence as part of our guided exploration of an amazing cultural location

Our Medicine Summer Schools for ages 13-15 give excellent insight into the medical profession, allowing students to understand what opportunities are there for them and whether they want to pursue medicine in the future. Students will:

Compare different fields in medicine and healthcare

Practise conducting the critically important physical examination, a cornerstone of effective medicine

Understand what it takes to become a successful doctor or nurse

Gain insight into the road to medical school

We aim to give students the summer of a lifetime on all of our programmes, with a jam-packed schedule of exciting events and excursions all taking place amidst an inspiring location. Some exciting features of our timetable include:

– Walking tours of top university campuses

– Sports such as a run club, capture the flag, and an Oxford Royale Olympics

Social activities such as quiz nights, board games, karaoke and a talent show

Two show-stopping parties on campus, one at the end of each week

– A coach excursion to an exciting city like New York or London over the weekend

Our Medicine Summer School for ages 13-15 offers an array of exciting academic and social opportunities, joining together to create a summer to shape your future.

Our Medicine Summer School is expertly crafted to ensure that tuition is followed up by ample opportunities to put theory into practice. Students will learn how to speak like a doctor, take a patient’s history, and investigate and diagnose problems, leading up to a final assessment in which they will be required to role-play as medical practitioners in simulated clinical scenarios.

As part of our Medicine Summer School, students will be taught in small classes by qualified doctors, researchers and medical students. Students will learn the fundamental workings of the human body, such as the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system and nervous system. Our teachers will communicate this through medical case studies in which one of these systems is affected., allowing students to see all this information in action.

All students on our Medical Summer School will have the opportunity to go on a thrilling day out to a city like London, Bath, or New York over the mid-programme weekend. This is an opportunity to have fun with new friends while exploring key cultural sites, trying global cuisine, and snapping pictures at iconic landmarks.

Each year, we host a cross-campus sporting event to encourage camaraderie and friendly competition. There is something for everyone, regardless of whether you are a budding athlete or an absolute beginner, from running races and tug of war to classic games like ‘throw the welly’.

As the programmes draw to a close, students are invited to attend an illustrious graduation ceremony to honour their achievements, in which they will receive their certificates in an amazing venue on campus. This is followed by a final graduation party on campus for students to celebrate and say goodbye to their new friends.

Our Medicine Summer School for ages 13-15 offers many exciting academic and social opportunities, joining together to create a summer to shape your future.

Full Timetable

Click here to download a full sample timetable of our programme at Oxford

Typical Day

A typical weekday on our Medicine 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: Medicine academic workshop to develop key skills, cultural activities such as walking tours, 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

Following a networking induction event, the week starts exploring the fundamental skills of becoming a doctor, including a guide to taking patients’ history, clinical lessons, telemedicine, and emergency care. As well as practical workshops, students will explore the future of medicine and its ethics. Afternoons will also include study support, sports and cultural excursions. In the evening, students will have the chance to take part in debates and public speaking events, social activities and games.

Week 2

Students start the second week exploring building their own health tech business – they will present their ideas to their fellow students. The week will also include specialist training sessions, opportunities to build on these skills and simulations, all of which help students answer that vital question: do I want to be a doctor? In the evenings, debating, public speaking and social activities continue as the week builds to the Challenge Day and Graduation. This presents an opportunity for students to put into practice the vast knowledge they’ll have acquired over the two weeks and enjoy a famous Oxford graduation.

Study this programme in these amazing campuses:

Medicine Summer School for Ages 16-18

The Medicine Summer School Programme for ages 16-18 will help students prepare for a career in medicine. They’ll better understand their path to success and access valuable insights into health, disease and the future of healthcare.

Our students come from over 175 countries around the world, allowing them to build a global network of like-minded future doctors and medical health professionals.

All students on our Medicine Summer School will develop key academic skills such as:

– Learning the anatomy and physiology of key body systems, and how these are disrupted by disease

– Applying ethical principles to practical scenarios

Critically analysing current research on medicine

Developing presentation and communication skills through simulated checkups and appointments

Our Medicine Summer School will help students grow by developing key transferable skills for university and beyond:

Communication and leadership skills developed through presentations and simulations

Confidence through being given personal research projects

Independence by exploring a new city with new like-minded friends from around the world

Our Medicine Summer School for ages 16 to 18 is an incredible opportunity for students preparing for medicine school applications to immerse themselves in the dynamic world of medicine:

– Identify the major health challenges facing humanity

– Understand how to plan a pathway to medical school

– Develop the mindset and skills needed in a medical career

– Explore the different fields and specialisations within Medicine

– Gain hands-on clinical experience

In between world class academic learning, our students will take part in a full timetable of enriching social and cultural activities:

– Social events with their new friends, from karaoke to quiz nights

– A wide range of sports events including tennis, running club, football, and the Oxford Royale Olympics

– A weekend excursion to the amazing cities of either London or New York

– A Friday Night Party where students can enjoy a night of music and excitement with their new friends

– A formal Graduation ceremony and dinner, followed by a final graduation party to say goodbye

Our students studying this programme in Oxford will have the opportunity to visit a university medical lab, where future UK doctors are trained in practical clinical skills. Whilst there, students will be coached in these crucial skills by a medical expert, using state-of-the-art training equipment.

In their study time, students will have an assignment to create a research poster focusing on innovative treatments or interventions for a chosen disease, enhancing their ability to conduct and appraise research and present their finding effectively.

On the final Thursday of the programme, our Medicine students will work in teams with their classmates to research and develop innovative healthcare solutions. They must research in depth a current medical issue, design a technological solution, and deliver a high-quality, professional pitch to the rest of the class.

To help our students discover everything that their location has to offer, we will be offering the “Immersive Quest”, a two week long virtual scavenger hunt. In teams our students will answer questions and explore their city – and winners will receive a prize at graduation!

Full timetable

Click here to download a full sample timetable of our programme in Cambridge.

Typical day

A typical weekday on our Medicine Summer School for ages 16 to 18:

  • 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 buy food in the city and some free time to relax
  • 2PM: Afternoon lessons
  • 3:30PM: Medicine academic workshop to develop key skills, sporting activities such as run club, and student teatime talks
  • 6PM: Dinner on campus
  • 7PM: Study support sessions
  • 8PM: Public Speaking and Debate Society
  • 9PM: Social activities such as quiz nights, talent shows or arts and crafts
  • 10:30PM: Curfew

Week 1

The week starts with an introduction to medicine: exploring the key skills students require to be a successful doctor, including history taking and clinical examinations. Students will explore neurology, the respiratory, nervous and cardiovascular systems. Afternoons will include emergency care, workshops and cultural exploration. Each evening, students will take part in study support groups, debates and public speaking, and a number of seminars, as well as social activities. Near the end of the week, students will have the opportunity to visit nearby cities with a tour group and relax with their fellow students.

Week 2

The second week includes student presentations, practical and academic workshops and the opportunity to explore surgery, and the future of health. Evenings are spent with study groups, public speaking and debate competitions. In the second week, students will take part in the headline address that covers the key medical challenges we face, and enjoy further social engagements. The week culminates in the Challenge Day and Graduation, where students present what they have learned and take part in the famous Oxford Graduation, respectively.

This course is available on the following campuses:

How Our Students Learn Medicine

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.

Discover Medicine with Oxford Royale

Study Medicine at prestigious locations

What’s life like at the world’s elite universities? Join us this summer to find out!

Your Medical Summer School is hosted in historic residential colleges of the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Yale, 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 world leaders and Nobel prize winners developed the key academic and life skills crucial for future success.

Gain hands-on medical experience

Not many students realise that Medicine is an art as well as a science: as well as a theoretical knowledge of biomedical science and anatomy, medical professionals are trained in finely honed surgical arts, such as the stitching of sutures. Students across our medical summer programmes have the opportunity to engage in practical skills workshops, using real training equipment and trying out a variety of tasks from dissection to stitching. This practical experience is often invaluable when applying to medical school, giving you a key edge over other applicants.

Benefit from subject-specific excursions

Oxford Royale students enjoy a variety of excursions during their time with us, and attendees of our Medicine programmes in particular benefit from visits to relevant sites such as university teaching hospitals, museums of surgery, and first-aid training centres.

These trips give students the opportunity to get a sense for the reality of working in the field of Medicine, whether that be on the front-line of a hospital, in the depths of a research laboratory or even in the annals of history – it was hardly an easy task being a medical practitioner in the times of pandemics, such as the Black Death or Spanish Flu.

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Find out more about our inspirational venues, award winning academic programmes, and the life changing impact our summer schools can have.

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Oxford Summer School - Medicine student testimonial v2
“I have never been in a medical setting before where I can truly participate in everything that is going on, so I really enjoyed that. We were learning all the steps in every process, and learning about emergency situations was really interesting.”

Valentina, Spain

Oxford Summer School - Medicine student testimonial
“Where I go to school we do not have this kind of equipment, and I have never seen equipment like this. It was not just lectures and lessons, but practical masterclasses. The quality of the teaching is really good. The teachers are patient and helpful and the atmosphere is great. I have really enjoyed studying here.”

Qian, Hong Kong

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

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 relevant enrolment fee.

We are happy to accept enrolment fee payments 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 payment 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 2024, enrolment fee payments are structured as follows:

  • Summer Schools for ages 13-18 (University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of California, Berkeley 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 amount and then 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 course 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 amount. If you would like to enrol and make your enrolment fee payment 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 enrolment fee 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 excluding the enrolment fee 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%

Cancellations made after the commencement date of the course will not receive any refund.

Our English language requirements are as follows:

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

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 study programmes. You can simply book onto two different programmes.

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.

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.

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