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Why ORA?

Stand out from the crowd and reap the academic, social and career benefits of a summer of in-depth learning and cultural immersion.

We offer over 150 innovative course options in 7 exciting locations worldwide. You’ll learn from the best teachers, on the campuses of the world’s best universities -including Oxford and Cambridge- and enjoy an action-packed programme of cultural adventures alongside peers from 150 different nations!

You might be preparing to enter the fiercely competitive world of university applications and need an edge beyond good grades. You might want to try out a brand-new subject before committing to it at university level, or progress further and faster in your chosen subject to get a head start. You might be a young learner at the very beginning of your academic journey, or you might be one of our adult learners who are looking to change career direction, brush up on their English or build upon vital workplace skills.

At ORA, we have a programme to suit every interest and ambition, set in stunning surroundings designed to inspire.




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Experience student life in the world's most famous universities

Oxford Royale Academy students get the unique opportunity to experience life as a university undergraduate in some of the world’s best and most famous universities. You’ll study, dine and sleep in prestigious institutions such as the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and Yale University.

Soak up the deeply academic atmosphere, feel the history all around you and take inspiration from the same surroundings that influenced some of the world’s greatest minds – ponder life’s mysteries under Isaac Newton’s tree, walk the same hallowed halls as Stephen Hawking and study in the same rooms as Albert Einstein once did.

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The best teachers in the world

ORA teachers are world-leading figures at the cutting edge of their fields.

They are Oxbridge academics and Ivy League lecturers, successful business leaders, neuroscientists, clinical psychologists, published authors, and top industry professionals in film, fashion and finance.

Most importantly, they’re deeply passionate about their subjects and their enthusiasm is infectious!

This unique and diverse faculty, assembled from around the world exclusively for our summer programmes – means that ORA students only learn from the very best.

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Innovative, hands-on learning

The ORA way is anything but traditional. We believe in inspiring our students through an innovative learning programme that encourages ambition, creativity and celebrates the question, ‘why?’.

You’ll utilise the best available technology in world-class facilities and learn through invigorating debate, interactive workshops, experiments and hands-on practicals.

Outside of class, you’ll find out first-hand what it takes to succeed from renowned guest speakers. And we’ll bring it all to life for you on exciting field trips to museums, galleries and sites of historical importance.

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Cultural immersion and exciting excursions

Our summer courses are complemented by an action-packed timetable of exciting extracurricular activities and excursions designed to ensure that students have lots of fun and make the most of their time with us!

Enjoy guided city and university college tours and visit world-famous tourist sites, such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace in London, or the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Enjoy the quintessentially English experience of punting in Cambridge, relax on the stunning beaches in St Andrews, or discover the buzz of New York City as a day trip from Yale.

Visit fascinating museums and galleries, and get involved with our famous quiz nights, talent shows, scavenger hunts and sports – there’s always something going on at ORA!

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Study in confidence

We are a proud recipient of the highest accolade that can be bestowed on a British company, the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, winning the award in 2012, 2016 and 2019 – a testament to our uncompromising excellence.

We are also City & Guilds and British Council accredited, and a member of ALTO, BETA and ENGLISH UK.

See our full list of awards, accreditations and memberships here.

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A huge range of courses to choose from

With over 150 exciting courses to choose from, we’ve truly got something for everyone.

Find out what it takes to get into medical school with Introduction to Medicine, prepare to be a business leader of tomorrow with Business and Enterprise, or take your love of animals a step further with Veterinary Science. Be inspired whilst learning the ins and outs of Photography, Law, Engineering or Architecture, or prepare for the tech revolution on our Computer Science, Robotics or Coding programmes.

Can’t choose just one? Choose a few! Our Broadening Horizons, New Perspectives and Ivy League Experience programmes allow you to mix and match options to create a tailored programme just for you.

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Join a truly global community

We’re proud of the diversity that our summer schools offer. Last summer our students came from over 150 different countries, and this year we expect to exceed that number!

Join our global community and enjoy the extraordinary opportunity to make lifelong friends from all over the world and discover different perspectives and fresh ideas – crucial in today’s increasingly globalised world.

When the summer is over, stay in touch with your friends and grow your personal network through The ORA Alumni Hub and access a range of exclusive features including photos, articles and forums.

Be inspired by the magic of ORA

Where else but Oxford Royale Academy?

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

- Camila, Argentina

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“The Great Debate between Queen’s College and St Catherine’s was probably my favourite event due to the interesting topic that was discussed and the eager young minds who made it their mission to prove that their arguments were genuine and valuable.”

- Ema, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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

- Mifta, Indonesia

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The counsellors were extremely friendly and were always keen to join in with the activities. Their approachable manner meant that if anyone ever did have a problem, they always had someone to confide in.

- Ellie, Wales

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I have gained more knowledge, and can therefore make more of an impact on the world. I think that my future goals have become clearer as I have explored options at ORA.

- Nia, Belize

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