One-Week Summer School Online

Experience the magic of an ORA summer school from the comfort of your own home. Join motivated and ambitious students students from around the world in live online lessons using Microsoft teams. World class faculty, award winning programmes, and an even greater range of courses for 2021. Book your course now!

One-week Summer School Online

Our one-week summer courses for ages 13-18 take place in one of two time zones. In a packed Monday to Friday programme, you’ll benefit from:

  • A five-day structured timetable of lectures, seminars and projects with 4+ hours of guided learning each day
  • Elite tutors offering academic lessons, personal-development skills and applications, and priceless careers advice
  • Asking questions of your tutor and debating with peers from all over the world in immersive, interactive seminars
  • A full enrichment programme, including presentations from industry professionals, key-skills development workshops, and university preparation advice
  • An Oxford Summer School Online course score, report and certificate that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Course Summary

Students will choose a single course to follow for their week-long session. 

There will be two hour-long live lessons with our world-class faculty every day in the student’s nominated course. Participants in the programme will come from all over the world and the average class size will be around 9 students. 

A key element of the course is independent study and research. Participants will typically have to investigate a question, problem or case study mentioned in their first live lesson of the day, and then report back their findings to their teacher

 

What you will learn

Students come from classrooms ready to be shown how all their learning is relevant in the real world and to try out new subjects beyond what they have experienced at school.

Their academic grounding in a subject is cemented by their Week-Long online course, and they are offered exciting new ways of seeing their chosen subject, how it relates to the world around them, and the opportunities it might offer them.

To complement students’ learning and to enable them to explore subject areas that are both related and completely new, all students are entitled to a 12-month subscription to our suite of On-Demand e-learning programmes, currently sold under the sub-brand of ORA Prep.

Course Topics

Creative Writing
There are many components to the art of being a great writer, from the ability to get into someone else’s head or the craft of maintaining a feeling of suspense to the straightforward nuts-and-bolts skills of writing convincing dialogue or punctuating correctly. This course will introduce you to the art of creative writing through the exploration and critical analysis of a wide variety of genres. By considering the different styles and methods employed by these genres, you will be shown how you can hone your own creative writing skills.
Economics and Management
On our course, you'll learn about the basic economic problem concerning scarcity and choice, study the supply and demand model, different models of market structure, the occurrence of market failure (e.g. due to the absence of markets for public goods, problems of information, and externalities), and the incidence and effectiveness of government intervention.
Experimental Psychology
Experimental Psychologists address some of the most intriguing questions of life: What makes you, you? Is there always a clear difference between good and evil? This course provides you with the opportunity to study, discuss and debate these, alongside a wide range of other fascinating and controversial issues.
Introduction to Engineering
The Introduction to Engineering course from Oxford Royale Academy provides you with a comprehensive grounding in all things Engineering. The practical skills and theoretical knowledge gained give you a head start in future studies and careers in this competitive sector.
Introduction to Law
The Introduction to Law course from Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect programme for any student considering future study or a career in Law.
Introduction to Medicine
This online Introduction to Medicine course from Oxford Royale Academy will introduce you to the discipline of Medicine, supporting you on the path to pursuing Medicine at university and as a career.
Mathematics
The focus of this online Mathematics course is on strengthening fundamental skills and techniques, as well as introducing new and advanced topics. New techniques for solving well-known problems will be introduced and you will explore both the history of Mathematics and the future directions of the field.
Physics and Chemistry
Join our Physics and Chemistry course, and ask some of the world's most important questions, such as, how does this work? Why is it here? What happens if I...? Our course will unleash your curiosity and develop your scientific imagination and reasoning, experimentation, and perseverance.
Politics and International Relations
This Politics and International Relations course introduces you to the methods of social scientific enquiry and contemporary issues which dominate the two disciplines.
New Perspectives summer school - William Hague addresses students

Enrichment programme

Whether attending a Week-Long course or a 1:1 Research Project, participants on the Oxford Summer School Online will have access to a full enrichment timetable. The enrichment timetable is designed to do three things:

  1. Inspire – through access to guest lectures on the big, relevant topics of our time, we hope to encourage students to set ambitious goals for their futures, and equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to achieve them
  2. Add value – by taking part in personal development opportunities students will improve their chances of success in their future studies and careers
  3. Have fun! – through enjoying down-time as a cohort, students will form strong connections with their peers that will last long into the future

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.

Course Summary

Students will choose a single course to follow for their week-long session. 

There will be two hour-long live lessons with our world-class faculty every day in the student’s nominated course. Participants in the programme will come from all over the world and the average class size will be around 9 students. 

A key element of the course is independent study and research. Participants will typically have to investigate a question, problem or case study mentioned in their first live lesson of the day, and then report back their findings to their teacher

What you will learn

Students already have a firm academic grounding in their subject and a good idea of their strengths and ambitions. 

Their Week-Long Course at the Oxford Summer School Online will inspire them to look towards the horizons of their future and to understand where their subject might take them, which aspect of their subject most interests them, and how to pursue it.

Certain courses are for students who know what they want to do (for example, they know they want to become a Doctor/Lawyer) – their Week-Long course will give them an insight into what future study and a career is like, an idea of the pathway to get there, and the confidence to take their next step.

Course Topics

Business and Enterprise
In our course, you'll gain the skills to launch and manage your own business. You'll develop a strong understanding of global financial markets, which gives you a key international perspective on entrepreneurship.
Chemistry
Our Chemistry course aims to harness your curiosity, as well as develop your scientific imagination and reasoning, experimentation, and perseverance. As your confidence grows, so too will your understanding of core chemical concepts, building on and often going beyond what you will have studied at school.
Creative Writing
There are many components to the art of being a great writer, from the ability to get into someone else’s head or the craft of maintaining a feeling of suspense to the straightforward nuts-and-bolts skills of writing convincing dialogue or punctuating correctly. This course will introduce you to the art of creative writing through the exploration and critical analysis of a wide variety of genres. By considering the different styles and methods employed by these genres, you will be shown how you can hone your own creative writing skills.
Economics
On our course, you'll learn about the basic economic problem concerning scarcity and choice, study the supply and demand model, different models of market structure, the occurrence of market failure (e.g. due to the absence of markets for public goods, problems of information, and externalities), and the incidence and effectiveness of government intervention.
Engineering
Wondering what future study or a career in Engineering is like? Join our online Engineering Summer School and enjoy a taste of this challenging yet rewarding discipline. Our online global classroom of budding engineers from around the world allows you to combine your creativity and critical thinking. Get to grips with the branches of Engineering including Civil, Structural and Mechanical Engineering through a series on design-led workshops.
Experimental Psychology
Are you fascinated by human behaviour? Do you want to discover how Psychologists study and answer some of life’s most intriguing questions? Join our online Psychology Summer School, and become an expert on the human mind. Dig deep into the workings of your own mind, and explore everything from psychological disorders, to how childhood attachments can affect someone’s future.
Global Leadership
Are you the world’s next great leader? Our Global Leadership course, part of our Oxford Summer School Online, is the perfect way to realise your leadership ambitions. You’ll develop the core attributes you need to excel as a leader, in any field. You’ll gain all the skills of a successful global leader, from analytical prowess and personal skills to managing international teams.
Law
Do you dream of becoming a lawyer? Our Law Oxford Online Summer School gives you a strong advantage in entering the field of law. You’ll gain a core understanding of the fundamental principles of law, as you take part in exciting mock trials, and explore everything from Criminal Law and Tort Law, to Jurisprudence.
Mathematics
Want to develop and hone your mathematical abilities? Our online Mathematics course will build on your existing knowledge to help you improve your confidence with all things numerical. As mathematics is fundamental to a wide range of other subjects and industries, the course will support you in other studies, whether it’s engineering, physics, accounting or mathematics itself.
Medicine
The course will allow you to experience undergraduate study of medicine and give you an insight into life as a medical student. You will develop key competences, and enhance your theoretical medical knowledge, to give you an invaluable head start on your journey through medical school.
Neuroscience
Are you fascinated by the anatomy and functions of the human brain? Explore complex issues such as memory, learning, sleep, emotion and pain, as you learn how the brain controls human life. As well as building knowledge on a range of areas within neuroscience, you will also improve other transferrable skills that will be vital in later university life, such as discussion, teamwork, analysis and communication.
Political Science and International Relations
Do you want to become an expert on urgent global issues, such as how to counter terrorism? With our Politics and International Relations Oxford Online Summer School, you’ll explore everything from how certain states can move to democracy, to issues of international trade.
Physics
Join our Physics Oxford Online Summer School, and go on a thrilling adventure into physics you won’t come across at school. You’ll unleash your curiosity, enhance your scientific imagination and develop skills in reasoning, experimentation and perseverance, perfect for your future as a scientist.
New Perspectives summer school - William Hague addresses students

Enrichment programme

Whether attending a Week-Long course or a 1:1 Research Project, participants on the Oxford Summer School Online will have access to a full enrichment timetable. The enrichment timetable is designed to do three things:

  1. Inspire – through access to guest lectures on the big, relevant topics of our time, we hope to encourage students to set ambitious goals for their futures, and equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to achieve them
  2. Add value – by taking part in personal development opportunities students will improve their chances of success in their future studies and careers
  3. Have fun! – through enjoying down-time as a cohort, students will form strong connections with their peers that will last long into the future

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 the magic of an ORA summer school from your own home

Offering a structured week of lectures, seminars and virtual project work, led by ORA’s elite tutoring faculty, the Oxford Royale Academy Online programmes provide many of the academic and teamwork benefits of an On Campus Summer School to students in their own homes.

Lectures and seminars are led by members of ORA’s distinguished academic faculty, many of whom have studied at top universities in the UK and overseas, including Oxbridge, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and more. Our faculty includes senior doctors and lawyers, entrepreneurs, business leaders who have worked in Fortune 500 companies, engineers, scientists and more.

What can I study at Oxford Summer School Online

Why Choose Oxford Summer School Online?

World-class teaching faculty

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. During each virtual lecture you will learn from the world's leading academics, while also being able to ask questions and discuss material in a fully immersive digital learning environment using Microsoft teams.

A global classroom

Our Online Summer School consists of week-long summer courses starting every Monday from the beginning of May to the end of August. Our courses are the perfect way to expand on your knowledge and prepare you for any study ahead, while also being an engaging and exciting dive into new or familiar subjects. Guided and independent study periods, along with student-led breakout rooms, enable you to explore your chosen field with expert tutors and international peers. These interactive sessions are more student-led and provide a unique opportunity for learning and an exchange of ideas in a truly global classroom. You will learn as from each other as well as from your tutor, broadening your view of the world and expanding your appreciation for different peoples and cultures.

Business summer school - Business teacher presenting

Full Enrichment Programme

You will enjoy a full enrichment programme that includes lectures and seminars from industry experts and professionals on relevant global topics, as well as workshops on university applications and talks from prestigious universities. The aim of the Enrichment Programme is to enhance students' key skills and allow them the opportunity to link, socialise and network with their international peers.

Individual tutoring for Research Projects

If group lessons are not for you, and you would prefer to have individual tutoring to develop your own independent research project you can contact our team to arrange this. We will match you with a world class academic with expertise in your field of interest. Over a minimum of 3 weeks, you will have the opportunity to independently develop a research project, with 10 hours' worth of one-to-one contact with your tutor. This project will give you the chance to expand your knowledge and delve deeper into a subject you are passionate about. Your project will be assessed and graded with detailed feedback, and a letter of recommendation and/or certificate will be awarded upon completion.

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 [email protected]
  • 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 [email protected] 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. The deposit 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. ([email protected])

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. You can simply book onto two different courses, for example students from 13 to 15 years old could start with our Creative Writing course in Oxford and then move on to the Flim Academy

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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