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General English for the Modern World and Workplace - Oxford

Oxford Royale Academy's English Summer School for Adults, on the campus of the University of Oxford, taught by elite ORA academic faculty.

Why Learn English?

Develop strong skills in English grammar, syntax, pronunciation and colloquial usage in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Expand your vocabulary and build the foundation to support superior English reading and writing skills leading to a strong application to an English-speaking university or a career at an English-speaking company.

Why Choose This Course

  • Study the English language with experienced tutors qualified to British Council Accreditation Standards, while practicing your English with native speakers outside the classroom.
  • Immerse yourself in the British culture, participating in exciting excursions to famous sites and places in the UK, all while living and studying in the legendary colleges of the University of Oxford.
  • Designed for rapid improvement of English language skills within a fun and challenging environment, you will progress your knowledge and usage of English at breathtaking speeds.
  • Specifically designed for English usage in both academic and corporate contexts and delivered by expert faculty, this course accelerates your ability and confidence in the usage of English so that you are ready to excel.
  • Draw inspiration for your English learning from a city which launched some of the greatest English novels – visit the Narnia door in St Mary’s Passage which is said to have inspired CS Lewis, or relax in the Botanic Gardens on a sunny day like the characters in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
  • Reside in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford and build a global network of peers to strengthen your career trajectory.

What’s included?

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford.
  • Inspiring courses taught by experts.
  • A truly international environment – form a global network.
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme.
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate.
  • 10 exciting lectures and 10 lively discussion-based seminars.
  • Maximum 10 students per class.
  • 15+ hours tuition / week.
  • Talks with world-class guest speakers.
  • Inspirational cultural programmes, including excursions to historic UK locations.
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What you will learn

On our General English course, you will:

  • Enhance your English in the core areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and colloquial usage.
  • Accelerate your English language development through over 20 hours a week of intensive instruction and practice.
  • Apply your developing English language skills with native speakers and in historic environments across the UK.
  • Practice speaking English in multiple scenarios designed to reflect the workplace.
  • Improve your language skills to work in an English-speaking company or an overseas business requiring competency in English.

Great For Students Thinking About

  • Accelerating their technical and colloquial English language abilities.
  • Preparing for the TOEFL examination.
  • Strengthening their application to an English-speaking university.
  • Gaining employment with companies or government agencies the require English.
  • Enabling consideration for careers with global, multi-national companies.

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.

Learn from the world’s best minds

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a new discovery at the cutting edge of science? Would you like to learn what it’s like to study in an Oxford tutorial, a Cambridge supervision, or in a top British boarding school? Or explore whether university study in your favourite subject is really for you?

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. Every tutor will guide you on your path to future greatness.

Join exciting trips and activities

At Oxford Royale Academy, we strive to offer a summer of fun and enjoyment alongside your academic immersion.

We can help you uncover Oxford’s secrets, from the best coffee shops to the dreamiest riverside parks, from Oxford’s very own castle to must-visit shops, galleries and museums. Alongside your new friends from around the world, you will enjoy a busy extra-curricular timetable, including a sophisticated graduation ceremony and dinner, guest talks from Oxford researchers and academics, excursions offering a glimpse of Britain’s past, and much more.

Useful Information

Arrival and Departure

Welcome to the Summer School Arrivals and Departures Hub. Here you can find all the information you need prior to departure including information about flights, transfer options and other important information regarding your arrival and departure.

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COVID-19 Response

As members of the British Safety Council, student safety is our top priority. Our coronavirus measures go beyond the latest UK government and Public Health England guidance, and as a minimum, guarantee a number of key features.

What to Bring

You will receive a Welcome Pack after you enrol. Your Welcome Pack will provide a full list of what to pack and which personal items and travel documents you will bring with you when you join the programme

Guest Speakers

We believe that the chance to talk frankly and openly with leading figures from the worlds of culture, media, sport and academia allows our students to develop both their confidence and their analytical skills. Each of our speakers presents on a topic that they are world experts on before fielding questions from our student audience.

Hear from our students

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Doreen, Taiwan

The Medicine course gave me the opportunity to meet people from around the world with the same passion as me. My new friends and I were able to discuss and exchange information to support each other...

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Sara, Greece

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

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Mifta, Indonesia

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

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Carolina, Qatar

I found the Oxford Royale 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

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Yoosuf, Maldives

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.

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Wisam, Sudan

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

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Vannakhone, Laos

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.

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Taonga, Zambia

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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