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Oxford Summer School
Step back in time and explore art, architecture, and gardens as you analyze the social, political, and economic contexts of the country house through over 500 years of English history and culture. With historic estates, homes, and gardens as the classroom, you will complete your own research that investigates the multidisciplinary history of the country house.
Develop the knowledge and skills to conduct research and analysis situating “country houses/living” within broader historical trends. Conduct field analysis and immerse yourself in five hundred years of history, art and culture as you visit Blenheim Palace, Broughton Castle, 17th Century Country Houses in Syon, and landscape gardens in Stowe.
Visit the Ashmolean Museum and explore the importance of “The Grand Tour”, and gain insight into the critical developments of the English country house over the past five hundred years and its role in shaping multidisciplinary histories.
|For Ages||19+ years|
|Start Dates||2 Jul, 16 Jul, 30 Jul|
Intersections between architecture and social history
Using fieldwork to design a research study
Modern issues of housing, gentrification and class based societies
Visiting several estates that represent over five hundred years of English history and culture
Pursuing careers in history, architecture, art, urban planning, and the humanities
Learn how to “read” a landscape garden and interpret the fundamental elements of a country house
Identify broad trends and innovations across five centuries of art, architecture, and landscape design
Investigate the connection between “housing” and “power”, and identify the symbolic role of the English Country House
Develop insights and skills towards the interpretation of various periods like the Victorian Style, the Gothic Revival, and Medieval backgrounds among others
Conduct research and apply a multidisciplinary lens to investigate the social, political, and economic, and artistic implications of country house
Apply insights to modern social, political, and economic issues like gentrification, urban planning, and estate conservation
Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford
Inspiring courses taught by experts
A truly international environment - over 170 nationalities
Accommodation, breakfast and dinner, tuition and cultural programmes included
Graduation, report cards and certificate
Maximum of 15 students per class
20+ hours tuition / week
Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations
Start something truly amazing at our Oxford Summer School, on campus at the University of Oxford.
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, acclaimed authors, and more!
Dr Anisa Butt
Business & Entrepreneurship
A member of the Oxford Royale team for 3 years, Dr Anisa Butt is a lecturer in economics at King’s College London. Currently completing a PhD in Economics from the University of Reading, her focus is on gender and ethnic income inequality.
Dr Claire Keene
Dr Claire Keene is a public health clinician with a masters in International Health and Tropical Medicine from the University of Oxford. She is an experienced clinical trial manager, recently managing a Médecins Sans Frontières project on HIV and tuberculosis.
Dr Endrit Shabani
Law & Politics
A trained lawyer, Dr Endrit Shabani has a Doctorate in Politics from the University of Oxford where he studied with a full Clarendon scholarship. He has consulted for multiple international organisations including UNICEF, UN Women and the EU, and has taught Politics internationally.
Dr Abdulazeez Imam
Dr Imam, lecturer in Medicine, has over 14 years of clinical experience and a strong commitment to medical education. He completed a 6 year Paediatric programme in Nigeria and is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Oxford. He also holds an MSc in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from the University of Leeds.
Bruce Windwood is one of Oxford Royale’s most senior tutors, having helped design and develop our filmmaking classes. He is a multi-award winning filmmaker, a commissioned writer for TV and audio, and also composes soundtracks for film, audio, and TV content.
Dr Amy Booth
Dr Amy Booth is a celebrated physician who graduated summa cum laude from the University of Cape Town. Now working towards a PhD at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, she formerly worked with the World Health Organisation.
Rehan Shah is a Lecturer in Engineering Education at Queen Mary University of London. He has completed a BEng in Mechanical Engineering with Business Finance at UCL with LSE, an MSc in Mathematical Modelling and Scientific Computing at the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics at UCL.
Escape ordinary classroom teaching and learn through interactive and immersive lessons.
Hands-on classes designed to help students learn through practical application.
An interactive forum with an expert in the field, giving students valuable insights into related and new topics.
Successful and famous guest speakers offer students the chance to pose their most important questions.
Essential for honing students' reasoning abilities and public speaking skills.
Escape ordinary classroom teaching and learn through interactive and immersive lessons.
Dynamic lectures given by passionate teachers packed with facts and viewpoints to engage the audience.
An opportunity to work closely with, and learn from, different perspectives.
Working in pairs and small groups, students have plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate.
Our trips provide real examples of the course subject in action, and bring students' learning to life for them.
For a taste of the educational experience you will have at our Oxford Summer School, take a look at the kinds of interactive debates and lectures our students participate in.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from world-renowned guest speakers talk about something you’re passionate about!
Book a call with one of our advisors. We will call you at the time requested to answer any questions you have and to help you through the booking process.
What’s life like at the oldest university in the English speaking world? Your Oxford summer school is hosted in historic residential colleges where you will experience authentic undergraduate life.
Sleep in bedrooms set in centuries-old quadrangles, socialise in student common rooms and relax in breathtaking gardens.
Summer should be fun, right? Don’t worry, we get that – we never forget that you’re on holiday! We help you uncover Oxford’s secrets, from the best coffee shops to the dreamiest riverside parks, from Oxford’s very own castle to unmissable shops, galleries and museums.
You and your new friends will enjoy an amazing extracurricular timetable including dazzling graduation balls, excursions to explore Britain’s diverse history, and so much more.
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.
My experience at Oxford Royale Academy has been great in many ways. I really appreciated the classes, teachers and, especially, the opportunity to enjoy an international environment: nice people from all around the world.
I had an amazing time and I can’t wait to come back next year.
I’ve been in Oxford st.Catharine collage for 2 weeks engineering introducing course with Oxford Royal Academy. The course and organization was great and whole process of 2 weeks was smooth and perfect. But i believe courses and organizations are irrelevant, i believe the main purpose in such a program like this one is meeting people all around the world and making network on the way. Im happy that ORA has delivered that perfectly, it’s probably one of my most productive and self-improving 2 weeks of my life. Thanks for every person who make this happen.
It was definitely one of the best summers of my life and i enjoyed every single day of it. i got to make countless new friends from all around the world. i’ve experienced so many new things and i couldn’t be happier that i decided to go to oxford this summer. it was not only the lessons that made me fall in love with the program but also the activities, the staff and my peers. the staff was always there for us and we could entrust them with everything. everything has its ups and downs but i think that we as a course handled our downs together very well and had a lot more ups and awesome experiences together. i would recommend for everyone to go to oxford royale academy at least once in their life and experience the wonders it has to offer.
At my 2 weeks at Balliol College I met friends that I value more than friends I've met for longer periods of time. I learned more about medicine than I did in a full year of Biology at my IBDP school. This truly changed my life and my point of view on bring a Doctor.
Once you have decided which course 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 course or courses you would like to study, and a credit or debit card to pay the relevant deposit.
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Once your application has been submitted, your deposit payment 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 a deposit payment to secure the booking. For Summer 2023, deposit payments are structured as follows:
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 no later than 90 days before the start date of the course. 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 deposit amount. If you would like to enrol and make your deposit 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 course fees include the following:
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.
Oxford Royale Academy’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:
|Period Before Start Date||Total Refunded|
Cancellations made after the commencement date of the course will not receive any refund.
Our English language requirements are as follows:
Students who have studied at an English speaking school for two or more years are exempt from English requirements.
Yes, all 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. In general, the graduation ceremony is for students only, but in certain cases, it might be possible for parents to attend on request. Due to limited seating and viewing facilities in the colleges, it is essential that parents contact the campus office well in advance to ascertain whether space is available.
It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. 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 course please do not hesitate to contact us.