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Artificial Intelligence - Oxford Online Summer School for Adults

Oxford Royale Academy's award-winning Artificial Intelligence Summer School 2021, delivered online as part of our Oxford Online Summer School for adults, and taught by elite ORA academic faculty.

Why study Artificial Intelligence?

Do you want to become an expert on one of the most thrilling advancements in technology today? Join our Artificial Intelligence Oxford Online Summer School, and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Artificial Intelligence (AI). You’ll get to grips with in-demand programming languages, such as R, Python and Hadoop. You’ll understand the technical elements behind modern AI programmes. You’ll gain sought-after skills for a career in technology, as you investigate the role of AI and machine learning in different industries, and learn to develop your own AI models for these industries. You’ll be part of a dynamic and truly international online community, and make valuable connections for your career from all around the world.

Join our Artificial Intelligence Oxford Online Summer School, and kickstart a top career in Artificial Intelligence.

Oxford Summer School for Adults

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.

Artificial Intelligence: An Introduction

Course Summary

Join our Artificial Intelligence course, and immerse yourself in modern day Artificial Intelligence (AI). You’ll dive into concepts such as data machine learning, and deep learning. You’ll explore programming languages such as R, Python and Hadoop.

You’ll gain strong theoretical and practical skills in AI, as you learn through exciting hands-on exercises and demonstrations with your peers. You’ll also look at the technical aspects of conversational agents such as Siri, Alexa and Cortana.

You’ll get to grips with the essential components of machine learning systems and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of AI programming languages. You’ll explore complex information retrieval methods such as web crawling and indexing techniques, along with statistical and technical tools. You’ll investigate ‘the deep learning revolution’ that is taking place around the world, and discuss contemporary machine learning models and the future developments in AI on the horizon.

Topics Covered

On our course, you will:

  • Understand the technical elements and theories behind modern AI programmes and take steps to study further AI theories, research and real world applications
  • Build further expertise in AI and machine learning technologies
  • Learn how to assess and investigate further the role that AI and machine learning technologies can play in different industries and aim to potentially develop AI, machine and deep learning models for these industries
  • Develop your skills in natural language processing tasks, and find the right machine programmable representations for both text and spoken documents.
  • Understand the regression technique for inferring continuous values.


This course includes

  • Structured timetable of lectures, seminars and projects over each week-long course, with 4+ hours of guided learning each day.
  • Cover academic topics, personal development skills and applications & careers advice under the guidance of ORA’s elite tutoring faculty.
  • Immersive, interactive seminars. Ask questions and discuss with your tutor and peers in a fully immersive digital learning environment.
  • Final report and certificate included. Students will receive an Oxford Royale virtual summer school certificate, complete with your course score.
  • 6-month access to all digital materials, including ORA’s digital library of 20+ on-demand courses, featuring almost 100 hours of self-paced learning material.

What's Included?

Virtual seminars and tutorials with our elite faculty

Take part in lectures with ORA tutors and students from all over the world, following the curriculum of your chosen subject. Learn from the world’s best minds - During each virtual lecture you will learn from some of the very best academics in their field, while also being able to ask questions and discuss material. Immersive, interactive seminars. Ask questions and discuss with your tutor and peers in a fully immersive digital learning environment using Microsoft teams.

Independent study and breakout discussions

Guided and independent study periods, along with student-led breakout rooms, enable students to dive deeper into their chosen field with their tutors and peers. These interactive sessions are more student-led and provide a unique opportunity for learning in a truly global classroom.

Access to ORA's virtual campus

Through our Virtual Campus, students can access all course materials, lecture recordings, teacher notes and more from their dashboard. They can find resources related to their course, browse advice and guidance for university applications, take part in skills and personal development exercises, and communicate with students from other courses.

Final report and certificate

Based on the material gleaned through seminars, tutorials and independent study sessions, students produce two assessed projects: a presentation and an essay. The grades achieved through both of these assessments contribute to the final course grade, which will appear on your Oxford Royale Academy course certificate.

Additional private virtual learning opportunities

Students will have additional learning opportunities including; 6-month access to all digital materials, including ORA’s digital library of 20+ on-demand courses, featuring almost 100 hours of self-paced learning material. The chance to book additional live tutoring with Oxford Royale faculty members, should they wish to build on the material covered in their virtual session.

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 admin@oxford-royale.co.uk
  • 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 admin@oxford-royale.co.uk 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. For Summer 2021, this 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. (admin@oxford-royale.co.uk)

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. This can be done in two ways:

  • Enrol on two different programmes. For example, you may wish to have two weeks on the Broadening Horizons course and then two more weeks on the Oxford Enterprise Programme.
  • Enrol on the same programme twice, but choose different subject options. For example, you may wish to have four weeks on the New Perspectives course, choosing Creative Writing & Experimental Psychology for the first two weeks, followed by Human Biology and Physics & Chemistry for the second two weeks. Four-week courses include New Perspectives, Broadening Horizons and Oxford Summer English only.

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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