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Broadening Horizons Summer School in Oxford

Oxford Royale Academy's award-winning Broadening Horizons summer school 2021 on the campus of the University of Oxford, taught by elite ORA academic faculty.

Why Study Broadening Horizons?

Do you want to create your own programme of subjects, and study whatever you choose? Our Broadening Horizons Summer School in Oxford gives you the chance to study a thrilling combination of subjects, from Archaeology to Neuroscience. You’ll enjoy a rich educational experience, involving small study groups and interactive workshops. With our Broadening Horizons summer course, you could be studying Genetics and Creative Writing in the morning, and Public Speaking & Debate in the afternoon. Get inspired, as you live and study in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford. Develop key academic and personal skills, pursue your interests, and make friends for life.

Join our Broadening Horizons Summer School, and enjoy an unbeatable academic adventure.

Course Summary

Study a combination of subjects of your choice, with our world-renowned Broadening Horizons course. With more than 30 options available, from Medical Biology and Blockchain to Creative Writing, you’ll pursue fascinating new areas of interest.

You’ll have morning lessons in small study groups to ensure that you have the best access to our expert tutors. In the afternoons, you’ll enjoy interactive workshops and masterclasses. You’ll gain core personal skills and a rounded educational experience, as well as in-depth academic knowledge of your subjects. Build your perfect course with our Broadening Horizons programme, as you choose from two world-class venues: the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge.

 

Unsure about what to study at university?

You can study a combination of subjects of your choice allowing you to pursue areas of interest or to try out something new. These programmes are unique to Oxford Royale Academy and remain the most popular choice with our students.

  • Over 100 options available
  • Take 3 different subjects
  • Choose 2 morning options and an afternoon workshop

What’s included?

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Inspiring courses taught by experts
  • A truly international environment – over 170 nationalities in 2019
  • Accommodation, meals, 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
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What you will learn

On our Broadening Horizons course, you will:

  • Create your own unique programme, combining multiple fascinating subjects.
  • Select two unique Morning Subject options (one from List A and one from List B), and an Afternoon Workshop to personalise the course around your interests.
  • Enhance your skills and knowledge on a subject you already know, or try something brand new.
  • Have Morning Subjects in small study groups, and Afternoon Workshops in larger groups, where you enjoy interactive, practical activities.
  • Benefit from both individual and group learning
  • Gain a diverse set of skills for your future

Course Topics

Morning List A
Astronomy
Explore a fascinating subject seldom taught at school and gain an understanding of celestial phenomena including supernovae, planets, and stars.
Biotechnology
Study Biotechnology if you are interested in engaging with cutting edge material, the applications of Biotechnology across a range of fields, and gaining an insight into the future directions of Biotechnology.
Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
Students will begin by looking into the technical and mathematical details of what blockchain is, how it functions and the opportunities it brings to different sectors. They will and will then apply this foundational knowledge to an in-depth study of Cryptocurrencies - what they, how they work, and how they are revolutionising traditional banking and finance.
Business Finance
Students will delve into the complex world of business finance, from micro-studies to macro-finance.
Chemistry
This Chemistry summer course focuses on strengthening core concepts as well as introducing new and exciting topics outside of the school curriculum.
Classical Civilisations
An introduction to the history, literature, philosophy and belief systems of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Contemporary History
This History summer course takes students through the most important global events and processes which have taken place since the end of the Second World War, from the Cold War to the decolonisation process, the rise of China, the Middle Eastern conflicts, and the response of the international community to the rise of terrorism.
Creative Writing
This Creative Writing course aims both to inspire students, and provide students with an overview of techniques and processes available to writers, encouraging them to think beyond their perceived limitations while equipping them to exceed themselves.
Criminology
Study Criminology to gain an understanding of the key terms in Criminology, then tackle the central questions behind what makes an act or action a crime. Explore the interaction between real-world issues and psychological research, and learn about Criminology from a range of perspectives.
Economics
This exciting Economics Summer Course in Oxford has been designed to introduce students to basic economic theory while also looking at the way in which it is applied, to help students understand current economic issues, from unemployment to the benefits and disadvantages of the Eurozone.
English Literature
This course takes in a huge swathe of English Literature from the past 500 years, from Shakespeare’s The Tempest right up to modern-day metafiction. Students will be provided with the fundamental skills for literary analysis and build on these with the introduction of more complex texts.
Experimental Psychology
This Experimental Psychology course follows the pioneers of the field in seeking answers to some of life's most intriguing questions, giving students the opportunity to study, discuss and debate issues of identity, consciousness, morality, and more.
Forensic Science
Uncover the fundamental concepts and topics of Forensic Science, and look to the future by studying emerging confirming laboratory techniques. This course will empower you to think about the value of Forensic Science in our society, supporting your journey to further studies or a future career in the field.
Genetics
Students on this demanding Genetics course will gain an understanding of human evolution while being introduced to advanced concepts such as genetic engineering.
Human Sciences
This Human Sciences summer course has been designed to provide students with an overview of the social and biological factors that affect human life, ranging from the study of genetics and evolution to how humans are affected by their own social structures.
Journalism
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of journalism by developing their ability to respond critically to a wide range of journalistic media; it is suitable for both those seeking general exposure to the field and those who aim to pursue a career in journalism and want to hone their skills.
Management Studies
A course with direct relevance to students’ future careers, Management Studies provides an excellent introduction to the world of business and the challenges it entails.
Marketing
This course has been designed to open students’ eyes to the wide-ranging field of marketing, omnipresent but seldom taught at school. The course explores marketing in its many guises, from traditional television advertising and public relations to the various forms of digital marketing, such as social media, email, search engine optimisation and paid search marketing.
Mathematics
This Mathematics summer course in Oxford is designed for students with a keen interest in Mathematics. Our focus will be on the introduction of basic concepts from higher mathematics, the development and practice of critical thinking skills, and fun and exciting topics that the student is not likely to be taught on a standard school curriculum.
Medical Biology
This summer Medical Biology course is designed for students who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of the science behind modern medical practice, encouraging students to consider human health and its wider impact.
Neuroscience
Students on this challenging Neuroscience course will explore the complex workings of the human brain, covering difficult issues including memory, the storage of information, the role of sleep, and how emotions and pain affect neural pathways.
Philosophy
This Philosophy summer course has been designed to offer our brightest learners the opportunity to study challenging topics which rarely feature in the school curriculum, offering some ideas from history's most brilliant thinkers, in addition to universally applicable transferable skills.
Physics
This physics summer course aims to introduce students to aspects of physics beyond what is taught in most schools, introducing them to topics encountered at a degree level in order to give an impression of the current state of modern physics and its most intellectually challenging -and rewarding- aspects.
Political Science & International Relations
This Politics summer course is designed to introduce students to the academic disciplines of Political Science and International Relations, exposing them to the methods of social scientific inquiry and contemporary issues dominating the discipline.
Morning List B
Archaeology & Anthropology
This archaeology summer course introduces students to a broad range of intellectually stimulating and thought-provoking debates within Archaeology and the associated discipline of Anthropology, exploring some of the key theoretical principles to reconsider humanity in an entirely new light.
Astronomy
This course gives students the chance to explore a fascinating subject seldom taught at school, gaining an understanding of celestial phenomena including supernovae, planets, and stars.
Biotechnology
Study Biotechnology if you are interested in engaging with cutting edge material, the applications of Biotechnology across a range of fields, and gaining an insight into the future directions of Biotechnology.
Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies
Students will begin by looking into the technical and mathematical details of what blockchain is, how it functions and the opportunities it brings to different sectors. They will and will then apply this foundational knowledge to an in-depth study of Cryptocurrencies - what they, how they work, and how they are revolutionising traditional banking and finance.
Business Finance
On this course, students will delve into the complex world of business finance, from micro-studies to macro-finance.
Chemistry
This Chemistry summer course focuses on strengthening core concepts as well as introducing new and exciting topics, to go beyond what students might have had a chance to cover at school.
Classical Civilisations
An introduction to the history, literature, philosophy and belief systems of Ancient Greece and Rome.
Climate and Sustainability
Study Climate and Sustainability to be an empowered sustainable citizen, who is striving to be part of a more sustainable society. By exploring ideas for our future society, such as Sustainable Cities, you will realise the complexities of the societal change needed for our future.
Contemporary History
This History summer course takes students through the most important global events and processes which have taken place since the end of the Second World War, from the Cold War to the decolonisation process, the rise of China, the Middle Eastern conflicts, and the response of the international community to the rise of terrorism.
Creative Writing
This Creative Writing course aims both to inspire students, and to provide students with an overview of techniques and processes available to writers, encouraging them to think beyond their perceived limitations while equipping them to exceed themselves.
Criminology
Study Criminology to gain an understanding of the key terms in Criminology, then tackle the central questions behind what makes an act or action a crime. You will explore the interaction between real-world issues and psychological research, and learn about Criminology from a range of perspectives.
Economics
This exciting Economics Summer Course in Oxford has been designed to introduce students to basic economic theory while also looking at the way in which it is applied, to help students understand current economic issues, from unemployment to the benefits and disadvantages of the Eurozone.
English Literature
This course takes in a huge swathe of English Literature from the past 500 years, from Shakespeare’s The Tempest right up to modern-day metafiction. Students will be provided with the fundamental skills for literary analysis and to build on these with the introduction of more complex texts.
Experimental Psychology
This Experimental Psychology course follows the pioneers of the field in seeking answers to some of life's most intriguing questions, giving students the opportunity to study, discuss and debate issues of identity, consciousness, morality, and more.
Forensic Science
Uncover the fundamental concepts and topics of Forensic Science, and look to the future by studying emerging confirming laboratory techniques. This course will empower you to think about the value of Forensic Science in our society, supporting your journey to further studies or a future career in the field.
Genetics
Students on this demanding Genetics course will gain an understanding of human evolution while being introduced to advanced concepts such as genetic engineering.
Journalism
This course is designed to introduce students to the study of journalism by developing their ability to respond critically to a wide range of journalistic media; it is suitable for both those seeking general exposure to the field and those who aim to pursue a career in journalism and want to hone their skills while considering journalism's requirements.
Management Studies
A course with direct relevance to students’ future careers, Management Studies provides an excellent introduction to the world of business and the challenges it entails.
Marketing
This course has been designed to open students’ eyes to the wide-ranging field of marketing, omnipresent but seldom taught at school. The course explores marketing in its many guises, from traditional television advertising and public relations to the various forms of digital marketing, such as social media, email, search engine optimisation and paid search marketing.
Mathematics
This Mathematics summer course in Oxford is designed for students with a keen interest in Mathematics. Our focus will be on the introduction of basic concepts from higher mathematics, on the development and practise of critical thinking skills, and on fun and exciting topics that the student is not likely to be taught on a standard school curriculum.
Medical Biology
This summer Medical Biology course is designed for students who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of the science behind modern medical practice, encouraging students to consider human health and its wider impact more broadly.
Neuroscience
Students on this challenging Neuroscience course will explore the complex workings of the human brain, covering difficult issues including memory, the storage of information, the role of sleep, and how emotions and pain affect neural pathways.
Philosophy
This Philosophy summer course has been designed to offer our brightest learners the opportunity to study challenging topics which rarely features in the school curriculum, offering some of the most brilliant ideas of history's most brilliant thinkers, in addition to universally applicable transferable skills.
Physics
This physics summer course aims to introduce students to aspects of physics beyond what is taught in most schools, introducing them to topics encountered at a degree level in order to give an impression of the current state of modern physics and its most intellectually challenging -and rewarding- aspects.
Political Science & International Relations
This Politics summer course is designed to introduce students to the academic disciplines of Political Science and International Relations, exposing them to the methods of social scientific inquiry and contemporary issues dominating the discipline.
Afternoon Workshop
Academic Writing Skills
The perfect choice for any student looking to add that extra polish to their coursework, personal statement or exam essays. The workshop complements any of the morning subjects on the Broadening Horizons course, helping improve students’ writing skills for a broad spectrum of subjects.
Acting & Performance Skills
An overview and a ‘taster’ of the fundamental skills and techniques that are used by actors on both stage and screen.
Business Challenge
Study Business this summer, a course designed for students aged 16-18 with a keen interest in business and entrepreneurship.
Global Issues Seminar Series
This course gives students the opportunity to examine the issues that dominate headlines around the world, from the global economy to current political controversies, as well as development and sustainability.
Leadership & Teambuilding
This Leadership and Teambuilding course replicates contexts that students are likely to encounter in their future academic, professional, and social development, equipping them with lessons from great leaders of the past.
Oxford's Art & Architecture
This course is intended to offer students a brisk and lively introduction to the history of European art and architecture, with particularly close attention paid to Oxford’s unique heritage, to endow students with the skills needed to critically engage with works.
Public Speaking & Debate
In this course, students focus on developing their presentation and advocacy skills: an understanding of how to plan a speech; build a strong and persuasive argument; and to give a convincing speech, with plenty of practice to build confidence for 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.

Oxford Royale Academy Summer School is back for 2021!

After the devastating year we have all had with COVID-19, we need something to look forward to. Our award winning summer school is back for summer 2021! Get ready for an inspirational summer of unparalleled learning as you make new friends from around the world. Discover hidden passions and hidden talents, open your mind to new possibilities, and experience world class culture. Join us for an unforgettable summer!

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Experience life on the campus of the University of Oxford

What’s life like at the oldest university in the English-speaking world? Join us this summer to find out! Your Oxford summer school is hosted in historic residential colleges where you will experience authentic undergraduate life. Sleep in student bedrooms set in centuries-old quadrangles, socialise in vibrant student common rooms, and relax in glorious college gardens. Take your place in vaulted halls where students have dined for over eight centuries. Learn in lecture theatres and laboratories where groundbreaking discoveries have been made, and study in the classrooms where 55 Nobel prize winners developed the key academic and life skills crucial 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.

Hear from eminent guest speakers

Baron William Hague of Richmond speaks at our Great Debate event in Oxford

We know that you’re already passionate about your chosen subject. But have you ever wanted to find out more about another field, to explore paths as yet undiscovered? Wouldn’t it be great to listen to and debate with leading figures from the worlds of culture, media, sport and academia, while boosting your confidence and public speaking skills?

Here at ORA, we can help with that! In Oxford, you will enjoy fantastic talks from world-renowned guest speakers, from eminent Cabinet Ministers and ambassadors, to celebrated explorers and globally esteemed businessmen and women, all of whom are ready to share the secrets of their success with you. Unique among Oxford summer schools, our guest lecture programmes will help you to explore and debate the challenges facing the world today, from climate change to global security and the spread of misinformation, boosting your summer of learning even further!

Join exciting activities and trips

Summer should be fun, right?! Don’t worry, we get that – we never forget that you’re on holiday!

We can help you to 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. You and your friends will enjoy an amazing extra-curricular timetable, including dazzling graduation balls, excursions offering a glimpse of Britain’s past, and much more.

Make Instagram-worthy memories as you visit glitzy attractions such as the bright lights of London’s theatres, Windsor Castle, and Blenheim Palace.

Something for the parents too…

Would you like to network with high achievers from over 170 countries, and gain your own taste of the Oxford experience? And would you like to visit classic venues such as the Ashmolean, the world’s oldest university museum? Or Oxford’s Grand Cafe, site of England’s first coffee house? If so, our parents’ events are definitely for you!

At the beginning of each summer school, we invite students’ parents, families and carers to join us for a reception hosted at a stunning Oxford venue. Mingle with other high flyers, and meet senior ORA staff and company founders who will be delighted to answer your questions about the summer school. Build new connections while enjoying an exclusive peek into the experiences that your children will enjoy this summer. We can’t wait to meet you!

Useful Information

Information for Parents

Visit our parents page to find some useful information for parents and students about living and studying in our summer school centres. Further practical information will be made available through the ORA Portal in the months leading up to your summer school booking.

Pastoral Care

Over 15 years of delivering world-class summer programmes, we have established robust processes and structures to ensure all of our over 25,000 students have been well looked after during their stay with ORA. We pride ourselves on the exceptional levels of pastoral care we provide to our students

Medical Care and Insurance

All students must be comprehensively insured for their time with Oxford Royale Academy. Details of insurance available through ORA for our 2021 programmes will be announced in due course. If you would like further information on course insurance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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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.

Arrivals 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.

What to Pack

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

Summer Blogs

Check out some of the best moments from our 2019 summer school through our student blogs. Get a taste of the ORA summer school experience through the pictures and words of our students as they describe the highlights of their summer programme

Visas and Immigration

Students are responsible for obtaining their own visa prior to travelling, but can request assistance from Oxford Royale Academy if required. You can find some helpful information here

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. 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. ([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. 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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