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Oxford Royale 2024

English Language Summer School

Oxford Royale Summer School

English as a Foreign Language

Join the leading English as a Foreign Language programme with Oxford Summer School. 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.

Perfect your English skills on campus in the famous colleges of Oxford, an institution that inspired some of the most famous English authors, from J R R Tolkien to Lewis Carroll. Study the English language with experienced tutors qualified to British Council Accreditation Standards, while practising your English with native speakers outside the classroom.

Immerse yourself in British culture, participating in exciting excursions to famous sites and places in the UK, all while living and studying in the legendary colleges in Oxford.

Location Oxford
For Ages 13-15
Duration 2 weeks
Price
Course Dates
  • 30th Jun to 13th Jul
  • 14th Jul to 27th Jul
  • 28th Jul to 10th Aug
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English is the common language of international commerce, finance, politics, law, research, and education throughout the modern world. Whatever your aspirations, learning to communicate accurately and elegantly in this global lingua franca will set you up for success for years to come. Our summer programmes on campus in the University of Oxford offers profoundly enriching environments in which to take your English to the next level, perfect for those who are preparing for advanced EFL examinations such as TOEFL, Cambridge First, and IELTS.

We are proud to be able to call ourselves the world’s most international summer school, having welcomed the best and brightest students from over 175 nations since our foundation in 2005. By studying with us, you will have exposure to a network of like-minded, ambitious learners, all of whom will have diverse reasons for deciding to study English intensively this summer. These friendships will last a lifetime, blossoming into opportunities to keep practising your English as you stay in touch, and bearing the potential for future intellectual collaboration as you further your studies and career.

Our academic faculty is made up of only the finest teachers and academics in their field, all of whom possess the tools not only to teach you the technicalities of the English language, but also to inform you about its rich literary and linguistic history. Showing individual attention to learners whilst also bringing their unique ideas and knowledge to the table, your tutors will offer you an unforgettable learning experience that will inspire you to persevere in perfecting your English for years to come.

As neuro-linguistic research has continuously shown, immersion is the most effective way to learn any language. Although at the beginning of the course learners will be sorted into three groups subject to their existing levels of English – Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, and Advanced – each set will reap the rewards of being fully immersed in English throughout the duration of the two weeks, both within and outside of the classroom. Our extensive extra-curricular calendar offers EFL students access to inspiring talks and workshops from leading lights across a spectrum of professions, exposing attendees to a wide range of new vocabulary, accents, and modes of expression in a highly memorable context.

Our courses take full advantage of each of our stunning locations and their cultural legacies. Those studying at Oxford will have recourse to the rich tradition of literature that has emerged from the prestigious university town. As world-class teachers incorporate the local environment into their lessons, your choice of where to study has the potential to shape the way you communicate, study, and engage with English for years to come.

13-15-year-olds studying in Oxford will visit beautiful Bath, and 16-18-year-olds will travel to London. All attendees will benefit from informative and engaging guided tours of key sites, as well as free time in which to visit areas of personal interest, indulge in some local dining, and go shopping for souvenirs with friends.

Students at the world’s greatest universities are experts in balancing hard work and play. We ensure that our attendees are well rewarded for their hard work, and offer not one, but two opportunities to celebrate their accomplishments over the course of the programme. A mid-programme party is held for students to let their hair down and socialise with their newfound friends following the first week of the course. Then, as the summer school winds to a close, alumni are invited to an illustrious Oxford graduation ceremony, where they will be awarded a certificate of their achievement, followed by a final party at a show-stopping location: a worthy send-off after all that hard work.

Sample Timetable

You can find our sample timetable here.

An Oxford Royale Graduation Certificate

What's Included

  • Residential in the prestigious colleges of the University of Oxford

  • Inspiring programmes taught by experts

  • A truly international environment - over 170 nationalities

  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programmes included

  • Graduation, report cards and certificate

  • 20+ hours tuition / week

  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers

  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

Watch our video Graduation 2023

Learn from world-leading experts

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!

Meet Our Faculty

Dr Rehan Shah

Engineering

Dr 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.

Bruce Windwood

Film Academy

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

Medicine

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.

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

Medicine

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

Medicine

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.

How You'll Learn

Escape ordinary classroom teaching and learn through interactive and immersive lessons.

Workshops

Hands-on classes designed to help students learn through practical application.

Masterclasses

An interactive forum with an expert in the field, giving students valuable insights into related and new topics.

Guest Speakers

Successful and famous guest speakers offer students the chance to pose their most important questions.

Debates

Essential for honing students' reasoning abilities and public speaking skills.

Interactive Lectures

Dynamic lectures given by passionate teachers packed with facts and viewpoints to engage the audience.

Group Projects

An opportunity to work closely with, and learn from, different perspectives.

Seminars

Working in pairs and small groups, students have plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate.

Challenge Days

Apply the skills and knowledge gained throughout your two-week programme in an immersive full day simulation event.

Exciting Activities and Trips

Natural History Museum

Immerse yourself in British history through visits to incredible venues like the Oxford Museum of Natural History. Affiliated with the University of Oxford, this magical museum is home to centuries of Natural History, including the Oxford Dodo, the only surviving remains of dodo tissue to exist anywhere in the world!

See our exclusive events Night at the Musuem

Walking Tour of Oxford

Discover the magic of Oxford on a walking tour around the historic city. Explore magnificent colleges that have been home to Nobel Prize winners, leading scientists and Academy Award winners, take in the serene parks and Botanic Gardens, or uncover hidden gems from coffee shops to rare book stores.

Summer school students graduating

Oxford Royale Graduation

Experience an Oxford Royale graduation, on campus at your residential college in Oxford. Dress up with your new friends, dine in a magnificent venue, and celebrate everything you have achieved on your programme. 

See our exclusive events Oxford Royale Graduation

Punting in Oxford

Feel like a real student in Oxford and try your hand at punting, a type of rowing that uses a metal pole to push the boat forward! Relax in the sun and view Oxford’s stunning natural landscape as you punt along the Cherwell river.

“I have had a great time here, I wanted to come to meet new friends and experience Oxford, and I really feel I have done that! I have never been to Oxford before, and I love the buildings and the people, who are all so nice.  The programme is really different from school because you have more fun. The people in class all really want to learn and it’s a great environment.”

Johanna, Germany

Oxford Summer School - EFL student testimonial
“ It is a brand new experience, especially if you don’t travel a lot. You learn to make new friendships and the really important thing is that you can maintain these friendships for a long time.”

Philibert, France

“I chose to join an Oxford Royale Summer School because I wanted to practise my English. The classes are completely different from school. Here, we are discussing questions, we are thinking about bigger ideas, we constantly do group projects and creative things.”

Evalina, Belarus

Reviews

We have a 4.8 rating based on 769 reviews on Reviews.io.
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Hannah

I had an absolutely incredible time doing Summer school with Oxford Royale Academy! I learnt new things about myself and the world around me, and would definitely recommend to others!

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Clara

I loved the Oxford Royal program, I met many people with bright personalities and unique minds, and I also learned a lot from the teachers, campus staff etc. You will enjoy it!

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Francesca

Oxford Royals Academy made my summer amazing! I learned many new things and I met people from all over the world that I know I can call true friends. I definitely recommend ORA to anyone who wants to make unforgettable memories!

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Minquan

The twelve days I spent in Oxford Summer School were very happy, the teachers were very kind and professional, and the curriculum was very reasonable, which expanded my knowledge. All the courses mean a lot to me and I hope I can come back next summer.

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Jade

The oxford royale academy was definitely the highlight of my summer. I have not only learnt more about the course I have chosen, but I've also met a lot of new friends, friendly staff and helpful teachers from different cultures all in the same campus and had a lot of unforgettable memories.

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Katherine

Oxford Royale was a great expreince. It was amazing to get to know people all over the globe and form life long relationships.

Frequently Asked Questions

Once you have decided which programme 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 programme or programmes you would like to study, and a credit or debit card to pay the relevant enrolment fee.

We are happy to accept enrolment fee payments via a number of other, non-card payment methods (including domestic and international bank transfer), thanks to our partnership with education payment specialists, Flywire. If you would prefer to pay your enrolment fee payment by bank transfer or another method, please contact our Admissions team who will be able to assist you.

Once your application has been submitted, your enrolment fee 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 an enrolment fee to secure the booking. For Summer 2023, enrolment fees are structured as follows:

  • Summer Schools for ages 13-15 and 16-18 (Oxford, Cambridge, London, Berkeley and Yale) – £1295 GBP for each 2-week session

You may either pay the full programme fee when you book your place, or pay the enrolment fee and then settle the balance at a later date.

The balance clearance is required no later than 90 days before the start date of the programme. Where the student is booking less than 90 days before the start date, the programme 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 enrolment fee. If you would like to pay your enrolment fee 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 programme fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation at a top university
  • Meals in the dining hall of your college, every day of your programme (Meals provided are typically as follows: breakfast, lunch and dinner for ages 13-15; breakfast and dinner for ages 16-18)
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions (kindly note that excursions can be to local attractions or to sites further afield)
  • Welcome and graduation events
  • A multitude of extras, including an Oxford Royale notebook and branded clothing

If you wish to change your programme or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to programmes 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 programme start date.

Oxford Royale’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:

  • No refund of enrolment fee will be made under any circumstances once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
  • For cancellations before your programme start date, the remainder of the programme fees excluding the enrolment fee 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%

Cancellations made after the commencement date of the programme will not receive any refund.

Our English language requirements are as follows:

  • B1 for EFL courses
  • B2 or IELTS level 5.5 – 6.5 for IELTS Preparation
  • C1 or IELTS level 6.5 or higher for all academic courses

 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 Graduation Certificate upon satisfactory completion of the programme. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the programme. 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.

All students will be well looked after, and security is carefully monitored on campus.

In order to leave campus students are required to sign out and sign themselves back in with a counsellor, and curfews are enforced on campus. Any issues that arise can be taken up with staff.

Students will also always be accompanied during lessons, trips, and excursions.

It is certainly possible to take more than one programme 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 Architecture.

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 programme please do not hesitate to contact us.

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