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Science Summer School 2021

Study Science on the campus of the world’s most prestigious universities. Live, dine and study on the campus to get an authentic taste of university life; from the historic prestige of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, to the Ivy League excellence of Yale in the USA.

Why study Science?

Gain the knowledge to change your life as well as the world! Oxford Royale Academy Summer School Science courses aim to encourage you to question and develop an understanding of how life works, and why. Studying a subject in the Sciences at Oxford Royale Academy is a fantastic way to reinforce and build on existing knowledge, or broaden your mind and learn something new that completely alters your view of the world around us.

With Oxford Royale Academy you’ll get a unique opportunity to experience life as a science student at some of the world’s best and most famous universities. Choose from a range of locations, each one as impressive as the last, with Oxford, Cambridge, London, St Andrews, Ascot or Uppingham in the UK, Bologna in Italy, or Yale in the US. You’re sure to be inspired as you study in cities that have been inhabited by renowned scientists and marked by impressive discoveries and influential research.

Find the perfect Science course

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Academic Discovery Plus: STEM Summer School for Juniors (10-12)

Oxford Royale Academy’s Academic Discovery Plus Programme is one of our most popular junior courses, offering you the chance to investigate key questions through a combination of fascinating classes and exciting practical workshops.

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Chemistry Summer School in Cambridge

The course aims to give you more confidence and foster curiosity about pursuing the subject in your future studies; no one should leave this course under the impression that Chemistry is boring.

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Physics Summer School in Oxford

The class contains very little overlap with conventional high school physics. The physics covered in high school is over two hundred years old. It can be archaic and boring, yet physics today is on the brink of exciting new discoveries.

Psychology Summer School in Oxford

Join our Experimental Psychology course, and answer life's most intriguing questions. You'll look at issues such as: what makes you you, and if there is always a clear difference between good and evil.

Physics Summer School in Cambridge

In Physics, you'll look at the principles governing forces and how they interact with matter.

Chemistry Summer School - Student inspects sample under microscope

Chemistry Summer School in Oxford

Our Physics and Chemistry course aims to harness your curiosity, as well as develop your scientific imagination and reasoning, experimentation, and perseverance. As your confidence grows, so too will your understanding of core physical and chemical concepts.

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Psychology Summer School in Cambridge

This course will cover some of the most fundamental psychological concepts and introduce some of the most influential theorists.

5 reasons to choose the Science Summer School

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Enhance your appreciation of our world

In a time when climate change and sustainability are constantly in the news, it’s important to be aware of the impact we have on the world. Studying a Science course at ORA is an ideal (and fun) way to increase your understanding of the challenges facing our world today, and enhance your appreciation of it. Even if you don’t choose to study a course that’s directly related to the environment, all scientific disciplines are in some way linked to the world we inhabit and will equip you with the skills and knowledge required to understand all of its fascinating complexities.

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Surprise yourself

One or two weeks might not seem like a very long time to learn brand-new information, especially in a subject area as complex and varied as the Sciences, but you’ll be surprised to see how much knowledge and insight you gain from the course you choose. This is partly because you’ll be in a class with other students who are equally keen to learn and will be sharing ideas every day, whether directly related to a subject or simply offering a different way to approach a question.

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Hone your problem-solving skills

Although teaching will involve whole-class learning, you will also have the opportunity to work independently and in small groups to solve challenging problems and complete practical tasks. Your teacher understands the importance of allowing you to experiment and try new things in order to fully explore your chosen subject and increase your knowledge. Science is all about trial and error; this is how all of the most significant discoveries and breakthroughs were made!

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Learn to question everything

Any successful scientist needs an inquisitive mind. This is, of course, crucial when seeking to understand how humans function and how the world works, but is equally important in our everyday lives. Perhaps you’ve always accepted that boys are associated with the colour blue and girls with pink, but without knowing why this should be the case. Your experience studying a Science subject at ORA will give you the confidence to question ideas you previously accepted as true and look deeper for an answer.

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Find your future career

As ORA offers such a broad range of different options within the Sciences, it’s highly likely that you’ll find a subject that sparks your interest to the point where you’d like to pursue a career in that area. Not only will you return home with increased knowledge, confidence and independence, you’ll also have a clearer idea of what you would like to study at university and explore as a career in the future, and possess the skills to do so successfully.

Study Science in the world's most prestigious universities or in top UK boarding schools

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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