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Oxford Royale 2024

Architecture & Design Summer School

Yale Summer School

Architecture & Design

Bring your design ideas to life at one of the richest artistic and architectural locations in the world on campus at our Summer Course at Yale. You’ll apply the core principles of architecture, including planning, design and spatial mapping, as you fast track your future to becoming a world-class architect. Apply your learning in the “City of the Future” design challenge, where you will collaborate on a design team and propose and present architectural solutions for the urban city of 2050.

Immerse yourself in the buildings, colleges, art collections and museums in Yale, observing ‘case studies’ which illustrate the development of art and architecture throughout time. Produce a range of architectural drawings and build your professional portfolio as you practice technical drawing and model construction in both manual and digital formats.

Location Yale University
For Ages 16-18 years
Duration 2 weeks
Course Dates
  • 30th Jun to 13th Jul
  • 14th Jul to 27th Jul
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A student on our Architecture Summer School

See our Architecture Programme in Action

Watch our Architecture Summer School trailer to see students in the process of making their design projects. Listen to students and teachers reflect on the different perspectives our international student body brings to our classrooms, and the breadth of architectural knowledge that is covered in the two week programme.

The Empire State Building in New York, which students will visit on our Summer Courses in Yale

The Yale Experience

Watch our Summer Courses in Yale trailer to hear from students and teachers about the transformative experiences they had whilst attending programmes in Yale. See the amazing university campus venues of our lessons and parties whilst students speak about their academic learning. Also, hear students on making international friends against the backdrop of their trip to New York.

Architecture Summer Course in Yale Details

Our Architecture Summer School for 16-18-year-olds has been expertly developed to school students both in the principle tenets of the field, and the necessity for creative thinking to offer solutions as changes in modern life represent novel challenges for architects.

Having welcomed students from over 175 nations, we are pleased to be able to call ourselves the world’s most international summer school. For students of architecture, this variety of perspectives offers a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity, as each individual will come with unique insight into their country’s traditions of architecture and urban planning. The spirit of collaboration fostered in our interactive classrooms helps students form friendships to last a lifetime – and these connections could even bear fruit in the form of shared architectural projects later down the road.

We have the great privilege of being able to offer attendees access to world-leading experts in the field, whose collective years of experience as professors and practising architects and urban planners offer a profound depth of knowledge rarely afforded to pre-university students. Under the aegis of these expert guides, students will: 

– Develop observational and technical drawing and scale modelling skills

– Gain an overview of architectural history from Ancient Greece to the present day, including the latest trend and discourse surrounding our constructed environments

– Explore local buildings and urban environs, treating these as architectural case studies

– Examine the variety of pathways available to early career architects

– Gain an understanding of the level of ambition and commitment that is expected of architecture undergraduates

Despite appearances, architecture isn’t all technical: the very best architects will have highly attuned interpersonal skills, enabling them to work fluently as they transform into design the needs and ambitions of their clients. As such, there is an emphasis on interaction and collaboration both within and outside the classroom to help students develop crucial ‘soft skills.’ Over the two weeks, attendees will:

– Refine their active listening skills, working closely with expert tutors both in 1:1 tutorial sessions and wider classroom discussions

– Learn to respond to constructive criticism of their work productively and professionally as they develop their architectural portfolios

– Master public speaking and develop confidence through our public debating society

– Articulate ideas effectively as they present on an urban planning project at the end of the programme

These are exciting times to become an architect, as global interconnectivity and technological reliance augments, creating a need for design which reflects changing social, commercial, and domestic organisation. To discover how well suited they are to this fast-paced professional environment, students will:

– Work on an industry-grade project, putting theories surrounding the modern built environment as they design their own ‘City of the Future’

– Learn about sustainable design in the context of climate change and other existential risks

– Learn to conduct a site survey, an essential component of any architectural or interior design project

– Benefit from subject-specific sessions on preparing for a future in architecture, as well as general academic enrichment workshops which form part of our extracurricular calendar

Students of our Architecture summer programmes will not only benefit from the very best education in their field; they will also have the summer of a lifetime, as they explore novel locations with newfound friends and are spoiled for choice with our action-packed extracurricular calendar. Throughout the duration of their course, students will:

– Partake in exciting enrichment activities, including museum visits, walking tours, and a day trip to New York to explore quintessential American culture

– Enjoy a stimulating range of challenges, such as fact-finding scavenger hunts and photography competitions

– Socialise with students on other programmes through recreational activities such as karaoke nights, bowling, and sporting events

– Enjoy talks from talented motivational speakers across a range of industries and professions

All excellent architects draw on the history of their trade, both to draw inspiration and to rebel against the status quo. Students will be guided by expert faculty through a history of architecture, beginning with the Ancient Greeks and culminating with a thorough examination of emerging trends in the industry.

During their final week, attendees will get involved in a forward-facing urban design project titled ‘City of the Future’. Pulling together everything they have learned over the course of the programme, this is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their learning both to peers and tutors at Oxford Royale, and to future admissions faculty and employers as a unique addition to their portfolios.

Students will enjoy the opportunity to step back from a day’s hard work and explore their local cities, all of which boast rich cultural offers. There will be opportunities to visit museums, snap pictures at sites of interest, and sample local cuisine. There will also be a mid-programme trip to New York. This is a fantastic way to be immersed in quintessential American culture as you make lifetime memories with your newfound friends.

Students at the world’s top universities are renowned for their work ethic, but lesser known is their penchant for letting their hair down and celebrating their achievements in style. Students on our programmes get the very best of both academic excellence and fun with friends, as they are rewarded for their efforts through two parties over the two weeks: one on the mid-programme weekend, and the other following an illustrious formal graduation ceremony to mark their completion of the course.

Full Timetable

To download a full sample timetable of our Yale Architecture Summer Programme, click here.

A Typical Day

A Typical weekday on our Yale Architecture Summer School looks like this:

  • 8AM: Students wake up for breakfast on campus before heading to lessons
  • 9AM: Morning lessons, with two short breaks
  • 1PM: Lunch break for students to buy food and explore the city with friends
  • 2PM: Afternoon lessons
  • 3:30PM: Business academic workshop to develop key skills, or cultural activities such as a museum visit
  • 6PM: Dinner on campus
  • 7PM: Study support sessions
  • 8PM: Public Speaking and Debate Society, Shaping your Future Seminar Series
  • 9PM: Social activities such as quiz nights, movie nights or karaoke
  • 10:30PM: Curfew

Week One

The programme kicks off bright and early on Monday with an introductory seminar on architecture and design, followed by the first of a series of seminars on the history of architecture. Through a series of further seminars, workshops, and subject-specific excursions throughout the course of the week, students will develop their theoretical knowledge alongside the practical skills essential to architectural projects, such as sketching, model construction, and site surveys. Students will also attend talks on the ‘Grand Challenges’ facing modern architecture, and towards the end of the week will attend a lecture preparing them to commence their central project: the City of the Future Design Challenge. Over the mid-programme weekend, students will attend a party to celebrate their progress so far, followed by an exciting day trip to New York.

Week Two

During the second week of the programme, students focus predominantly on their Design Challenge. These sessions will be complemented by early morning seminars on subjects such as sustainable design and emerging trends in architecture, as well as a workshop on developing a professional architectural portfolio. Students will also attend a subject-specific masterclass, which is subject to change year-by-year, but has historically covered subjects such as emerging careers in architecture or hand-drawing techniques. As the programme draws to a close, students will have the opportunity to present on their final design and receive invaluable feedback from their tutors. On the final full day of the programme, students will benefit from two seminars on preparation for their future careers, before getting ready for a show-stopping graduation ceremony to honour their achievements, followed by a party at an venue in Yale.

An Oxford Royale Graduation Certificate

What's Included

  • Residential on the prestigious campus of Yale University

  • Inspiring programmes taught by experts

  • International student community with over 170 nationalities represented since 2004

  • Accommodation, breakfast and dinner, tuition and cultural programmes included

  • Graduation, report cards and certificate

  • 17.5 hours of tuition per week

  • Inspirational cultural programmes

Watch our video Graduation 2023

How You'll Learn

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.

Guest Speakers

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.

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.


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

New York

Visit New York and experience the excitement of this world-famous city. From landmarks like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, to cultural venues like the Museum of Modern Art, and unmissable tourist destinations from Central Park all the way to Broadway!

See our exclusive events Explore New York

Walking Tour of New Haven

A guided tour of New Haven will help you feel like a local in this historic university city: as the first planned city in the whole of the US it is easy to navigate, and your guide gives you a chance to see the magnificent Gothic architecture and vibrant local scenery.

Yale summer school, experience life at Yale University, join exciting trips and activities, explore the Beinecke library and ancient manuscripts.

Manuscript Library

Experience history at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the literary archive of Yale University. One of the largest buildings dedicated to rare books, the library contains more than a million books– a book-lover’s dream!

Summer school students graduating


Celebrate the end of your programme in style at your Oxford Royale graduation. Have the chance to dress in your best clothes and receive a certificate that showcases all your hard work during the course, joined with the new friends you’ve made.

See our exclusive events Graduation 2023
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Laura, Italy

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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 2024, enrolment fee payments are structured as follows:

  • Summer Schools for ages 13-18 (University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of California, Berkeley and Yale University) – £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 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 programme. Where the student is booking less than 90 days before the start date, the programmefees 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 amount. If you would like to enrol and make your enrolment fee 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.

  • 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
  • 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

Yes, students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Graduation Certificate in their chosen programme upon satisfactory completion of the programme. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the programme.

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.

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