Explore Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Oxford Royale Academy's award-winning Business, Innovation and Enterprise Summer School on the campus of Yale University, taught by elite ORA academic faculty.

Launch Your Own Business

The “Explore Business” course provides you with a broad introduction to business, finance, and marketing. It equips you with the skills to innovate and successfully launch and manage your own business.  Most importantly, you will develop the mindset to become a groundbreaking entrepreneur.

Why Choose This Course?

  • Immerse yourself in the exciting world of innovation through compelling case studies on companies like Tesla and Tik Tok and profiles of leading innovators like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs.
  • Learn to think like an entrepreneur and strengthen your problem-solving, design, and idea generation skills.
  • Take center stage and apply your skills in the “Explore Business Shark Tank Challenge”, where you will collaborate with your peers to pitch a new business idea.
  • Explore a London based business incubator and engage with real entrepreneurs who are leading new business ideas to success. Please note that for 2022 this trip has needed to be adapted with suitable on campus and remote alternatives for logistical reasons.

What’s included?

  • Residential on the prestigious campus of Yale University
  • Inspiring courses taught by experts
  • International student community
  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programmes included
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate
  • Maximum 15 students per class
  • 17.5 hours of tuition per week
  • Inspirational cultural programmes
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What You Will Learn

  • Identify how to launch a new business idea and manage your own start-up business
  • Learn about marketing, finance and business operations
  • Strengthen your communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills
  • Practice being an innovator and entrepreneur as you develop creativity skills
  • Examine how leading entrepreneurs achieve their goals

Great For Students Thinking About

  • Starting their own business
  • Learning about how to be a successful entrepreneur
  • Exploring if a career in business might be interesting to them
  • Pursuing a Business, Finance, or Marketing degree at University

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.

Experience life on the campus of Yale University

What’s life like at a world-renowned Ivy League university that can trace its roots back over 300 years? Whose alumni include five American Presidents and four signatories of the American Declaration of Independence? Join us in summer 2022 to find out! Your summer school takes place at a residential college on the campus of Yale University, an institution dedicated to sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and training the next generation of world leaders. Experience authentic undergraduate life as you sleep in student bedrooms, socialise in a college buttery, and explore Yale’s astounding campus. Learn in the lecture theatres and classrooms where 20 Nobel laureates and 32 Pulitzer 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 never forget that you’re on holiday! Discover the secrets of Yale and its hometown New Haven, from the iconic Yale University Art Gallery to must-visit boutiques and fascinating museums. Puzzle over the 15th century Voynich manuscript at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Written in an unknown script by an unknown author, linguists, mathematicians and code-breakers have all attempted to decipher its 240 bewildering pages. You will enjoy an amazing extra-curricular timetable, including a visit to the Big Apple itself, New York City! Make Instagram-worthy memories as you spot the world’s most recognisable sights – from the Statue of Liberty to Central Park and Grand Central Station, the list goes on!

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!

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Parents welcome at ORA summer school

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

We are absolutely committed to your safety and wellbeing as our number one priority. Students must be comprehensively insured for their time with us - click to find suggested policy details, along with further information about our medical policies and procedures designed to keep you safe.

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

Hear from our students

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Doreen, Taiwan

The Medicine course gave me the opportunity to meet people from around the world with the same passion as me. My new friends and I were able to discuss and exchange information to support each other...

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Sara, Greece

Year after year the allure of Oxford Royale has pulled me back. I met many different people during my first two weeks from different cultures and backgrounds.

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Mifta, Indonesia

I decided to return because I fell in love with Oxford, the gardens, the old buildings, the good books…

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Carolina, Qatar

I found the Oxford Royale course online, saved the link as ‘life saving course.’ What I needed the most was help with my UCAS application, but I also wanted to challenge myself intellectually and learn new things

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Yoosuf, Maldives

This summer school has taught me many things, including the basics of engineering, which will most definitely help me in my future – academically and professionally.

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Wisam, Sudan

Oxford Royale Academy creates a small family-like community that makes everyone feel welcome and cared for. All in all, my experience at Oxford Royale is something that I will always remember and be grateful for.

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Vannakhone, Laos

I gained so much knowledge and experience from this trip; it showed me things that are totally different to my home country. Now I’m very interested in studying at a UK university in the future.

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Taonga, Zambia

This experience was life-changing in so many good ways. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me realise that ‘the world is my oyster’. I highly recommend this program to students who would like a memorable international experience without limits.

Study in confidence