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Humanities Summer School in Cambridge

Humanities Summer School in Cambridge

Explore the exciting subjects of the Humanities from new and fascinating perspectives in captivating Cambridge.

Hone your critical thinking in a world-leading academic setting

Studying Humanities with Oxford Royale Academy lets you explore this fascinating field in a magnificent and inspiring setting. The study of the Humanities benefits hugely from Oxford Royale Academy’s lively, interactive approach to teaching, where students are encouraged to think for themselves and share their opinions with others.

When you study the Humanities, you don’t just learn facts and figures relating to your subject; you also learn thinking skills that are transferable to any other subject. This is particularly important at Oxford Royale Academy, where you may not share reference points with your fellow students who have studied different school curricula, but you can all learn together how to construct an argument, how to spot logical fallacies, how to express an idea clearly and respectfully, and how to disagree in a way that promotes constructive engagement and learning. 


Humanities courses in Cambridge

Our teaching staff are experts in creating a lively but respectful classroom environment where students can develop their critical thinking skills in the context of studying fascinating subjects. All of this takes place in a city whose thinkers have shaped the world: the magnificent and historic city of Cambridge.

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Study the Humanities in a free-thinkers’ paradise

The University of Cambridge was founded by a group of students breaking away from the University of Oxford in the early 13th century, and while that took place over 800 years ago, a spirit of free-thinking, verging on rebelliousness, has always been part of the make-up of the university and its city.

It was in Cambridge that in the early 16th century the ideas of Martin Luther were debated, when most English people would have held them to be heretical. And unlike Oxford, Cambridge took the side of Parliament against the monarchy in the English Civil War. It’s this long tradition of independent thinking, challenging convention, that you can join by studying the Humanities in Cambridge.


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Up-to-the-minute teaching of an ancient subject

The Humanities in Cambridge have a very long history, but that isn’t to suggest that our approach to teaching them is dragged out of the past. Oxford Royale Academy teachers are trained in up-to-the-minute teaching techniques to bring out the best in our students.

Our classes are also highly interactive, using varied approaches to engage students of different ability levels and different learning styles. Wherever possible, we include the opportunity for practical, hands-on learning to make the study of these challenging subjects feel fresh and fun. This includes debates and field trips to put students’ classroom work into context.


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Follow in the footsteps of the greatest thinkers of history

Thinkers from Erasmus and Francis Bacon through to Ludwig Wittgenstein, Bertrand Russell and Amartya Sen have made Cambridge their home, and it is in their footsteps that you can follow if you choose to study the Humanities here.

There are few things more inspiring than walking around Cambridge, going to your room, visiting the library, and knowing that the remarkable thinkers of the past did much the same things in much the same places. When they were students, they didn’t know that their names would become famous down the centuries; and as you pass through Cambridge, you similarly have no way of knowing where you might end up. 


Enhance your understanding with activities and excursions

At Oxford Royale Academy, you won’t spend all your time in the classroom developing your ability to engage with and analyse complex topics. Plenty of time is devoted to an exciting programme of excursions and activities.

Many of these can enhance your understanding of what you’ve learned in the classroom, such as trips to notable sights and historic landmarks that may shed light on aspects of history, culture and even philosophy. Others are simply good fun, giving you the opportunity to relax, get to know your fellow students better, and enjoy the summer in the city and surroundings of Cambridge.

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Study in a diverse and multicultural environment

Oxford Royale Academy students come from countless different cultures, countries, backgrounds, religions and societies – students at our summer school represent more than 150 different nationalities.

This diversity and multiculturalism is of tremendous value in the study of the Humanities, allowing you to find out about different perspectives on the world that you might otherwise never have encountered.

The fact that our students all come from different schools, have learned different things and have had diverse experiences is hugely beneficial in learning to discuss and respect diverse opinions and the backgrounds that shaped them.

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I have gained more knowledge, and can therefore make more of an impact on the world. I think that my future goals have become clearer as I have explored options at ORA.

- Nia, Belize

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“I learnt a lot from my academic immersion at ORA, not just about the topics of my selected courses, but also how to organise and express my thoughts in the most effective way.”

- Livia, Italy

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“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.”

- Yoosuf, Maldives

“One benefit of a programme of this kind is the diversity and the fact that the students came from many different countries. In my opinion, that made discussions and debates more dynamic, as it wasn’t biased and we almost always saw multiple sides to the same story.”

- Danae, Trinidad and Tobago

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“In every topic, every student equally contributed his or her ideas and made each other see things from a different lens. It was this abundance of new perspectives and the chance to look at things from those different angles that made it an extremely fulfilling experience.”

- Minjinsor, Mongolia

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