Oxford Royale Academy’s Medicine summer school programmes are here to support you at every stage of your journey to medical school, whether you’ve only just started thinking that Medicine might be for you, or you’re an undergraduate considering Medicine as a postgraduate degree. We want you to go into the challenges of studying Medicine fully aware of what this competitive career choice entails, and with the confidence, knowledge and skills to succeed in it.
Our expert teaching staff here in Cambridge can offer you the benefit of their extensive experience in supporting students to achieve their dreams of medical school. They can guide you from the general question of whether Medicine is right for you, to the specifics of which medical schools you should apply to, and which areas you should be practising ahead of your interview. At the end of your time with us, you should know exactly what your medical school journey looks like, and how to succeed in it.
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Our teaching faculty comes from a wide variety of backgrounds, but what unites them is expertise in Medicine.
What’s more, many are current students of Medicine or recent graduates whose experience of the admissions process is up to the minute, so they are in the best possible position to advise you on the complex and challenging process of being accepted into medical school.
Our teaching staff receive training in the latest techniques in interactive learning, to create a lively classroom environment where all students are fully engaged and activities are tailored to work with different learning styles.
As a future doctor, you’ll be working with patients from a wide variety of different backgrounds, with divergent attitudes to medical treatment.
At Oxford Royale Academy’s summer school, you’ll be studying alongside students from all across the world, whose ideas of medical treatment and how it should work might differ considerably from your own.
This exposure to diverse perspectives is hugely valuable for you as a medical student of the future, broadening your horizons on questions of medical ethics and medical practice in general, and giving you useful material for discussion in a university interview.
Students studying with Oxford Royale Academy in Cambridge have the opportunity to live and learn in a University of Cambridge college.
Aside from being an incredible experience in its own right, this also gives you a taster of what it’s like to be a student at the university here, from the bedrooms to dining in hall. If you’re considering applying to study at the University of Cambridge, this is a useful opportunity to assess whether it’s right for you – and there’s nothing like being familiar with your surroundings to build your confidence in an interview.
Even when you’re studying a subject like Medicine, at Oxford Royale Academy you still have the opportunity to relax and enjoy a busy programme of activities and excursions.
After all, it’s important to us that our students enjoy their summer holiday with us as well as learning more about the fascinating subject of Medicine.
This means you’ll get to see the local sights, take trips into London, and take part in traditional Cambridge activities such as punting down the river, to enjoy beautiful views of the colleges.
One of the best things about attending a summer school is the friends you’ll make – often from countries you’ve never even heard of, let alone visited. In total, students of 150 different nationalities attend Oxford Royale Academy’s summer school.
For prospective medical school students, having a circle of supportive friends is particularly important. Your fellow students who you’ll meet at our summer school are going through the same competitive process as you, and it can be invaluable to have people to compare experiences with, sympathise with and share tips with as you embark on your journey to medical school.
The counsellors were extremely friendly and were always keen to join in with the activities. Their approachable manner meant that if anyone ever did have a problem, they always had someone to confide in.
- Ellie, Wales
“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
“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
“Attending Oxford Royale Academy has impacted my life in a way I cannot describe. I remember arriving not knowing what to expect, and feeling extremely nervous. The hospitality of the other students and ORA’s staff made me feel instantly comfortable.”
- Safiatou, Guinea
“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.”
- Vannakhone, Laos