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Humanities Summer School in London

Humanities Summer School in London

From philosophy to politics, history to literature, London has long been a centre for the humanities.

Explore the Humanities in a city that celebrates free speech

London is the capital city of the Mother of Parliaments, the home of Mary Wollstonecraft and Jeremy Bentham, and the perfect place to get to grips with the fascinating subjects that fall under the umbrella of the Humanities.

A key London landmark is Speakers’ Corner at Hyde Park. Dating back to the mid-19th Century, there’s a tradition that anyone can speak and be heard at Speakers’ Corner, on any lawful subject, no matter how politically controversial; in 1872 this was enshrined by an Act of Parliament. Karl Marx, Lenin and George Orwell all exercised their rights to freedom of speech at Speakers’ Corner. 

It’s this tradition that we celebrate at Oxford Royale Academy in our teaching of Humanities.

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Discussion and debate, where students share their differing viewpoints openly and respectfully, is central to the study of Humanities, and we encourage our students to speak up, and to learn from each other as well. The result is a lively classroom environment where students grow in confidence and understanding, while learning more about the perspectives of others, and becoming more open to new ideas. 

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Learn alongside students from all over the world

London is a famously multicultural city; for generations, people have come here from all over the world. At Oxford Royale Academy, we welcome students from across the globe as well, with over 150 nationalities represented in our summer schools.

This provides an incredible diversity of viewpoints to illuminate classroom discussions, providing a variety of experiences of different economic and political systems, religions, societies and philosophical traditions to enhance students’ understanding of the field of the Humanities. As every student has had differing experiences, every student has something to contribute to the discussions we have.

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Determine the subjects you’re most interested in

There’s a lot of overlap within the Humanities. If you’re studying politics, you’ll necessarily study some history, philosophy and sociology; in the same way, studying literature can require knowledge of politics and history, and so on through the different subjects.

If you know you’re interested in the Humanities, but not sure what your focus should be for university study, our summer school in London can help you determine what you’re most interested in, and therefore what you might like to pursue in the future. In particular, you can use your time at summer school to find out more about humanities subjects, such as Philosophy, which are not routinely taught in many secondary school systems.  

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Discover Imperial College London

Established by royal charter in 1907, prestigious Imperial College London ranks in the world’s top 10 universities. Focusing specifically on science, engineering, medicine, and business, the university cultivates excellence through its world-class teaching and research.

Imperial College London’s enviable location in South Kensington gives you the best of everything London has to offer. The Natural History and Victoria and Albert museums, the English National Ballet, and the Royal Albert Hall are right on your doorstep, as well as the green open spaces of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

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Get to know the amazing city of London

If you’re fascinated by the Humanities, you’ll love staying in London. It isn’t just Speakers’ Corner; the Humanities are everywhere here. You might tour the historic Houses of Parliament, where British politics is shaped every day, see the diverse communities that make up London society, visit places like the British Museum to see remarkable historical artefacts from across the globe, and much more besides.

At Oxford Royale Academy, we never forget that you’re on holiday during your time with us, so we make sure you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see the sights that London has to offer, with an exciting programme of activities, excursions and coach trips to fill your time when you’re not in the classroom.

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Find out more about British history and culture

While you’re based in London, you’ll also get to enjoy coach trips out of the city, including to notable historical sites such as Stonehenge or Hampton Court Palace.

If you’re considering studying in the UK in the future, you’ll get to find out more about British culture in the process, from the very traditional, such as afternoon tea, to the very modern, such as visiting luxury shopping areas like Oxford Street and Regent Street. You’ll get a taste of what it’s like being a student in the UK, so you can work out whether a British university is right for you.

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Explore careers in the Humanities

Humanities graduates can be found in a wide variety of different careers, but students often aren’t aware of just how much you can do with a Humanities degree; it isn’t just a choice between working in a museum or for your country’s Civil Service.

Our teachers can help you work out whether a career in the Humanities is something you might be interested in, and can help you figure out a roadmap towards those careers, if that does turn out to be what you’d like.

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“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

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“This is exactly what it means to be a part of a big international family. ORA is a place where everyone cares for you and everyone is ready to help you.”

- Serly, Armenia

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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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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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“The two weeks I spent at ORA were a whirlwind of exciting activities, intense learning and unforgettable experiences!”

- Oshea, Sri Lanka

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