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Oxford Summer School

Oxford Summer School

The award-winning Oxford Summer School on the campus of the University of Oxford, by Oxford Royale Academy.

Discover Oxford this summer and fuel your future

Join students from all over the world in Oxford this summer on Oxford Royale Academy’s award-winning Oxford Summer School. Students will live, study and dine in colleges of the University of Oxford or our very own Oxford study centre at Yarnton Manor, learning from Oxford Royale’s experienced faculty in the environment of the world’s top university – Oxford. Over 120 courses are available in a huge range of subject areas including Arts and STEM, Business, Medicine, Architecture, Law, Computer Science and more.

Browse our range of courses and find your perfect programme for 2020.

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Live and study in a college of the University of Oxford

Immerse yourself in the beautiful architecture and rich academic history of a university which has acted as a prestigious and tranquil centre of intellectual discovery for centuries.

Your home for the duration of your stay will be in one of our wonderful Oxford residential colleges, where you will get the chance to experience what undergraduate life is like at one of the best universities in the world.

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Make real academic progress with elite tutors

Study with Oxford Royale’s expert academic faculty, who are committed to passing on their passion for their discipline to their summer students.

We encourage an open and intellectually inclusive classroom environment where each student feels confident enough to contribute their opinion, enabling all to learn from the experiences of their peers, make new friends, and absorb the knowledge their teacher has to offer.

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Discover all that Oxford has to offer

Although the main focus of all Oxford Royale programmes is on making academic progress, we never forget that our students are on holiday.

Students attending our programmes enjoy a full extracurricular timetable of cultural enrichment activities, including tours of Oxford and its main attractions, themed parties, excursions to London and much more.

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Oxford summer courses to suit all academic interests and goals

Our courses span a wide variety of academic disciplines and subject options. Tomorrow’s young leaders may consider honing their understanding of the international political climate with our Global Leadership Programme, whilst those intending to become a doctor would undoubtedly benefit from our Oxford Medical Summer School, Medical School Preparation. Find the perfect course for you.

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Experience talks and debates with world-leading experts

Students attending our summer school in Oxford attend lectures, debates and talks from world-renowned experts.

Past speakers have included Lord William Hague, former leader of the British Conservative Party; Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, the legendary explorer and endurance record-holder; and Baroness Shami Chakrabarti CBE, British Labour Party politician and human rights activist.

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The original Oxford Royale Academy experience

Oxford Royale Academy has provided award-winning courses in Oxford for over a decade, and Oxford is at the heart of everything we do; however, we are also thrilled to operate in Cambridge, London and St Andrews in the UK, along with Yale in the USA.

Students can extend their summer with Oxford Royale across all of our sites, enjoying four, six, or even eight weeks, and experiencing different residential colleges.

Be inspired by the prestige of Oxford

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Oxford residential colleges

Yarnton Manor

Yarnton Manor is a beautiful 17th century manor house with a friendly and peaceful feel, situated on the outskirts of Oxford.

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The Queen’s College

A staggeringly beautiful college located on the High Street, founded in 1341 and named after Queen Philippa of Hainault, the wife of King Edward III.

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Lady Margaret Hall

Located on the banks of the River Cherwell and well known for its elegant gardens, LMH is a modern college (founded in 1878) in incredible surroundings.

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St Catherine’s College

One of the most modern Oxford colleges (founded 1964), St Catherine's is a spacious, green college with a friendly atmosphere.

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Balliol College

Founded in 1263, Balliol is one of the most prestigious colleges and boasts an impressive array of alumni, including three former British prime ministers.

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St Peter’s College

A small and friendly college that mixes the traditional with modernity. Located right in the centre of town, a perfect location for our 13-15 age-group.

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St Hugh’s College

A Victorian college with a mix of modern and traditional buildings along with some of the most beautiful gardens in Oxford.

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Merton College

Founded in 1264, this beautiful college is known for its academic calibre and is located just off the Oxford High Street in the town centre.

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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

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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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“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

“This was one of the best academic experiences in my life.”

- Dennis, Sierra Leone

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