A career in Medicine is remarkable. It’s almost unique in the extent to which the skills you learn can transform and save people’s lives. This makes Medicine a hugely rewarding career path to pursue, knowing each day that you have truly made a difference. But unsurprisingly, as being a doctor is also both well-paid and prestigious, it’s one of the most competitive career paths you can choose, especially in the first step of getting accepted into medical school.
Studying with Oxford Royale Academy can give you a head start on this competitive process. You’ll learn more about the science underpinning Medicine, explore practical skills, consider ethical questions, and get valuable guidance on university applications, work experience and interviews. All of this will move you closer to your dream of becoming a doctor, and will help you know for sure if it’s the right career for you.
What’s more, our expert teachers also walk you through the application process for studying Medicine, so you can make a realistic assessment of your chances of being accepted into medical school. In combination, this gives you a solid understanding of what’s required of a future doctor, and a roadmap for what you’ll need to achieve in order to have the medical career you aspire to.
Our summer school is attended by students from across the globe, with 150 different nationalities represented overall. One of the best things about studying with us is the opportunity to make new international friends who you might otherwise never have had the chance to meet.
Many of our students return to us year-on-year to reunite with the friends they make while studying with us, and we use icebreakers and other activities to make the process of getting to know each other and making friends as easy as possible. You could find yourself leaving St Andrews with new friendships that will last a lifetime.
Our teaching staff are medical experts: many of them are current medical students themselves, so they have recent personal experience of the application process, and know exactly what it’s like to be in your shoes. Their role is not just to teach you more about the field of Medicine, but to spark your enthusiasm, engage you with the topic, answer your questions, encourage your ambitions and guide you on how to improve in your studies.
Alongside our teaching faculty, our counsellors are here to support you in your pastoral needs, and will also often be able to answer your questions, for instance about what life is like studying at a British university.
The medical school application process can be extraordinarily complex, especially if you’re applying to study in a foreign country. Yet if you aspire to become a doctor, it’s so important to get your initial application right.
Our Medicine programmes advise you on all aspects of a medical school application, whether you intend to apply here in Scotland or elsewhere, including which universities might be best to you to apply to; how to excel in exams such as the BMAT; how to get the work experience you’ll need; how to write a great personal statement; and how to impress at interviews.
To succeed in a competitive environment such as medical school, you won’t just need skills and ability; you’ll also need a lot of determination and belief in yourself.
Our summer school will give you the encouragement you need to pursue your ambition and see it through. Some of this will come from your peers, because you’ll be surrounded by fellow students who share the same goals as you. Just as importantly, you’ll develop your own motivation, as you see how exciting and rewarding studying Medicine can be.
Studying Medicine at Oxford Royale Academy doesn’t mean spending all your time in the classroom. When you join a summer school, you’re on holiday, and so our programmes also include a wide range of activities and excursions. You might get to try out archery, learn how to tie-dye clothes, or handle exotic animals among a range of extracurricular activities available.
Or on our coach trips, you could visit Edinburgh and go to the theatre there, see wolves roaming wild in a sanctuary, or find out what lives beneath the ocean on a trip to St Andrews Aquarium, overlooking the beautiful West Sands Beach.
“Living in such a prestigious and diverse academic setting, even if it was just for two weeks, helped me decide what I wanted to study at university.”
- Aiche, Mali
“Year after year the allure of ORA has pulled me back. I met many different people during my first two weeks in ORA, from different cultures and backgrounds.”
- Sara, Greece
“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
“Every day, from the moment I woke up to when I went to sleep, I felt like a University of Oxford student. Studying in the college, eating in the dining halls, sleeping in the dorms… It was a truly amazing experience.”
- Beatriz, Brazil
“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
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