Outstanding teaching is at the core of the ORA experience, but in addition to 20 hours per week of expert tuition, all of our courses also include accommodation in a prestigious university college or top British boarding school, meals, (half or full-board) and an action-packed timetable of exciting extracurricular activities and excursions.
We provide lots of additional benefits, meaning you’ll know exactly what to expect and can focus on maximising your learning experience and having fun!
Read on to find out what’s included in our programmes and why we’re Oxford’s number 1 summer school.
Our programmes include at least 20 hours of directed study per week, delivered by expert teachers. Expect workshops, experiments, discussions and debates as well as small-group seminars.
You’ll have access to world-class facilities, such as state-of-the-art laboratories, libraries and theatres, as well as sorts and leisure facilities. Adults on our Oxford summer programmes will also be granted rare access to the Bodleian library, one of the oldest and largest libraries in Europe.
Your programme will include all the study files and materials you’ll need to excel on your course, as well as an informative welcome pack and lots of nice extras such as your own ORA stationary and notebooks.
All of our programmes include atmospheric accommodation in a real university college or top British boarding school, meaning you’ll be able to fully experience life as a student in a prestigious institution.
Student accommodation is often in stunning, historic buildings with modern facilities. Often hundreds of years old and with famous alumni, the colleges we use are steeped in tradition and charm.
One of our residential colleges, Merton College in Oxford, was founded in 1264 and has remnants of a battlement dating back to King Henry V’s reign, whilst The Queen’s College was in part designed by Britain’s most famous architect, Christopher Wren.
All accommodation includes wifi and linen.
Hearty and healthy meals are included during your stay.
This usually includes breakfast, lunch and dinner in the college or school dining hall for students aged 8-15, or just breakfast and dinner for students aged 16+, giving our older students the opportunity to get out and explore local cafes, delis and restaurants at lunchtime.
For on-site meals, there is a selection of options to choose from and specific dietary requirements (for example, vegetarian or kosher) as well as allergies or intolerances can be catered for if you let us know in advance.
All ORA students receive a comprehensive personalised academic report from their teacher at the end of their course.
At a formal graduation ceremony (either at students’ colleges or an impressive external venue), students will be congratulated and presented with their official graduation certificate by the Programme Director, before enjoying a formal dinner and party to celebrate their achievements.
A limited number of spaces are usually kept available for parents wishing to attend this special event, although this is venue-dependent.
We offer the opportunity to hear first-hand what it takes to succeed from world-renowned guest speakers from a wide variety of industries, such as sport, art, and academia.
Our programme of speakers is carefully curated to ensure that our students are exposed to fascinating leading figures that educate and inspire. Questions and open debate are actively encouraged.
Past speakers have included William Hague, the UK’s former foreign secretary and a former leader of the Conservative Party, and Ranulph Fiennes, who has been commonly accredited as being the world’s greatest living explorer.
We never forget that our students are on holiday! All of our summer programmes include an fun-packed schedule of exciting extracurricular activities and excursions.
Excursions are location and age-dependent, but always include visits to world-famous tourist sites and attractions, as well as lesser-known quirky, local gems. You’ll visit museums, art galleries, restaurants and areas of outstanding natural beauty. Your travel and any entrance fees are always covered by us.
We’ll keep you busy in the evenings too, with sports, arts and crafts, quiz nights and our famous scavenger hunt!
Every programme includes a selection of age and subject-specific interactive workshops or masterclasses that encourage hands-on learning and help prepare students for the future.
Options may include Science in Schools, with its explosive experiments and exciting audience participation, Zoolab, which provides an opportunity for students to handle real, exotic animals whilst learning about their lifestyles, or Chaos Coding, which teaches students to code their own game!
We also run workshops in CV writing, study and revision skills, and support students through the often complicated university application process.
All of our programmes include a comprehensive insurance policy, meaning you can feel confident and safe knowing that you’re covered for any eventuality that may occur outside of your control.
We take the security and safety of our students very seriously. On every programme, students will be able to access support 24 hours a day. Our pastoral team at each campus usually includes a Programme Director as well as trained counsellors and junior deans. In the event of illness, students will be able to quickly access medically trained personnel.
The UK is a very welcoming, highly diverse and popular destination for students.
“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
“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
“I decided to return because I fell in love with Oxford, the gardens, the old buildings, the good books…”
- Mifta, Indonesia
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
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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