Summerfuel: Study Abroad at Oxford University in England

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Summerfuel Study Abroad Oxford
Summerfuel Study Abroad Oxford


Oxford is a magical place, loved not just for its longstanding traditions, venerable buildings and academic reputation. It is also where the first mile was run in under four minutes, where Alice in Wonderland was first told, and where Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings. Summerfuel at Oxford offers high school students an extraordinary opportunity to go into the heart of the world’s most celebrated university.

Live as an Oxford undergraduate, discover challenging seminars, enjoy a wide variety of extracurricular activities and experience a full schedule of exciting visits and excursions that will give you an authentic taste of England’s history, culture and traditions. Be inspired to reach new levels of achievement, discover a new culture, make new friends and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Summerfuel operates on a rolling admissions process so the program is open for participation until filled. Click on "Visit Site" for details and to contact the team directly.

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Questions & Answers


based on 6 reviews
  • Growth 9.3
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.8
  • Housing 9.5
  • Safety 9.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

Life Lesson

This trip gave me many 'lifetime' moment. It gave me a chance to my best Lifetime friend, Lorraine and Lilian. It gave me lifetime memories of myself traveling along to the UK and the chance of studying in Oxford even it was only at LMH. I love climbing up the St.Mary towel and the best memory I had there was I yelled "Summerfuel" and I think the whole Oxford heard me. I, at that moment felt like I was above standing at the tip of the Earth. One month felt like I had just spent my lifelong there with great people, great teacher, great housing, great environment and definitely, great FOODS and ice cream from G&D! That's also the best ice cream I have ever eaten in my life.

What would you improve about this program?
More activities
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Yes, I recommend this program

A Month in Oxford: A Well-Rounded Experience

Spending the summer in Oxford is fascinating enough, but the Summerfuel program made my time in England superb. There was a perfect balance between academics (about 4 hours per day and taught by actual professors!) and free time. While other programs at the college where we stayed could be found milling around the lawn, members of Summerfuel were busy playing games in the park, punting down the river, visiting museums, and exploring shops in the city. Not only was it a challenging academic experience, but it was enjoyable and filled with new experiences.

What would you improve about this program?
Summerfuel could be improved by hiring more organized staff.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I found a home in the other side of the world!

When thinking about my summer at Oxford, a smile always comes to my face. I don't want to use clichés, but I'm afraid I will this time, because with Summerfuel I indeed had the best summer of my life.
But not only that, I learned more than words can express, personally and academically. Whatever course you decide to take, I guarantee that you will be taught by the best teachers you could imagine; I never met anyone who wasn't completely satisfied with their classes. I took Creative Writing in the morning and Oxford Authors in the afternoon, two great options if you are interested in literature. From my experience, the lessons were never boring, for there was always a place to visit, a song to listen or even a guest speaker that was related to the course material and that, more than guide us through a lesson plan, inspired us to write the best pieces we could or understand the novels from an unseen aspect. Oxford is a magical place, full of history and beauty, and the teachers know that, which is why they will never hesitate in taking you around town for a truly educational and stimulating experience. Besides, they are friendly and always available, and so knowledgeable you might even want to stay quite and just hear them speak.
One of my favorite parts of the program is the freedom we are given. Every single day we had hours in which we could walk around Oxford and discover what we may not have seen before, trying restaurants, visiting shops and museum, or just enjoying a pic nic in the park. The town is so safe, that even though I was in a new place I never worried about my adventures. In the additional weekend trips to London, Bath, Broughton Castle, and Belheim Palace, we were granted large amounts of time for independent exploration as long as we were with one or more friends. But in case we didn't find anything to do (unlikely anyway) the RAs organized activities every single day in our free hours, from movie nights, to going ice skating, or even dancing at a local club during a night for minors! They offered so many activities that I couldn't do them all!!! The additional trips, like going to the theatre in West End and the London Bike tour, were opportunities that completed my stay and allowed me to do things I couldn't have done anywhere else.The weekly seminars expanded my knowledge in topics that went further than my lessons, and the first-hand advice and experience of the staff never made me doubt my safety.
Overall, this was one, if not the best experience of my life. And even though the places I visited and the classes I took were extraordinary, nothing compares to the people I met. Nowhere else would I have been able to talk for hours about books or poems, or about music or the Chinese language. The people that attend the Summerfuel Oxford program have a passion so deep and wonderful for something, that led them to travel to another country (and most of the time also continent) to study it and live it, and none of them hesitate to share it. Suddenly, I saw myself immersed in a wonderful universe where I learned more about myself and the world by talking to people, than by reading a textbook. The RAs are young and loving people that know more than you would think of, come from places you have never heard of, and do everything in their hands to make you feel at home, creating a family for you and your floor mates.I never thought I could get so close to so many people in such a short period of time.
Like many, I cried when I left, because it is an undeniable truth that Lady Margaret Hall, and Oxford, became my home.

What would you improve about this program?
I can't think of anything!
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Best summer experience imaginable

As an almost senior in high school, the thought of leaving my home and everything I have ever known behind scared me. This is the reason I chose to attend the pre-college program at Oxford University, I wanted to be prepared for the day when I would have to leave my home and start fresh. Summerfuel's fantastic program offered me endless opportunities to live the life a typical university student would.

In addition to the phenomenal and supportive staff, I met people from all around the world who literally changed the way I viewed the world. I met people from Russia, Colombia, and so many other nations. I come from small town New Jersey, so meeting people who came from such different backgrounds not only helped me expand my knowledge of the world but also helped open my mind to making friends who were vastly different from myself. My most cherished memory from my summer is spending time with my two best friends in the program. Both of them are incredibly different from myself, but that is exactly what I love about them. Befriending them and having them become like family to me has taught me that no matter how different someone is from myself, I should never doubt the possibility of a connection. I still FaceTime those two and so many others from the program.

In addition to the social aspect of the program, I also was able to take invigorating classes that actually helped me decide what major I wanted to pursue while at university! I also got to experience the English culture at one of the best universities in the world, really there is nothing more special!

The program is perfectly designed to allow students to have the freedom of a college student but also to feel the comfort and security that we are all familiar with at home!

I learned how to make friends and live apart from my family, which has ultimately made me feel like I am ready to take on the next four years of my life!

Choose Summerfuel and you will have the summer experience of a lifetime!

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing that I would change is the early class times, It was hard to pay attention that early in the morning! Other then that, I had the time of my life.
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Yes, I recommend this program

"Fuel Your Summer"? More like Fuel Your Life.

As I boarded the plane to leave behind all my friends and family for an entire month, I began to wonder, "What was I thinking?" And then I arrived at Summerfuel Oxford. Right away, I made immediate friendships with a great group of people, and the relationships only expanded over the course of the program. We began to explore Oxford; in all of its complexity, its history, and its beauty, simply put, it's amazing. Deciding on a new lunch experience every day was a highlight of exploring the city, and with the vast array of things to do, it never got boring. From the busy bustling streets of the day, to the nearly empty streets of the quaint and quiet town in the evening, life in Oxford is something you're sure to miss as soon as you leave. The classes were wonderfully informative, entertaining, and it was more than evident that the teachers truly cared for us and wanted to see our knowledge grow. The outings to London and Stonehenge, among other things, were an absolute blast, and made for a true English experience (I particularly enjoyed the bus rides through the countryside). All of that being said, I have to return to the friendships I made. Never before at a summer program have I become so close with the other participants; I can honestly say that many of the people I met I now count among my best friends. We were all thrown into the experience as strangers, but emerged changed in more ways than one. Together, we discovered new cultures, new people, and even new emotions that we hadn't experienced before. Four months later, I still speak with everyone daily, and I'm so glad to have met them. Summerfuel Oxford is an experience that will stick with you, not just for the summer, but quite likely for the rest of your life. Believe me when I say there is nothing else like it, and you would be making an atrocious mistake to not attend. Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries or if I can assist in your decision-making process in any way.

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Great Program

From the moment I got there, I felt like I was in a whole new world. Lady Margaret Hall is one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever stayed at. There was support from day 1, all RA's and staff wanted to make sure you were comfortable. The first week was spent with ice breakers, yes it was awkward, but worth it. I made a group of friends within the first 3 days. Everyone found there little niche in the place. There were defiantly cliques, but none were 'exclusive' and everyone was really friendly since we were all thrown into the same situation. The academics were pretty good. A good class selection, and good teachers. Activities lacked on the other hand, but the kids were more focused on hanging with friends then participating in staff sponsered activities. The freedom to go into town eat and hang was amazing, there was a lot of freedom. I felt very safe though! There was always something to do, whether you actually wanted to go to the activity at night or go in to town with friends. I made such good memories, and I really miss it!

What would you improve about this program?
There is a bit of a long walk into town. Maybe have a car or bus that can drive us in!