Oxford Royale Academy

Oxford Royale Academy

About

Founded in 2004, Oxford Royale Academy is an award- winning provider of residential summer courses, headquartered in the ancient university city of Oxford. We are committed to providing academic excellence and superlative teaching standards to students from all over the world, enabling them to develop their academic abilities and go on to individual success. Over the years we have garnered an impressive range of awards and accreditations, assuring you of our exemplary standards of education, service, and safety. We were particularly pleased to be honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise twice: once in 2012 and more recently in 2016. The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious accolades for businesses and individuals in the United Kingdom.

Founded
2004
Headquarters

Yarnton Manor
Church Lane
Yarnton
OX5 1PQ
United Kingdom

Test Drive Your Future with ORA: Build your own sports car on our new summer course!

Oxford Royale Academy is delighted to announce the launch of an exciting, unique new course for summer 2019.

ORA’s brand new 6-week Mastering Automotive Engineering course offers a unique opportunity for a small group of keen engineers to spend their summer building a Caterham Seven 270 sports car, while based in the heart of the UK's Motorsport Valley®.

Reviews

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Filipa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I went to Oxford not really sure what to expect from the program... It all felt too good to be true... All the promotional videos I had watched and all the reviews I had read weren't enough to paint a picture of what it was like to spend 2 weeks in Oxford studying what I liked with people from all over the world. But as soon as I arrived to my college I had people right outside the campus ready to help me!! It was unreal!! I couldn't have asked for better staff, teachers, program and even food!
I was once reading the reviews and asking myself whether or not it was worth it... And after the experience, I can say that the only thing I regret is that I didn't spend more time there! As soon as I left the college I realized how precious all of the moments I spent there were... So my advice to you is to take advantage of every moment and record them in your memory, don't be shy and make friends with everyone you possibly can! I still talk with people from Italy, Germany, Ireland and even Brazil.
Applying to ORA will be the best decision you'll ever make!!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The typical English Breakfast for sure! Not uses to it but after those 2 weeks I spent in Oxford, I couldn't stop thinking about those "Hash Browns"
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Danae
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The two weeks I spent at Oxford Royale Academy were undoubtedly two of the best weeks of my summer. The course was, expectedly, academically stimulating, but also included cultural experiences which I would not have been able to enjoy had I not attended. The classes were taught by exceptional teachers, and gave me the opportunity to explore areas of academia not traditionally covered by a secondary school syllabus, but in which I had an interest. Meeting new people allowed me to expand my worldview, as well as make some friends. We were given the freedom to explore the city as we desired, but still felt safe and looked after the entire time. Visiting colleges, tourist attractions, and even museums provided an abundance of things to do in our free time. Optional events also occurred daily, from subject specific discussions, to sports activities, social events, a debate, and even advice on university applications. Overall, the course was a holistic academic, and cultural experience and something I would highly recommend.

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Nadia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I went to Oxford expecting what a normal summer course would be like, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much the program exceeded my expectations. The academical side of the program was very stimulating, the classes were small and very interactive. The teachers listened to our ideas and opinions and replied with valuable advice. We had a lot of freedom to explore Oxford, as well as enough activities to keep us busy if we wanted to stay on campus. The staff were all very friendly and more than willing to help with anything that we needed. I received a lot of information about UK Universities, which is very helpful when the time comes to apply to universities. I would recommend this program for anyone seeking a stimulating environment to spend their summer.

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nikiwe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The city of dreaming spires is amazing and so is Oxford Royale Academy’s summer school. I made life-long friends from all around the world, spoke in different languages and appreciated diverse cultures. I really enjoyed my time at the magnificent manor house in Yarnton, Oxford shire. Everyone was friendly and all the staff welcomed us very warmly. I would love to return just to try out new courses because there is a wide range to choose from. I studied law, and this exciting course paved the way for more opportunities. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me realize that the world is my oyster. The teachers were passionate about their subjects too. I am grateful to ORA and I highly recommend this summer school program for a life-changing and great experience.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Solo traveling for the first time abroad was quite daunting, but the staff were very welcoming and made me feel at home!
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Moussa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with ORA this summer was an exceptional one. I was awarded a full scholarship by ORA to attend its two-weeks Broadening Horizons Program, where I took courses on Political Science, Medical Biology, and Public Speaking & Debate. This program's academic depth and outstanding flexibility provided me with invaluble skills on each subject; and, most importantly, it gave me the confidence to make the choice to pursue a liberal degree--in social sciences and the humanities--rather than a scientific degree. This was a turning point in my life, which would have never been possible without the amazing ORA professors. The professors were amazing and their guidance was invaluble. The memories made and the knowledge gained were life-changing and they will forever motivate me to pursue my academic dreams and fullfill my true potential.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Chloe El Kassis

Chloe is a Lebanese student. Interested in the world, she is always seeking new adventures.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because it provided an amazing oportunity: I could live and study in a world renown university.

I chose the "Broadening Horizons" course for a two-week summer camp. This option gave me a lot of classes to choose from, which could give me different aspects and help me with future university choices. It was also a great choice in order to travel, visit a new city and meet amazing people from multiple nationalities.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The program providers helped a lot. They were always available to answer any question I had through the live chat option on the ORA website and to help me with all the changes I wanted to make. Moreover, they would constantly send me tasks to fill on the forum (medical form, dietary forms...).

They helped me through VISA assistance too by sending a letter. They also provided a coach transfer to take students from the airport to their respective campuses.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Of course this program is a summer camp where you will participate in many activities, meet a lot of people, travel and visit a new city. However, you need to know that there is a lot of work. There are assignements to do, homework, essays, presentations...

And you will be graded at the end of the summer camp for all your work. So, if you are like me and you want to make sure you get good scores, you will have to study well.

There are no "tests", more like research work (at least for the subjects I had).

That being said, you shouldn't worry a lot about it: you will still have a lot of time to enjoy and have the summer of your life.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

So, on an average day, you would have registration in the morning, followed by breakfast, two-morning courses (for Broadening Horizons) separated by a break. Then, you would have a lunch break where you can go to town to grab food.

Afterward, on some days there would be an afternoon workshop, and if not, you will have some planned activities (punting, city tour, treasure hunt, check the botanical garden...) followed by registration and dinner at the campus. And at night, there would be some activities, such as TED talks, talent shows (those were some of the activities prepared when I was at the camp, but they may vary by campus/year)...

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

In general, I was very excited about this trip. But since it was my first time traveling alone, I couldn't neglect the fear of being far from home, from my comfort zone. I had to live for two weeks with complete strangers from different cultures.

At the end of the day, you attract people from your vibe. Once I arrived, making friends was really easy, seen that no one wants to be alone and everyone was seeking to build new friendships, and the friendly team made the whole trip smoother.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Patrick Keefe

Job Title
Admissions Executive / Assistant Programme Director

Patrick currently works as an Admissions Executive for Oxford Royale Academy. He is responsible for liaising with potential clients and setting up reservations onto the company's academic program. In the summer months, he works as an on-site Assistant Program Director, responsible for running the pastoral staff and cultural enrichment facets of the Balliol College campus.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My best travel memories are usually bound-up in choir tours, including trips to the East Coast of America, Beijing and Langzhou, and much of Europe. My favorite travel memory has to be travelling across Australia, aged 2, following my dad filming wildlife documentaries for Channel 4. Such amazing scenery and animals - it etched itself even into the memory of a 2 year-old.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I've developed a greater understanding of global cultures and traditions, I've improved my French, become better at ironing shirts (for meeting with high-profile parents!), and worked alongside some of the most fascinating young minds of today. My interpersonal skills have certainly developed, but as any of the students will tell you, my sense of humor definitely hasn't.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

One student told me they returned because of how we treated them when they missed home. Eventually, they said, they stopped feeling homesick because ORA became a new home. Someone pass me the tissues...! Sometimes its the little things we do to enhance a student experience that stick with them, and you never know how much one little gesture can mean to someone.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Definitely the Mastering Automotive Engineering Course. Designing and building a Caterham car in Oxford for 6 weeks - so cool! A real project to work on amongst your peers - surely learning collaboratively is more fun than studying alone. And at the end of the course, not only would you have ACE grades, you'd also be able to say you'd built a car.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Oxford Royale Academy is a bastion of internationalism in an increasingly divided world. I am proud of the company's commitment to bringing young people together with the shared goal of intellectual progress, across cultural boundaries. I hope that the young people who enter our Alumni Community will always share the principle of international cooperation that they foster with us at ORA.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Honestly, a true devotion to the product. If the courses we produce are world-class and we make ourselves the best summer school possible, the students will come. I include within that the whole product - the branding, the content, and the delivery. If the company serves the product, the product will serve the company 10-fold.

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