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At the Oxford Scholastica Academy, we're passionate about helping young people to discover, explore and prepare for their futures. We do this in a number of ways:

- Residential Summer Courses on the Oxford University campus, July-August
- Live Online Courses, year-round
- Virtual Internships, year-round
- Live Online Conferences, year-round

I wanted to share what Millie, a 2020 Oxford Scholastica alumna, had to say about her experience:

"I was a student at Oxford Scholastica Online and it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. My tutor was incredible and this has given me all the contacts and tools I could possibly need to create an outstanding application to university."

We're very proud of the experience that students have with us.

If you're aged 12-18, and you'd like to learn more about your favourite subject and prepare for university, careers and life, join us in Oxford or online for the most memorable experience of your life!

Reviews

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Saumya
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The 2 weeks of my life which became the best 2 weeks of my life

Oxford scholastica gave me the most memorable , exciting and educational 2 weeks of my life ...(I regret not staying there for 4 weeks ) . Scholatica doesn’t only broaden your knowledge on your subject but helps you discover so many talents in you which even you yourself didn’t know of.The quality of education you receive here .. helps you in innumerable ways even in your own country but but but ...scholatica is not only about education ...I did so many fun activities here ...like punting , the Scottish dance , international ball to name a few . I made friends for a lifetime and I thank scholatica from the bottom of my heart ... I am still in touch with the wonderful activity coordinators Omar and tia they were my support system back in oxford . I would recommend this Summer school to everyone .ITS A MUST. And would love to visit it again myself . All this was possible thanks to the wonderful , encouraging and understanding staff of scholatica !

What would you improve about this program?
I am not just saying this for the sake of saying it but there’s nothing one can really improve . When I say ITS PERFECT I mean it . Though I would love if scholatica could have people over the age of 18 also due to my own selfish reasons (I would love to come back again and again )
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prutha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

OSA!!

OSA was absolutely amazing! i had heard about it and their programs were in the middle of the school year for me but it was absolutely amazing. i genuinely miss it so much it was so much fun learning about different careers, cultures and still having an absolutely amazing time. 100/100 would recommend this to anyone planning on going to a summer school in england. the highlights of my trip were the ball and the different opportunities we had to meet people and talk about their careers/countries. i now have so many friends in so many parts of the world who i’m still in contact with.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
don’t miss out on all the things this school has to offer
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Megan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Oxford 2019

The most valuable experience I’ve ever had in a multitude of ways. The academic side was fascinating and stimulating, not only I n terms of content, but it also gave me so much more confidence, in a classroom setting that has definitely helped when going back to school since. I made friends from all over the world and remain in touch with them through social media, which is such a rare occurrence at such a young age, Also we took part in so many fun activities, including the famous oxford punting! (Which was so much harder than it looks, but completely hilarious and one of my favourite memories to date). The beautiful city of Oxford combined with the awesome people and OSA team serves for a guaranteed unforgettable experience.

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Eva
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best summer school!

I’ve had the greatest experience during the summer school. I had the chance to meet new people from all over the world who have the same aspirations as me. It made me feel even more passionate about what I want to study in the future. Not only the learning, we got to visit really cool places and do so many fun activities. The staff are so friendly and welcoming as well. When I signed up for the summer school I was really nervous and not sure of how it’s going to be like but from the first day I started I felt so welcomed. I honestly experienced so many things that I would’ve never done on my own. :)

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Enjoy every moment of it because it goes by fast!
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Tara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hands-down a top tier programme!

I attended LSA just before my final year of school, with A levels and university applications ahead of me. The masterclasses, mentors’ advice, and the Young Lawyer’s course (obviously), made me so much more confident about the application process and zeroing in on my decision to do law. I wouldn’t trade my time at LSA for anything, especially because of the strong friendships I formed while there and the support they’ve given me. The Scholastica family really is one you’d like to keep around. I would definitely, a thousand percent, recommend this course!

What would you improve about this program?
I would increase the total tutorial/lesson hours of the course to orient it slightly more towards academics.

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Staff Interviews

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

Lexie Joon

Job Title
Programme Manager
Lexie grew up in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. After studying at Oxford University in 2016, she joined Oxford Scholastica Academy as summer school staff being Head of House.

She then worked in London as a conference producer for a couple of years, working and traveling all over the world. After London, Lexie now lives in Oxford and joined the Oxford Scholastica team full-time and coordinates all the staff for the summer.
Lexie Joon

What is your favorite travel memory?

I still remember that 10 years ago, we went on a family holiday to Thailand. I'd never traveled that far and I fell in love with the food, sweet people and beautiful places we visited.

My favourite part was seeing the White Temple, which as the name already gives away, is completely white on the outside and has some mirror pieces to reflect the sunlight. It has some incredible frescos and is just unique. Even 10 years later, I remember the small details and sense of awe I had when I saw it.

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

After working in corporate events for a couple of years, there is a big difference working for a smaller company where the one main event each year is in the summer.

I was used to higher stress levels every 2 months due to another event taking place that was my responsibility to run smoothly. Now, working for Oxford Scholastica, I feel more relaxed and trust in my abilities to manage my stress levels.

I am also excited to feel more of a purpose to my job and seeing the hard work of the team come together in the summer when the students arrive and get to experience Oxford.

To me, keeping a growth mindset is important and to be open to learning new things, even if it can be challenging. Given the small team and all the ambitions we have to grow and make the summer school even better, I learned that you make a 'now' to-do list and a 'future to-do list'. Never just throw away an idea, always write it down and have a review day of ideas each couple months to see if you can now put that new idea into action. That is a really good way to keep having that growth mindset and to keep working on challenges that will become opportunities.

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

Our programme can truly transform students, but from my experience, it mostly gives them the confidence they need to maximize their potential.

I've seen very shy students become more vocal and excitedly tell their parents whole hour stories about their course and their day, which they didn't do before. One of the students did the law course with us, and he wasn't sure it was something for him due to all reading required. After the mock trial, and putting all that reading work into practice and experiencing how the reading work came to life, he was so inspired to really study law.

It was wonderful to see him feel so confident and helping him to open up to the possibilities of what studying law means for a potential career.

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

I would love to have participated in the experience medicine course! Going into the hospital to really talk to patients, talking to doctors about their profession and learning what first-year medical students learn, sounds amazing to me.

My mom is a nurse and I've always been interested in the medical profession, but due to my poor math skills that path wasn't really open to me. Maybe if I had experienced what it would be really like, I might have worked harder on my math skills and tried to get into medical school.

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

Everyone in the team is passionate to inspire young students to figure out what they could study and maybe pursue as a career.

We all experienced not fully knowing what you'd get into when going to university and what that study course offers for job opportunities. So we all relate to the students and are so keen to help them.

For us, each student is unique and we care deeply about the student having an amazing summer with us. We also have an amazing alumni network and speak to past students on a regular basis. I'm very proud to be part of such a motivated and entrepreneurial team.

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

Having a passionate team of people who believe in the company's values and mission is what will make a company successful.

Everyone working for Oxford Scholastica wants to inspire and help maximise the young students to reach their potential and have an amazing summer experience they won't forget.

It is so important to feel a common purpose and get excited by small and big achievements together that this will drive the company forward.