Oxford Royale Academy

Program Reviews

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Filipa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best decision you'll ever make

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

My Experience at ORA 2019

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

Oxford Summer Program at Lady Margaret Hall

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

Oxford Royale Academy 2019, Fantastic!

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

An Unforgettable Summer

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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Lilia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer school in Oxford

My experience in ORA is unforgettable. I had an amazing time learning new things and making friends from all around the world. I enjoyed being at one of the best universities in the world.
I loved everyone there. The staff was really nice and helpful. My teacher was such a good teacher. I learned alot of things from her. My classmates were nice aswell.
It is definetely one of the best experience of my life. I had so much fun visiting new places, making new friends, shopping, eating different food, learning new things from other people who think differently, making memories.
This experience inspired me to always be the best I can and always try new things. If i was asked to do it again, I would do it again anytime.
It is definetely an experience to remember.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would definetely be less shy and try to talk to more people. Don't be nervous.
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Chloe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Broadening Horizons Summer 2019

Oxford Royale Academy has been one of the most enriching, nurturing and unforgettable experiences I have ever had. It gave me the unique opportunity to study and live in my dream uni and in one of the top universities in the world. I had the chance to meet incredible people that will forever have a place in my heart, work with the friendliest team and teachers ever and broaden my horizons at all levels. I also got the chance to see the city of Oxford in a special way, alongside doing many activities and sightseeing. Those two weeks taught me more about myself and my capacities than anything else. It is surprising how much one experience can leave such an impact on you, modifying your plans, and your whole life. ORA you made summer 2019 the best one yet!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was quite nervous about boarding on this experience alone, and having to meet and live with strangers from different cultures for the entire 2 weeks. However, once you are there, everything becomes easier and the people I met there are the most fantastic people I have had in my entire life.
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Dennis
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer Business and Enterprise Course at Oxford Royale Academy(Yarnton Manor Campus)

My experience at Oxford Royale Academy was amazing. I got the opportunity to meet interesting people from different backgrounds, who are good in academics and extra-curricular activities. I did a summer program on Business and Enterprise at the Yarnton Manor Campus. I learned a lot from the program and acquired practical business skills that applied to real-life situations. My time there was fun, and we had various sports such as Frisbee, Football, Badminton, and board games to pass some free time. We also had exciting evenings with talent shows, debates, movie nights,e.t.c. The program also organized various trips to many touristic attractions in Oxford and some other nearby cities. I recommend this program for anyone who wants to have the academics without losing the fun and freedom of meeting new people from diverse communities.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
It is essential to be open-minded and considerate of others as you will be living in an international community with diverse cultures.
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Ridhi
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with ORA

Oxford Royale Academy summer school has provided me with an experience that has helped shape my personality, memories that I will cherish forever and friends from all over the world. This summer was like no other. Staying alone for 15 days, learning from the best tutors, making international friends, learning to be independent and gaining an insight into real college life, there has not been much I haven't tried out this summer.
Writing this review causes me to reminiscence about my time at Oxford and my heart aches with a sweet nostalgia as I try to remember the happy blur in which the two weeks went by. All in all, I would recommend this summer school to anyone who wishes to go out there to get a glimpse of the real world and spread their wings a little.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To future travellers who are undertaking this course, the only advice I can give is to shed all your inhibitions and be yourself. You will meet people unlike yourselves but in an attempt to befriend them do not lose your own individuality because after these two weeks no one will remember you for who you tried to be but who you were.
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Serly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

If you want to have lots of WOW moments, join ORA!

My name is Serly. I am from Armenia. Armenia is a small country, but it is home to a global nation. As for my ORA experience, I am afraid I cannot find appropriate words to describe my incredible experience in Cambridge Clare College, which was my dream to be accommodated in one of the world known university college. I had the opportunity to take the New Perspective course, which included three academic up-to-date subjects of my interest. They definitely helped me to discover my unknown power, gifts and arose curiosity in different fields. We had amazing teachers who did not only teach us but guide us through the way. Besides the academic excellence that I was prone to there, I had the privilege to enjoy super diverse environment, which was unbelievable. We learnt how to respect others ideas and experience that nice feeling to be sitting next to a person with different background, different nationality and different skin color.
Literally, it is the best experience I have ever had so far. ORA made me feel fulfilled, accomplished, safe, motivated. All in all, if you want to have lots of WOW and eye opening moments, give a try and join ORA!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I still remember that moment when I saw Cambridge university for the first time. I cannot explain what it felt. i had seen lots of pictures of Cambridge, but it is totally different when you see it with your own eyes!