Summer Study Abroad in Oxford, England

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About

Our Oxford Summer School is our longest running and most popular study option, with programs guaranteed to pique the interest of any student aged 8-25. From Engineering to Law, and Medicine to Creative Writing, our two-week courses are ideal for students seeking to hone existing academic skills or to discover something new.

For the duration of their stay in Oxford, students are resident in either a constituent college of the University of Oxford or Yarnton Manor, our very own Jacobean manor house a few minutes’ drive from the city centre. Both offer unparalleled facilities and a quintessentially English environment in which to live and work.

At ORA we pride ourselves on our vibrant international mix, bringing intellectually curious individuals from all over the world together as a fun, friendly community. Last summer we welcomed students from over 100 different nationalities, and we look forward to repeating this achievement in 2018!

Highlights
  • Unparalleled Academically Prestigious Venues
  • Live in a 17th-century manor house or a top UK boarding school
  • Join students from all over the world
  • An exciting cultural and recreational program to complement your studies
  • A recipient of the highest accolade for British businesses

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Reviews

95%
based on 45 reviews
  • Academics 8.9
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.9
  • Program Selection 10
  • Pre-departure Help 10
  • In-program Support 10
  • Impact on Student 10
  • Value 10
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Manuela
10/10

Oxford Royale Academy Experience Review

It is nearly impossible to phrase this life changing experience, my summer in ORA, in a concise description. During the 2 weeks that flew by, I had the opportunity to grow not only academically but as a person. I met amazing people in and outside of the classroom who have provided me with memories that I shall remember and cherish for the rest of my life. I arrived there excited and left a new person, so happy for everything I had acquired, from knowledge to new friendships, yet so sad to be leaving it all behind. I can say that I was definitely not disappointed with what I lived during the time I spent there and would undoubtedly recommend it to any teenager willing to have the time of their life.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Manuela,

Thank you very much for your outstanding review!

We are pleased that you had a fantastic time and grew in many ways.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Zoei
9/10

Oxford Royal Academy, Cambridge (Clare College)

I had loads of fun meeting people from all around the world. It was intimidating at first but after the icebreakers activity on the first day, we all got along quite well. We had roommates, but unfortunately, my roommate and I had to share a single bedroom with two beds squeezed into it. Literally squeezed. I wasn't very satisfied with my room, especially considering that I had been to other rooms of my friends and there had been much bigger ones occupied by single persons who didn't get a roommate. Otherwise, I had a great experience. We had a zoolab day where we got to pet live animals and learn about them. We went to London and saw the play Kinky Boots. The classes were held at the Mathematics Centre and it was a lovely area to learn in. All of the teachers were very knowledgeable and fascinated by their subjects, and most of the teachers were able to successfully convey information in a way that wasn't boring to the student. The curfew I found was necessary, but even within our housing units we were not allowed to interact with students across the hall from us, which I did not understand and found somewhat unfair. Also, the wifi was not impressive.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Thank you Zoei! We are pleased that, as a Bursary winner, you enjoyed the summer school opportunity.

Sorry to hear about your bed situation, this is valuable feedback which we can use to improve for next year.

We look forward to welcoming you back next year!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Becky
9/10

My Experience with ORA Summer Course at Oxford Uni in 2018

My experience at Oxford was absolutely phenomenal. It was a lovely time that I will never forget! I learned so much not just academically but also from the people I was surrounded by. The course itself, the trips and extra curricular activities combined to make it a special two week summer time for me. Oxford is such a beautiful place that inspires you to learn. I hope to come back and I do not hesitate to highly recommend it to anyone who wants to learn but also have a great time in an amazing environment.

How can this program be improved?
Food could be improved
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Thank you Becky! We are pleased that, as a Bursary winner, you enjoyed the summer school opportunity.

We look forward to welcoming you back next year!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Olivia
10/10

Oxford Royale Academy - Law

My experience at Oxford Royale Academy was one of a lifetime. My course was challenging but extremely fun and I feel I will take the skills and knowledge I have gained with me for the rest of my life. But on top of this I did not expect to make the amazing life long friends that I did. Oxford Royale is a family and I’m so happy to have been a part of it! Thank you so much for having me and I hope I made you proud! I would recommend ORA to anyone and everyone.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Thank you Olivia! We appreciate your glowing review and we are delighted that you had a great time!

We look forward to welcoming you back next year!

Yes, I recommend this program
Joe
10/10

Second to none

To be honest, before I started my two weeks in the programme, I had wished I could just leave. However, as the first few days passed, I learnt new concepts, ideas, facts, saw new sights, but most importantly, met new people. The best thing about ORA was, simply put, the sheer variety of cultures, ideas and personalities that you come into contact with as a part of its international nature. Nevertheless, the academic aspect of ORA is still not adulterated by this. Being situated in one of the most well-educated parts of the UK, even the general atmosphere compels you to work harder, and strive for success. ORA is truly unique experience, and by the end, I could only have wished the course was longer.
-Joe

How can this program be improved?
More water on campus, more efficient signing in/out procedure.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Dimitra
10/10

My ORA experience

My experience was great! The lesson were extremely interesting and the teacher were excellent, they helped me a lot to be more confident in class! The activities were really exciting and through them I had the chance to try a lot of new things with my new friends!! Generally the whole experience was very interesting and I definitely recommend it to anyone that's searching for something fun and interesting to do during the summer holidays!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Shania
8/10

ORA

This summer course was my first one and it was a great first experience. I would definetely recommend it as you don't only leaner about the courses you chose, but learn how to socialise. I learnt a lot in two weeks about my chosen courses. It is a great opportunity to experiment with new things, and there are plenty of activities to help do this. The whole course was organised very well, and was a lot of fun! The campus is beautiful as well and Oxford itself is a picturesque place; you will feel at home immediately.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Teresa
9/10

The best time I´ve ever had

I had no idea of how it would be, I couldn´t have been more scared at the time, but all of that fear was soon gone. Just as I arrived to college, I had an amazing staff ready to help me and make my experience the best possible.
I was at ease from the moment I got there and honestly, all I wanted was for my parents to leave, so that I could experience this myself.
I think that the best tip I could give to a future student is definitely not to be shy! Everyone there is feeling exactly how you do so don´t waste a second, it may be hard but it will be worth it!
Please don´t think twice, it will definitely be the experience of your lifetime!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Chandler
10/10

An amazing experience

I took part in Oxford Royale's Broadening Horizons program during the summer of 2015. I became friends with so many people from all around, many of whom I keep in touch with today. I took chemistry, mathematics, and Oxford's Art and Architecture during the two weeks I was there. My favorite class was Oxford's Art and Architecture because my teacher brought us all around Oxford during each class in order for us to be ale to see what we were learning about in person. It was so interesting to be able to experience everything with my own eyes, in person instead of just looking at a picture of what I was learning about on a sheet of paper. I will be forever grateful for the many wonderful, unforgettable experiences I had at Oxford Royale Academy.

How can this program be improved?
I do not think anything needs improving. I very much enjoyed this program.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Clara
10/10

Amazing experience

I really enjoyed my stay at Oxford Royale Academy. I made a lot of friends from all around the world whith whom I still have contact. It was an amazing experience and I really lived it there. I would totally recommend it. My room wasn't the best but it was okay and I really feeler like home. If I had to describe Oxford Royale Academy in one word it would be: wonderful. Thank you for everything I've learned! I'm now on the top in my english class!! I did a normal englisch course)

Yes, I recommend this program
Sandy
10/10

Meet People from All Around the World.

Get Ready for a summer experience that will combine strong academic endeavors and social activities through which you make long lasting friends from all around the world. I participated in ORA 6 years ago and I still keep in touch with my friends. I took the Mathematics and Economics course and it helped me a lot later in school and college. I still remember the matrix proof I learnt in ORA and it was a very good foundation. Loved it!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sophie
10/10

Amazing experience!

Oxford Royale was an amazing program. The courses were challenging, interesting and led by inspirational and qualified teachers. Not only was the academic focus of the program incredible, but there were countless support staff, many activities, social events and networking opportunities, including spending time with people with similar interests from all around the world. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity I would recommend for any young people.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Martina
10/10

My experience at Oxford

My experience at Oxford was mind-opening. Not only did I improve my English but I also meet a lot of people from all around the world. The activities were really fun, mostly when went to the park to play some frisbee or the weekends when we visited other cities. The classes are great and the professors never stop innovating on ways to give the lessons. Also, the exchange of opinion is always possible, which is amazing because that way you actually are able to comprehend a lot more how things worked in a different country. I'm totally grateful for the amazing experience I had.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Isaac
10/10

My summer 2016 oxford royal trip

This was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. The whole Oxford Royale trip was amazing, I learned many things and made lots of new friends. One of the greatest memories of the Oxford trip was winning best salsa dance at the the end of trip I was awarded a very nice Oxford hoodie! It was great I enjoyed all of the after class activities especially with the new friends I made. The people over there at Oxford Royale are very kind and fun people to be around, they made this trip even better. I enjoyed going to all of the muesemes we visited when we took a trip to London. Visiting London was also great because I saw lots of things I've never seen before.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Patrick
10/10

Internationality

I had an amazing time at oxford royale academy. I guess the best part for me was being able to share with people from all over the world that share different points of view. However different we may have been, though, there was always a space of respect and interest coming from everyone, and that's a community which I was proud to participate in. The level of international consciousness, global mindsets, and curiosity was astonishing. For this reason, I think that the best part of my experience was the interactions I had with the people I met. In one word: unforgettable!

Yes, I recommend this program

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About Oxford Royale Academy

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...