Summer Study Abroad in Oxford, England

Video and Photos

Oxford Royale Academy
Oxford Royale Academy
Our attempt to take a picture with everyone in the air!
Our attempt to take a picture with everyone in the air!
Digital Scavenger Hunt Day!
Punting with Friends

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

Questions & Answers

Reviews

96%
based on 101 reviews
  • Academics 9
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.8
  • Program Selection 10
  • Pre-departure Help 10
  • In-program Support 10
  • Impact on Student 10
  • Value 10
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Aoi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of Oxford Royal Academy at Oxford University (Lady margaret hall)

I loved the experience I had at the summer course.
It allowed me to experience a 'pre-university' life, and it was amazing!
I have never made so many friends in such a short period of time.
I love the campus I stayed in, Lady Margaret Hall, especially the dining hall - it looked like the one from Harry Potter. I also really enjoyed sleeping in the dorms with my friends - and away from my parents for two weeks!
Oxford is such a beautiful place. The scenery and landscape and breathtaking, and the little houses are so pretty. I loved shopping in the streets as well.
This summer was probably the best summer ever, and truly one of the best experiences I've ever had.
Thank you so much Oxford Royal Academy for these memories!

P.S. it would mean the world to me receive this ORA hoody!

What would you improve about this program?
Everything was absolutely fantastic, I just wished it lasted a little longer! I would love to be at the course for more than 2 weeks - maybe a week longer, so a 3-week course?
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Aoi,

Thank you very much for providing us with a 10/10 rating and a glowing review!

We are delighted that you had a fantastic experience and we hope that you can return next year to further build on your experiences!

ORA

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Katarina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer in Oxford

Applying to ORA was the best decision I have made so far. ORA showed me the opportunities that I actually have outside Serbia. This experience was life changing! I got to meet so many amazing people from all of the world, with different experiences and knowledge. Everything that I have seen, heard and learnt and everyone I have met while being in ORA helped me realize something about myself and my future career.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Katarina,

Thank you very much for your great rating and review!

We are pleased that you learned a lot and thought more about your career.

ORA

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Nathalie Rita
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Memorable Adventure at ORA 2018...

An Oxford Royale Academy experience is an once-in-a lifetime, unforgettable and international experience, YES!
Let me tell you why.
All of the courses, the teachers, the truly international students, the afternoon activities (punting, scavenger hunts, quiz nights or even the world cup at my time during summer 2018) were exceptional.
Concerning the courses, the way of teaching using class discussions, group work, even homework, was fascinating and engaging. Nevertheless, I learned, once at Oxford, that courses at ORA aren't all about theoretical work but were also about practice. In both my courses, we did hands-on experiences : iodine clock reaction in Chemistry (which was real fun) and not less than the dissection of a heart in Medical Biology!
I knew most of the things we were going to do at Oxford. But what I didn't know, and couldn't know, was the feeling I was going to get once there: happiness, feeling of achievement and a great will to do more, 2 weeks in a real world of opportunities. But also a little bit of nervousness! Why not ? This is because you want to do good, you want to achieve and frankly everything you do at ORA is rewarding, I myself won the scavenger hunt with my team, got excellent grades (A* in both courses) and even an effort price in Chemistry at graduation. You really do feel great at ORA.
I am far from sugar-coating anything, I would truly recommend ORA experience to anyone who has the chance to do so.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Nathalie,

Thank you very much for your 10/10 rating and excellent review!

We are thrilled that you had an unforgettable experience.

ORA

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Ning
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience in University of Oxford for Summer School

I had an excellent and impressive time in the Queen's college! There were staffs and students from various cultures all around the world, and I really enjoyed being with them. I appreciate all the help I received during the academic courses, social activities and in other time I spent in this lovely place. It was really convenient living in Queen's since it's on the High st., where all kinds of shops and restaurants stands on both sides. Thank you so much for providing me with great experience!

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Ning,

Thank you very much for your outstanding review and rating!

We are delighted that you had such an impressive time, and we hope to see you again soon!

ORA

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Minjinsor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

One of the most memorable experience

First and foremost, it was only one day since the session ended, but I was already missing all the people. I'm not sure where to begin with. The staff and students truly made it a place like no other. I also deeply regret that I did not express my gratitude at the graduation ceremony when I received my award with an invaluable gift attached to it. As a regional bursary scholarship student from Mongolia, it was thrilling for me to spend two weeks with the amazing, supportive and energetic community. I also saw what ORA did for the kids. I could see the changes in them day by day, as amazing as that sounds. I could relate to the students who opened up and tried new things for the first time to the supportive audience. It was truly an experience. The staff became part of the young adults. They shaped them into the men and women they will become in society. They were a big part of their confidence boost; their self-confidence. The teachers helped make us grow. And the counsellors, they let them be kids again. As the most problematic student in the session (lost baggage at airport etc), I could not express how much I appreciated their help and how the staff, especially program coordinators, pronounced my full name exactly correct. The lessons I learned both in and out of the classroom were monumental, and the jokes I'm glad I know now, and those wish I did not, the meals, afternoon activities and evening shouts ended too soon. They all mean so much.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Minjinsor,

A huge thank you for your excellent review and rating!

We are pleased that you felt looked after and that you learned a lot on your experience with us.

ORA

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Maria Tereza
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Two generations

I chose the Oxford Royale as my sister had attended this program a few years prior. For months, all I heard was how this was this most fulfulling experience she has ever partook in. Learning what you love, making new connections, encountering different cultures, but most importantly, gaining independence. I can atest to all of that. I am forever gratefull for this experience and will forever keep it dear to my heart.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Maria,

Thank you very much for your positive review!

We are delighted that you , and your sister, had a fantastic experience.

ORA

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Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An unforgettable experience.

My experience with Oxford Royale Academy (broadening horizons) gave me the opportunity to meet awesome people, make new friends and best friends but also to learn new studying methods. I discovered different points of view and several cultures. I went to St Catherine's college in the city of Oxford which is a wonderful city for students with a lot of history and monuments, and great things to do with friends. I loved the perfect organization and I felt secure with ORA’s system and staff. Everyone (the staff) is happy, cool and friendly. At the end of the summer course, I felt like the two weeks were really short.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing, it is already perfect.
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Andrea,

THANK YOU for your 10/10 rating and fantastic review!

We are pleased to hear that you had a memorable and excellent experience this summer.

We'd love to have you back!

ORA

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Jake
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

ORA, The best summer experience

ORA was a great experience. Over the summer I met people from all around the world and still am in contact with them months after. The Teachers and Staff were kind but also make sure everybody was safe and happy. I have been to camps with sports and activity, but this combines both learning and sports. It was great and was one of the best experience. I would recommend it to everyone how wants a good time.

What would you improve about this program?
It was great. so NOTHING
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Jake,

Thank you for giving us such a fantastic review!

We are glad that you had the best summer experience.

We hope to see you again soon!

ORA

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Carlo
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

ORA summer camp

i really enjoyed the 2 week course. i learned a lot about economics and politics. there is a huge range of subjects to choose from so everybody will find their cup of tea. the staff and the professors are very nice and thoughtful. i was in st. peters college and my room was very good. i had more than enough space to relax, do my homework and feel like at home. my only complain is that the food wasn´t very good.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing i would improve is the quality of the food.
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Carlo,

Thank you very much for leaving us a great review of your summer!

We are pleased that you learned a lot.

ORA

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Miguel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Great Experience

I had a great time in my Broadening Horizons course. It was a great opportunity to explore academic fields and to make friendships with people from all over the world. The location was very historical and central which allowed for easy transportation. The academic growth I obtained through this course was very rewarding and beneficial. It also exposed me to many fields and let me know which ones I like and which ones I dislike. The staff was considerate and would do their best to help anyone who had a complication, they were also approachable and did not alienate themselves from the students. On the academic side, I was shown what I am lacking and where and how I can improve the quality of my work. In conclusion, it was an experience which helped me enhance my academic skills and give me a taste of what university life could be like.

What would you improve about this program?
The main improvements in my case would be the quality of the food of the campus I was staying at, and the number of people in my course. This is because the food in the college was mediocre, and my course had around 20 students, which is quite a small number and I understand that most courses have well over 60 students per session.
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Miguel,

Thank you very much for your fantastic review!

We are delighted that you had a great opportunity at ORA both academically and culturally.

We appreciate your feedback.

ORA

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Maxiane
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer Experience Ever - Oxford Royale Academy

Being able to attend the New Perspectives program with Oxford Royale Academy is the best experience that has happened in my life so far 💯💯. The most satisfactory part of the courses I chose is that I did my best and in the end it paid off.
One thing I was looking forward to, was the social activities that I had seen on the ORA blog and they most definitely did not disappoint (the Friday night party was THE best). 🔥🔥 The absolute best part of this new experience was meeting and making friends from literally all over the world. Meeting new people exposed me to different cultures, ways of thinking, and this enhanced my knowledge of the outside world, but also showed me how big and diverse it really is.
I had read before going to ORA that during the two week stay, that I would most likely make friends for life. However, I did not take that to be true. After the end of the two weeks, I was devastated to leave my new-found friends.
I think ORA is a great program that exposes people to the world in a very good way. It gives people the opportunity to gain knowledge first-hand on the different cultures present and be able to share their culture also. The courses given are practical and very useful, especially if you have not taken the course(s) in school yet.
If you're contemplating participating in Oxford Royale Academy, DO IT! ORA is the G.O.A.T AND IS THE WAY TO GO!!!

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Maxiane,

Thank you very much for your great review!

We are thrilled that you had an absolutely amazing time and learned a lot.

We hope that you can continue to keep those friendships and that we see you next year!

ORA

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Justus
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best part of my summer

Although I was privileged to visit Sweden and Spain I the same summer, my stay at the ORA developed into the highlight. Before the course started I had some expectations, which built on other summer school experiences, but ORA was by far the best. For me it would have been enough to have the opportunity talking to people from many different nations. The international atmosphere and the interesting characters I have met will never be forgotten. As well as the community spirit or the fun I have had, just by enjoying board games or playing football. In my opinion this trip was worth every penny. 9/10👍🏼

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Océane
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Oxford Royale Academy is a life changing experience!

Oxford Royale Academy has been one of the most enriching experiences of my life. Participating in this summer school has not only educated me in the subjects I chose, but also in real life skills. I’ve learned to be independent, and how to take care of myself. I have also gotten the opportunity to socialize and make friends with other kids my age from all over the world. These friendships have given me an insight on all the different cultures and ways of life around the world. I have also gotten to explore Oxford itself, and learn about its history and experience it’s amazing architecture. Overall, I think that going to Oxford Royale Academy is an awesome, life changing experience, which I would highly recommend.

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Timothy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer School Courses in Oxford, Cambridge,England

The Oxford Royal Academy Program at St. Catharine's College was one of the best social and academic experiences I have ever had on a summer program trip. I admired the amount of diverse cultured people that came from all around the world. They were extremely friendly and some of the best friends I have ever made. The teachers, staff and counsellors were extremely helpful, fun and friendly. In my Mathematics, Business and Management study courses, I had the same teacher who taught and communicated very well with me and my peers. The activities that the counsellors were truly fun, especially a game called, "Powerball," developed by one of the head counsellors. There are so many favorite memories to choose from, but I especially loved going around Cambridge and hanging out on campus with the new friends I made. I came out of the program with more knowledge on the courses I enrolled for, especially business and management. Most importantly I came out with a wonderful experience and great new friends.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Timothy,

Thank you for taking the time to write us a positive review!

We are delighted that, as a bursary winner for 2018, you enjoyed your experience at Oxford Royale Academy and have a lot of memories.

Best of luck for the future!

ORA

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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Oxford Royal Academy Review

I thoroughly enjoyed the two weeks I was able to spend at Oxford. The people were amazing including the staff and teachers. The faculty was beautiful and we go to visit some beautiful Oxford sites. I wish we could have had a little bit more free time to go into town by ourselves (with a group of friends) as I was only able to do that once for half a day. The food provided in the cafeteria was very delicious and I loved the fact that we had so many choices of food. To improve the medicine course we could maybe have a visit to a hospital or some kind of physical work experience just to see what will be expected of us once we enter the field of medicine if we choose to do so.

What would you improve about this program?
I stayed at Lady Margaret Hall and we were not allowed to go into town very often ( only one afternoon in the two weeks). It would have been a lot more fun had we been able to explore Oxford by ourselves a bit more.