Summer School Courses in Oxford, England

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Applications are now open for Oxford Royale Academy's most popular study option, our two-week Oxford Summer School, for a select group of older students aged 19-25. Whether you are on a Gap Year, at University, or have already embarked on a career, our immersive academic experience would be the ideal way to spend your summer working on your future goals.

Choose to focus on Business, Law, Web Development, Medicine, Politics, Psychology, Public Speaking, or even to further your English. Through a combination of taught lectures, interactive seminars and tutorial time, you will indulge in your chosen subject in greater depth than ever before.

For the duration of your stay in Oxford, you will be resident at Merton College, Oxford’s oldest college, based within walking distance of all the cities libraries, museums and cloisters, offering a quintessentially English environment in which to live, work and socialize.

Highlights
  • Live, study and eat like a true Oxford Student
  • Expert teaching from specialised tutors
  • An exciting cultural and recreational programme to complement your studies.

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Reviews

96%
based on 27 reviews
  • Academics 9
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 8.8
  • Safety 9.7
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Austin
9/10

Impressive indeed

I am very happy to practice English culture in Oxford, the combination of modern and traditional world. It seems your IQ increases in one of the best universities in the world. The weather was very very cool, much more comfortable in Beijing. It is actually my first time to speak English with peers who speak, for example, Spanish or French or even English. It is very hard for me to perform well in this first time, but I think it is a big progress. I enjoyed doing presentations confidently to students all over the world (hopefully they appreciate my idea and learn something from my presentation, though it will not be possible to remember me -_-). By the way, I do not recommend the followers to choose to go to St. Catherine college, simply because there are few restaurants near St. Catherine college. I need to go 20 minutes to go into the town and have food. In short, this experience broadened my horizon and I gain experience in life skills and communication skills.

How can this program be improved?
The classroom could be bigger?...
The projector could be better?...
I am an AP student, I think some of the standards could be revised, though I know that this program is based on Alevel program. Anyway I, an AP student, sometimes do not understand the scoring standard.
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Austin,

Thank you very much for your great review and feedback.

We love that you had a great time improving your English and we hope you continue to broaden your horizons in the future.

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Milda
10/10

My experience in Oxford

My experience in Oxford was great! I've met a lot of new, great people, found a lot of friends and also, learned a lot of interesting things...
I had so much fun! Even three months later I can't stop talking about all about what happened there.
We walked around the wonderful Oxford's city, while also getting tons of souvenirs for our family and friends.
I loved the little trips on the bus! We visited the Windsor castle, a really big zoo and a lot more!
I have so many great memories from there! I'll never forget Oxford. There will always be a place in my heart for it.
Thank you, for this great opportunity! I will definitely come back there next year...

How can this program be improved?
Maybe the rooms could be a little bigger, but I don't think it's really necessary...
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Milda,

Thank you very much for this fantastic review!

We are delighted that you had a great experience and lots of nice memories.

We hope to see you again soon!

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Oriana
10/10

Best Summer Ever

After having participated in the ORA broadening horizons course for two weeks this summer, I can hands down say this has been the best summer of my life. Not only was it fun and exciting but also educational and informative.
It was almost like being in an alternate universe. It was a time and place where everyone disconnected from their problems and issues at home and became enveloped in this wonderful experience. I made friends from all over the world and to this day, about two months later I still am in contact with them.
All famous staff is extremely friendly and welcoming and spend their time ensuring that everyone is having a good time and enjoying themselves.
Classes were very interesting, I can honestly say I've learnt a lot and teachers take the time to explain their lessons but also make them upbeat and maintain us students interested.
I would 100% recommend this to anyone that wants to have the opportunity to expand their knowledge from both a cultural and academic perspective.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Oriana,

Thank you very much for your excellent review!

It is great to read that you had the best summer of your life and learned a lot.

We hope to see you again next year!

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Giulia
10/10

New, challenging and a memory for a lifetime

I travelled a lot in my life, I went to summer schools and met so many people from different countries but, I could have never imagined that my experience in Oxford would have been this good. I made frienships that I know will last for a lifetime, they all became my second family and I'm really greatful for that. I learned so many things about university life and the topic I want to study, and I'm now feeling confident with my decisions and ready to start this new adventure in college. I start my day thinking about how much I want to go back to those moments with the Oxford Royale Academy, however I'm ready for what the future will bring me and I can't wait to meet my friends again next summer. Thank you ORA for making my summer the best I could possibly ever have.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Giulia,

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

We are thrilled that you had a wonderful experience with us.

Good luck for the future!

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Maya
9/10

Two weeks in St Peter’s College

The experience that Oxford Royale provided me with was one of the most memorable. I interacted and made friends with a diverse bunch of students with similar interests to my own. It gave me the opportunity to work toward an subject that I might choose to further and come back after the two weeks as a more independent individual. The classes were enthralling and creatively taught. A series of techniques and concepts were taught. I was pushed to work harder but have come back a more responsible and diligent person. It was the first time that I was not ‘coddled’ and truly given a chance to take care of myself. All the counsellors were approachable at all points of time. We were taken on a series of excursions but given a chance to also explore Oxford on our own and Get a taste of college life. For somebody that has had very bad experiences at courses in the past, this has truly changed my entire perspective. It’s helped me not on explore my chosen field and make lifelong friends, but also gain confidence and greatly contributed to my character. It gave me the chance to truly understand the responsibilities that are inherent with independence and opportunity. This was truly the best two weeks of my entire life.

How can this program be improved?
The programme could be extended and a more in detail analysis of the subjects on the website would prepare one for what the summer would entail. More interactions with students from the other colleges will allow each person to step out of their comfort zone and challenge themselves.
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Maya,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review us, and for your excellent review!

We are pleased that you had a fantastic time and better than your previous experiences .

We hope to see you again soon!

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Shai
10/10

Best Summer school ever!!

I had been last Summer to Oxford Royale Academy's summer school and it was one of the best experiences I had had in my life. The staff were amazing, the lessons were interesting and the place was marvellous. There were students from all around the world. I can say for sure, that I'll sign to the next year. Moreover, there were afternoon activities that were very fun. In the summer school, you connect with people very fast and easily, and you have a great bond with them.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Zemah,

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

We are looking forward to welcoming you back for another year at ORA. Who knows, you could even become an ambassador!

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm!

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sam
10/10

A great way to familiarize yourself with Oxford.

I have always wanted to visit Oxford University for a college visit. And therefore I participated in this program. I chose to study medicine and I learnt in detail what this University is looking for. It was a fascinating experience for me as I not only got to know the college but also its magnitude. I also enjoyed the views from people in Oxford as I pretended to be an Oxford student haha. Overall, my highlight of the trip was the debate I participated in. It's called the "Great ORA debate." . If you are joining this program, this event is worth more than the money you pay. Try to become a speaker like me, If you are reading this I am pretty sure you'll already qualified as this proves your interest towards Oxford hehe. Oh and one tip from me is that you should definitely visit Ben's Cookies there (try the milk chocolate chip)! You will be crying on the last day by the way. The PD tell you that during the orientation, no one believes it but it's true, I just confirmed it Steve haha. Thanks for reading this, now go study.

How can this program be improved?
Can put a little more academic content like an exam at the end. However, excellent organization.
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Sam,

A huge thank you for your glowing review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed Oxford. We will certainly pass on the message to Steve ;-)

Thanks again for the great review.

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lynn
10/10

My summer at Oxford

My experience with Oxford Royale Academy has been amazing. I attended it in 2017, in 2018, and I am planning on coming back in 2019. During my stay in Oxford, I have made new friends from all over the world, I have learned a lot of things inside and outside the classroom, but most of all, it was the most fun two weeks of my whole life; and I made memories that will last a lifetime. It was way more than what I expected it to be.

How can this program be improved?
I don’t think that this program can be improved in any way because it is already perfect!
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Lynn,

A huge thank you for your glowing review!

We are thrilled to read that you keep coming back to ORA, and we can't wait to welcome you back again!

Thanks again for the great review.

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Karla
10/10

One of the best things that have ever happened to me in my life

This trip was one of the best things that have ever happened to me in my life. I come from a very small country located in Central America named El Salvador and I was the only one of my country in the college I assisted to that was St Peter's College , I was proud of representing my small country at Oxford Royale Academy.
I took a course named Introduction to Leadership and it was the best course that I could have ever chosen, I learned different leadership styles and how famous leaders the world has known took decisions thinking about others instead of themselves. The course surpassed what I expected in an incredible way. In addition to the amazing classes I received, I had the opportunity to visit beautiful places around Oxford and also getting to know amazing people that now I can call my friends and that I hope I will never loose contact with them. The last thing I can say is that I was the luckiest girl in the world because I won a scholarship from ORA and they were the ones that made this experience possible for me. I will always be gratefully with ORA for giving me the opportunity to go to Europe for the first time, the education I had in those two weeks, the opportunity of meeting amazing friends from all around the world and the memories that will always live in my mind and heart.
Thank you ORA for this one of a kind opportunity and I hope I can return one day.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Mifta
9/10

ORA 2017

I guess action speak louder than words - I came to ORA twice, that's how much I loved it.

The first time was in 2016 at Balliol College where I took "Oxford Enterprise Program" which is an introduction course to Business and Economics.

The second time was in 2017 at Merton College where I took the "Public speaking" course, which is a course that teaches you how to make a good speech (posture, language, etc).

The funny part is that I met my friend who was at ORA Balliol 2016, Sergio Carrasco, at ORA Merton this year. *Seems like I wasn't the only one enjoying the ORA course. *

The extra activities were fun too! We visited the Ashmolean museum, went to le Manoir by Raymond Blanc and Oxford is simply a gorgeous city!

Thank you ORA for this amazing experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Mifta
9/10

Oxford Royale Academy 2017

Actions speak louder than words, so, I will just tell you that I went to ORA twice (in 2016 and 2017).

I loved my first experience at Balliol College in 2016. I am very interested in business and economics so I took the Oxford Enterprise Program. It was great.

I decided to come back in 2017 to learn Public Speaking at Merton College and to be honest, it was even better.

ORA really listens to every single opinion of yours and really try improve. That's how you know that you are in good hands.

The teachers are great and the friends that I made at ORA are so precious to me. They come from all over the world. We still see each other very often (that's when you know they are real friends and not just some acquaintances).

ORA changed my vision of life and made me realise that I am a part of the movers and the shakers.

How can this program be improved?
More excursions outside Oxford ( for example: a weekend in London)
Yes, I recommend this program
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Derek
10/10

What.An.Experience

At Oxford Royale Academy, I took a course in public speaking. Our instructor was incredibly prepared and engaging. We studied TED talks and read ancient speeches i.e. Mark Anthony's eulogy for Julius Caesar. In side sessions, we practiced vocal exercises and practiced presenting speeches/pitches/seminars to different audiences.

ORA students come from all over the world. Over the course of two weeks, I made many friends (from other courses as well) and learned much from them.

ORA plans a variety of activities outside of classes. We ate at Le Manoir, played real tennis, tried our hands at croquet, stared at Raphael's drawings in the Ashmolean, and wandered around Blenheim Palace.

How can this program be improved?
Extend the program by another week!
Yes, I recommend this program

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