Oxford Summer School

Experience life at the University of Oxford and follow in the footsteps of 30 British Prime Ministers and 56 Nobel Prize winners at the world's oldest English speaking university.

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Oxford Summer School 2023 On Campus at the University of Oxford

Join us this summer at our award-winning Oxford Summer School. Step into one of Oxford’s world-famous colleges – your new home – and kickstart the summer of a lifetime on one of our Oxford summer courses. Together with students from all over the world you will sleep, dine and experience the life and culture at the University of Oxford, one of the world’s most prestigious universities. Why not visit the Sheldonian Theatre, the university’s ceremonial hall and a place of pageantry? Or marvel at the beauty of the Oxford colleges, such as Oriel College or All Souls College, walking in the footsteps of the most brilliant thinkers in history? Soak in Oxford’s historic atmosphere, and take inspiration from this city of dreaming spires with its 800 years of learning tradition.

Our summer schools give you access to the facilities of the world’s leading universities along with expert tutors, and Oxford Summer School is no different. What better place could there be for young people, be they pre-teens, young adults, or high school students, to get a truly international education with courses designed with academic excellence in mind?

This unique experience promises to be life-changing. At Oxford Royale Academy, you will receive expert teaching in subjects that will transform your abilities and improve your confidence. You will get the chance to deepen your subject knowledge, get a head start on university preparation and make friends with students from around the world. All this in the environment of a world class university campus – Oxford.

The UK's Number 1 International Summer School

We have hosted thousands of students and received many accolades since we first opened our doors nearly two decades ago.





3 Times

Winner of the Queens Award

18 Years

of Success

The University of Oxford

What’s life like at the oldest university in the English-speaking world? Join us this summer to find out!

Experience life on campus

Your Oxford summer school is hosted in historic residential colleges of the University of Oxford where you will experience authentic undergraduate life.

Dine in the University Colleges

Sleep in student bedrooms set in centuries-old quadrangles, socialise in vibrant student common rooms, and relax in glorious college gardens. Take your place in vaulted halls where students have dined for over eight centuries.

Classrooms and lecture theatres steeped in history

Learn in lecture theatres and laboratories where groundbreaking discoveries have been made, and study in the classrooms where 55 Nobel prize winners developed the key academic and life skills crucial for future success

What can I study in Oxford?

Our courses are taught by world-class tutors and feature incredible guest speakers!

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Explore Engineering and Technology (Ages 13-15, Oxford)

The “Explore Engineering & Technology” course provides you with a comprehensive introduction to the exciting career opportunities in engineering and technology. You will explore the fields of Civil, Mechanical, Biomedical, and Aerospace engineering as you survey emerging technical applications from self-driving vehicles to space travel.

Curing the Future: Medicine & Disease (Ages 16-18, Oxford)

Curing the Future exposes you to the fascinating world of medicine and disease, extending your prior knowledge and understanding of medical research and practice.

Racing Extinction Summit (Ages 13-18, Oxford)

Preserve life on planet earth as you collaborate in small groups of Delegates to generate solutions to some of the most challenging issues facing humanity.

Architecture & Design (Ages 16-18, Oxford)

Join our Architecture & Design summer school and fast-track your future as a world-class architect. You'll get to know the core principles of architecture, including design and space planning.

Film Academy: Oxford Through The Lens (Ages 13-18)

Offers you an intensive filmmaking experience in the beautiful city of Oxford. You'll learn all the steps of shooting and producing a film. Our course is designed and delivered by industry professionals.

Inventing the Future: Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Ages 16-18, Oxford)

In our Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship course, you'll gain the skills to launch and manage your own business. You'll develop a strong understanding of global financial markets, which gives you a key international perspective on entrepreneurship.

Creative Arts (Ages 16-18, Cambridge)

Accelerate your writing, photography and journalistic skills as you explore the dynamic and exciting world of creative arts. This unique course merges classic creative writing techniques with emerging technology that will revolutionize your blogging, podcasting, and digital design capabilities

Philosophy, Literature and Modern History (Ages 16-18, Oxford)

On this course you will spend your time grappling with some of the most famous works in the English language. You will learn the basics of literary criticism and develop an understanding of how to examine and dissect literature.

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I found the Oxford Royale course online, saved the link as ‘life saving course.’ What I needed the most was help with my UCAS application, but I also wanted to challenge myself intellectually and learn new things.



This summer school has taught me many things, including the basics of engineering, which will most definitely help me in my future – academically and professionally.



The Medicine course gave me the opportunity to meet people from around the world with the same passion as me. My new friends and I were able to discuss and exchange information to support each other…



Year after year the allure of Oxford Royale has pulled me back. I met many different people during my first two weeks from different cultures and backgrounds.



I decided to return because I fell in love with Oxford, the gardens, the old buildings, the good books…



I found the Oxford Royale course online, saved the link as ‘life saving course.’ What I needed the most was help with my UCAS application, but I also wanted to challenge myself intellectually and learn new things.



This summer school has taught me many things, including the basics of engineering, which will most definitely help me in my future – academically and professionally.

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How do I book a place on the course I want?

Once you have decided which course you would like to attend, you can book online using our secure booking system. Once your application has been submitted, you will be sent an email confirming that it has been received.

If you prefer, you can download an Application Form by clicking here. You can return the Application Form to us by any of these methods:

  • Scan and email to [email protected]
  • Fax to +44 (0) 845 280 01 22
  • Post to Oxford Royale Academy, The Punt House, St Catherine’s College, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ, UNITED KINGDOM

Once your booking has been processed by one of our members of staff, you will receive email confirmation of your place on the course of your choice. A Welcome Pack will be available to download from the ORA Portal from April. If at any time you would like to discuss your booking with a course advisor, please feel free to email [email protected] or call us on +44 (0) 1865 954 800.

How do I pay for my course?

All courses require a deposit payment to secure the booking. The deposit is £995 GBP for all two-week courses for ages 13+, and £395 for one-week courses for 8-12 years. You may either pay the full course fee when you book your place, or pay the deposit amount and then the balance at a later date. The balance clearance is required at least 60 days before the start date of the course. Where the student is booking less than 60 days before the start date, the balance must be covered in full.

New online enrolments will require a Debit or Credit Card payment of at least the deposit amount. If you would like to enrol and make your deposit payment via Bank Transfer, please contact our Admissions team, who will be happy to assist you in doing so. ([email protected])

Payments for existing enrolments can be made via a number of methods, including domestic and international bank transfer, credit or debit card, as well as local payment options; please log in to your ORA Portal and click on the ‘Pay Now’ button on your booking details.

What do my course fees include?

All course fees include the following:

  • Classes and tuition (20 taught hours per week)
  • Study files/materials
  • Guest lectures by academic speakers
  • Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
  • Accommodation in your chosen location (see our accommodation page for the specific colleges and locations)
  • Meals in the Hall
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • Daily updates for parents and family on the ORA campus blogs
  • A wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Coach excursions
  • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
  • A multitude of extras, including an ORA notebook and branded clothing
Will I receive a graduation certificate?

Yes, students will be awarded an Oxford Royale Academy Graduation Certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the course.

Will I have to share a room/facilities?

Most of our accommodation sites offer a mix of single and twin bedrooms, with some campuses having en-suite bedrooms available and others have shared bathroom facilities between a small group of same-sex students. If you have a particular preference for a certain room type, you can make a request on booking, which may be granted subject to availability. If a particular room type is required for medical reasons, please contact our Admissions Team who will be able to check availability on different sites, depending on the course chosen.

Sharing your room with fellow students is a great way of getting to know people and making friends.

How secure are the campuses?

All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24 hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at roll-call at breakfast; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.

Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards etc.

All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day.

Do I need a visa to travel to the UK?

If your country is part of the EU or the European Economic Area you will not require a visa to enter the UK. It is always safest to check whether you need a visa with the relevant authorities.

I want to change to another course or study option. Is this possible?

If you wish to change your course or study options (including dates), please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes to courses are always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult for us to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the course start date.

If I need to cancel my booking, will I get my money back?

Oxford Royale Academy’s terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be on the following terms:

no refund of deposit will be made under any circumstances, once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded;
for cancellations before your course start date, the remainder of the course fees less the deposit amount will be proportionally refunded as per the table below:

Period Before Start Date Total refunded
120+ days 100%
90-119 days 50%
45-89 days 10%
0-44 days 0%
I want to attend one of your English language courses: how will you know what my level of English is and what sort of tuition I need?

All students registered to attend our English Language courses will be required to take an English Language Placement Test, which will assess the relative abilities of each student. Students are then placed into ability groups based on the results of their assessment, and the material that they study is tailored to the level of the class.

Once you have booked your place on a course we will send you information on how to take our online Placement Test. This test should take approximately one hour and should be taken by the student at least one month prior to their arrival date.

Please note that Oxford Royale Academy English courses do not cater for beginners in English.

Can I take more than one course?

It is certainly possible to take more than one course and combine a variety of study programmes. You can simply book onto two different courses, for example students from 13 to 15 years old could start with our Creative Arts course in Oxford and then move on to the Film Academy.

Students staying for two consecutive sessions will be provided with accommodation for the Saturday night, and their campus will provide supervised activities between their first session ending and second session starting. Should you have any queries about how to take more than one course please do not hesitate to contact us.