Cambridge Summer School

Experience life at the University of Cambridge and follow in the footsteps of the world's greatest minds

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Cambridge Summer School 2023 On Campus at the University of Cambridge

Experience the summer of a lifetime at our award-winning Cambridge Summer School. We offer a unique opportunity for local and international students to sleep, dine and study on the campus of one of the world’s oldest universities. Explore the city that inspired so many great minds, from Charles Darwin to Stephen Hawking. Climb the tower of the University’s Great St Mary’s Church and enjoy sweeping views of the city. Discover the 1871 Gothic-revival All Saints Church and gardens favoured by 17th-century poet John Milton. All this history and culture is perfect to enjoy with the friends you’ll make from all over the world.

Join a summer course in Cambridge and discover your future! If you’re looking for a memorable experience and the chance to refine your academic skills, then this summer programme is for you. Our Cambridge Summer School will help you with your university preparation, boost your confidence, deepen your subject knowledge and give you a summer that you’ll never forget.

High school students, young adults and pre-teens all get the chance to experience life and teaching in a Cambridge college. You’ll receive expert teaching from some of the best tutors in the world in your chosen subject. Learn in this great university city, alongside students from around the globe, and gain a unique experience with Oxford Royale Academy this summer.

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

Winners of the Queen's Award

18 Years

of Success

The University of Cambridge

What’s life like at a world-renowned university ? Join us this summer to find out!

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Experience Cambridge University

Study on campus at a world leading  university that can trace its roots back to 1209?  Your Cambridge summer school will be hosted at a historic residential college of the University of Cambridge where you will experience authentic undergraduate life.



Dine in the University Colleges

At our Cambridge Summer School, you get the full authentic experience. 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.


Study in historic classrooms

Learn in lecture theatres and laboratories where groundbreaking discoveries have been made, listen to expert tutors and study in the classrooms where 109 Nobel prize winners developed the key academic and life skills crucial for future success.

What can I study in Cambridge?

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

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

Join our Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship course, and become an entrepreneur of the future. You'll gain the skills you need to create and manage your own business. You'll also develop a strong understanding of global financial markets, and gain an invaluable international perspective on entrepreneurship.

Designing Tomorrow: Engineering, Robotics & Technology (Ages 16-18, Cambridge)

This course provides you with an introduction to the emerging technology that is shaping the future. Providing a broad foundation into engineering principles and fields, it will inspire you to take on the future’s grand challenges from alternative energy to advanced robotics and beyond.

Explore Creative Arts (Ages 13-15, Cambridge)

Join this fun and exciting journey into the world of social media and the creative arts. You will explore writing, photography and journalism as you practice creative techniques and find your own ‘voice’ through which to express yourself and influence your readers through emerging technology like blogs, social media, and podcasting

Explore Engineering & Technology (Ages 13-15, Cambridge)

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.

English as a Foreign Language (Ages 13-15, Cambridge)

Join our Cambridge Summer English course, and transform your knowledge of written and spoken English. You'll live and study in the historic University of Cambridge, and experience life as a student of one of the top universities in the world.

Explore Medicine (Ages 13-15, Cambridge)

This fascinating course will provide you with a broad introduction to the human body - and everything you need to know to pursue a career as a doctor, nurse or other healthcare professional.

Explore Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Ages 13-15, Cambridge)

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.

Architecture & Design (Ages 16-18, Cambridge)

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.

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

The Curing the Future course provides an extensive insight into the application processes, courses and careers of the best medical schools in the world, particularly focused on those in the UK.

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A once in a lifetime experience at Clare College in beautiful Cambridge. The timetable was very well structured and there was always a choice of interesting activities to participate in. Very professional and motivated staff who have a genuine understanding of teenagers.



I enjoyed my time with Oxford Royale Academy, it proved to be the best summer of my life. I have gotten an insight of what university life is like, I wanted to explore Cambridge life and I got what I was searching for.



When I first got there, Cambridge welcomed me with her magnificent buildings. ORA made me feel fulfilled, accomplished, safe and motivated. All in all, if you want to have your voice heard, experience a lot of turning points and milestones, join ORA!



I was at Clare college for two weeks on the EFL course. It was amazing, academic, and fun. I met many wonderful and open minded people that I will never forget. I strongly recommend this experience.



I highly recommend ORA to anyone. I attended the Medicine course at Clare College, Cambridge and I really am glad I had the opportunity to go. I had a great teacher who taught me a lot about what it will be like studying at med school and great advice on the admissions tests.



A once in a lifetime experience at Clare College in beautiful Cambridge. The timetable was very well structured and there was always a choice of interesting activities to participate in. Very professional and motivated staff who have a genuine understanding of teenagers.



I enjoyed my time with Oxford Royale Academy, it proved to be the best summer of my life. I have gotten an insight of what university life is like, I wanted to explore Cambridge life and I got what I was searching for.

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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 Writing course in Oxford and then move on to the Flim 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.