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 37 reviews
  • Academics 8.8
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 8.9
  • 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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Isabelle
8/10

Summer camp

My experience was unique because it gives me an insight of my career options.The programmes were amazing and the food was so so good with different variety.There could probably be more activities included.The courses were challenging as I enjoyed the CPR, dissecting etc.Our teachers were also very resourceful and I think the knowledge gain is worth the money.However the London tour was too short and we weren’t allowed much freedom to tour around.There were lots of places that we didn’t manage to go for example Parliament House,Big Ben etc.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Isabelle,

Thank you very much for your great review and feedback!

We are happy that you had a good insight into your career options.

Best of luck for the future!

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Leonor
10/10

Oxford Royale Academy Summer School Review

Oxford Royale Academy Summer School was an amazing experience and I’m sure that I will never forget it! I took the New Perspectives course, from which I choose three subjects: Physics & Chemistry, Human Biology and Essay Writing Skills. All the classes were interesting and gave me the opportunity to explore these areas further than I have the chance to do at school. I loved the teachers as well and all the members of the staff. They were always happy to help us, not only in classes but also outside of them, and that made this experience much better. But ORA is much more than just the classes, ORA is all about meeting people from all over the world and that’s what makes it so special. For example, I had the chance to meet people from Australia, Malaysia, Germany, USA, China, Italy, Madagascar, and from many other countries altogether. I never imagined I would identify myself with all these people, but the truth is that after the two weeks it seemed like we knew each other for much longer. Besides the classes, we had a lot of activities, for instance, I went punting, which is a traditional activity in Oxford, and I just loved it! We also went to London, to visit the Aquarium and the London Eye and to the Blenheim Palace, where we had a very relaxing time! Finally we had two parties, and they were by no means the best ones I have been in my life, the atmosphere was really cool, everyone was having fun and on account of the themes of the parties, everything was decorated according to them and it made them wonderful! Basically, ORA is a great opportunity to learn new things, to try new activities but mainly, ORA is an opportunity to make friends from all over the world, to know other cultures and to learn to live in a community where we respect each other and learn from each other, because we all came from different backgrounds and we all had different stories to tell!

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Leonor,

Thank you very much for your outstanding review!

We are delighted that you had an unforgettable experience.

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ahmed
9/10

Excellent

This allowed me to gain some experience before heading out to university. This taught me to become independent and changes have been seen by members of my family. I have learnt to adapt to my environment and accept people idead, through meeting people of different backgrounds, races, and personalities. The course I took (Intro to Engineering) taught gave me an insight of what engineering is like and made me sure that it is the career I would like to follow

How can this program be improved?
More off campus activities
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Ahmed,

Thank you very much for your excellent review!

We are pleased to hear that you have grown as a person and learned a lot.

Good luck for the future!

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jasmin
10/10

Why Coming to Oxford was the Best Decision I Made

When I came to Oxford I hoped I was going to have a great time. Not only did this hope come true, but the experience I have had in my two weeks in Oxford was also challenging, fulfilling and extremely instructive. The campus I lived on was beautiful and the people I met were brilliant. The friends I have made from all over the world are ones that I will stay in contact with for many years to come. The lessons I have learned were of immense value to me and have inspired me to continue along the academic path I want to take. Over the time period of my course I have grown in a way I could not have grown if I had not come to ORA. So I advice everyone who considers applying to an ORA-course to take this opportunity and do it. There is so much waiting for you.

How can this program be improved?
A little more time for assignments and more support from the councillors.
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Jasmin,

Wow! Thank you for your fantastic review, we are happy that you had a brilliant time both socially and academically.

See you again soon!

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sam
10/10

Great place to visit. May be not academically.

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.
The content was not that difficult, the staff's tips about getting into Oxford is what really matters.
Thanks for reading this, now go study.

How can this program be improved?
You should allow students to follow staff's instagram.
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Sam,

A huge thank you for your glowing review and feedback!

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Noor
10/10

Oxford Royale 2018 Summer camp review

i found that the oxford royale summer camp experience was one of a kind. The courses were incredibly inspiring and were packed with information. I can also say as a person who aspires to work in the field of medicine, that studying an introduction to medicine was extremely helpful and taught me skills i will hopefully use later in life. For example i was taught how to take someone's blood pressure and how to identify symptoms of different diseases. On top of all of this the camp also allowed me to make friends with people all over the world ranging from Greece to New York. I also loved the activities hosted by the councillors, my favourite one being punting. The only thing i would change was that i would decrease the amount of registrations per day when we are just staying on campus as at times the large amount of registrations seemed slightly unnecessary.

Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Noor,

A huge thank you for your glowing review!

We are thrilled to read that your experience was memorable and that you learned a lot.

Thanks again for the great review.

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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Victoria
10/10

English Programm, Intriduction in medicine

Hello, I am a mother of two children and I would share like a parent my emotions with those who are willing to see the best future for their children. Mine were 3 times in Oxford Royal Academy. Fantastic experience, wonderful teaching stuff always ready to help You , giving a friendly and lovely attitude , showing their best in all, and the result was great! My son was the first who joined ORA for his first English Summer Programm, he was sharing the unforgettable experience, activities, and quizzes, he was eager to return back, so next year he had his course: Introduction in Medicine with Mr. Yan Forester, a wonderful man, who almost "remade " my son, in a good way of this word: my son arrived happy, motivated and more interested in medicine. That helped him to finish successfully his college in Paris and to be admitted to a a scientific lycee! This summer, my daughter attended the English Programm in Ascot, Snt Mary' s School, and her English really impressed me, she had friends( though she is only 11), she manages to communicate now without obstacles. Her attitude was and continues to be serious, she was so delighted , sharing her wonderful moments in Ascot, photos, activities, trips to the London Zoo, my son , too!!! And Flemming' s museum, and Safari parc. Perfect organization, activities combined with studies, isn't it great for Your child? I beleive, yes, definitely! Wish to everyone good luck, and the same experience. Many thanks to the teaching stuff of ORA, congratulations and luck in their great work in future!
With big respect
Victoria Deveza, mother of Victor and Anastasia

How can this program be improved?
I think that experiences, friendship, knowledge ( and ORA do have all this) may improve more all their programs, by all means for those who are really having intentions to study !
Response from Oxford Royale Academy

Dear Victoria,

Thank you very much for your positive review!

We are delighted to hear that your students have progressed in many areas.

ORA

Yes, I recommend this program
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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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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...