How to Choose the Right Summer School for You

Dec 20, 2019Blog

You’ve checked Insta so many times that your finger has gone a bit numb. Your bank balance is wearing thin, and your curious and active mind is starting to get a little rusty. If this is how your summer holiday is likely to pan out, it may be time to think about something new.

How about an international experience to boost your academic performance while you make new friends from all over the world? If you want to enjoy the best summer of your life, read on to find out what a summer school is really like, and why you should attend one in 2020.

If you choose a summer school, it could make the difference between an average summer holiday and a life-changing one!


What is a summer school?


Summer schools for high school students have become increasingly popular. There is a wide range on offer, from the purely cultural to more academic. Courses can range in duration from a few days to up to eight weeks. 

An Oxford summer school is a chance for you to spend part of your summer on the prestigious Oxford University campus. Because you’ll be taught by the best tutors at the Oxford Scholastica Academy, you’ll make rapid progress in your chosen courses, which are especially designed for 12-18-year-olds. 

Courses are generally two weeks long, though you can also choose to sign up for four weeks – that way, you can pick a second course after your first one is finished.



What is a typical day like?


The morning usually involves your classes. After lunch, you have a mixture of either workshops or seminars, while the evening is likely to provide fun social activities. But it won’t be anything like school where you just sit in a classroom all day. Learning is practical and hands-on, and you’ll also have plenty of time to explore the beautiful city of Oxford with your new friends.

Watch our Day in the Life film to find out more about life at Oxford Scholastica:


Why choose a summer school?


Besides picking up new skills in business, medicine, law, technology, writing, engineering, and many other courses, you’ll also find out about possible future careers. Plus, a summer school boosts your chances of getting into a great university by impressing college admissions officers with your knowledge, initiative and desire to extend yourself.


What should I think about when choosing a summer school?


Here are five important questions worth answering:


1. Where do I want to study?

There are summer school programmes all over the world – just check out this list! So you need to think wisely about selecting your favourite destination. Can you narrow it down to the city you most want to explore? If you love the idea of a magical, historical city which was the inspiration behind Narnia, Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter, Oxford is the perfect choice. 


2. What do I want to study?

Perhaps you’re 100% certain you want to become a doctor. In that case, you might choose a study abroad medicine programme. But many high school students are not so clear about their future: a study found that 25% of 15 to 18-year-olds don’t know what they want to do with their lives after school.

One of the main points of a summer school is to try out what it’s really like to pursue a specific career. Just like you would want to test-drive a car before buying it, why not try out what it’s like to study as a doctor, a lawyer or a programmer before enrolling on a long degree? 

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3. What is the purpose of the summer school?


This is a great question to ask when looking to choose a summer school. If your reasons for doing the summer course are aligned with the purpose and mission of the school, you’re bound to have an exciting and enriching experience.

One reason for completing a summer course in 2020 is to improve your chances of getting into a good college. If that’s the case, you’ll probably want to choose a focused course that reflects your academic interests. Let’s say you want to become an app developer; then a computer science or coding summer course will look impressive on your university applications. 

Alternatively, perhaps you’re keen to make new friends. If so, you’ll want to ensure that your summer course has global reach. In previous years, 85 nationalities have been represented at Oxford Scholastica’s summer courses.

Or you may want to improve your grades. At the Oxford Scholastica Academy, expert tutors and individual attention will boost your academic performance. This is true whether you’re already at the top of your class or you want to see your grades go up. 


4. What kind of teaching do I enjoy?


Are you someone who likes large lectures? Do you like theory-based courses or something more practical? Everybody has their own learning style, from preferring to learn by yourself to benefiting from group-based learning. 

Oxford Scholastica tutors are predominantly Oxford or Cambridge-educated. If you are keen to try small, dynamic classes inspired by the Oxford tutorial style of tuition, then these summer courses for high school students might be right for you.


5. How do I want to spend my free time?


Many summer school programmes offer stimulating cultural or sporty experiences, where you hang out with your new friends. It’s worth checking them out before signing up for a summer school course.

Oxford Scholastica offers a wide range of trips and activities. For example, you’ll have the opportunity to try traditional Oxford activities, such as punting. There’s also a Windsor Castle and a Blenheim Palace excursion, and much more besides


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Make the decision to experience the most memorable summer this year by enrolling on a summer school course in 2020. If you answer the questions mentioned above, you’ll be able to choose a summer school that meets all of your requirements. 

Oxford Scholastica offers accredited courses to 12-18 year olds in a wide range of subjects, in the unforgettable city of Oxford.

More questions about why you should choose a summer course?

Get in touch with our team, or head to our FAQs page! We would be delighted to answer your questions about Oxford Scholastica and our array of summer courses available in 2020.