The Oxford summer school experience
(for ages 15 to 18)
Looking for a summer school that can give you more clarity on your future and the experience of a lifetime?
Our programme gives students the chance to delve deep into a subject of interest, meet new friends from around the world, and live away from home in the famous city of Oxford.
Get excited about your future
Oxford is a place of discovery, and the perfect setting to gain knowledge and confidence. Explore, ask questions, and spend time with supportive tutors and classmates.
Learn from world-class tutors
Take classes led by outstanding role models and graduates from leading universities like Oxford and Cambridge. They’ll help you level up your academic skills and inspire you to learn like never before.
Make new friends from around the world
Meet other extraordinary students figuring out how to make their mark on the world — and keen to embark on new experiences, learn new skills, and have fun.
Experience what life is like as a university student
See what it’s like to live away from home on a university campus that’s packed with beautiful architecture (spires!) and historic traditions.
Summer courses for ages 15 to 18
Our “Experience” courses for students aged 15-18 delve deep into a subject, with a focus on practical application balanced with real-world theory. This combination helps secondary school students try out some of the key aspects of the subject they want to explore.
Business & Enterprise
Computer Science & Coding
Debate & Public Speaking
Psychology & Neuroscience
Experience Business & Enterprise
This course aims to bring business, economics and management to life to help you better understand what it’s like to pursue study in this field. You’ll explore different types of businesses, discover a range of economic models, learn about game theory and financial markets, and see how management theories enhance business.
Experience Computer Science & Coding
If you’re fascinated by computers and information technology, this course is a great option. You’ll learn about the development of computing throughout history and explore the future of Artificial Intelligence. You’ll also review different programming languages, and put your skills to the test by designing a website.
Experience Creative Writing
Where better than Oxford to hone your skills in creative writing? Be inspired by the city that was home to Tolkien, Lewis Carroll and Philip Pullman. In this course, you’ll explore different genres and plot-types, learn about the importance of dialogue, and practise different techniques to hone your skills and ensure writing becomes a part of your daily routine.
Experience Debate & Public Speaking
Want to improve your public speaking and debate skills? This course will help you develop confidence, learn persuasive techniques, and practise the art of rebuttal — skills that are essential in many careers and day-to-day life. You’ll learn what made famous speeches so powerful and put your skills to the test in our international diplomacy challenge.
If you love understanding how things work and exploring individual components of machines and structures, there’s a good chance you’re considering engineering as a career path. On this course, you’ll explore the differences between mechanical, civil and electrical engineering — and build your very own engine.
Experience International Relations, Politics & Leadership
This course helps students better understand the importance of relationships between nations and cultures. We’ll explore case-studies of international relations in action — and how it’s created significant change. You’ll also put your new-found diplomacy skills to the test in our United Nations challenge.
Are you considering law as a career path? This course will give you a strong understanding of the legal system and different types of law, including human rights, international, corporate, and criminal. You’ll put your new-found understanding into practice with a mock trial.
Curious to explore the field of medicine and see what it’s like to be a doctor? This course is designed to give students a deeper understanding of different specialties and medical ethics. You’ll also get hands-on experience with both clinical tasks and doctor-patient communication skills.
Experience Psychology & Neuroscience
Fascinated by the human mind, thought and behaviour? If you’re thinking of studying psychology, this course will give you a great head start. You’ll learn how to define and measure personality, explore the connection between language and thought, and start to better understand social psychology and human interaction. You’ll also learn practical research skills.
The Oxford Scholastica Academy is accredited as a short course provider by the British Accreditation Council.
Dates & Prices
|Length||Start Date||End Date||Price||Next Step|
|Two Weeks||2nd July 2023||15th July 2023||
|Two Weeks||16th July 2023||29th July 2023||
|Two Weeks||30th July 2023||12th August 2023||
|Four Weeks||2nd July 2023||29th July 2023||
|Four Weeks||16th July 2023||12th August 2023||
Challenges are one of the most exciting parts of our programme! You’ll work in small groups within your class (or jointly with another class) to solve a problem or build something from scratch.
These activities let you put what you’ve learned on the course into practice and give you an idea of what it’s like to pursue a career in your field of study.
Examples of challenges
The Experience Business & Enterprise students team up with the Experience Computer Science & Coding students to come up with a business idea, with the computer side building a website or app, and the business side developing a pitch and marketing plan to present to VC investors.
The Experience Engineering students race in teams to construct the best, strongest bridge before the clock stops, then present the team strategy and results to the class.
The Experience Medicine students go to Oxford’s famous John Radcliffe Hospital to meet real patients and take their medical histories. They then work in small groups to attempt to diagnose the patients, based on the information they’ve gathered.
The Experience Law students go to Oxford’s Crown Court and take part in a mock trial, building a case and attempting to persuade a jury of peers.
The Experience Debate & Public Speaking and Experience International Relations, Leadership & Politics students join forces to take part in a model United Nations challenge.
The Experience Psychology & Neuroscience students will make a hypothesis about an area of interest to them, then test the hypothesis by designing and carrying out a psychological experiment in teams.
The Heroes Programme
What better way to learn about a career than to talk to someone who’s living it?
- Learn more about what a day in their life looks like
- Take part in a practical activity related to their day-to-day work
- Ask them questions about how they got to where they are today
In past summers, Experience Computer Science & Coding students have met someone who helped pioneer the Playstation technology and Experience Creative Writing students met an actor from the Royal Shakespeare Company, who spoke about his experiences on stage.
I loved my time at Oxford Scholastica! The tutors were wonderful and the friends I made from all around the world were some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. The memories I made will definitely last a lifetime!
My time at Oxford Scholastica has been so great! I met so many new people and learnt so many new things. Overall, the general experience was perfect and has really broadened my horizons.
I had one of the most amazing summers in my life with OSA. This experience taught me a lot of things, from being independent, to choosing my career. I’ll always remember the very special memories I have!
Our teaching philosophy
Take part in our engaging courses and expert-led Masterclasses.
Meet inspirational Heroes and see what your future could look like.
Apply what you’ve learned on the course in fun, hands-on challenges.
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