Oxford Arts & Humanities Summer School

Get a head start in your future in arts and humanities. Join our Arts & Humanities Summer School on the Oxford University campus to discover what studying subjects from Politics to Law is like.

Gain confidence and knowledge, putting you ahead of the curve in your university applications and beyond.

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Get excited about humanities

Are you an aspiring lawyer, interested in finding out more about politics, dreaming of being a writer or a budding entrepreneur? Our Oxford Arts and Humanities Summer School courses will give you the invaluable insights you need to make the best decisions about your future.

Learn from world-class tutors

Rooted in Oxford’s spirit of academic excellence, the Oxford Scholastica Academy’s Arts and Humanities Summer School courses will enable you to truly immerse yourself in subjects from law and international relations, to leadership and business.

Be inspired

You’ll gain unique insights into what studying your favourite subject at university is like, get the edge in your future by expanding your skills and knowledge and have the chance to ask your questions to a successful professional from your chosen field.

Get the Oxford experience

You’ll study alongside ambitious students from around the world, leaving with a clearer idea of the next steps for your studies. And you’ll achieve all of this while enjoying all that the magical city of Oxford has to offer.

Browse our Oxford Arts & Humanities Summer School Courses

Our Oxford Arts and Humanities summer programmes are two weeks long and take place on the world famous Oxford University campus. Whether you’ve studied aspects of the subject before, or are totally new to it, choose the perfect Arts and Humanities course to suit your needs.

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In Oxford | 12-14 Year Olds

Discover Business

Want to know what life in the business world is really like? On this Oxford business summer programme, you’ll learn basic economics, corporate law, leadership, management, and public speaking. You’ll also explore the roles of marketing and social media in modern business.

In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds

Experience Business & Enterprise

This Oxford business summer programme brings 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 business, discover a range of economic models, learn about game theory and financial markets, and see how management theories enhance business.

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In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds

Experience Debate & Public Speaking

Want to improve your public speaking and debate skills? This Oxford debating summer programme 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.

In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds

Experience International Relations, Politics & Leadership

This Oxford international relations, politics and leadership summer programme 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 creates significant change. You’ll also put your new-found diplomacy skills to the test in our United Nations challenge.

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In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds

Experience Law

Are you considering a career as a lawyer? This Oxford law summer programme 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.

In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds

Experience Creative Writing

Where better than Oxford to hone your skills in creative writing? Get inspired by the city that was home to Tolkien, Lewis Carroll and Philip Pullman. In this Oxford creative writing summer programme, 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.

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Browse our Online Arts & Humanities Courses

Drawing on the Oxford Scholastica Academy’s years of experience of running world-class summer schools, our online humanities courses combine Oxford’s spirit of excellence with the very best in future-focused learning.

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Online Courses | 12-14 Year Olds

Business

Are you interested in learning about the world of business, or hoping to run a company yourself one day? This course will introduce you to crucial business concepts, help you learn about marketing and branding, and challenge you to take on the role of an entrepreneur and create a plan for your own business.

On this course, you’ll explore:

  • The basics of economics
  • Marketing and branding
  • What makes a business successful
  • Persuasive pitching and public speaking

 

Online Courses | 12-14 Year Olds

Politics & Debate

This course will enable you to explore politics, international relations, and systems of government. Along the way, you’ll practise your debating skills, writing speeches and debating with your peers about political ideas that interest you. You’ll leave the course with more confidence in your public speaking abilities and with a greater understanding of government and politics.

On this course, you will:

  • Practise debating and public speaking
  • Learn about key ideas in political theory
  • Understand how countries work together in international organisations
  • Be “Prime Minister for a day” and make a plan for tackling issues you care about

 

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Online Courses | 15-18 Year Olds

Business & Economics

Do you want to know more about how businesses operate, or do you dream of becoming an entrepreneur one day? Led by an expert tutor, this course teaches you key economic concepts and gives you an insider’s view of running a business — all while letting you apply your skills and knowledge to tackle real-life business problems.

On this course, you’ll cover:

  • Key economic concepts such as supply and demand
  • Economic theory
  • Undergraduate-level business concepts, such as marketing and business strategy
  • How to apply theory to case studies

 

Online Courses | 15-18 Year Olds

International Relations, Politics & Debate

What does it take to negotiate the greatest challenges facing our world – from COVID-19 to poverty to climate change? What role do governments, international organisations and activists play? On this course, you’ll debate key issues, such as what you, your country and the global community can do to prevent and respond to catastrophes.

To further develop your debating and public speaking skills, you’ll discuss:

  • International Law and Organisations, such as the UN, NATO and the WHO
  • Political theory
  • Diplomacy and crisis management
  • Revolutions and political change

 

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Online Courses | 15-18 Year Olds

Law

Are you interested in learning about the law, or considering a career as a lawyer? Explore legal concepts and develop your debating skills, then use your knowledge, public speaking, and problem-solving abilities to tackle real-world legal projects. Talk to a successful legal professional about what a career in the field is really like, and prepare to submit compelling applications to your future chosen universities.

On this course, you’ll cover:

  • Philosophy and history of the law
  • Types of law: Criminal, public and corporate law
  • Human rights law
  • The realities of law through a mock trial

 

Online Courses | 15-18 Year Olds

Creative Writing

Do you enjoy reading, writing and using language to express yourself? This course will show you how to write for different audiences and in a variety of genres while analysing works that have stood the test of time. You’ll also learn how to create engaging content for online platforms and develop your own unique voice.

On this course, you’ll:

  • Learn about different genres and styles of writing, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and online content creation
  • Dive into your favourite texts to find out what it is that makes them so compelling
  • Practise building fictional worlds, characters and dialogues
  • Develop your own personal writing projects, with feedback from your tutor and peers

 

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Online Internships | 15-18 Year Olds

Arts and Humanities Internships

If you’re interested in studying Politics, becoming an Economist, or exploring Architecture, an academic research Internship with Oxford Scholastica is the perfect way to get the work experience you need.

Guided by your Mentor, an academic researcher, you’ll collaborate with interns from around the globe. You’ll co-author a research paper on a cutting edge topic for publication in an academic journal.

You’ll conclude the internship having gained hard-to-find work experience, as well as a Letter of Recommendation.

Students from up to 85 different nationalities chose to experience our arts and humanities courses last year:

9 out of 10 said our arts and humanities summer courses were one of the most memorable summers of their life

9 out of 10 said that our high school summer humanities courses gave them greater certainty about their future direction

94% of students said they had a greater certainty over their future academic and career choices

Why choose one of our Oxford Arts & Humanities summer school programmes?

The Best Courses

We’ve designed our high school summer humanities courses to stimulate, stretch and challenge you – regardless of your existing subject knowledge.

The Best People

Your humanities course will be taught by tutors that are current or former students and faculty of world-class institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Your Future Success

Our humanities summer school is designed to help you discover, experience and prepare for a successful future personally, academically and professionally.

Get the Oxford Experience

You’ll be taught arts and humanities on the prestigious Oxford University campus, where many world-famous figures in the field began their own career journeys.

Arts & Humanities Testimonials

My son, Alexander, truly enjoyed his experience. He was academically and intellectually challenged, while also making friends from around the world. We highly recommend this summer programme!

 

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Richard,
Parent

Those two weeks in OSA were a wonderful experience! I got the chance to explore what Law is all about through this programme. The Classes were very interesting and I loved how my Tutor made the class very interactive.

 

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Ravi,
Indonesia, Law

My son has had two classes with OSA and thoroughly enjoyed each one. He found the content to be engaging and educational. He would not have taken a second class if he had not enjoyed or learned anything from the first!

 

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Patricia,
Parent

What You’ll Get From Our Arts & Humanities Courses

Whether you’re interested in finding out more about your subject, are keen to pursue an arts and humanities degree at university, or see yourself as a future political leader, lawyer or entrepreneur, this Oxford summer school is for you. Whichever one you decide on, we will:

  • Get you thinking about the complexities of your chosen subject, with reference to real-life cases and situations
  • Allow you to live and work as an arts and humanities student, with first class teaching from our expert team of tutors
  • Introduce you to someone who’s working in the career you’re interested in, so you can quiz them about what it’s really like to work in their profession
  • Enable you to grow your own network of fellow students and join our community of Oxford Scholastica Academy alumni
  • Guide you through a fully accredited course on an arts and humanities subject of your choice
  • Explain the options open to you for studying your chosen subject at university
  • Help you decide exactly which aspect of the arts and humanities you would like to go on to study at university
  • Give you real-life experiences by challenging you to take part in activities such as a ‘moot’ or mock trial in a court in Oxford, or our United Nations challenge
  • Allow you to graduate in a formal Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School when you’ve completed your course

Get an Authentic University Experience

We believe that learning should be interactive and fun, and this belief fuels our approach to teaching. As a student on one of our courses:

Oxford-style teaching

You’ll learn in small, dynamic classes just as you would while studying at Oxford or Cambridge University. You’ll be taught by our first-class teaching faculty, thereby ensuring you have the very best arts and humanities summer school experience.

University-style independence

You’ll have the opportunity to study and socialise on the Oxford University campus, and take part in legendary activities such as punting. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and make friends with ambitious students like you from all over the world.

Real-world skills

You’ll leave equipped with key skills for the future – like public speaking, how to prepare for your future career and how to bounce back from failure – thanks to our Masterclass programme.

Reserve Your Spot

Ready for a life-changing educational experience? Apply in minutes and reserve a spot for Oxford’s #1 rated summer school and online programmes.