Get excited about debating
Develop your public speaking and debating skills in a world-famous setting on our debate summer school.
Learn from world-class debate tutors
You’ll make friends with students from around the globe as you hone your debating and presentation skills, and meet a successful professional who’s a master in this field.
At our debate summer school you’ll develop your ability to create persuasive and coherent arguments – a crucial skill you’ll use both now and in the future. And you’ll achieve all of this while enjoying the magic that Oxford has to offer.
Get the Oxford experience
Follow in the footsteps of famous speakers of past and present – from British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to campaigner and actress Emma Watson – when you speak at the historic Oxford Union.
In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds
Experience Debate & Public Speaking
Want to improve your public speaking and debate skills? This Oxford debate summer school 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 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.
In Oxford | 15-18 Year Olds
Enhance your public speaking and debating skills by studying this Oxford law summer school programme. 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.
Live Online | 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’ll:
- 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
Live Online | 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
Live Online | 15-18 Year Olds
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
- A mock trial
Students from up to 85 different nationalities chose to experience our debate courses last year:
9 out of 10 said our debate summer courses were one of the most memorable summers of their life
9 out of 10 said that our high school summer debate 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 Debate summer school programmes?
The Best Courses
We’ve designed our high school summer debate courses to stimulate, stretch and challenge you – regardless of your existing subject knowledge.
The Best People
Your debate 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 debate 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 debate on the prestigious Oxford University campus, where many world-famous figures in the field began their own career journeys.
My two weeks at Oxford Scholastica were two of the best weeks of my life. It was an amazing experience and I made some great friends that I know I will stay in touch with for a very long time.
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 program.
Those two weeks at Oxford Scholastica were a really wonderful experience. I got the chance to explore what Law is really all about through this programme. Classes were very interesting and I loved how the tutor made the classes very interactive!
The Law course was challenging but extremely rewarding, as it assured me that it was the path I wanted to choose at university. The Oxford Scholastica community also leaves you with an excellent support network even after the summer school. Overall, the summer school was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone.
I absolutely loved my Oxford Scholastica experience! I definitely recommend it to anyone who either knows what they’re doing and want better preparation, or even students who have no idea who they want to be when they grow up! I was both at some point and Oxford Scholastica filled that gap for me. Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity!
I attended the Oxford Scholastica Academy in 2018. And I can genuinely say it was the best summer of my life. Not only were we exposed to different subjects and courses but also so many different cultures and people. I hope I can go back!
Two of my children have now attended this course. It gave them the confidence to surge ahead in life with a purpose and confidence that is so essential. One of the best decisions I made for my children and their futures is to have sent them to the Oxford Scholastica Academy.
The friendships I made will last me a lifetime. Oxford Scholastica taught me many life lessons that I will keep with me until I die.
I’ve never done anything like this; Oxford Scholastica has exceeded my expectations and I am glad to have made valuable memories with it, which I will cherish forever!
Oxford Scholastica has had a profound impact on my skills as a debater and student and is an experience I’d recommend to anyone looking for an educational, engaging summer adventure.
For the second year in a row my daughter had an unforgettable summer break in the magical setting of Oxford! A fascinating course with an untold amount of fun things to do. Oxford Scholastica has undoubtedly been one of the best experiences my daughter has ever had.
What You’ll Get From Our Debate Courses
Our Debate Summer School is a perfect introduction to the art of persuasive speaking. Prepare for your future success by joining one of our fully-accredited debating courses. We will:
- Give you hands-on experiences where you test your leadership skills – for example, by taking on the role of a UN Diplomat
- Show you what is involved in effective public speaking and argumentation – you’ll receive teaching from expert staff from world-class institutions
- Give you an insider’s view of debating through our Hero sessions with inspiring professionals who have built successful careers in your chosen field
- Give you the chance to build an international network of students and join our community of Oxford Scholastica Academy alumni
- Explore many topics, including the British Parliamentary Debating style, politics and international relations, global institutions, financial crises, and many more
- Help you decide whether a public speaking career is the right choice for you, and introduce you to the wide variety of career options available in this field
- Help you choose the correct degree for you, and show you how to prepare a strong application
- Invite you to take part in a simulation UN Security Council
- Enable you to graduate when you’ve successfully completed your debate course – you’ll attend a formal Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School
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