Oxford is the oldest and most renowned university city in the UK, home to eminent academics and attracting the brightest and best students. It’s a city alive with scholarship, full of lively discussion and creative academic activity. Scholars have felt inspired and secure in this unique setting over the centuries. Those fortunate enough to study here are surrounded by an inspiring aura of intellectual curiosity and scholastic achievement, and by a medieval backdrop set in a thriving modern city.
The city has a timeless quality and an historical importance, with centuries-old majestic college architecture and open spaces in its meadows, parks and gardens. It’s a compact city, with everything within easy walking or bicycling distance. The ultimate college town, Oxford boasts numerous bookstores and cafes and other meeting places for students to visit and spend time.
The Advanced Study Programme is held in Brasenose College, one of Oxford University’s most attractive colleges, founded in 1509. Its location is spectacular, with the main entrance facing onto the extraordinary Radcliffe Camera, a reading room of the famous Bodleian Library. The college has many famous alumni, from ‘Lord of the Flies’ author William Golding to ‘Monty Python’ star Michael Palin, and more recently the previous British Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Meals take place in the impressive setting of the wood-panelled dining hall with tutorials held in college rooms nearby. The residential dorms are close by in the Frewin Court annexe, adjacent to the Oxford Union, the world-renowned student debating club. This quiet residential campus offers a safe, relaxed and peaceful living environment in an historic city-centre setting.
Students stay in comfortable, well-appointed single study bedrooms situated around a central grassy area. Frewin Court is a gated residence, having the advantage of being within yards of the centre of the city. There’s a common room with a TV and games, for evening leisure time relaxation. Secure and self-contained, the dorm gives a taste of life as an Oxford undergraduate.
Students choose two subjects from the wide choice offered, over each two-week period. Most students on the four or six-week programme continue with their chosen subjects although it is possible to change subjects after two weeks.
Subjects are studied in depth through daily tutorials. Reading and written preparation is set, completed during evening study or free-time periods, which reinforces the material and themes and helps develop sound study methods.
Course faculty are highly experienced and enthusiastic communicators, the majority being Oxford University graduates, many undertaking research and teaching at undergraduate level.
We appreciate that students thrive and develop skills best when they are involved and have a creative outlet. Interactive insights are offered, meeting twice each week; for each insight there is a presentation to the rest of the student group during the final graduation dinner.
Students receive one subject insight session per week for each of their two chosen subjects. We organise sessions into five academic schools.
In Oxford, the five schools are culture, health science, social science, business and STEM.
The first subject insight will address topical issues within the school led by counsellors and the second subject insight, led by an external provider, gives students ‘hands-on’ experience in the subject field.
Afternoon ‘masterclasses’ are offered over each two-week programme. These are designed to explore key skills essential for success in higher education and future careers. Sessions are led by one of the teaching faculty or by guest speakers and consist of interactive seminars followed by reinforcement, allowing students to practise and refine the skills.
Introduction to UCAS
Interview & Presentation Skills
Essay Writing Skills
How to Choose a Degree
UK Undergraduate Experience
The weekly timetable includes morning tutorials, afternoon workshops, visits and activities, with two cultural excursions each week.
|AM||Arrivals||Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2||Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2||Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2||Excursion Day||Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2||Morning Off|
|PM||Arrivals||Tour of City and Colleges||1:1 Supervisions|
University Preparation Masterclasses
|Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2||London walking tour and London Eye||Subject Insight||Subject Insight|
|Eve||Welcome Games||Guest Speaker||Quiz Night||Murder Mystery||Film Night||Oxford Soapbox||IgNobel Night|
|AM||Excursion Day||Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2||Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2||Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2||Excursion Day||Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2||Departures|
|PM||Oxford/Cambridge tour of colleges and punting||Subject Insight||1:1 Supervisions|
University Preparation Masterclasses
|Tutorial 1 Tutorial 2||Trip to Stonehenge & Bath||Subject Insight||Free Day (For 4-week students)|
|Eve||OASP Olympics||Theatre Visit||Pizza Party||Free Evening / Private Study||Film Night||Formal Hall and Graduation Ceremony||Free Evening|
Academic credit may be available for four-week courses. If you would like to be awarded credit for attending the program we must liaise with your school to satisfy its criteria and arrange the credit before you arrive in the UK. We communicate directly with your school to ensure that the subject material and delivery fit with specific requirements. Students who wish to receive a credit transfer should consult their school guidance counsellor.
Every student takes home a certificate of attendance, along with a full report card written by the Course Director and tutors. Reports include an assessment of progress and achievement as well as suggestions for consolidation and further studies. We can send a copy of the certificate and report card to your school as proof of academic achievement.
The academic work undertaken during the programme provide an excellent foretaste of college level study, helping students make the transition to a more independent, and self-motivated learning style. A summer programme taken in Oxford or Cambridge is always an impressive addition to a college application, and can make a big difference in the competitive selection process.
Increasing numbers of students are interested in applying to a British university. Specific guidance on applying through the UCAS system can be arranged upon request.
There is a range of activities offered, from debates, drama and musical performances to ten-pin bowling, and visits to open-air theatre or cinema. Students in Oxford explore the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and Christ Church College, where the Harry Potter movies were filmed. A quintessentially English activity ‘punting’ on the river is one our students particularly enjoy, a leisurely way to spend a sunny summer day, though requiring some skill! Shakespeare plays are often performed in beautiful college gardens, a delightful summer evening experience.
Sporting activities are optional and students are given opportunities to refine their skills in traditional British games, such as croquet and cricket. Other sports offered include soccer, basketball, tennis, swimming and ice-skating. Sports sessions are held during the afternoons and evenings and practice can be arranged for other sporting interests, according to demand.
Oxford and Cambridge are compact cities, easy for walking. Students are shown the main sites and important landmarks on an orientation tour and are soon able to walk around easily and confidently, familiar with the buildings, colleges, museums and galleries as well as the best cafes and restaurants. Thereafter, they may enjoy exploring the city during free time. Safety is paramount and students not accompanied by a member of staff, should always be with at least one other student.
On each two-week course there are two full-day excursions and one half-day excursion to places of interest, including at least one visit to London. Popular destinations include:
Students enjoy relevant visits to local companies, museums and other cultural highlights. In addition to the excursions, faculty may take their students on field trips relevant to their lessons.
Oxford : 27 June – 10 July ; 11 – 24 July; 25 July – 7 August
Cost – £3,900, ($5,050 for US students)
Oxford : 27 June – 24 July; 11 July – 7 August
Cost – £7,800, ($10,100 for US students)
Oxford : 27 June – 7 August
Cost – £11,700, ($15,150 for US students)