Location: Cambridge University

Organizer: Oxford Royal Academy (ORA)

An academic summer programme for students aged 16-18 offering 30 subject options and a full activities timetable.


5 reasons to choose Oxford Royale Academy’s Cambridge Summer School

1.Live and study in a college of Cambridge University

Immerse yourself in the tranquil cobbled streets, historic buildings, and rich academic heritage of a city which has effortlessly walked the line between serene riverside idyll and vibrant intellectual centre for over 800 years. Your home for the duration of your stay will be Clare College or St. Catharine’s College, at either of which students will get the chance to experience what undergraduate life might be like at one of the best universities in the world. All courses are designed with the academic rigour of their environment firmly in mind

2. Be taught by inspirational academics

Participants will be taught by qualified, knowledgeable and well-trained members of the Oxford Royale Cambridge faculty, who are committed to passing their passion for their discipline onto their summer students. We encourage an open-minded classroom environment, in which each student feels confident to contribute their opinion, enabling all students to learn from the experiences of their peers, make new friends, and absorb the knowledge on offer from their teacher.

3. Discover all that the UK has to offer.

Although the primary focus of all Oxford Royale programmes is adding academic value and progress, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Students at our Cambridge Summer School enjoy the full extra-curricular timetable for which Oxford Royale has become internationally famous, including dance workshops, tours of Cambridge and its museums, themed parties, excursions to sites of interest around the UK and much more. You can reach Cambridge in under two hours from such must-see locations as the Tower of London, Windsor Castle, and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour

4. Cambridge summer courses to suit all academic interests and goals.

Our Cambridge summer courses encompass a wide variety of engaging academic disciplines and subject options. Tomorrow’s young leaders may consider honing their understanding of the international political climate with our Global Leadership Programme, whilst those intending to become a doctor would undoubtedly benefit from our Cambridge medical summer school – Medical School Preparation. There is even the opportunity to prepare for your IELTS examination among the inspiring surroundings of one of the world’s leading academic centres – the perfect environment in which to live, study and achieve your best!

5. The Oxford Royale experience – in Cambridge!

If you enjoyed your ORA experience in Oxford, then you’ll love ORA Cambridge! Students are more than welcome to extend their summer booking across both sites, or even enjoy a full six-week immersion in British academic culture by including a session at our London centre along the way. Whether you attend one, two, or all three, you are guaranteed the same high-calibre teaching, dynamic learning environment, and tight-knit family of like-minded individuals from all over the world.

Fees include:

  • Accommodation, meals, tuition and cultural programme
  • Graduation, report cards and certificate
  • 20+ hours minimum tuition / week with maximum 16 students per class
  • Education travel insurance

Course Summary


Oxford Royale Academy’s Broadening Horizons course offers students aged 16-18 the opportunity to study a combination of subjects in one of our historic summer venues, whether a college of the University of Cambridge, a college of the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, or Yarnton Manor. Students choose three subjects from the 30 options available, allowing them to pursue areas of interest or to try out something new.

Morning Subjects take place in small study groups; Afternoon Workshops are comprised typically of larger groups suitable for interactive activities, focusing on more practical skills. With subjects available ranging from Astronomy to Digital Marketing (see ‘topics covered’ below), you can build your perfect summer course with the Broadening Horizons programme.

The ability to tailor your programme means the Broadening Horizons programme has multiple benefits for students. Students can choose to study subjects they need to improve in order to boost their school grades, they may wish to choose subjects they are thinking of studying beyond school at university, or they may simply want to try out something new that they have yet to study, such as Astronomy or Marketing – Broadening Horizons gives students the chance to do all three.

Is this course for me?

If you are are looking for a flexible summer programme and the ability to combine multiple subjects of your choice, then this course is for you.

Topics covered

Students may choose one subject from List A, one (different) subject from List B, and one afternoon workshop. Click on the links below to learn more about each subject option.

Please note that, where a subject appears in both List A and List B, it is not possible to choose the same subject from both lists. For example, it is not possible to choose List A Mathematics and List B Mathematics. All option choices must be unique.

Morning List A
Contemporary History
Medical Biology
Political Science & International Relations

Morning List B
Contemporary History
Medical Biology
Software and App Development

Afternoon Workshops
Academic Writing Skills
Business Challenge
Global Issues Seminar Series
Leadership & Teambuilding
Public Speaking and Debate

What will you get out of the Broadening Horizons course?

Broadening Horizons provides an extensive and varied cultural and academic syllabus, developing knowledge in academic subjects and improving practical skills, while also exposing students to some of the most impressive cultural venues of the UK. Inside the classroom, students will be taught by expert tutors who will bring their subject to life using engaging, interactive teaching methods.

Students will leave the course with a deeper appreciation of their chosen subject, improving their ability in exams and assisting them in continuing their subject at higher level – university and beyond. They will have honed their skills in their chosen workshop area, whether public speaking, debate, leadership skills, advanced writing or whichever option they choose (see the list above). Finally, they will have also made friends for life and formed a global network of the leaders of the future.


ORA’s Teaching Faculty

Oxford Royale Academy’s tutors are of the highest calibre, many of whom have studied at top UK universities including the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Our teachers have a keen interest in helping students develop fresh perspectives and realise their academic potential.



"ORA was my door to opportunities, lifelong friends and I learned more than a classroom could ever teach, and for that, I am forever grateful."

Being at a summer school isn’t all about the academic study. It’s also about the opportunity to travel to a new city, meet new people from all around the world, try out new experiences and above all, have an exciting holiday. At Oxford Royale Academy, we pride ourselves on providing our students with great experiences both inside and outside the classroom. Every one of our summer school courses includes a packed extra-curricular schedule of activities, workshops and parties, as well as academically and culturally enriching trips and lectures.

As part of our summer school experience, Oxford Royale Academy provide a number of exciting after lesson activities, excursions and evening events, that everyone can enjoy. Our summer programme locations also allow students to explore the beautiful and inspiring surroundings in their free time; including the renowned cities of Oxford, Cambridge, London and St Andrews.

Afternoon Activities and Evening Entertainment

A wide range of afternoon and evening activities occur all through the summer school. It’s impossible to say how many, as our ever-active counsellors and other pastoral staff sometimes arrange to lead activities spontaneously. Here are a few examples of the kind of activities you might have the opportunity to enjoy this summer.

Museum Visits
All of our summer school locations are in cities of academic and historical significance, and boast an impressive selection of museums within walking distance from most of our centres. Oxford has a variety of great museums, which students will have the opportunity to visit during their time with ORA. Possible museum trips include the Ashmolean, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers and the Story Museum. Students joining us in Cambridge will be able to enjoy trips to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Scott Polar Research Institute and Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences. London based summer school students will have the opportunity to visit such amazing London museums as the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery and Tate Modern.

City and University Tours
One of the best ways to see a city is on a walking tour, led by one of our talented counsellors, with local knowledge and experience. Students joining our summer schools will have the opportunity to learn about the city they are living and studying in through an organised tour. Students joining us in Oxford will have the opportunity to take in the sights with an in-depth guide to the history of the city and the university, sprinkled with amusing anecdotes about Oxford life. Aside from the colleges that the majority of students will live and work in, students in Oxford and Cambridge will also have the chance to visit the other beautiful and historic colleges. For students considering applying to Oxford or Cambridge in the future, this is a good opportunity to see more of the university and consider which college they might like to apply to; for others, it is simply a chance to see some stunning architecture and soak up the history of some of the best universities in the world.

Sports & Games
There are constant opportunities for games and sport on an Oxford Royale Academy summer course. Fencing, zumba, archery, real tennis, ultimate frisbee, rounders, 5-a-side football, basketball, softball and salsa have all been enjoyed by our students at various times on our courses.

Beyond the organised activities, there are always opportunities to get an impromptu game of cricket, ping-pong or croquet going on during free time.

Campus Activities
In the evenings, our dedicated team of Counsellors organise plenty of fun and games to ensure our students are always entertained. Students will be able to end each action-packed day of their summer course with campus activities including quizzes, film nights, karaoke and a talent show!

Students will enjoy two parties during their course, one to mark the mid-way point and one to celebrate graduation. We spare no expense on our lavish parties, in locations such as Kingston Bagpuize House and the Oxford Union within Oxford. Or luxury resorts and hotels, such as the Park Hotel and Radisson Blu in London, or the Hilton located in Cambridge. Every party has a theme, with the decoration of the venue and the activities on offer tailored to match.

Past themes have included: Narnia, Circus, Around the World, Alice in Wonderland, James Bond and much more.



Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college (please contact our registrations team if you would like more information on this). Twin rooms are strictly shared by students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard for undergraduates studying at the university, so students are able to get a taste of what being an Oxford student might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, however in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Admission Requirements

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events.
  • Should check the prerequisites of each option they select before enrolling, to ensure they possess the necessary knowledge to benefit from the subject matter discussed in the classes.


Available departures

Unfortunately, no places are available on this program at the moment

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