Location: University of Oxford

Organizer: Oxford Royal Academy (ORA)

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



  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Oxford
  • Expert tutoring from ORA’s faculty
  • 30 subject options to choose from – tailor your course
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment – over 130 nationalities in 2017
  • Inspirational cultural programme, including excursions to historic UK locations

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.

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
Business Finance
Contemporary History
Creative Writing
Classical Civilizations
English Literature
Experimental Psychology
Human Sciences
Management Studies
Medical Biology
Political Science & International Relations

Morning List B
Archaeology and Anthropology
Contemporary History
Creative Writing
English Literature
Experimental Psychology
Human Sciences
Marketing and Digital Marketing
Medical Biology
Political Science & International Relations
Software and App Development

Afternoon Workshops
Academic Writing Skills
Acting and Performance Skills
Business Challenge
Global Issues Seminar Series
Graphic Design
Leadership & Teambuilding
Oxford’s Art & Architecture
Public Speaking and Debate

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.


Guest Speakers

At Oxford Royale Academy we offer our students fantastic opportunities to hear talks from guest speakers.

We believe that the chance to talk frankly and openly with leading figures from the worlds of culture, media, sport and academia allows our students to develop both their confidence and their analytical capabilities.

Each of our speakers presents on a topic that they are world experts in before fielding questions from our student audience. We carefully tailor our guest lecture programme to ensure that our students listen to talks that are not only stimulating and informative, but enjoyable too. Our guest lecturers encourage debate and enhance the scholarly atmosphere of all Oxford Royale Academy summer courses.

Many of our guest lectures in Oxford take place in the University of Oxford’s Examination Schools, where undergraduates receive their lectures. The historic Examination Schools has hosted speakers such as UN Secretaries General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki Moon and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


"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.



Yarnton Manor

Beautiful Jacobean Manor House

Founded in: 1611

Room type: Single and twin

Bathroom type: Shared (Single gender)

Student age group: minimum age 13 years


St Catherine's College

Modern, beautiful and in stunning surroundings by the river

Founded in: 1962

Room type: Single

Bathroom type: Shared (single gender)

Student age group: 16 - 18


The Queen's College

A picturesque college dating back to 1341, located in the heart of historic Oxford.

Founded in: 1341

Room type: Single and twin

Bathroom type: En suite & shared (single gender)

Student age group: 16-18


Clare College (A) (Cambridge)
Clare is one of Cambridge’s oldest colleges.

Founded in: 1326

Room type: Single and twin

Bathroom type: En suite & shared (single gender)

Student age group: 13-15 & 16-18 (separate accommodation)


Imperial College (London)
Home to ORA’s range of London summer courses for ages 16-18.

Founded in: 1907

Room type: Single & Twin

Bathroom type: En Suite & Shared (single gender)

Student age group: 16-18


University College (Oxford)
Located on the famous High Street and with a strong claim as the oldest Oxford college.

Founded in: 1249

Room type: Single and twin

Bathroom type: En suite and shared (single gender)

Student age group: 16-18 and 19-25 (varies by session)


St Catharine's College (Cambridge)
Medieval meets modern.

Founded in: 1473

Room type: Single

Bathroom type: Shared (single gender)

Student age group: 16-18

Available departures

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

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