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Academic Discovery – Ages 15 -17

All the students will have the opportunity to live and study in an Oxford University college. Students will reside at one of two historic campuses: St Hugh’s or Wycliffe Hall, depending on the subject they have chosen to study. The colleges provide a truly international, academic and social environment and are both just a short walk away from the city centre, meaning students can experience all the history this beautiful city has to offer.

Academic Discovery -  Academic Discovery offers students the opportunity to study a different elective each week (15 hours). Students can choose a different elective option for each week of their stay. This option is ideal for students who would like to explore their future subject passions, or who wish to broaden their academic development.  Minimum Level of English required for this course: Intermediate and above.

All college students receive 41 hours of academic content over the 2-week course. This consists of 30 hours of academic tuition, 8 hours of University Preparation and 3 hours of London Academic Excursions.

Foundation English students receive 38 hours of academic tuition and one 3 hour academic excursion during their two week course.  Foundation English students do not have University Preparation.

2 weeks course

From 8 July to 19 August 2019 

Package includes:

  •  Comfortable Residential accommodation on full board basis (at St Hugh’s and Wycliffe Hall)
  • 15 hours of English Tuition per week
  • 8 hours of University Preparation
  • End of course certificate and report
  • 2 full day trips per week* with transport and entrances included
  • Afternoon and Evening Social Wellbeing Programme
  • End of course formal Graduation dinner and ceremony
  • Laundry Service
  • UK SIM card
  • School T-shirt
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
This school also offers the following courses:
General English
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All the students will have the opportunity to live and study in an Oxford University college. Students will reside at one of two historic campuses: St Hugh’s or Wycliffe Hall, depending on the subject they have chosen to study. The colleges provide a truly international, academic and social environment and are both just a short walk away from the city centre, meaning students can experience all the history this beautiful city has to offer.


St Hugh’s College

St Hugh’s College was founded in 1886 and is one of the largest colleges at the University of Oxford, famed for its extensive and attractive gardens. The college is located in the north of Oxford and is only a 15-minute walk from the city centre. Combining impressive Edwardian buildings with contemporary facilities, St. Hugh’s college offers a beautiful setting for our students.

Courses available at St Hugh’s: General English, Foundation English, Business & Leadership, Natural Sciences, Politics & Economics, History of Art and Engineering.

Wycliffe Hall

Wycliffe Hall is one of the constituent halls of the University of Oxford, founded in 1877. The college is our most central location, being only a 10-minute walk from the centre of Oxford, and is located within a two-building campus, arranged around a courtyard garden. With its smaller size, Wycliffe Hall boasts a warm and communal environment for our college students to study, relax and socialise in.

Courses available at Wycliffe Hall: Law, Medicine, International Relations, and English Literature & Creative Writing.


Both colleges provide comfortable, traditional university accommodation. There are separate boarding areas for male and female students and all accommodation consists of either single or twin study bedrooms, which are cleaned 6 days a week. All students are also provided with bedding, Student’s have access to shared bathrooms which are cleaned daily. There is also a weekly laundry service for students, except from during departure week. The accommodation facilities are ideal for students aged 15 to 17 and they can also spend time together in the relaxed communal areas, which create a welcoming social environment for them.

Campus Facilities

Both colleges provide the following facilities:

  • Onsite meals in historic dining hall
  • Traditional university classrooms
  • Communal areas for relaxation and socialising
  • Free Wi-Fi

All students will have access to sports facilities during their stay with us.

Dining Facilities

At both colleges, students will have all their meals on-campus. St Hugh’s boasts a large and traditional dining hall, whilst Wycliffe Hall offers a more intimate dining environment overlooking the college gardens. Meal times provide students with a selection of meal choices each day, including a full English breakfast on three days per week and a continental breakfast available every day. For lunch and dinner there is always a choice of two hot meals, including a vegetarian and halal option. Students also have a salad bar available to them, as well as fresh bread, fruit and desserts. In addition, drinks and biscuits are prepared each night before bed.


Academic Discovery

Academic Discovery offers students the opportunity to study a different elective each week (15 hours). Students can choose a different elective option for each week of their stay. This option is ideal for students who would like to explore their future subject passions, or who wish to broaden their academic development.

Suitable for Future Study/Career: A great introduction to a wide range of future academic study or vocations.

Which Electives Can Students Choose?

Students can choose to study any weekly combination of Elective subjects. Students may wish to enrol in a combination of Electives within a similar field (e.g. Medicine and Natural Sciences) to further their development in this broad academic area.  Other students may wish to combine a broader mix of subjects so as to see which path of study they would prefer to pursue in the future (e.g. English Literature & Creative Writing and Engineering). Students may combine between 2 and 6 Electives over the duration of the summer.

At Which Location is Academic Discovery Held?

Students will receive their lessons, accommodation, full board and social programme at the site where the chosen Elective is taught. In the case of a student choosing a certain combination of Electives (e.g. History of Art and Law), students will transfer between St. Hugh’s College (History of Art) and Wycliffe Hall (Law) for the duration of the week.



LESSONS: 2 x 90 minutes per day; 5 days a week

LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate and above

TIME TO SHINE: One for each subject studied

ACADEMIC EXCURSIONS: Students who opt to study Academic Discovery will go on the Academic Excursion related to the course that they study first.



Develop Skills to Succeed at University

To complement our Elective courses, on two afternoons per week our Oxford College students will participate in University Preparation sessions. These include a series of Study Skills Seminars to accelerate learning, Guest Speaker Lectures to inspire and broaden the minds of each student and advice and guidance on ‘How to Apply to UK Universities’.

Guest Speaker Lectures

To further enrich their academic experience at the college, all students will also attend a Guest Lecture and have the opportunity to hear from dynamic and experienced professionals, from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. Informative, thought-provoking and stimulating, these lectures provide students with an authentic university lecture experience, so they can actively apply their academic listening and note-taking skills whilst broadening their education. In previous years we have been delighted to welcome notable journalists, storytellers, charitable organisations, historians, and motivational speakers.

Study Skills Seminars

To help our Oxford College students prepare for university, they will attend weekly afternoon seminars that will advance key study skills required for academic success, such as public speaking, academic writing, speaking exam preparation, and IELTS preparation. By understanding how to learn more effectively and improving their study skills, students can experience higher levels of confidence and motivation, helping them to achieve their highest academic potential.

All students receive a Guest Speaker Lecture in their chosen Elective, and are able to choose 3 options from the Study Skills Seminars listed below.

Debate Society and Public Speaking

Debating is a great way to give and receive opinions and arguments in a formal way. Learning how to debate involves mastering the skill of speaking in public, while making a logical and reasoned argument. It also involves developing the ability to listen to another’s arguments, and to challenge both the assumptions of others and your own worldview.

Academic Writing

The ability to write convincing, well argued essays is key to success at university. In our Academic Writing seminars, students will learn how to compose essays so that the sentences, paragraphs, organisation and argumentation are constructed in the most credible and convincing way.

Speaking Exam Preparation

Students who wish to prepare for the speaking component of FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS or TOEFL can choose this two-hour seminar to learn the strategies and approaches which maximise the chances of success in spoken English examinations.

Preparation for Critical Thinking and Aptitude Tests

Many universities and employers today require candidates to take logic and aptitude tests as part of the application process. In these seminars students will learn about the tests that these institutions use, and develop an awareness of the thought processes that help to improve critical thinking. Students will also have the opportunity to practice doing such tests and receive feedback on their performance.

Lecture Skills

These seminars help students to develop their listening and note-taking skills in order for them get the most out of university lectures. Students will discover how to extract, understand and retain key information easily. Skills covered will include different ways to take, organise and record useful notes, as well as techniques for effective listening.

IELTS Preparation

Our IELTS Preparation seminars offer students the opportunity to improve their academic English skills, with a focus on developing their ability to achieve the desired result in the four key areas of the IELTS examination: speaking, writing, reading and listening.



Students enjoy a varied and comprehensive Social and Wellbeing Programme in the afternoon and evenings, giving them the perfect opportunity to explore the city, make new friends, and relax.

Wellbeing Programme

A happy and healthy body and mind allows our students to perform at their best during their studies. Our Wellbeing Programme provides opportunities for students to relax, be creative and re-energise, whilst demonstrating the importance of managing social respite alongside study or work.

Students are able to choose which wellbeing activities they would like to take part in on arrival at the college. To carefully balance studies and simulate life at university, our wellbeing activities can take place in mornings, afternoons and evenings around the academic programme.

Wellbeing activities may include:

  • Recreational sports including football, basketball & tennis
  • Yoga & mindfulness
  • Fitness activities including swimming, jogging & aerobics
  • Art Workshops such as painting, photography & sketching
  • Reading & conversation clubs
  • Nature walks
  • Museum visits
  • Logic games

Evening Activities

At the end of a busy day of learning, our students can unwind and socialise in a relaxed environment with their friends. Our evening Social Programme is carefully designed for older teenagers and includes a variety of activities and experiences for all interests.

Most evenings the whole college comes together to enjoy an activity, to share their experiences of the day, and to make even more memories!

Evening activities may include:

  • Inter-College Competition
  • International Night
  • Oxford Photo Challenge
  • Cinema Trip
  • Disco Party
  • Challenge Nights
  • Theatre Trip
  • Punting in Oxford
  • English Fete
  • Quiz Night



Afternoon Tours in Oxford

Oxford is a world-famous university city and both our college campuses are situated in fantastic locations, enabling our students to explore the many things Oxford has to offer with ease.

Every week students will experience an afternoon at one of the city’s most popular attractions. Students can choose from guided tours of the historic Oxford University colleges, visiting one of the many famous museums, punting on the river Cherwell, relaxing in the beautiful botanical gardens or exploring the shopping district, with its many souvenir shops and the new Westgate shopping centre.

Oxford Evenings

As part of the college Social Programme, students will also enjoy spending some of their summer evenings offsite, within the beautiful city of Oxford.

Oxford evenings may include a trip to see an outdoor Shakespeare performance in one of the picturesque Oxford University gardens, an engaging evening walking tour about the city’s history led by an expert guide, or a trip to the cinema to see one of the latest film releases.



A trip to the famous seaside town of Brighton! Our students will begin their day with some shopping time around the Lanes shopping district, a part of the city’s historic quarter, to explore the alleyways and independent boutiques. After, students will take a ride on the British Airways i360, a 162 metre observation tower, for a panoramic view of Brighton and the South Coast of England. Students will finish their trip with some time to relax on the beach before having their dinner on the famous Brighton Pier.


There is so much to see and do in Bristol with its vibrant waterside, fascinating history and fabulous shopping centre. Students will have time for shopping in the Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, before taking a sightseeing boat trip down the River Avon. Our college students will also benefit from a visit to the SS Great Britain Museum, the world’s first great ocean liner designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel!


Boasting one of the world’s most prestigious universities, the city of Cambridge is full of history and charm. Students will spend the day admiring the beautiful architecture and majestic college buildings found in this famous university city. Students will be taken on a traditional chauffeured punting tour through the heart of Cambridge before taking part in a Treasure Trail around the city to learn more about this historic city. Students will also have time for shopping and socialising before returning to college.


A visit to the wonderful city of Bath with its beautiful architecture, fascinating history and great shopping. Students will spend the morning visiting the famous Roman Baths, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the UK, to visit the natural thermal spring and learn the history of this remarkably preserved spa of the ancient world. Afterwards, students will enjoy lunch in the picturesque Royal Victoria Park, before some free time to explore the city with their friends.

London Excursions

London’s diverse cultural energy makes it one of the most international and visited cities in the world, and is the perfect addition to any visit to the UK. All Oxford College students will see some of the UK’s most iconic landmarks with at least one of our full day London excursions. Our London excursions include:

London Greenwich Excursion

This excursion begins at the centre of the world and provides panoramic views of London. After exploring Maritime Greenwich, a world heritage site, students will take a sightseeing cruise along the Thames in to the very heart of London and Covent Garden.

London Knightsbridge Excursion

Students have the choice of exploring either the incredible Natural History Museum, the Science Museum or the Victoria and Albert Museum. After their museum visit, students will have time to shop on London’s famous Oxford Street.

London British Museum Excursion

Students will spend the morning exploring the famous British Museum which houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts, before an opportunity to explore the attractions and boutique shops in Covent Garden.

London Kew Gardens

The day starts at the beautiful Kew Gardens, where students can explore the world’s most famous botanical gardens and visit the iconic glasshouses, historic buildings and rare plants. Afterwards students head to Oxford Street for an unrivalled shopping experience.

London West End Shows

After dinner at a London restaurant each London excursion ends with a visit to experience the unique atmosphere of London’s famous West End and see a spectacular show. Previous West End Shows have included:

  • The Play That Goes Wrong
  • The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
  • Aladdin
  • Wicked



The school offers an Airport Transfer Service to the colleges for any flights landing at Heathrow Airport. This will be in operation throughout the scheduled arrival and departure days and available for all flights between 09.00 and 16.00 at a cost of £90 per journey. For any queries about flights scheduled outside of these times, please speak with us before finalising your child’s transfers.



On each arrival day for students travelling by coach from Heathrow Airport, we provide a safe and welcoming base for students to recoup following their flight and wait comfortably before the coach departs. Welcome Club offers refreshments, entertainment and a place to unwind and to meet other students arriving for their courses before the journey to the school. Welcome Club will be supervised by our transfer team who will encourage students to contact home, if they haven’t already done so, and ensure that they are well organised and have all their belongings before boarding the coach.

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