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Oxford Summer Experience – Oxford – Ages 17+

Oxford Summer Experience is an academically exciting and challenging summer programme for students who are aged at least sixteen. It is residential in the University of Oxford, with guest speakers from the University. Please note Participants must have first language English or be fluent in English, and be well motivated academically.

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On two or three afternoons each week (a total of six hours) you will take part in interactive workshops, these are based on projects led by a tutor, and you will have the opportunity to develop your individual skills and interests. You may choose two workshops from the five listed below, or take the same one throughout your stay.  There is no restriction on which workshop is combined with which programme.

  • Course One: The Visual Arts
  • Course Two: Literature and Writing
  • Course Three: Ancient and Modern History

2 weeks course

From 28 June to 25 July

THIS COURSE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE – NEW 2018 COURSES COMING SOON

Package includes

  • Residence in a College of Oxford University in a single room with breakfast and dinner;
  • Tuition and workshops;
  • Social, cultural and excursions programme, including transport, guide and admission fees;
  • Welcome reception and farewell party, with certificates;
  • Reports on completion;
  • Liaison with your school or university concerning accreditation;
  • Services of educational counsellors throughout the programme;
  • Books and materials which are essential for the programme;
  • Formal lunch (one every two weeks) in the University
  • Insurance

The school offers a limited number of academic scholarships each year. If you would like to apply for a scholarship please contact us.

If you are booking a residential course after 15th April, please contact us to check availability of places before booking online

If you need a VISA, please contact us before booking online

 

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Excursions and activities  include

  • London,
  • Stratford
  • Bath.
  • “punting” on the river
  • Ice skating

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THE OXFORD SUMMER EXPERIENCE

Students participating in the Oxford Summer Experience may choose two courses from the five listed below , or they may choose to study just one course throughout their stay.  (For students staying four weeks they may take up to four courses) . The seminars take place in small groups for fifteen hours each week, with one seminar led by a guest speaker from the University of Oxford.

On two or three afternoons each week (a total of six hours) you will take part in interactive workshops. These are based on projects led by a tutor, and you will have the opportunity to develop your individual skills and interests. You may choose two workshops from the five listed below, or take the same one throughout your stay. (For students staying four weeks they may take up to four workshops).There is no restriction on which workshop is combined with which programme.

Course One: The Visual Arts

This course focuses on teh study and production of works of art of all types: painting, photography, drawing, sculpture and textiles

You will study works of fine art, painting, photography,  sculpture and the decorative arts, and the social and political context in which they were produced. You will look at European Art of the Renaissance as well as Modern Art. There is also a chance to specialise, including writing an extended  essay on a subject of your choice.

Oxford is a wonderful city for the study of Art ….there are numerous galleries including the Ashmolean (the oldest in Europe) and MOMA. The Colleges of the University often house major works such as those of the pre-Raphaelites. If you love wandering around art galleries, this is the course for you, and it'll give you an insight into our culture and our history.

This course includes:

  • 15 hours academic tuition
  • 6 hours of practical workshops
  • Half day practical master class
  • Full activities and week- end excursions programme
  • A formal lunch in the university

 

Course Two: Literature and Writing

Oxford is renowned for the study of Humanities and Languages in particular and has some of the most inspiring teachers in these subjects in the world. Greek and Roman Literature and Philosophy are the basis of the future development of European Culture. You will study (in translation) major writes of the Classical period, such as Plato, Aristotle, Horace and Cicero. You will relate their works to the society in which they lived .

On this course students will read Shakespeare and the Oxford writers and will produce writing of their own in a number of different styles

This course includes:

  •  15 hours academic tuition
  • 6 hours of practical creative writing workshops
  • Evening trip to view an open  air Shakespeare production
  • Full activities and week- end excursions programme
  • A formal lunch in the university

 

Course Three:  Ancient and Modern History  

The course takes students from ancient Rome and Greece through to modern European history, while engaging with their languages

This course includes:

  •  15 hours academic tuition
  • 6 hours of language workshops
  • Half day excursion to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill
  • Full activities and week- end excursions programme
  • A formal lunch in the university

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

 You will live, like an Oxford undergraduate, in one of the Colleges of Oxford University, such as Somerville College. Your seminars will also take place in the University.

The rooms are for single occupancy (but it is possible to arrange for two friends to share) and students have breakfast and dinner in the College. Oxford is a small city and the Colleges are in the centre. Lunches can be purchased easily from one of the many restaurants, stores or coffee shops.

Students have use of the Oxford City Library, which has excellent facilities for loan of books for additional reading, and for use of computers with educational software. This is very close to the Colleges of residence , but students who wish to buy a bus pass to travel to other locations in the city are advised to purchase a “Freedom Pass” which is very good value.

For information on other forms of accommodation (hotels, families etc) please ask us. These alternative forms of accommodation are available when all University places are full.

 

SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PROGRAMME

The programme includes museum and gallery visits, “punting” ( a long boat a little like a gondola) on the river, international evenings, barbecues, talent contests, indoor ice-skating, English cream tea, and learning to play cricket and croquet.

There is a welcome reception, mid-course formal lunch in Oxford University, and farewell party with certificates. Every weekend there is a full day  excursion outside Oxford. Destinations include London, Stratford, and Bath. There is also a midweek half day excursion or a visit to the theatre or a musical performance every other week.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE

The package does not include:

  • Lunches, except for those specified above;
  • Travel and medical insurance which must be taken out before departure;
  • Travel to and from the UK;
  • Transfers to and fromOxford;
  • Bus pass in Oxford;
  • Personal spending money.

 

START DATES 

Students may participate for two or four weeks, and an extension of  further  weeks is also available (please email us if you are interested in having further information about this possibility).

In 2014 the dates are as follows:

Two week programmes :

  • Sunday 28th June   to Saturday July 11th
  • Sunday July 12th to Saturday July 25th

Four week programme:

  • Sunday June 28th to Saturday July 25th

 

 SCHOLARSHIPS

The school offers a limited number of academic scholarships each year. These are worth 20%-50% of course fees. If you would like to apply for a scholarship please mail us with as much information as possible about why you feel you are eligible for one.

The important points to remember are that the scholarships are awarded for academic excellence and potential (so we will need your transcript of academic achievements and a reference from your school or university) and also financial need . We will also value highly reasons you give for wanting to take a particular programme in this university city.

The deadline for Scholarship applications is February 2nd 2014 and the awards will be confirmed by March 30th 2014.

 

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURES

 Arrival day is Sunday and departure day is Saturday. You should plan to arrive no later than 4.00pm and to depart by 10.00am. You can arrange a airport transfer service  or you can take a bus from all major airports directly to Oxford. Heathrow, the nearest airport, is approximately 90 minutes by bus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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