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Oxford and Cambridge Summer Academy

Oxford and Cambridge Summer Academy is an exclusive study abroad program that offers high school students between the ages of 14 and 19 an exceptional opportunity to gain experience studying at world-renowned universities. Participants spend a minimum of two weeks in Oxford or Cambridge, residing in colleges at the universities. They can also extend their stay to join two programs for a total of 4, 6, or even 8 weeks.


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Session Dates and Fees

All courses offered in Oxford and Cambridge focus on academics, as students select a concentration of their choice for each two-week session. Subjects are wide ranging, and we offer different academic concentrations in both locations. The total number of academic teaching is 24 hours for the duration of the program.

2017 Oxford and Cambridge Session Dates:

  • Session 1:  July 2-15, 2017
  • Session 2:  July 16-29, 2017
  • Session 3:  July 30-August 12, 2017
  • Session 4:  August 13-26, 2017

For more information, please scroll down to read more on the Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy and call 400.080.9529.

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Course Listings

Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy Course Listings

This program will give participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the traditional British university environment. More than 30 hours of classroom and workshop time will be included in each session.High school students will also gain a better understanding of the variety of subjects offered when applying for university admission, as well as learn about the university application process. In addition, students work on personal statements and practice admission interviews.The following elective courses are available at Oxford:  Economics, Law, PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), and Natural Science.In Cambridge, students can choose from the following courses:  Business & Management, International Politics, International Organizations, and History.

Oxford Electives

Economics: Do you have a passion for economics and wish to pursue a career in the financial world? The Economics Academy will develop your existing knowledge of economic theories and you will learn how to apply these in practice through analyzing organizations and their economic strategies. In addition to providing you with a historical framework of modern economic systems, the course will teach you theories of micro and macroeconomics, supply and demand, market failure, and game theory. Using case studies of nations like China and organisations like Apple who have seen enormous growth in the last 10-20 years, you will understand how economic success is achieved and what measures organisations and countries can put into place to improve economic status.

Law: Thinking of becoming a lawyer or a judge? Are you interested in international business law, human rights, or criminal justice? Then join our Law School Academy to learn about the different options you will have when studying law. Find out about the different law subjects and learn how to work on actual cases. Laws, regulations, and our whole legal systems heavily influence our professional lives, education system, health care, and many other aspects of our lives. As part of the Law School Academy you will find out how the law impacts you and how important legal contracts are. Additionally, we will analyze your study options for law in Oxford, Cambridge, and other outstanding universities worldwide.

PPE (Philosophy, Politics, Economics): PPE is one of the most famous study subjects in Oxford and also Cambridge. PPE stands for the combination of the study subjects of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Many well-known politicians, such as the Prime Minister of Great Britain, David Cameron, have studied PPE in Oxford and learned how these subjects are interconnected. Understanding philosophy gives you the chance to understand the world of thought. Studying politics will show you the functioning of states and how communities and counties are governed. As the world cannot survive on only good thoughts and good governance alone, but also needs people working hard to feed themselves as well as those unable to work themselves, PPE concentrates on its third subject, economics and the importance of its effectiveness. This combination of subjects is an enriching way to get a deep understanding of these three influential aspects of good governance and good political and economical leadership. By joining the PPE Academy, you will be introduced to this world-famous study combination at Oxford and Cambridge.

Natural Science: Is it your dream to become an astronaut, a chemist or find a cure for cancer? Then you should consider studying Physics, Biology, Chemistry, or Medicine. As part of our Natural Science Academy we will introduce these university subjects to you and share with you how they are taught in Oxford and Cambridge. You will learn how such subjects, and the discoveries of scientists in these fields, are influencing and changing our lives. Delegates will learn about the stories and major breakthroughs of selected winners of the Nobel Prize in the categories of Physics, Chemistry, and Medicine who taught or studied in Oxford and Cambridge – in total there are more than 120 researchers of the University of Oxford (UK) and University of Cambridge (UK) who received a Nobel Prize.


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Cambridge Electives

Business & Management: Businesses are moving the world. Good ideas are creating outstanding companies such as Facebook, and Samsung, and products and services such as the iPhone, Amazon.com, and Virgin Airlines are changing our personal lives. But how is it possible to realize such ideas, create such companies, products, services, and brands? Do you want to find out more about what business really is, and possibly start up your own? The Business School Academy would be ideal for you, as we work with you on all of the exciting and important aspects of running, setting up, and doing business. You might even find out whether you would like to study business management or entrepreneurship at university. As part of Business School Academy we will advise you on which business study options you might have in Oxford, Cambridge, and beyond.

International Politics: In order to understand the global issues effecting society, it is essential to gain knowledge of international politics. This course aims to develop students’ understanding of political powers at work and analyze varying political systems. Governments and political figures are ever changing, causing delegates to analyze the successes and failures of past political establishments and discuss the current political climate around the globe. Delegates will compare nations where political systems strongly contrast and understand how these decisions can have varying consequences. The course will also provide an historical overview of how political systems have developed and evolved to become modern structures.

International Organizations: International Organizations are getting more and more important. Our world is becoming ‘smaller’ due to the close political, business and economic ties between countries. In such a globalized world, cooperation through International Organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, African Union, Association of South-East Asian Nations, European Union, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and the North-American Free Trade Area is crucial. International Organizations Academy will introduce you to an extensive array of International Organizations and the way they work. Students will analyze case studies from interventions of International Organizations during international crises such as in Mali, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq, as well as how to deal with natural disasters. The International Organizations Academy is the ideal program for learning more about the worldwide institutional network of cooperating countries, how they work, what they do, and how they influence world politics.

History: History is one of the most popular degree subjects in the UK and with good reason. Students find studying it enormously interesting and rewarding, and the skills it develops are greatly sought after by top employers in many fields. Cambridge is one of the World’s great History faculties and it is important to us to encourage all very bright, potential historians to consider studying with us. The aim of studying history at university is to further your understanding and knowledge of the past and your ability to present that understanding and knowledge with clarity, insight, and discrimination. The historian has to analyze a large body of material efficiently; to evaluate its significance and utility in answering important questions about societies, institutions, cultures, and individuals; and to order his or her thoughts on these matters succinctly, clearly and with sensitivity.


Program Features

In addition to the academic courses, OCSA provides personal/professional development workshops. Examples of past workshops:

  • University Selection– The application systems of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge (UK) will be explained in detail. Participants will be prepared for understanding the procedures and what preparations to make before applying.
  • Personal Statement– For a successful application at such prestigious universities, it is essential to submit an exceptional personal statement. Delegates of OCSA will be introduced to and guided in the composition and structure of their own personal statements that can be submitted with their university application.
  • Interview Techniques and Mock Interviews– Personal interviews are part of every university application process worldwide and require thorough preparation. Delegates will receive coaching on applications and interviews and take part in mock interviews to simulate real life interview situations. As part of the program, mock interviews will be conducted with all delegates to simulate real life interview situations.
  • Debating & Leadership Skills– Our debating workshops have a strong emphasis on critical thinking, leadership, teamwork, effective communication, and individual research.
    Intercultural Awareness, Public Speaking, Essay Writing and more.

Cultural Activities and Excursions
Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy offers coordinated excursions and cultural activities, which are all included in the program. These educational and fun outings increase students’ appreciation and understanding of local culture and engage them in the British way of life.

Sample excursions and activities include:

  • London
  • Bath
  • Brighton
  • Stonehenge
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Ely & Clacton-on-Sea
  • Harry Potter Tour
  • Walking & College Tours in Oxford and Cambridge
  • Museum visits
  • Shakespeare Play nights
  • Punting




Housing and Student Life

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Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy Housing and Student Life

Delegates will experience authentic college life by staying in the same rooms and in the same style as undergraduate students. While historic buildings bring ambiance and tradition, they may also mean adapting to a different style of living. Each student resides in a single or double room on a traditional ‘staircase.’ Standard rooms share a common bathroom and most college facilities have been recently updated to include several modern shower rooms per floor. Each room is furnished with a bed with linens, a dresser or wardrobe, and a desk and chair. Delegates have access to wireless internet, coin-operated laundry facilities, and space for private study in their rooms. Accommodations are located within walking distance of classes, providing the perfect atmosphere of college student life.

Delegates enjoy a cafeteria-style breakfast and dinner in a college dining hall. Breakfast starts the day with a ‘continental style’ or a hot cooked breakfast. Multiple options are available at dinner, including a vegetarian dish and a salad bar. Some meals will be eaten off campus, giving delegates the opportunity to socialize with their fellow students and develop long -lasting friendships. Students can purchase additional snacks and drinks at a college snack bar or at any of the many sandwich shops, small restaurants, and coffeehouses near each college.

All our programs have central offices open daily from breakfast until evening where students can seek advice and answers to their questions. The Program Director and residential staff members live in the same residence as the students, ensuring availability and care around the clock.
With 24/7 security and the leafy grounds, delegates have a safe and pleasant learning environment for their study abroad program.