Oxford College Summer School

Our Oxford College Summer School offers exceptional summer programmes hosted in Oxford University colleges, designed by top academics and enhanced by leading professionals. Launch your future in the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’.

Discover Oxford College

The iconic location of Oxford provides the perfect backdrop for an inspirational learning experience. Follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s leading minds as you live and study in Oxford.

Life on campus

Students benefit from having all of Oxford’s charm on their doorstep. Steeped in history, students will be inspired to learn at the same university as former prime ministers and Nobel Peace Prize winners.

Explore your area of interest through a series of inspiring lectures, interactive tutorials and industry workshops. We are firm believers that education extends far beyond the classroom.

Make new friends from around the world and share unforgettable experiences together as you follow in the footsteps of some of the most influential minds throughout history.

Learn in a traditional higher education setting, explore picturesque grounds and build lasting friendships.

Benefit from accessing facilities of one of the world’s leading universities, as well as lessons led by inspirational tutors, and the opportunity to prepare for your future studies and career.

Available Courses

 

Oxford College Programme Highlights

At Oxford College our student experience goes beyond the classroom, with a social programme led by our dynamic team. Our activities and excursions will help form bonds, build confidence and shape memories that will last a lifetime.

For more information about the course structure download our sample timetable. Please note this timetable is for illustrative purposes only and is subject to change.

Social Activities

Each evening our teams hold well-being activities and events designed to build confidence and help students make connections. They’ll develop key team-working and communication skills whilst, most importantly, having fun! This part of the experience ensures students socialise with peers outside of their subject groups and builds a sense of community within the college.

Alongside a wide range of traditional team sports, students can choose to participate in other wellbeing and fun activities such as yoga, art, poetry and creative sessions. Our social programme is led by the College Mentors with students at the very heart of it, who choose and shape the programme’s activities around their interests.

Our social programme explores much of what the historic city offers, including informative walking tours, stunning walks around Christchurch meadow and traditional punts along the river. Our students will experience Oxford as it is truly meant to be seen.

To encourage students to develop their independence, they are provided with free time in small groups to explore their new surroundings. Visiting the Botanic Gardens, meander through Christchurch College and take in the stunning Magdalen School rose gardens, making the cobbled streets of Oxford their own.

EXCURSIONS

Throughout a two-week programme at Oxford College Summer School students have two day trips to look forward to, including a landmark-filled trip to London, followed by an enjoyable day out around Oxford.

Our dedicated social programme team design memorable visits to London for all of our students. In previous years itineraries have included Kew gardens, London sightseeing and visiting the museums of Greenwich and Knightsbridge. Every London itinerary comes with free time to explore and browse the stores of some of Britain’s most loved brands.

GRADUATION

We’re proud to celebrate our students’ achievements in style with a formal graduation ceremony and disco at a prestigious location. At the end of each two-week course, the graduation ceremony offers moments of reflection and an opportunity to recognise achievements, both personal and academic, alongside new friends.

A graduation certificate will be presented to students during the special ceremony. We’ll also provide a report outlining all accomplishments while studying with us, along with helpful tips to guide learners in the right direction towards future success.

Academic approach

At SBC, we go beyond the curriculum, believing in learning by doing. Our students are actively encouraged and challenged to utilise new skills in an environment which is nurturing and supportive.

By combining the university learning format of lectures and workshops, students have the chance to engage with theoretical principles as well as developing the soft skills required outside of the classroom. We put theory into practice by facilitating new opportunities to inherit key skills such as critical thinking, leadership, communication and teamwork – mirroring what is practised everyday in a professional work setting.

We place the student experience at the heart of everything we do, having caring, inspirational tutors with vast subject knowledge and world experience is paramount. We purposefully work with teachers who are not only experts in their subject, but who are highly skilled in bringing the very best out of young people. Teaching is both an art and a science; we go above and beyond to find approachable professionals, with compassion and flair, and whose values align with our own; ensuring a lasting impact that will live long after our students’ final class with us.

Industry Experience
Industry Experience

Another highlight of our academic programme is when students take part in a series of workshops and lectures led by top industry professionals and academics in their respective fields. The Industrial Experience element of our courses provides a profound level of insight so that students can further make informed decisions as to whether their future career choices are right for them. In addition to this, students at Oxford College Summer School gain insight into their chosen career path through industry experience, directly from those at the top of their field. Sometimes spending the day in a real-world corporate environment where they will absorb knowledge through workshops, lectures and Q&As.

Time To Shine

At the end of each week students come together and take part in a group presentation in front of their tutors and peers, which we call Time to Shine. These projects are a highlight of the week’s work and give students an opportunity to showcase their learning and academic skills. Our students gain valuable experience by practising their collaboration and presentation skills in front of a larger audience.

“After a summer with SBC I feel a lot different. When I came here I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with my future…by experiencing all of these subjects I’ve got a better picture of what I want to do now. I have learnt a lot and I am ready for my future”

Jaspar, Oxford College

Student support and welfare

Each of our college sites is comprised of dedicated and experienced College Mentors and Social Welfare Managers to ensure that students have the best possible experience during their college journey. All staff are given the tools through their extensive training to guarantee that students feel safe, secure, valued, and respected whilst studying with SBC. These friendly and caring staff are always available to provide high-quality pastoral support and remain on call 24 hours per day.

Student voice is paramount to the college experience, and we empower our students to shape their own experience by championing that voice. SBC is committed in our response to student feedback and welcome student led initiatives which help us to continue to provide excellent service.

Students are accommodated on-site in secure and comfortable accommodations during their stay. Oxford is consistently ranked as one of the safest cities within the United Kingdom and provides a perfect backdrop to a safe and comfortable college experience.

The safety and well-being of students is our number one priority. We have a comprehensive Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy and procedures in place to which all employees, volunteers, visitors, and contractors are obligated to adhere to. Read more about our Accreditations and Awards.

Accommodation

All of our students will live on-site at an Oxford university college in comfortable accommodation in a mixture of single and shared rooms. Bathroom facilities will be shared between accommodation blocks. All rooms come with Wi-Fi access.

 

wycliffe oxford university grounds and building

WYCLIFFE HALL

Wycliffe Hall can be found on the leafy Banbury Road just a stone’s throw away from the University Parks, which is arguably one of the best green spaces in all of Oxford. At Wycliffe Hall, students will enjoy traditional student single and twin rooms and a cosy common room and a large garden where they can make friends and relax.

Wadham College

Wadham College

At Wadham College students will find spacious single-room accommodation built in the traditional Oxford format of ‘staircases’. Our students will find the college a comfortable place to live and study.With easy access to Oxford city centre and close to University Parks, students will be fully immersed in the distinct Oxford atmosphere at Wadham College.

Oxford College Summer School FAQs

 

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