The Oxford Experience

Oxford University mottoThe Oxford Summer Academy introduces teenagers to the unique academic and cultural environment of Oxford. Participants have the opportunity to live in a medieval college for 2 or 4 weeks during July and experience at first-hand what it is like to study at Oxford. Every student is treated as an individual and we aim to provide the best possible academic tuition and pastoral care. Our academic subjects are taught by the most experienced tutors from Oxford and other top universities and give students the opportunity to consolidate their current high school studies or to try something new, perhaps a subject they are considering at university.

Oxford is famous for one of the oldest and highest ranked universities in the world. It is a unique and fascinating city with history stretching back at least as far as the eighth century.  The first colleges of the University date back to the 12th Century, and the college our students are staying in during the course, St Edmund Hall, dates from 1278.

The university has been teaching some of greatest minds and gifted men and women in the world, including 26 British Prime Ministers, at least 30 international leaders, 50 Nobel Prize winners, and 120 Olympic medal winners. Some of these include John Locke, Adam Smith, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, J. R. Tolkien, Indira Gandhi, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean), and Hugh Grant. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the first five all-male colleges admitting women students and becoming co-educational.

Today Oxford University is comprised of thirty-nine colleges and six permanent private halls, founded between 1249 and 1996, whose architectural grandeur, together with that of the University's libraries and museums, gives the city its unique character. Dubbed the city of 'dreaming spires', the city draws many visitors from all over the world, contributing to the lively, multi-cultural atmosphere. Great care has been taken to preserve the ancient walls and buildings and to care for the parks, the gardens, and the two rivers running through the city, the Cherwell and the Isis or Thames.

Oxford's teaching and research is consistently in the top rank nationally and internationally, and is at the forefront of medical, scientific and technological achievement. Amongst the University's old members are many widely influential scientists, including Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Nobel prize-winner Anthony James Leggett, and Tim Berners Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.

For a comprehensive guide in and around Oxford, including famous landmarks, events and tours, please see the Oxford Guide website.

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