Adult Summer Courses
- General English and Culture Programme
- Business English
- Legal English
- General English and Oxford
- Introduction to Shakespeare
- Jane Austen: Her Novels, Life and Times
- Writers of the Great War
- Creative Writing - Fiction
- Stately Homes and Country Gardens
- Interface Between Religion, Science and Philosophy
- Introduction to Psychology
Oxford Summer School for Adults
Oxford Royale Adult Summer School offers a variety of two week academic and language courses for adult learners in August. Every year, adult students from around the world join us for our adult summer school courses, all of which take place in the charming setting of Corpus Christi College (one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford).
Academic summer school courses for adults
We are delighted to be able to offer summer courses in a wide range of academic subjects. This includes topics drawn from the fields of Science, Philosophy, History, Political Theory, Linguistics, Psychology, Literature, Language and Architecture. If you choose to study at the Oxford Royale Adult Summer School, you can take a course in anything from An Introduction to Language Studies to Stately Homes and Country Gardens. No experience or prior knowledge of the subject is required to take part in our academic courses.
English language summer courses for adults
This year, we will once again we offering a number of English language courses in Oxford. Oxford Royale's Adult Summer School is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English, and we are committed to the highest standards of English language teaching. All of our English courses come with a full social and recreational timetable, enabling students to practise their developing English skills with native speakers from countries such as the US, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. We offer English programmes for intermediate English users and above.
About Oxford Royale Adult Summer School
Oxford Royale Academy (ORA) is a British company with a real passion for international education. Each year our team works harder to compile a stimulating and rewarding Adult Summer School programme, bringing together outstanding teachers (many of whom teach at Oxford), energetic counsellors, brilliant guest speakers and professional support staff.
This year, Oxford Royale Adult Summer School expects to welcome students from over 80 countries to the historic city of Oxford and we hope you can join us. Many of our students come back year after year to either take a new programme or to take a different subject combination.
ORA’s range of academic and cultural options is ever strengthening and its international reach is broadening. Getting to Oxford could never be easier or more economical with airlines offering great return flights to London from most countries in the world. If you are thinking of joining ORA we have one piece of advice - just do it!
Our adult summer courses are taught by knowledgeable and enthusiastic academic staff. Staff are appointed to Oxford Royale adult summer courses because they are experts in their field, can demonstrate a passion for their subject, and can convey that passion to our students. In the main, the teaching staff come from Oxford University, but we also recruit from other universities both in the UK and abroad.
All staff are rigorously interviewed before taking up posts with ORA, and we encourage our tutors to make classes interactive and participatory for all students, and to enable all students to leave their chosen course with a range of new knowledge and understanding of their chosen topic.
We monitor and inspect our classes to make sure that our students are receiving the very best learning experience, and we are very proud of the high teaching standards our tutors demonstrate. Our classes have also been inspected by the British Accreditation Council who have remarked upon the exciting, challenging and innovative lessons they have observed.
Our counsellors are there to ensure students are looked after during their free time and weekends. Students are able to talk informally and frankly with counsellors in order to suggest ideas for activities or to raise concerns. The counsellors also accompany the students on field trips and weekend tours. Many of the counsellors are undergraduate students at the University of Oxford and they know the city well. The counsellors make sure students get the most out of their stay with ORA.
When you make a reservation, you will be in touch with our Client Services Team who will guide you through your various options and assist with your booking. You can reach them on 44 (0) 845 130 60 21 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oxford Royale Adult Summer School welcomes adult students from a wide variety of backgrounds, ages and professions. We have previously welcomed visitors between the ages of 18 and 88, and their professions have included doctors, lawyers, company executives, teachers, homemakers, novelists, and journalists. Some of our visitors are still studying at university, while others are returning to study in retirement. Motivation for taking a programme varies, some people requiring a short break to enhance their cultural education and stimulate their mind, others simply wanting to soak up the enchanting atmosphere of Oxford in the summertime.
Whatever your personal goals, Oxford Royale Adult Summer School has a programme for you.
Oxford Royale Academy also runs programmes for younger students aged 13-18. Click here for more information: www.oxford-royale.co.uk
ORA & The University of Oxford
It is important to be clear that Oxford Royale Academy is not part of or otherwise affiliated to the University of Oxford.
Students taking our programmes catch a glimpse of what it is like to study at Oxford via for example immersion in the college environment, taking classes with tutors from the University, interaction with University undergraduate students and generally experiencing the Oxbridge student lifestyle, but it should be borne in mind that the programmes we offer are independent and are not endorsed by either organisation.
Some additional information is below:
Oxford Royale Academy is accredited by the British Council and the British Accreditation Council.
Oxford Programs Limited, which operates Oxford Royale Academy (ORA), contracts with the University of Oxford for the use of their facilities, which means that students use the University lecture halls, dorms, dining halls, seminar rooms, sports facilities, common rooms, gardens and IT facilities.
ORA staff, many of whom are currently tutoring and/or studying at the University of Oxford, number about 150 during Summer.
Our guest speakers often hold a lecturing or tutoring position at the University of Oxford. In the past guest speakers have included Professor Richard Dawkins and Professor Susan Greenfield.
Our counsellors (who support students during their free time) will often be studying for their undergraduate degree at the University of Oxford.
ORA was founded and is run by alumni of the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and London.
If students wish to apply for an undergraduate or graduate degree course at any UK university, they will be able to ask one of our staff members to talk through the various options with them and to advise on the application procedure. Our staff will also be able to take students to the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge Admissions Offices to collect the University’s brochures and application materials.
ORA is registered with the British Government’s Department for Children, Schools and Families (formerly the DFES). Note that registration with the DCSF does not imply quality standards.
Our head office is located in St. Catherine's College, but this is just for logistical reasons, for the administration, staff recruitment and general supply of summer programmes and does not mean that Oxford Programs Limited and ORA are part of or otherwise affiliated with or operate under the aegis of the University of Oxford.
If you would like any further information on the above, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email.
Throughout the year, our staff members run informational seminars in various cities around the world. Check our news pages for further details.
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If you would like our team to visit your offices please do not hesitate to drop us an email and we will put together a proposal for your group.