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Summer Architecture Programme

An architecture summer course, residential in Oxford or Cambridge. The perfect study abroad program
for architects of the future.  Apply

At a Glance

  • Available in Oxford and Cambridge
  • Study historical & modern architecture
  • 130715_ORAicons_36_seminarstyle_workshops Includes a design portfolio competition
  • 130715_ORAicons_3_coach_excursions 2 coach excursions included
  • 130715_ORAicons_4_formal_graduation Formal graduation ceremony
  • 130715_ORAicons_5_recieve_report_cards_and_certificates Report cards and a certificate
  • Develop key skills for the future

Overview

The Summer Architecture Programme will introduce aspiring architects to key concepts and theories, whilst at the same time providing an insight into what future study or a career in architecture will entail. This summer course is two weeks in duration and takes place in the structurally fascinating cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

For students aged 13-15, ORA offers an Introduction to Architecture course.

Academic Content

On ORA’s Summer Architecture Programme students will learn the principles of design, mapping, spatial planning and analysis essential to portfolio development. They will also be introduced to the basic concepts of construction and engineering that will underpin their future careers in and studies of architecture.

On this dedicated architecture summer programme, students will consider the modern role of the architect and space in our built environment, honing the key spatial thinking and verbal communication skills required for the creation and planning of all aspects of design projects. Students will also develop the practical and technical skills essential in the field: this course will introduce students to architectural drawing and model construction in manual and digital formats. These skills will then be put to the test in a final group-based design portfolio competition, allowing students to pair their theoretical and technical understanding with team-oriented skills developed over the course of the programme.

Students should have a keen interest in architecture and will have ideally studied Mathematics, Physics and/or Art and Design, but advanced knowledge is not required. The course is for fluent English speakers and is two weeks in duration, with a choice of start dates throughout the summer.

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Learning Objectives

Students receive more than 20 hours of teaching per week, in classes of no more than 15. Lessons on architectural theory combine with skills-based workshops to allow students to learn about all aspects of architecture and gain an impression of the undergraduate study of this fascinating subject.

Students will learn vital and invaluable skills for the modern workplace, which they will be able to use long after they leave the summer school. Through a variety of homework tasks, presentations and focus problems, students will develop their skills of communication (both written and verbal), problem solving and analytical thought. The course will include class visits to London to witness the latest innovations in modern architecture and design, and also to visit one of the UK’s foremost schools of architecture.

Transferable Life Skills

Attendees on the Summer Architecture Programme are encouraged to work on important key skills during their time with ORA. We believe that the experience of being away from home, living and studying in a university setting, enables our students to develop a suite of transferable skills that go beyond those available to students in their own school environment. Vital for future success in any career, these skills include:
  • developing strengths in independence, self-regulation and self-assessment;
  • confidence in dealing with a wide range of new people and situations;
  • responsibility for own learning, time management, and working with others;
  • communication skills in speaking, listening, and presenting effective arguments in a variety of different contexts.

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Our Students

Every summer, ORA welcomes hundreds of the world’s brightest, most academically gifted students to our Oxford, Cambridge and London courses. In 2016, attendees came from 108 different nations, each bringing with them unique cultures, perspectives and stories to share with their new friends. On the Summer Architecture Programme, students from 18 nations attended.

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Timetable for students aged 16 to 18

Roll over the items in the timetable for more details!
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Roll over the items in the timetable for more details!
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Breakfast

Breakfast

07:30 - 08:30
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  • Get ready for the day ahead with breakfast in college
  • Breakfast is included for all ORA students
Walk to lessons

Walk to lessons

08:30 - 09:00
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  • Some teaching rooms are located on campus, others are elsewhere in Oxford
  • Students studying off-site are escorted by Campus Staff
Cultural excursion

Cultural excursion

09:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit places of cultural and historical interest in the UK
  • Possible excursions for students aged 16-18: City of Bath, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Woburn Abbey and more!
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

09:00 - 10:30
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  • Students follow their chosen study option for 90 minutes in the morning
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Morning Break

Morning Break

10:30 - 11:00
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  • Time for students to have refreshments
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

11:00 - 12:30
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  • Students follow their chosen study option for 90 minutes in the morning
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Arrival at your college

Arrival at your college

12:00 - 16:30
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  • Student photographs
  • Collection of arrival pack and timetable
  • Move in to your room and unpack
  • Meet your new friends
  • Tea and coffee for parents
Lunch

Lunch

12:30 - 13:45
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  • Grab a bite to eat from one of the many cafes in Oxford
  • Just like an undergraduate in the city would!
  • Includes time for students to get to their Afternoon Workshops
Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Students enjoy an interactive workshop session in their chosen subject area
  • Guidance from expert teachers
'Insight Masterclass' workshop event

'Insight Masterclass' Workshop Event

13:45 - 18:00
Masterclass
  • A range of career-focused interactive workshops
  • Featuring taster sessions in Crime Scene Investigation, Journalism, Architecture, Business and more!
Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Students enjoy an interactive workshop session in their chosen subject area
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Afternoon options: Tours of Christ Church Punting Real Tennis

Afternoon options

13:45 - 18:00
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  • Other possible options:
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Visiting Modern Art Oxford
  • Visiting Oxford Castle
  • Exploring the Botanic Garden
Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Students enjoy an interactive workshop session in their chosen subject area
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Welcome reception

Welcome reception

17:00 - 18:00
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  • Welcome presentation by the Programme Director
  • Parents can meet the Campus Staff and other ORA parents
  • Chance for students to meet their new friends from around the world
Tours of Oxford

Tours of Oxford

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit many of Oxford's famous landmarks
  • Including the Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Camera and the Sheldonian Theatre
  • Let Oxford's 'Dreaming Spires' inspire you!
Visits to the Bodleian Library & the Sheldonian Theatre

Visits to the Bodleian Library & the Sheldonian Theatre

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit some of Oxford's most famous sites, such as the Bodliean Library and the Sheldonian Theatre
  • Your Counsellors will accompany you there and back, adding their own wisdom along the way!
Visit to the Ashmolean Museum

Visit to the Ashmolean Museum

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Visit some of Oxford's many museums, such as the famous Ashmolean Museum. A good opportunity for some to conduct research for their classes!
  • Your Counsellors will accompany you there and back, adding their own wisdom along the way!
Dinner

Dinner in college

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Eat in your college's dining hall on every night of the programme (except when on an exciting excursion!)
  • Evening meals are included for ORA students aged 16-18
Induction talk and "Ice Breaker" activities

Induction talk and "Ice Breaker" activities

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Presentation by Programme Director to students
  • Ice breaker activities: have fun with your Counsellors and get to know your new friends!
Quiz night

Quiz night

19:30 - 22:30
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  • Test out your general knowledge
  • Prizes will be given for the winners and for the best team name!
Evening options: Table Tennis Competition Board Games in the Marquee

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Table tennis competitions in the Junior Common Room and Board Game evenings in the Marquee are often amongst the options offered.
Evening options: Film Night on Campus Homework Club

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Catch the latest blockbuster, or an old classic, with your new friends on campus. Or, catch up on some reading and make a start on your assignments from the first two days of lessons.
Evening options: Salsa Dancing Workshop Inter-Campus Olympics

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Learn Salsa Dancing with our expert teacher - a fun and energetic activity. Or, put on your campus colours and facepaint and represent your campus in Olympic events against other ORA centres!
Party

Party

19:30 - 22:00
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  • Dance the night away with your new friends!
  • Every party has an exciting theme: Wild West, Circus, Olympics and many more have taken place in recent years!
Evening options: Scavenger Hunt on campus Architecture Workshop

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Explore your campus in teams as part of a Scavenger Hunt. Or, see how high you can build a structure as you learn the basics of architecture!
Curfew

Curfew

22:30 - 23:00
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  • Evening briefing from Campus Staff
  • Lights out
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Breakfast

Breakfast

07:30 - 08:30
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  • Get ready for the day ahead with breakfast in college
  • Breakfast is included for all ORA students
Free time to complete homework assignments and explore Oxford

Free time

08:30 - 15:30
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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, followed by time to work on your assignments and explore Oxford in groups.
Walk to lessons

Walk to lessons

08:30 - 09:00
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  • Some teaching rooms are located on campus, others are elsewhere in Oxford
  • Students studying off-site are escorted by Campus Staff
Departure day

Departures

09:00 - 17:00
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  • Say goodbye to Oxford and to your college
  • Collect your reports and your certificates
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

09:00 - 10:30
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  • Students follow their chosen study option for 90 minutes in the morning
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Morning Break

Morning Break

10:30 - 11:00
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  • Time for students to have refreshments
Morning Lessons

Morning Lessons

09:00 - 10:30
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  • Students follow their chosen study option for 90 minutes in the morning
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Lunch

Lunchtime

12:30 - 13:45
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  • Grab a bite to eat from one of the many cafes in Oxford
  • Just like an undergraduate in the city would!
  • Includes time for students to get to their Afternoon Workshops
Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Students enjoy an interactive workshop session in their chosen subject area
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Afternoon options: Punting University discussion

Afternoon Options

13:45 - 18:00
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  • Other possible options:
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Visiting Modern Art Oxford
  • Visiting Oxford Castle
  • Visiting the Ashmolean Museum
Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Students enjoy an interactive workshop session in their chosen subject area
  • Guidance from expert teachers
Cultural Excursion: London Musical

Cultural excursion

13:45 - 18:00
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  • Visit London - the capital of the United Kingdom and one of the most dynamic cities on the planet!
  • Finish the evening at a West End musical. Jersey Boys, Thriller: Live! and The Lion King have all featured in recent summers.
Afternoon Workshop

Afternoon workshop

13:45 - 15:30
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  • Students enjoy an interactive workshop session in their chosen subject area
  • Guidance from expert teachers
ORACLE: inspiring talks and workshops

ORACLE

16:00 - 18:00
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ORACLE is an academic event during which students can attend fascinating talks and inspiring workshops, following their own personal interests in order to expand their knowledge. Please note that ORACLE is only running during Sessions 3, 4 and 5 of the summer school. Full details are available by clicking the ORACLE option from the Students menu at the top of this page.
Visit to the Pitt Rivers natural history museum in Oxford

Visit to the Pitt Rivers Museum

16:00 - 18:00
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Founded in 1884, The Pitt Rivers Museum houses Oxford University's archaeological and anthropological collections. Join your fellow students for a group tour arranged by the Oxford Royale Academy events team.
Visit to Oxford's Botanic Garden

Visit to Oxford's Botanic Garden

16:00 - 18:00
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Founded in 1621, the University of Oxford's Botanic Garden is one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. More recently, it has appeared in and inspired some famous literary works, notably Lewis Carroll's 'Alice in Wonderland' and Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' trilogy. Well worth a visit!
Graduation ceremony

Graduation ceremony

16:00 - 18:00
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  • Graduate from Oxford Royale Academy in a ceremony at your college
  • Listen to speeches from the Programme Director, other campus staff and fellow students
  • Parents are welcome to attend
Dinner

Dinner in college

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Eat in your college's dining hall on every night of the programme (except when on an exciting excursion!)
  • All meals are included for ORA students aged 13-15
Dinner

Dinner in college

18:00 - 19:30
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  • Eat in your college's dining hall on every night of the programme (except when on an exciting excursion!)
  • All meals are included for ORA students aged 13-15
Evening options:Homework clubYoga in the college groundsFree time

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Work on your assignments with help from your counsellors. Or, relax with some yoga in the peaceful grounds of your college.
Evening options: Drumming workshop Ice cream at G&D's

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Team up with your new friends to create a musical masterpiece at our drumming workshop. Or, join your Counsellors for a trip to an Oxford institution - G&D's ice cream parlour!
Evening options: Business Challenge Workshop Ghost Tour

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Wheel and deal on our virtual trading floor as part of the Stock Market Challenge. Or, prepare to learn Oxford's dark and spooky secrets with a ghost trail from famous Oxford tour guide, Bill Spectre.
Evening options: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' Sports in Uni Parks

Evening options

19:30 - 22:30
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Every evening, our team of Junior Deans and Counsellors will provide a wide range of activity options to suit all interests! Attend a Shakespeare production in the fantastic setting of an Oxford college. Or, join your Counsellors in University Parks for cricket, ultimate frisbee, five-a-side football and more.
Graduation party

Graduation party

19:30 - 22:00
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  • A chance for students to spend one last evening together
  • Every party has an exciting theme: Wild West, Circus, Olympics and many more have taken place in recent years!
Curfew

Curfew

22:30 - 23:00
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  • Evening briefing from Campus Staff
  • Lights out

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here

Guest Lectures and Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include coach excursions to places of historical and social significance in the UK. On the Summer Architecture Programme, attendees will board the ORA coach to two such destinations.

Extra-Curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

Some past afternoon activities enjoyed by our students include the following:

  • Punting: travel the waterways of the River Cherwell in a flat-bottomed boat, using a five-metre-long pole to propel your vessel! This mode of transport is unique to Oxford and Cambridge. Our team of Counsellors will be on hand to advise you (or to do it for you!).
  • Summer sports: have you ever played the traditional English game of croquet? There will be the chance to do so on the lawns of your campus! Real tennis (a variation of tennis played indoors, with a heavier ball) has also been enjoyed by our previous students.
  • Cultural tours: if you are thinking of applying to study at a UK university, an ORA course is the perfect opportunity to visit some of the country’s most famous sites. You will also have the chance to visit Oxford and Cambridge museums.
  • Dance and music workshops: have you ever wanted to try Indian dance? How about Salsa dancing? Or drumming? Experts in these art forms will be dropping in to our campuses to run workshops, allowing our students to unleash their creative sides.

The events and entertainment on offer don’t stop when the sun starts to go down at our campuses! The following will be available to every student on our Summer Architecture Programme:

  • Film nights on campus: catch a movie with your new friends, without having to leave your campus.
  • Karaoke night: grab your friends and sing along to the latest hits.
  • Themed parties at local hotels and country houses: head to a local venue and enjoy dinner and dancing with your friends from around the world. Every party has a theme: Hollywood, Venetian Masquerade and The Olympics are examples of past themes.
  • Graduation: a formal graduation ceremony will be held on the last night of your course. This is followed by your Graduation dinner and party — a glamorous conclusion to your stay with Oxford Royale Academy!
Our programmes are designed to give students a sense of the independence that studying at university brings. Students on the Summer Architecture Programme can explore the nearby area with friends in the free time that they are given in the afternoons and evenings. Students can also use this time to research assignments and complete homework.

Our Summer School Locations

All ORA courses are residential in academic locations in our Summer School cities. This means our students have the fantastic opportunity to spend part of their summer living and studying in the environments of the best universities in the world. Oxford and Cambridge each boast a unique ensemble cast of architectural marvels famed the world over. These ancient cities, continue to host some of the most progressive and innovative thinkers of the twenty-first century. Oxford Royale Academy’s summer programmes are designed with the academic rigour of their prestigious environment firmly in mind. The experience of living and studying in an academic environment is particularly valuable for our students aged 16-18, as they begin to consider their academic lives beyond high school. Many attendees on our courses are so impressed by the architecture and atmosphere of their chosen location that they are inspired to apply to study as undergraduates at top UK universities. The Summer Architecture Programme for 2017 is residential in Oxford or Cambridge.

What’s Included?

Our summer courses offer our students the complete study abroad experience. The grid below describes everything that is included with an ORA course:

  • Study

    • Over 20 taught hours per week
    • Study files and materials
    • Guest lectures from academic speakers
    • Personalised academic reports
    • Course certificate after graduation
  • Explore

    • Wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
    • 2 coach excursions per course
    • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)
  • Live

    • Accommodation in the Oxford or Cambridge
    • Breakfast and Dinner included
    • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
    • Daily updates on the ORA blog (great for parents!)
    • Private Medical / Travel insurance
  • Extras

    • ORA T-shirt
    • ID badge and lanyard
    • Welcome and arrival packs
    • Year group photo
    • Course memento photos
    • ORA notebook

Student Welfare

The safety and security of our students is ORA’s top priority. All of the centres at which our courses run are safe, secure environments, which are perfect for our students. Each centre is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by a team of Porters. In addition, Oxford Royale Academy’s comprehensively trained team of campus staff are always on hand. If you join us this summer, you will see the following members of staff on your campus:

Each ORA campus has a Programme Director (PD), who is responsible for the day-to-day running of the summer school at their Campus. PDs are residential in the Campus for the duration of the programme, so they are always close by should they be needed. Programme Directors typically have years of experience in education and the management of schools, colleges and student welfare.
The Junior Deans (JDs) assist the Programme Director with the management of the summer school at their campus. They will also be responsible for leading excursions and activities. JDs are typically returning for their third summer with Oxford Royale, or have extensive experience in summer schools or camps elsewhere. JDs are usually residential in their Campus.
Each ORA campus has a team of Counsellors who will be a student’s first point of contact in most cases. All Counsellors are friendly and approachable, and are thoroughly trained by Oxford Royale in the management of events for young people. Many of our Counsellors are current or former members of top universities in the UK; they are always happy to discuss careers or admissions with our students.
ORA has a team of private nurses, who host drop-in sessions at all of our campuses on a rota basis. If a student feels unwell, they can either see one of the Nurses, or go straight to our recommended private GP Surgery (Doctor). ORA courses include Private Medical cover should the need arise.

Some lessons on the Summer Architecture Programme will take place in the Campus; others are held at nearby venues in the city. Students who are required to travel to alternative venues are escorted by Counsellors on the first day, so they know how to get there safely and on time.

Practical Information

  • Flights

    Most students who come to ORA will have to book a flight to the UK. ORA courses do not include flights. Information on the best time to arrive will be on your course confirmation email and in your Welcome Pack.

  • Arrival / Departure Transfers

    ORA offers coach transfers between all of our campuses and London airports, for an extra charge. We are also able to arrange taxi transfers from all other airports and destinations, again at an extra charge. For more information, please click here.

  • Scholarships

    Every year, ORA offers a number of scholarships to talented students aged 16-18 from around the world. If you would like to read more about the financial aid we can offer, please click here.

  • Welcome Reception and Graduation

    Parents / family are welcome to attend these events at the start and end of their student’s course. For more information, please contact our Registrations Department on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk.

  • Medical and Dietary Information

    All students who enrol are required to complete our Medical and Dietary Information form. A link will be emailed to all students once their enrolment is confirmed.

Eligibility and Pre-requisites

Students on the Summer Architecture Programme:

  • Must conform to our Age Policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Registrations Team on admin@oxford-royale.co.uk and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Registrations Team for more detailed information.

Dates, Fees and Locations

Course LengthCourse DatesCourse FeesLocation
2 weeks2 Jul – 15 Jul4,295 GBPBalliol College (Oxford), Clare College (Cambridge)
16 Jul – 29 Jul4,295 GBPBalliol College (Oxford), Clare College (Cambridge)
30 Jul – 12 Aug4,295 GBPBalliol College (Oxford)
13 Aug – 26 Aug4,295 GBPYarnton Manor

How to Apply

If you are ready to apply now, the quickest and easiest way to secure your place on the Summer Architecture Programme for 2017 is online. You will need full details of the student and, if different, the customer responsible for paying the fees, as well as a valid credit or debit card to submit the deposit payment of GBP 795.00 (we regret that we are not able to accept American Express as a form of payment).

To get started, please click the link below – you will be asked to choose the date that you would like to study the course.

If you prefer, you can complete our paper application form, which is available for download by clicking here. You can then return this to our offices by one of the following methods:

For enrolments via the paper application form, we are able to accept the GBP 795.00 course deposit by credit or debit card, bank transfer or cheque. Please see the form for full details.

Further Information and Documents

If you would like to consult with one of our Registrations Team members before making a booking, we would be delighted to hear from you.
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