"During my twelve-week programme, I met students from other countries. Their varied interests contributed to the enriching atmosphere. The presence of highly broad-minded classmates, teachers and members of the ORA staff team was truly wonderful." (Angela, Medicine Oxford Gap Year)
"I am really happy with my choice to study with Oxford Royale Academy as I have had some extraordinary experiences as well as gaining lots of subject-specific knowledge." (Chris, Law Oxford Gap Year)
"I feel taking a gap year course at Oxford Royale Academy was a great decision because it helped me to smoothly adjust to college life. The knowledge gained through my research paper on the Lehman Brothers and through the lectures that I attended in Oxford can be applied to various courses that I am studying at New York University." (Fizza, Business and Enterprise Oxford Gap Year)
The Oxford Gap Year is a 10 week course for ambitious students seeking an experience beyond regular school study. Whether students study Creative Writing and Literature or Medicine, they will develop their academic skills and gain a deeper understanding of their chosen subject in preparation for further study or general interest. All projects are centred around the production of an extended piece of writing that is planned, researched and composed independently by the student under the guidance of their own academic tutor. Students also benefit from an enrichment schedule, which includes trips that are relevant to their course, study skills such as how to read academic literature, and life skills such as time management, living with others and becoming independent.
The Oxford Gap Year begins with in-classroom Oxbridge-style tutorials provided by our expert tutors. Students can then choose to either stay in Oxford and work on their project or travel to a country such as Borneo or South Africa to gain hands-on experience in the chosen field. Either way, students finish the programme here in Oxford in order to complete their extended project.
The course also offers the chance to gain course credit whilst studying with us, allowing students to return to high school or university without having to re-sit the year. The Oxford Gap Year consists of 48 hours of group academic tuition with a further 12 hours of one to one tutoring during the 3 months.
Whilst the focus is largely individual, throughout the project students are encouraged to collaborate and share ideas with one another, learn study skills together and may even collaborate on the same project or elements of their project should they choose to do so. Supplementary study in academic writing, university preparation or other subjects may also be booked. It is increasingly common for students to take academic gap years prior to undergraduate study:
Applications for deferred entry will be considered as long as you plan to use your time out constructively. Activities might include technical employment relevant to your subject, teaching abroad or a gap year programme.
All projects are based around the production of a thesis or extended piece of writing, either from a purely academic standpoint or from the experience abroad. Projects are written in the final 6 weeks of the course and, along with an oral presentation, contribute to the overall grade awarded. All projects that pass the assessment criteria are displayed in the International Study Centre library.