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Join students from over 135 nations at Oxford Royale Academy and enjoy a truly international learning experience this summer.
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The ideal programme for international students aged 17 and above wishing to prepare for a degree at a top English-speaking university.
The University Foundation Programme at Oxford Royale Academy is an intensive programme that prepares international students for study at university degree level. The programme is designed for ambitious international school-leavers and offers intensive English tuition as well as high-class academic teaching to enable students to make successful applications to universities in the UK and abroad.
Students live and study in Oxford Royale Academy’s Yarnton Manor campus, a beautiful and tranquil setting just outside Oxford. With challenging classes and a safe campus, the experience is an ideal transition from school to university.
ORA has been delivering award-winning academic and EFL programmes to international students for over 10 years. This focus on a high quality experience for our students characterises the University Foundation Programme.
Small class sizes ensure that students benefit from personal attention to their academic development. Intensive English classes ensure that the students graduate from the course with English skills that will enable them to make successful applications to university. Study skills, personal and social development, and cultural knowledge are embedded into the teaching.
Upon successful completion of our University Foundation Programme, selected English-speaking universities around the world guarantee students a place on their chosen course. Those are marked in dark blue on the map. All other universities listed in light blue may not guarantee a place but welcome applications from our students.
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Eligibility & Pre-requisites
6 month Fast-Track University Foundation Programme
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9 month Standard University Foundation Programme (September start)
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Fees include accommodation within term dates (single room), high quality catering (breakfast and dinner), welcome pack, textbooks and resources, excursions, career and university application guidance, and graduation certificate.
Why choose this course?
The University Foundation Programme is a 6-9 month course for international students seeking both academic and English language tuition in order to prepare for university study or the workplace. Students receive guidance from their tutors and complete additional work independently in order to solidify the core skills they learn in class.
As with all academic classes at the International Study Centre, students learn in small group Oxbridge-style tutorials. This means that students are genuinely able to set the pace of the lesson and receive regular, one-to-one personalised feedback from their tutors. This feedback proves invaluable in the learning process, with all of our past students commenting on how useful it was throughout their programme.
We also offer support and advice on applying to universities and provide help with filling in UCAS and other forms. We offer careers guidance and, where appropriate, carry out psychometric testing to enable students understand their own strengths and the kinds of study and careers opportunities that would suit them best.
The University Foundation Programme at Yarnton Manor enables students to study in a beautiful, serene, environment. Living in onsite student accommodation means that students do not have to waste valuable time travelling between host families or student accommodation to their classes. Students can concentrate on their studies in a safe and secure environment while at the same time meeting other international students and enjoying a degree of independent living in the onsite accommodation.
Oxford’s busy city centre is just 15 minutes away; the students can also enjoy the bustle and energy of this famous university city when they take a break from their studies. The resources that Oxford offers, such as world class libraries and expert lecturers, provide students with a taste of academic life. Trips into London are also arranged; the train station is a few minutes away and the centre of the city an hour’s journey from Oxford.
Teaching Faculty & Campus Life
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!
The International Study Centre is based in Yarnton Manor, a beautiful and historic building that dates back to 1611. Students enjoy the privilege of living and studying in an elegant and peaceful setting while retaining easy access to the centre of Oxford, which is only 15 minutes away.
Level 3 International Foundation Diploma for Higher Education Studies certificate
This course has the following accreditation
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NB/ Actual term dates are Option 1: 9th September- 16th November 2018 and 6th January - 15th March 2019 Option 2: 6th January - 15th March and 24th March - 31st May 2019
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Oxford Royale Academy is a part of Oxford Programs Limited, UK company number 6045196. The company contracts with institutions including Oxford University for the use of their facilities and also contracts with tutors from those institutions but does not operate under the aegis of Oxford University.