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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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Small class sizes and high-calibre teachers are at the heart of life at the International Study Centre.
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Here are some main reasons why we're confident that we're the right Summer School choice for you.
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We are delighted to have received several prestigious awards and accreditations.
Our administrative and pastoral staff oversee the successful running of our programmes and the safety and well-being of our students.
Students attending one of Oxford Royale's year-round courses at the International Study Centre will be under the expert care of our ISC team, who oversee the successful running of our programmes and the safety and well-being of our students.
Ted McGrath, Principal
The International Study Centre Principal has overall responsibility for all aspects of the programmes, including the curriculum, pastoral support, teaching staff and student wellbeing. Ted has worked extensively in leadership roles with post 16 international students both in the UK and in Asia over the past two decades. She is committed to designing and delivering quality educational programmes within a residential learning environment and was awarded the Educational Collaborative for International Schools (ECIS) Award for the Promotion of International Education.
Alena Palenova, Admissions Coordinator
Our Admissions Coordinator supports students throughout the application process, and answers any questions they may have before their arrival at the International Study Centre. Alena has held Student Advisory positions for the past 5 years, both as an Administrator in Higher Education Student Services and as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Being of dual British and Russian citizenship, and having lived in various countries, Alena is accustomed to interacting with people from all over the world.
Geraldine Cox, Academic Administrator
Our Academic Administrator is the first point of contact for teachers and students, organising academic activities and generally making sure timetables run smoothly. Geraldine has over 15 years’ work experience in school administration and has been supporting our students for the past 3 years.
Harriet Gish, Residential Dean
Our Residential Dean lives in the grounds of Yarnton Manor and provides assistance and support to students on the campus. As a well travelled backpacker, Harriet particularly enjoys putting together a fun and welcoming social programme. Harriet holds a BSc (hons) in Biology and Biological Sciences from Oxford Brookes University and has been working with Oxford Royale Academy students for the past 7 years.
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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.