Experience life as an Oxbridge undergraduate

Academic Insights

Academic Insights (Ages 13-15 & 16-18) provides ambitious high-school students from around the world with an unrivalled experience studying undergraduate-level subjects whilst residing at Oxford and Cambridge University colleges. All classes are taught by expert academics from world-leading universities, such as Oxford and Cambridge. Each subject follows a specifically designed summer school syllabus, that combines theoretical knowledge with practical application – ensuring all students receive a well-rounded and challenging programme, helping them to develop for future success.

Our options for ages 13 to 15 are designed to ignite students’ interest and help them better understand which subjects to pursue at a higher level. Students are introduced to challenging content in an easy-to-understand and approachable way. Our programmes for 16 to 18 year olds provide a unique insight into what it’s like to study a subject at university level. Our tutors have carefully designed rich and interesting curricula to further the existing passion that participants have for their chosen discipline. With 40 + hours of engaging and academic sessions, students choose one subject to study intensively over a two-week period.

Cambridge

Cambridge is a city on the River Cam in eastern England, home to the prestigious University of Cambridge, dating to 1209. University colleges include King’s, famed for its choir and towering Gothic chapel, as well as Trinity, founded by Henry VIII, and St John’s, with its 16th-century Great Gate. Cambridge is internationally renowned for its academic excellence, its beautiful college architecture and its prestigious and rich history. Students will experience living in actual student accommodation in historic Cambridge University colleges.

Students in the 13-15 year old group will be staying in halls at Queens’ College, Cambridge, one of the oldest and largest colleges of the university, founded in 1448 by Margaret of Anjou; it has some of the most recognisable buildings in Cambridge spanning both sides of the river Cam, with the world-famous Mathematical Bridge (pictured here) connecting the two sides. The older group of 16-18 year olds will stay in halls at Gonville & Caius College, Jesus College, Sydney Sussex College, Christ College, St. Catherine’s College, and Magdalene College depending on which course they choose and the dates chosen.

 

Oxford

Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town, although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Oxford is home to the United Kingdom’s oldest university, Oxford University. Academic Insights Oxford will take place  this summer at St Edmund Hall, “the oldest academical society for the education of undergraduates in any university”, Lady Margaret Hall, the first women’s college in Oxford (pictured here) and Brasenose College, which counts Prime Minister David Cameron as one of its alumnae. Our Oxford location is open to 16-18 year old students only.

Course Highlights

One of the most popular aspects of Academic Insights is the opportunity to receive hands-on, practical experience in a chosen subject area. Examples include dissections in medicine, robotic arm building in engineering, or visiting a museum in history.

Participants receive weekly 1:1 tutorials with their class tutor. These are designed to ensure that each individual is progressing as desired and that students can receive additional academic support in a private setting.

With the support of expert academic tutors, all participants on the Academic Insights programme complete a project during their time. Whether an essay, presentation or practical project, participants receive ongoing support before presenting their ideas to their peers at the end of the programme.

Each participant is part of a mentor group (approximately 10 students) which forms their “family” for the course. Mentors are typically Oxford and Cambridge University students, and are there to ensure that participants are able to get the most out of the programme, and provide participants with additional support in their chosen subject, so that they leave feeling confident about their academic future.

Each week, students will hear from fascinating and well-respected guest speakers. Ranging from politicians to philosophers, these sessions offer participants the chance to learn from inspirational and influential change-makers.

 

Subjects

Whether it is Architecture in Cambridge or Artificial Intelligence in Oxford, Academic Insights offers a range of interesting courses to students aged 13-15 and 16-18. All Academic Insight courses can be viewed on our Courses Hub here. Students study in the morning and afternoon, completing over 40 hours of tuition in small class sizes that average seven students, which a maximum of 10 in each class.

Oxford

Cambridge

Look at Academic Insights subjects here.

Suggested Daily Structure

The weekly timetable includes morning  and afternoon academic sessions, visits and activities, guest speakers and a formal dinner, as well as the final graduation ceremony.

Week 1 Itinerary

 SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
AMArrivalsMorning Academic SessionMorning Academic SessionMorning Academic SessionMorning Academic SessionMorning Academic SessionOption 1 - Full-Day excursion: Central London Walking Tour
LunchLunchLunchLunchLunch
PMArrivalsAfternoon Academic SessionAfternoon Academic SessionAfternoon Academic SessionAfternoon Academic SessionAfternoon Academic SessionOption 2: Afternoon Tea in the City
Tour of the CityChauffered PuntingZorb FootballVisit to a MuseumFree Period
Dinner in CollegeDinner in CollegeTraditional Oxbridge Formal DinnerDinner in CollegeDinner in CollegeDinner in College
EveIce-Breaker GamesFireside Chat with MentorsGuest SpeakerQuiz NightMurder Mystery

Week 2 Itinerary

 SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
AMFull Day Excursion: Oxford/CambridgeMorning Academic SessionMorning Academic SessionMorning Academic SessionMorning Academic SessionMorning Academic SessionDepartures
LunchLunchLunchLunchLunch
PMAfternoon Academic SessionAfternoon Academic SessionAfternoon Academic SessionAfternoon Academic SessionAfternoon Academic SessionDepartures
Scavenger HuntBritish Sports DaySelf-Guided PuntingFree PeriodGraduation Ceremony
Dinner in CollegeDinner in CollegeTraditional Oxbridge Formal DinnerDinner in CollegeGala DinnerFree period for those attending 4-week course.
EveDinner in CollegeFree periodGuest SpeakerCake & CanvasTalent ShowFinal Party Night!

Academic Credit

Academic credit may be available for four-week courses. If you would like to be awarded credit for attending the programme we must liaise with your school to satisfy its criteria and arrange the credit before you arrive in the UK. We communicate directly with your school to ensure that the subject material and delivery fit with specific requirements. Students who wish to receive a credit transfer should consult their school guidance counsellor.

Every student takes home a certificate of attendance, along with a full report card written by the Course Director and tutors. Reports include an assessment of progress and achievement as well as suggestions for consolidation and further studies. We can send a copy of the certificate and report card to your school as proof of academic achievement.

Higher Education

The academic work undertaken during the programme provide an excellent foretaste of college level study, helping students make the transition to a more independent, and self-motivated learning style. A summer programme taken in Oxford or Cambridge is always an impressive addition to a college application, and can make a big difference in the competitive selection process.

Increasing numbers of students are interested in applying to a British university. Specific guidance on applying through the UCAS system can be arranged upon request.

Activities & Excursions

A key highlight of the Academic Insights summer course is its social programme, which allows participants to make friends with like-minded peers from around the world.

The social programme includes two excursions, usually a guided walking tour around Central London, and a visit to Oxford or Cambridge, depending on the location of the course. Students also play  on-site games, sports and take part in other activities most afternoons after lessons. One of the highlights of the Academic Insights programme is the three formal meals at different Oxbridge Colleges, giving the students the opportunity to dress up and experience dining in a formal historic setting just like an Oxbridge undergraduate.

Programme Dates & Tuition 2022

Cambridge

Two-week programme for 13 – 15 year olds

10 – 23 July 2022,  24 July – 6 August 2022, 7 – 20 August 2022

Two-week programme for 16 – 18 year olds (depending on subject)

3 – 16 July 2022, 10 – 23 July 2022, 17 – 30 July 2022,  24 July – 6 August 2022, 31 July – 13 August 2022 , 7 – 20 August 2022

Oxford

*NEW* Two-week programme for 13 – 15 year olds

3 -16 July 2022,  17 -30 July 2022

Two-week programme for 16 -18 year olds

3 – 16 July 2022,  17 – 30 July 2022, 31 July – 13 August 2022

Please use our Courses Hub for further details on specific courses, dates and locations.

Cost for two week course – £4,995 ($6,995 for US students)

 

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