Spend the summer in the beautiful city of Oxford

Oxford

Oxford is the oldest and most renowned university city in the UK, home to eminent academics and attracting the brightest and best students.  It’s a city alive with scholarship, full of lively discussion and creative academic activity.  Scholars have felt inspired and secure in this unique setting over the centuries.  Those fortunate enough to study here are surrounded by an inspiring aura of intellectual curiosity and scholastic achievement, and by a medieval backdrop set in a thriving modern city.

The city has a timeless quality and an historical importance, with centuries-old majestic college architecture and open spaces in its meadows, parks and gardens.  It’s a compact city, with everything within easy walking or bicycling distance.  The ultimate college town, Oxford boasts numerous bookstores and cafes and other meeting places for students to visit and spend time.

Advanced Studies Programme at Brasenose College, Oxford

The Advanced Studies Programme (Ages 16-18) is held in Brasenose College, one of Oxford University’s most attractive colleges, founded in 1509.  Its location is spectacular, with the main entrance facing onto the extraordinary Radcliffe Camera, a reading room of the famous Bodleian Library.  The college has many famous alumni, from ‘Lord of the Flies’ author William Golding to ‘Monty Python’ star Michael Palin, and more recently the previous British Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Meals take place in the impressive setting of the wood-panelled dining hall with tutorials held in college rooms nearby.  The residential dorms are close by in the Frewin Court annexe, adjacent to the Oxford Union, the world-renowned student debating club.  This quiet residential campus offers a safe, relaxed and peaceful living environment in an historic city-centre setting.

Accommodation

Students stay in comfortable, well-appointed single study bedrooms situated around a central grassy area.  Frewin Court  is a gated residence, having the advantage of being within yards of the centre of the city. There’s a common room with a TV and games, for evening leisure time relaxation.  Secure and self-contained, the dorm gives a taste of life as an Oxford undergraduate.

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Academic Courses

Students choose a subject from the wide choice offered, over each two-week period. Most students on the four-week programme continue with their chosen subjects although it is possible to change subjects after two weeks.

Subjects are studied in depth through daily tutorials. Reading and written preparation is set, completed during evening study or free-time periods, which reinforces the material and themes and helps develop sound study methods.

Course faculty are highly experienced and enthusiastic communicators, the majority being Oxford University graduates, many undertaking research and teaching at undergraduate level.

University Preparation Masterclasses

Afternoon ‘masterclasses’ are offered over each two-week programme. These are designed to explore key skills essential for success in higher education and future careers. Sessions are led by one of the teaching faculty or by guest speakers and consist of interactive seminars followed by reinforcement, allowing students to practise and refine the skills.

SAT Preparation – This class provides students with a variety of techniques to help in answering SAT questions and gives tips as to the most effective means of preparation for the tests to maximise their score.
Introduction to UCAS – The UK’s university admissions process involves a single application and is administered by the ‘University and Colleges Admissions Service’.  This can be a daunting experience for those used to a different system and the masterclass takes students through the process and offers advice on how to complete an application effectively.
Personal Statements – Writing a personal statement is an integral part of a student’s university application process and there are important points to bear in mind, both in terms of content and style.  This masterclass offers suggestions and advice to improve the quality of the students’ submissions.
Interview & Presentation Skills – Preparation is the key to interview success and there are tips and tricks in preparing for an interview.  Similarly, giving an effective presentation involves techniques of presenting content and self-projection.  These masterclasses offer advice to encourage success.
Essay Writing Skills – A good essay requires careful structure and presentation of argument, often supported by evidence.  These masterclasses give students guidance in structure, arguments, syntax and tone.
Study Skills – The amount of independent study required at university can be a shock to many freshmen.  Learning how to read effectively, take good notes, make good use of lecture material and research and revise appropriately is invaluable for when the university career begins.
How to Choose a Degree – This class aims to provide students with a clearer idea of how to match their aptitudes and interests, and career aspirations, with a suitable choice of degree.  It also offers advice on avoiding courses that do not match strengths and interests.
UK Undergraduate Experience – This class gives an opportunity to speak to Oxford undergraduates about their university experience, including the application process and insights into the  life of a student at one of the most famous academic institutions in the world.

Suggested Daily Structure

The weekly timetable includes morning tutorials, afternoon workshops, visits and activities, with two cultural excursions each week.

Week 1 Itinerary

 TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayMonday
AMArrivalsTutorialsTutorialsTutorialsExcursion Day - London Thames Cruise and Greenwich Walking TourExcursion Day - OxfordTutorials
PMArrivalsTour of City and CollegesDebate Society
1:1 Supervisions with tutor
TutorialsMasterclass
EveWelcome GamesActivity - Tour of the cityFormal HallActivity - Minute to Win ItActivity - Film NightGuest SpeakerGraduation Ceremony & Party

Week 2 Itinerary

 TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayMonday
AMTutorialsTutorialsTutorialsTutorialsExcursion DayExcursion DayDepartures
PMTutorialsDebate Society1:1 Supervisions
University Preparation Masterclasses
TutorialsTrip to Stonehenge & BathOxford/Cambridge tour of colleges and puntingFree Day (For 4-week students)
EveASP OlympicsTheatre VisitPizza PartyFree Evening / Private StudyFilm NightFormal Hall and Graduation Ceremony Free Evening

Reports & Credit

Academic credit may be available for four-week courses. If you would like to be awarded credit for attending the program 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 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 and Sport

There is a range of activities offered, from debates, drama and musical performances to ten-pin bowling, and visits to open-air theatre or cinema. Students in Oxford explore the Bodleian Library, Ashmolean Museum and Christ Church College, where the Harry Potter movies were filmed. A quintessentially English activity ‘punting’ on the river is one our students particularly enjoy, a leisurely way to spend a sunny summer day, though requiring some skill! Shakespeare plays are often performed in beautiful college gardens, a delightful summer evening experience.

Sporting activities are optional and students are given opportunities to refine their skills in traditional British games, such as croquet and cricket. Other sports offered include soccer, basketball, tennis, swimming and ice-skating. Sports sessions are held during the afternoons and evenings and practice can be arranged for other sporting interests, according to demand.

Oxford is a compact city, easy for walking. Students are shown the main sites and important landmarks on an orientation tour and are soon able to walk around easily and confidently, familiar with the buildings, colleges, museums and galleries as well as the best cafes and restaurants. Thereafter, they may enjoy exploring the city during free time. Safety is paramount and students not accompanied by a member of staff, should always be with at least one other student.

Excursions

On each two-week course there are two full-day excursions and one half-day excursion to places of interest, including at least one visit to London. Popular destinations include:

Blenheim Palace
Ely & Ely Cathedral
Stratford-upon-Avon
Windsor Castle & Eton
Warwick Castle
Stonehenge & Bath

Students enjoy relevant visits to local companies, museums and other cultural highlights. In addition to the excursions, faculty may take their students on field trips relevant to their lessons.

Programme Dates & Tuition 2022

Brasenose College, Oxford University

Two-week Programme

5 – 19 July; 19 July – 2 August, 2 – 16 August 2022

Four-week Programme

5 July – 2 August 2022, 19 July – 16 August 2022

Six-week Programme

5 July –  16 August 2022

Cost of Advanced Studies Programme per week – £2,250 ($3,030 for US students)

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