Program Details

Oxford Summer College is held in Somerville College in the 'city of dreaming spires’ and provides a fantastic chance to experience student life at a world leading university.

Oxford, United Kingdom
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:

About Varsity Education

Varsity Education  runs unique and highly popular summer and winter university preparation programmes in Oxford and Cambridge for 15 to 18-year-olds, taught exclusively by Oxbridge academics. Our academically intensive residential courses provide our students with tailored guidance on successfully applying to leading UK universities whilst also gaining invaluable undergraduate level experience in two subjects of their choice.

Oxford Summer College

Oxford Summer College is held in Somerville College in the 'city of dreaming spires’ and provides a fantastic chance to experience student life first-hand. This exclusive opportunity means students can expand their academic knowledge in beautiful and historic surroundings.

Programme Details

  • Accommodation at Somerville College, Oxford University, in single rooms
  • Programme designed and taught by Oxbridge fellows
  • Tailored 1:1 and small group tuition
  • Two educational excursions
  • Personalised admissions advice & interview tips
  • Complimentary transfers to and from Heathrow

Location: Somerville College, Oxford

Session Dates: 7th Aug - 21st Aug 2018

    Suitable for ages: 15* - 18 year olds 

    *Contact us regarding applications for 15-year-old students


    Our teaching replicates the Oxbridge undergraduate system in which all teaching is conducted in small group seminars and one on one tutorials. Students can choose two subjects from a wide range of both science and humanities and can have over 25 hours of expert teaching in subject specific lessons, challenging courses designed to introduce students to undergraduate content, and more. 


    Our courses go beyond the school curriculum and allow the students to explore their subjects in greater depth. Students benefit from a level of individual attention that is rarely available in most schools.

    The opportunity to expand upon what has been covered in a school syllabus gives students the best possible chance to attain a place at a competitive university. The confidence they develop to express and defend arguments helps Oxford Summer College students stand out at interview.


    Every afternoon outside of study time, students participate in a range of activities in and around Oxford ranging from museum visits, to scavenger hunts and traditional British games like croquet and rounders.

    Whilst Oxford is famous for its academic prestige, it's also a dynamic and quintessentially British city.  At Oxford Summer College students have the advantage of being close to the famous Ashmolean Museum,  Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and the historic Bodleian Library.  Students explore the city in their free time, whether by walking along the river Thames that runs through the city or climbing St Mary’s Church Tower to see Oxford’s famous skyline firsthand.


    During the two-week programme, students go on excursions to different cities across Britain. These trips provide students with an insight into British culture and a chance to see how Oxford differs from other, more modern cities.

    Students visit sites of interest, museums and  historic buildings as well as having some free time to explore the city independently. Previous visits have included London and Oxford’s rival university, Cambridge.

    Safety and Welfare

    Oxford and Cambridge are both very safe cities and our students stay in the university colleges which are secure and supervised 24 hours a day. College porters are on duty both day and night and programme staff live in the college and are available and contactable at all times.

    Students are required to check in with staff at meal times, in lessons and at evening curfew.

    On arrival, students can be met and chaperoned from the airport to their programme. All students receive a welcome pack with maps and emergency contact numbers.

    £3895 GBP. This fee includes all tuition, accommodation and main meals (breakfast and dinner) at Somerville College. It also covers all activities, excursions and airport transfers on the programme. Please note that flights to and from the UK are not included.

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