Summer Program Profile: Oxford and Cambridge

Jun 2024

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Lists basic info, FAQs and requirements for the "Oxbridge" summer programs

Oxford and Cambridge have a storied rivalry dating back nearly 800 years. However during the summer, the two universities are brought together to create summer experiences for young scholars around the world. One such experience is the Oxford and Cambridge (or "Oxbridge") Summer Academy, hosted by WorldStrides for the past 50 years. Students in grades 8 through 12 have the opportunity to study at up to four (out of eight) different sessions offered at both universities.

Beyond academics, the environment at this summer program is one of camaraderie. Offering more than a chance to expand a student’s worldview, the friendships and mentorships gained will last a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When does instruction begin?

One of the great things about the Oxford and Cambridge Summer Academy is that sessions are offered for eight weeks. Students may choose to only go to one two-week session, or all four. They may also go to one or both universities, allowing for a highly individualized program. The first session typically begins in late June to early July, with the last session ending in late August. The sessions are the same for both campuses.

What is the curriculum like?

Each university offers different courses. Oxford’s sessions focus on Economics, Law, Natural Science, and PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics). At Cambridge, students will choose from Business / Management, International Politics, International Organizations, and History courses.

Students also have the option to earn high school credit after the summer is over. WorldStrides’ Discovery for Credit program is open to all who participate in any of their many travel programs, including Oxbridge. After students return home, they have six months to complete one or more online courses at no additional cost. Once they complete the work, they are issued a transcript from WorldStrides. This transcript can be taken to their high school registrar.

What is campus life like?

As with many university summer programs, students live in the historic residence halls. When classes aren’t running, students participate in cultural excursions. Past trips include Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of William Shakespeare) and the Harry Potter tour.

Around what time is the application deadline?

The application form and all costs must be completed and paid two months prior to the start of the student’s session. The application form can be found online and is very simple to fill out.

Aside from the world-class academic courses, this program offers a number of personal and professional development workshops for students. Many of these focus on the university application process, essay writing, and public speaking. Students who attend the Oxford and Cambridge Summer Academy are well prepared to apply to competitive universities thanks to these workshops. Further, the skills they learn here will help them navigate university life later, and follow them long into their careers.

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