Made up of 39 colleges, and 6 Permanent Private Halls, the University of Oxford, known worldwide for its learning, research and teaching, is the oldest English speaking university in the world. Summer Springboard students will have the opportunity to live and study in Oxford, which was ranked first in the world from 2017-2022 in the Times Higher Education World Ranking.
July 14, 2024 July 26, 2024
July 28, 2024 August 9, 2024
At Summer Springboard we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We have worked hard to design courses, field trips, and guest lectures that reflect the resources of the Oxford area. Whenever possible, classes are held outdoors, on-site, or in a lab-type setting to allow students as many ’hands on’ opportunities as possible. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that Oxford has to offer.
In addition to our academic morning courses, students spend the afternoon either in electives (i.e. International Admissions, Photography, Public Speaking, Life Skills, Athletics, Digital Marketing) or doing our True You program which explores elements of one's real self including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.
The world is faced with multiple challenges such as hunger, global warming, and safe cities. How can archaeology enable us to learn from the past to understand these challenges better and think about possible solutions? By using an experiential learning approach, students will quickly think and act like archaeologists, by bringing to light new knowledge as the instructor introduces the underlying theory and concepts.
Discover how individuals, businesses, and governments make decisions about the use of scarce resources in a world of unlimited wants and needs, and what implications economic issues can cause, such as tax and inflation, interest rates and wealth, inequality and emerging markets, and energy and the environment. The Economics course will provide the structure required to understand the way our world operates, from the choices we make in our everyday lives to how businesses or governments achieve their desired objectives.
Take the Green Entrepreneurship course to learn about sustainability and business, and then set off on a life-changing journey. You will delve into the world of green technology, cutting-edge solutions, and sustainable business strategies in this exciting and captivating two-week program. You will get the knowledge and mindset necessary to build and run successful enterprises that tackle urgent environmental and social issues through a combination of theoretical instruction, hands-on activities, and case studies from real-world situations.
Immunology in Oxford
Concerned about infectious agents and the impact they have on your immune system? Questioning how to reduce the severity of infections and interested in finding treatments for patients with immune system disorders? Discover more about the structure, functions, and capabilities of immune systems, and learn how immunologists can improve animal and human health. Learn first-hand how immunology has led to key advancements in medical care, including vaccination and cancer immunotherapy.
International Relations at Oxford
Are you interested in learning how the world works, what causes war, and the conditions of peace? This summer, immerse yourself in international affairs by learning how the world works. You will receive an introduction to the world of politics and the social-historical impact of global development by exploring topics such as foreign policy, international Law, diplomacy, human rights, and environmental issues, among others.
Psychology & Neuroscience
Through psychology simulations and hands-on neurology workshops, you will explore the relationships between the brain and human behavior. Whether you are interested in the physical aspect of the brain and central nervous system or more intrigued by human behavior and thought processes, connect with professionals that have a background in both psychology and neuroscience.
Activities & Trips
Outside of their time in Oxford, students will have the opportunity to spend a day in London touring the most iconic sites, from Big Ben and Buckingham Palace to Tower Bridge and the London Eye, as well as visit Cambridge the following day.
Experience iconic London! The bustling city boasts over 9 million residents and has a rich history. London houses four world heritage sites with world-renowned museums and sports venues. Students will have an opportunity to ride the London Eye, see Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, as well as stroll through St. James Park, and enjoy dinner at Covent Garden.
Boating on the Thames
Discover London's history and sites from the water of the River Thames. Students will have an opportunity to see the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and more!
Tour the city of Cambridge, and visit the world’s second-oldest university. Stroll the same courtyards crossed by some of the world’s greatest minds, Stephen Hawking, Alan Turing, and many more!
Spend the day exploring medieval lanes, prestigious colleges, and the iconic King’s College Chapel. Catch a glimpse of the Corpus Clock, and walk across the famous Mathematical bridge designed by Sir Isaac Newton!
Each academic course may also take subject matter-specific excursions to help round out the student experience.
Students will live and study at St. Stephen’s House near the Magdalen Bridge. Founded in 1876 this prestigious college, a former monastery, is located in a residential area just a 15-minute walk from the city centre and across the street to the University of Oxford's Athletics Centre. Students will get to enjoy the peaceful, studious atmosphere of the college and discover what it’s like to live and learn in a traditional academic community, while fully immersed in the historical city of Oxford.
St. Stephen's House is set up like a quintessential English college. Each dorm room is unique in its own way; most rooms are single and there are very few doubles. All rooms have a sink and some rooms have an en-suite bath, but the majority have access to hallway toilets and showers. Our residential staff will be living amongst students.
All dormitories have 24-hour security. University security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance during their time at Oxford.
St. Stephen's House was founded in 1876, the college buildings were designed by the famous Victorian architect George Frederick Bodley which includes a neo-Gothic church. These historic facilities at St. Stephen's are not open to tourists during the summer months. This allows Summer Springboard students an ideal environment for undisturbed immersive study in beautiful surroundings during their two week program.
Breakfast and lunch will be in the dining hall, with most dinners off-site. Dinner on the last night of the program will be a traditional Formal Meal, with staff serving students! Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
Recreational Activity or Academic Excursion
Commuter Students Depart
Note: Summer Springboard programs are not run by our campus partners. Universities and their affiliated departments are not responsible for the Summer Springboard program in any way.