Courses

Courses

The Oxford Institute summer programme provides students with a rare opportunity to experience life as a student at Oxford University - they live in university accommodation, dine in college dining halls, attend courses delivered by Oxford scholars, and explore other facets of student life in the city. 

Like Oxford’s collegiate system, our student batches are ideal-sized (up to 50 students), thus ensuring personalised attention and teaching approaches for all participants. Our staff is highly qualified and the subjects offered are extremely diverse. Thus, participants aspiring for a world-class experience in education can
be sure of receiving it while at Oxford.

Central to our programme is the unique pedagogical or teaching method practiced at Oxford University - all courses are taught in tutorial sessions at a ratio of 1 to 3 students per tutor. All our tutors are leading scholars and researchers from Oxford University. The tutorial method offers an unparalleled learning environment by encouraging comprehensive discussions of the subject matter between students and tutors in intensive daily sessions, which are flexibly designed based on each student’s needs and skill set. Students have consistently found tutorials to be the most enriching and valuable component of the programme. In addition, special lectures are organised in which acclaimed Oxford professors and researchers introduce our students to latest research methods, techniques and topics. Recent lectures touched upon subjects such as Optogenetics, Technology and the Self, and Conflicts in Moral Philosophy.

Developing leadership and communication skills in young adults is another key component of the programme. At the end of the course, students are trained in conducting independent research on a topic of interest, on which they write a research essay and deliver an oral presentation. These critical thinking, writing and communication skills are essential as students prepare to take on university life. 

Debating module is compulsory for everyone, through which students are trained in public speaking and British Parliamentary style debate. This training is typically delivered by ex-Oxford Union Presidents or Oxford Union members. Our debate trainers are world's top class debaters and members of the world's most prestigious debating society: the Oxford Union. 

We also provide university admissions counselling and career development workshops to help students take charge of their academic and career goals.

The programme intends to instill a sense of independence and responsibility. Our residential mentors and tutors encourage students to take initiative, whether pursuing an academic interest or expressing their creative talents.