About Oxbridge

Over 30 years of experience.

Oxbridge Academic Programs has been welcoming intellectually adventurous students to summer study programs since 1986. Professor James Basker designed these programs for students in grades 7-12 with the goal of giving them the opportunity to live and study in historic centers of learning. Today we offer programs in England, Scotland, France, Spain, and the United States. Students choose two subjects in which to immerse themselves - a major and a minor - from a range of over 200 courses. Popular options include Medicine, Law, Business, and Psychology.

Why Choose Oxbridge?

1. Choose where you want to go. We offer a wide range of destinations, with programs in the UK (Oxford, Cambridge, & St Andrews), France (Paris & Montpellier), Spain (Barcelona & Salamanca) and the USA (Los Angeles, Boston, & New York). View Programs.

2. Pursue your passion. Oxbridge offers over 200 subjects, from Medical Science to Business, from Psychology to Computer Science, from Fashion to Photography. Choose any two subjects in which to immerse yourself. View Courses.

3. Learn from university academics and experts. Oxbridge's faculty is comprised of Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholars, and top academics from Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, the Sorbonne, Pompeu Fabra, Harvard, Columbia, and other institutions, as well as creative professionals and performers. View Faculty bios.

4. Experiential Learning. Oxbridge students learn in the greatest cities in the world. Our teachers use cities as classrooms, integrating excursions, visits to court rooms and laboratories, and meetings with guest speakers into every session. Our students come from over 80 different countries, and take part in a wide range of extracurricular activities.

5. Choose an organization you can trust. Oxbridge has been trusted by families for more than 30 years. We provide safe environments in which to explore and learn. Our staff are on-site and available 24/7 to answer questions during the program, and afterward we provide detailed grade reports that can be submitted with your college applications.

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Our Founder

Welcome from Professor James Basker

Dear Students, Parents, and Teachers,

I am delighted to introduce Oxbridge Academic Programs, an organization that, for 33 years, has brought thousands of bright, enthusiastic seventh-through-twelfth grade students to study first in Oxford, then in Paris, Cambridge, Barcelona, Montpellier, New York, Salamanca, St Andrews, Los Angeles, and Boston. As we look forward to next summer, we continue to emphasize our founding principles: imaginative teaching, experiential learning, and cultural enrichment, all charged with the excitement of living in some of the most fascinating cities in the world.

One key to our success over the years has been our truly outstanding faculty. I cannot be modest about a group of teachers whose credentials include Rhodes, Gates, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholarships, as well as Mellon Fellowships, teaching posts at Oxford, Cambridge, St Andrews, the Sorbonne, Pompeu Fabra, Harvard, Columbia, UCLA, and other top institutions, not to mention awards for excellence in the arts and sciences, in scholarship, and in teaching. If you could see them in the classroom, where their energy and passion for their subjects and their talent for inspiring students shine so brilliantly, then you would understand why I believe they are the finest faculty assembled anywhere for this kind of program.

Ultimately, the program depends on the students who enroll, the interests they bring, and the energy they contribute. Our students come from everywhere in North America: New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle, Mexico City, Puerto Rico, Toronto, Vancouver, and everywhere in between. The past few years have seen an increasing internationalization of our student body with students from Australia, Brazil, England, France, Italy, India, South Africa, Japan, China, Singapore, Turkey, the Philippines, Hungary, Austria, and more than 80 other countries.

Some students come to pursue a subject they love, others to try one they’ve never done; some to polish their writing or build a background for college; others to escape the pressures of GPA and class rank; and others to experience living in a foreign country or to indulge their love of different cultures. Most bring a mixture of purposes. But judging from the feedback of thousands of students we have had over the years, they all have a special experience. Not just an incremental increase in factual knowledge, but a transformation in their sense of themselves, their own capabilities, and the place of learning and creativity in their lives.

This coming year will be especially exciting. In all the programs there are new courses and more distinguished guest speakers than ever. I hope that as you read this literature and talk to our former students, you will come to share their feeling about the unique opportunities our programs offer. For the right student, there is nothing like it. I look forward to meeting many of you this year, in Europe or the U.S.


James G. Basker

James G. Basker

Educated at Harvard (AB), Cambridge (MA), and Oxford (DPhil), where he was a Rhodes Scholar, Professor Basker taught at Harvard for seven years before coming to Barnard College, Columbia University. Formerly the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of English, he was appointed the Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History in 2006. Professor Basker has designed and directed student programs in Oxford and Cambridge, St Andrews, Paris, Montpellier, Barcelona, Salamanca, New York, Boston, and Los Angeles. He has written many books on history and literature (including most recently American Anti-Slavery Writings, 2012) and he has been an invited guest lecturer at the Sorbonne, Cambridge, and Oxford, a Visiting Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and a James Osborn Fellow at Yale. Professor Basker is also President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City, where he advises on educational projects in the public school system and on teacher seminars at Yale, Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, and a dozen other universities.

Academic Philosophy


Our programs offer a uniquely comprehensive pre-college experience. Our students learn from leading academics and industry professionals, live in some of the world's best universities, and immerse themselves in remarkable cultures. We also offer language immersion programs in France and Spain where they can perfect their French or Spanish. We are proud of our esteemed faculty, and list all their biographies here.

Students choose two courses: a major and a minor. Every course uses the city like a classroom, taking full advantage of the local museums, historical sites, laboratories, and guest speakers available. 

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Programs & Courses

We offer programs in England, Scotland, France, Spain, and the United States. Some students choose their program based on location. Others choose based on the courses offered in a particular location. Our Program Recommender helps students sort by location and select by subjects of interest. Popular courses include Medicine, Business, Law, and Psychology. Our academic advisors are happy to help you choose the program that’s best for you. 

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We pair students with leading academics, many of whom hold Rhodes, Gates, or Marshall scholarships - which rank among the world's most prestigious and competitive awards. We also employ industry professionals, such as writers, filmmakers, and artists, to teach our courses. We are proud of our esteemed faculty, and are happy to have all their biographies on this website.

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Student Safety & Supervision

Your child’s safety is our top priority.

We have over three decades of experience. In that time, we have devised protocols to resolve issues that can come up when students are away from home.

Our staff meet every student at the airport, and escort them to the program campus. The programs are all located in venues with 24-hour professional security. We employ teams of highly-qualified and experienced high-school teachers as Program Directors and Deans to manage any pastoral needs. Every program has an office on-site that is open for student support and parent calls from 8:00am until midnight, and we have staff residing on every hall with our students should they need support during the night. Our programs are zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol.

Student Safety, Rules, and Behavior

What our Students Say

Every summer we receive and catalogue detailed feedback from our students, their parents, and our faculty and staff. We are always happy to put prospective parents in touch with families that have participated on our programs.

Students tell us that they have transformative experiences and that our programs help them discover and confirm their main interests. Parents are often impressed by the growth and maturity that they see in their students after an Oxbridge summer.


Parent and Student Testimonials

Program Blogs

Every summer our students and staff create program blogs to keep family members and friends abreast of their adventures around the world. Our blogs may not be great works of literature, but they do paint a clear picture of student life on the programs that tell us about activities, performances in a variety of classes, guest speakers, and more.

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