The Oxford Prep Experience

Grades 8-9
June 30-July 26, 2018
Tuition: $8295

The Oxford Prep Experience, which has been running for thirteen years, is housed in Oriel College, in the University of Oxford. Our students live in the same rooms as undergraduates during the year, and work with leading academics, university lecturers, Rhodes and Marshall Scholars, and creative professionals. They choose two courses - a Major and a Minor - from a myriad of courses including Medical Science, Business, Psychology, Medieval History, and Drama, immerse themselves in Oxford, and go on field trips to London and Stonehenge. Scroll down to read course descriptions, faculty bios, and apply now!

Courses

Students on The Oxford Prep Experience can choose from over 27 academic and creative courses that are designed to make the most of Oxford and its extraordinary resources. All our courses are experiential. They involve museum visits and field-trips, eminent guest speakers, project-work, and more. Popular courses include Medical Science, Business and Finance, International Relations, and Psychology. Descriptions for these are below, and you can follow the link to read more about all our courses.

Medical Science

This hands-on course introduces students to key aspects of medicine and modern medical practice. Combining specialist lectures with experiments and class discussions, students learn the main principles of human anatomy and physiology, the pathology and significance of certain diseases, the main challenges that medical science faces today, and the variety and changing nature of careers in medicine.

Business and Finance

Students are introduced to the world of corporate finance and its primary institutions through dynamic workshops and exercises. They cover 21st-century financial realities for budding entrepreneurs and multinational corporations. Major course projects include real-life case studies, a stock exchange investment game, and the design of a theoretical start-up venture.

International Relations

This course addresses International Relations by focusing on key issues of the day. Subjects covered include globalization and its political, economic, and social effects; environmental challenges; new forms of war and peace; the changing nature of security challenges; peacekeeping operations; the regional complexities of areas like the Middle East, Africa, and South-East Asia; and the relationships and rivalries that define global order today.

Psychology

Students investigate a wide range of psychological topics, including dreams, memory, consciousness, anxiety, body language, gender, and sexuality. Alongside, they uncover the history of the subject, study cases, and are introduced to various disorders and different research methodologies. They go on to design their own experiments under the guidance of research specialists and practicing clinicians.

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Faculty

Our teachers are academics and researchers drawn from the University and established creative professionals. A few biographies are listed below, and you can follow the link to meet all our faculty.

Dr. Charlotte Clark

BSc University of Otago, MSc University of Otago, PhD University of Queensland

Dr. Clark is a professional anatomist. She works as a Tutor and Demonstrator at the University of Oxford, and as a Teaching Fellow and Lab Manager at Imperial College London. Her research is widely-published, and she has received several prestigious accolades over the course of her career. Among them are the Australian Postgraduate Award, which she held from 2007 until 2011. Dr. Clark has also served as a committee member for the Australian Society for Medical Research.

Dr. Max Lau

MA University of St Andrews, MSt University at Oxford

Dr. Lau is the JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Hitotsubashi University Institute of Economic Research. He is currently composing a comprehensive study of the reign of the Byzantine Emperor John II Komnenos. He gained his doctorate from the University of Oxford. His thesis analyzed the political and social history of the Komnenos era. Dr. Lau is a seasoned pedagogue, having served as a Tutor at the University of Oxford. He also edited and contributed to "Landscapes of Power," a volume of essays on Byzantine history.

David Benedictus

MA University of Oxford

David is a former Judith E. Wilson Visiting Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge, and has authored twenty-five books. One of his most recent publications is "Return to the Hundred Acre Wood," the newest volume of the classic "Winnie the Pooh" series. He has been widely involved in film and television as a director and producer, and has worked with the BBC and Francis Ford Coppola. He won an International Emmy for "Porterhouse Blue," the comical tale of a fictitious Cambridge college, as the Commissioning Editor for Drama at Channel 4 in the UK. David has written widely in the British media and has taught at the Oxford School of Drama and at Putney High School in London.

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Our Residence

Oriel College is located on a quiet, cobblestone lane in the medieval center of Oxford and plays host to The Oxford Prep Experience. Oriel was established in 1326 by King Edward II, the first college in Oxford to be founded by a monarch. Over the years many illustrious alumni such as Sir Walter Raleigh and Cecil Rhodes attended the College. Students are housed in the College in singles or doubles.  En-suite singles and doubles are available on a first-come, first served basis.  

Activities

Alongside their class field trips and the program trips to London and Stonehenge, students have a myriad of daily activities to choose from. They might punt on the Cherwell, attend dances, go on hikes, play soccer, tennis, Quidditch, cricket, or go for a run. On another day, they might choose from a museum tour, a choral concert, or a Shakespeare play, or visit one of the many sites in Oxford that mark pivotal events in British history. Every college is both a chapter in the University's story, and a glimpse into centuries of intellectual endeavor and academic tradition. From discovering Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum to following in C.S. Lewis’s footsteps, students have almost unlimited opportunities to be out and about. One might find them browsing an antiquarian bookshop, visiting an exhibition at the famous Ashmolean Museum, watching a play outside Oxford's Norman castle, picnicking in Universtiy Parks, or simply watching the world go by in a local café.  

Paris Connection: July 26 to July 30

The Paris Connection is a 4-night extension to The Oxford Prep Experience.  Students are taken to Paris on the final day. They are housed at the MIJE, in the Marais, a beautiful historic district on the rive droite. The area is home to art galleries, cafés, and boutiques, and is within easy reach of, among others, Notre Dame, the Île Saint-Louis, the Louvre, the Tuileries, the Picasso Museum, and the Pompidou.

The Connection schedule is carefully designed to make the most of our students’ time while blending study and fun. Activities include expert-led visits of world-famous museums and monuments, outings to Montmartre, the catacombs, fun-fairs, shopping, and sampling different French cuisines in a selection of traditional restaurants. Paris becomes the perfect place for discovery and learning.

Paris Connection

Useful Info for Parents

PROGRAM ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

Every student is met personally at Heathrow or Gatwick airport upon arrival and escorted to Oxford. At the end of the program, they are accompanied back to the airport, where we oversee check-in and departure. A representative stays at the airport until every flight has departed.

SAFETY AND SUPERVISION

Oriel is situated in a very safe neighborhood in the center of Oxford, with controlled access and twenty-four hour security. Day-to-day life is overseen by teams of Deans - professional educators drawn from leading schools in the US, Canada, and Australia. The program has a central office, which is open and permanently staffed by Deans from before 8am until well past midnight. Every student checks in personally, twice, every evening, with the Deans on duty. The Program Director, Deans, residential staff, and some members of faculty live in the residences, ensuring round-the-clock care and supervision.

Student Safety, Rules, and Behavior

Program Blog

Every summer, students and teachers on The Oxford Prep Experience maintain a blog, which provides unparalleled insight into daily life, classes, and activities.  Last summer’s blog is available here!

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