Oxbridge Academic Philosophy

Providing Summer Courses For Students In The World's Greatest Classrooms 

Our leading summer study programs offer participants a unique pre-college experience. Each one of our summer courses uses the city in which it takes place like a classroom, transforming the program into a genuinely experiential moment, one that that takes full advantage of the local museums, historical sites, laboratories, and guest speakers. Our students learn from top academics and industry professionals. We are proud of our outstanding faculty, and list all their biographies online. Our students live in some of the world's best universities and immerse themselves in remarkable cultures. We also offer them the chance to perfect a foreign language through our language immersion programs in France and Spain.

Summer course taking place outdoors with Oxbridge Academic Programs

The History Of Oxbridge Academic Programs 

The first Oxbridge program, The Oxford Tradition, took place more than 35 years ago in Oxford. It was designed to give bright and enthusiastic students an opportunity to do something that they could not do at school, namely spend a month immersing themselves in the subjects of their choice, guided by university teachers and recognized professionals, using Oxford’s extraordinary resources as an experiential learning tool. 

A great deal has changed over the intervening years. Competition for places at the best universities has become merciless; extra-study during the vacation, once the habit of an eccentric minority, has become standard for virtually any student hoping to attend a good college; studying abroad, once the preserve of a fortunate few, has become an achievable goal for many. 

Oxbridge, too, has changed. 

That first summer we welcomed 36 students, who selected their summer courses from a tiny handful of options. Today, we are proud to welcome almost 2,000 students, aged between 13 and 18, from 86 countries, to 15 programs that take place in seven great cities that, depending on the program, last between a week and a month.

A lot has changed, but some things have stayed the same. As it was in 1986, the aim of every Oxbridge summer program is to immerse students in subjects that fascinate them. Working experientially in small groups, students become fully-fledged partners in the learning process while the town in which their program takes place becomes their living classroom.

The other founding principle to which Oxbridge has held fast is that each of our summer courses is taught by university teachers and eminent professionals. Our faculty is made up of a dazzling array of researchers and lecturers, Rhodes scholars, Gates scholars, published writers and poets, award-winning filmmakers, and architects drawn from the best universities in the world. These exceptional scholars and artists generously give up their summers to pass their brilliance and knowledge onto the next generation. 

Knowledge for its own sake, however, has never been at the core of Oxbridge. If the past 35 years have taught us anything, it is that good grades alone do not make for personal success. Universities are increasingly looking beyond grades for evidence of individuality, confidence, character, and other personal qualities that can only be discovered and harnessed through challenging experiences. 

By taking students out of their comfort zones, placing them in new environments, making them confront new ideas, and challenging them to live and interact with peers from 86 countries, Oxbridge allows students to undergo a transformation in their sense of self, their capabilities, and their creativity. 

For the right student, there is nothing like it. 

Since 2014, Oxbridge has been a part of WorldStrides, a global leader in educational travel and experiences since 1967. We're additionally backed by the resources and knowledge of Envision, an organization that has spent more than 30 years educating high-aspiring elementary- to college-aged students through career, leadership, and technology programs. When you participate in an Oxbridge program, you can rest assured knowing our team has spent five decades establishing a network of support to provide a safe and enriching experience.

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