Summer schools in Oxford

Summer courses for adult learners

Join us for a study holiday in Oxford – for personal enrichment, academic progression or professional development. You'll live and study at one of Oxford's historic colleges or at Rewley House, experience dining in hall, and explore the world's most famous university city. 

Choose from more than 100 one-week introductory courses; or opt for a longer, specialist summer school in a single topic. Many classes can be taken for credit; others require no coursework and are non-assessed. For those aged 18 and above only.

Join us in Oxford this summer

The following summer 2024 programmes are still open to enrolments.

Inspiring Oxford

This introductory-level summer programme offers more than 40 one-week courses in a range of subjects. Small group seminars and plenary lectures take place each weekday morning, with afternoons free to explore Oxford or participate in the lively social programme. Held at Brasenose College.

English Language Teachers' Summer Seminar

The Summer Seminar is designed for teachers of English as a Second Language who either teach secondary school pupils, college or university students, or adult learners and have more than four years' teaching experience. The programme, held at Brasenose College, is delivered by a team of highly experienced international trainers as a series of practical workshops, lectures and seminars. 

Courses closed to enrolments

The following summer 2024 programmes are now closed to enrolments.

Introductory level

These non-assessed summer programmes are aimed at non-specialists aged 18 and above.

Undergraduate level

The Oxford University Summer School for Adults (OUSSA) programme offers accredited week-long courses for adult learners. Credit earned from OUSSA is transferable towards our flexible and part-time Undergraduate Certificate of Higher Education

Academic and professional

These intensive summer programmes are for those who want in-depth learning for personal or professional advancement. 

Creative writing and literature:

History and politics:


Upcoming courses

Summer schools • Short courses
  • Sun 04 Aug 2024 – 10 Aug 2024
Summer schools • Short courses
  • Sun 30 Jun 2024 – 06 Jul 2024
Summer schools • Short courses
  • Sun 30 Jun 2024 – 06 Jul 2024
Summer schools • Short courses
  • Sun 30 Jun 2024 – 06 Jul 2024
Summer schools • Short courses
  • Sun 30 Jun 2024 – 20 Jul 2024