The Oxford Tradition

Grades 10-12
July 1-July 28, 2018
Tuition: $8495

The Oxford Tradition was founded in 1985, and is housed in Pembroke and Corpus Christi Colleges. Our students live in the same rooms as undergraduates during the year, and work with leading academics, including Rhodes Scholars and University lecturers. They pick two courses, a Major and a Minor, from a myriad of choices that includes Medical Science, Business, and Law; immerse themselves in Oxford; and go on field trips, including one to London. They also learn how to apply to UK universities. Students can also opt to add on the Paris Connection and spend 6 days in Paris before heading home. Scroll down to read course descriptions, faculty bios, and apply now!


Students on The Oxford Tradition can choose from over 40 academic and creative courses that are designed to make use Oxford and its extraordinary resources. All the courses are experiential. They involve daily field-trips to museum, eminent guest speakers, project-work, and more. Our most popular courses include Medical Science, Business Management, Politics, and Law and Society. Descriptions for these are below, and you can follow the link to read more about all our courses.

Law in Society

Students examine the British and American legal systems and how they reflect the values and institutions of their respective societies. Emphasis is placed on legal history and modes of thought, precedent-setting cases, current controversies, and the kind of first-hand courtroom observation that brings them to life. Each course includes visits to a court and sessions with lawyers. Major courses culminate in a formal moot court competition.

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 Management

How do business organizations start, grow, and thrive? What analytical, interpersonal, and technical skills are required to make sense of and address the problems facing companies of all sizes? This course includes visits to Oxford’s Saïd Business School and covers a diverse range of topics including economics, finance management, information technology, marketing, law, and purchasing. It culminates in the design and creation of a business model.

Politics and Economics

Oxford’s famous undergraduate degree, Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE), is adapted for our students. They examine the institutions and policies of modern Britain and contrast the British, American, European, and East Asian approaches to global problems. Students engage in practical exercises such as a fantasy stock portfolio competition and complete the month by participating in a mock Parliament.

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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. Nick Chan

BSc Aberystwyth University, MPhil, DPhil University of Oxford

Dr. Chan completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford as the Sir John Swire Scholar at St. Antony's College. His thesis was on the evolution of developing country coalitions in international climate change negotiations. He is currently investigating North-South relations, developing countries in the post-Cold War era, climate change negotiations, global environmental governance, inequality in world politics, and the power and roles of norms and ideas in international relations. Dr. Chan is also an active practitioner, having advised the delegations of several countries at international climate conferences, and having worked for Members of Parliament in the U.K.

William Jefferson

BA, MPhil University of Oxford

William is conducting doctoral research at the University of Oxford, where he is based in Balliol College. His thesis focuses on ethics, political philosophy, and the role of empathy in morality. He is also interested in the possibility of blame-free morality; the connections between philosophy and meditation; the idea of learning through experience; and the potential roles for philosophy in social activism. Before taking up his current post at Oxford, William was employed as a management consultant. He routinely conducted mindful empathy workshops with groups such as Giving What We Can, World at Play, and the Kibera School for Girls in Nairobi, Kenya. Outside of academia, William enjoys tennis and yoga.

Dr. Alice Récalde

BS University of Bordeaux, MS University of Poitiers, PhD Université Paris Diderot, Paris VII

Dr. Récalde is a postdoctoral researcher in cell culture, molecular biology, and immunostaining at the University of Oxford, where she works in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. Her work has been published in a wide range of journals, and she regularly presents her findings at academic conferences across the world. Dr. Récalde has extensive teaching experience, and has supervised students up to PhD level at the University of Oxford.

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Our Residences

Students reside in the center of Oxford, in Corpus Christi and Pembroke Colleges.

Corpus Christi:

Founded in 1517, the College boasts an elaborate sundial, built in 1581, that still stands today. Early visitors included Catherine of Aragon and the great linguist and philosopher Erasmus of Rotterdam. The College President, John Rainolds, led the scholars who produced the King James Bible in 1611. More recent alumni include the philosopher Isaiah Berlin, writer Vikram Seth, and several British politicians in office today.

Pembroke College:

Founded in 1624 by King James I, Pembroke boasts former Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, American Senator J. William Fulbright, and Samuel Johnson, author of The Dictionary of the English Language, among its alums.


Our extracurricular program maintains a healthy balance between study and leisure, allowing students to relax and unwind while continuing to immerse themselves in their new home.

Students 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 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, Blackwells bookshop, visiting an exhibition at the famous Ashmolean Museum, watching a play outside Oxford's Norman castle, picnicking in the University Parks, or simply watching the world go by in a local café.

Paris Connection - July 28 to August 3

The Paris Connection is a 6-night extension to The Oxford Tradition.  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 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

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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.


Corpus Christi and Pembroke are situated in very safe neighborhoods, 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, the UK, and Australia. Both Colleges have a program office, in a central location, which is open and permanently staffed by Deans from before 8am until well past midnight. Every student checks in personally, 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.

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Program Blog

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

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