History Summer School in Oxford

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The Immerse Education History Summer Programme in Oxford offers an immersive historical journey for curious participants aged 16-18. Situated in the historic city of Oxford, UK, this programme provides an in-depth exploration of historical events, analysis, and critical interpretation within an intellectually stimulating and culturally diverse environment.

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Offers a deep dive into specific academic fields, providing an unparalleled insight into university-level study.

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Participants will examine historical events and figures, exploring how history is written and interpreted and scrutinising the interplay between past and present.
Provides a thorough introduction to diverse academic fields. Ideal for students beginning to contemplate their future academic paths and eager to explore various disciplines.
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Ages 16-18

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Academic Insights curriculum is focused on preparing you for academic life in the world’s top universities.

Academic Sessions

At Immerse Education, we’re committed to providing a transformative learning experience that goes beyond traditional classroom settings. When you enroll in our programmes, you can expect a rich array of outcomes that will empower you for a lifetime of success.

Our programmes equip you with a diverse skill set that’s applicable across various disciplines and environments. From communication and critical thinking to problem-solving and collaboration, you’ll cultivate skills that are highly sought after in today’s fast-paced world. These skills extend beyond academia and empower you to thrive in any professional or personal setting.

Immerse Education is dedicated to providing an immersive and holistic educational experience. Beyond the structured curriculum, you’ll engage in workshops, seminars, and interactive activities that broaden your horizons. Expect to explore diverse perspectives, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and gain insights that enrich your understanding of the world.

Upon successfully completing your Immerse Education programme, you’ll earn a Certificate of Achievement that validates your dedication and growth. This certificate serves as a testament to your hard work, commitment, and the valuable skills you’ve acquired. It’s a tangible representation of your journey and a noteworthy addition to your academic and professional portfolio.

Module 1 - Science And Discovery

You will explore science in the context of the 15th century and seek to understand how and why scientific exploration took on new significance within the time period. Through this exploration, you’ll evaluate existing historiography and debate a narrative that the developments of the 15th century constitute a scientific revolution.

iscuss the rise of gender history and its own historical context before exploring gender through the lens of witch-hunting. You will be encouraged to critically analyse existing research and evaluate primary source material in order to develop your own nuanced understanding of how gendered roles were expressed, defined, or blurred, and how these roles might change under different circumstances.

Court pomp, ceremony and celebration was prevalent across Western Europe in the 15th Century. You will explore the performative nature of the ceremony and symbolism of these processes, seeking to understand how states and individual actors legitimised their power and authority to rule in the Early Modern period.

You will apply the historical theory and context that has been explored throughout the programme to create an essay on a topic of your choice. This will incorporate the elements of best historical practice discussed early in the programme and enable you to develop research skills as you analyse both primary and secondary source material.

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Our history tutors provide exceptional guidance and support to students delving into historical studies. Their passion for uncovering the past and expertise in various historical periods allow them to bring history to life. They lead students through essays, archival research, and document analysis, sparking curiosity with personalized insights. Tutors also assist ESL students in mastering historical terminology crucial for academic discourse and global comprehension.

Guest Speakers from Previous Summers

Each week, Academic Insights participants will hear from an influential guest speaker from a variety of inspiring backgrounds.

Business transformation manager, advisor and motivational speaker
Allister Frost

Microsoft’s first ever Head of Digital Marketing Strategy, this business transformation manager is now an advisor and motivational speaker for world-leading organisations including Vodafone.

Dr Sue Mitchell
Former evolutionary ecologist and expedition leader
Dr. Sue Mitchell
A former evolutionary ecologist and expedition leader, who speaks on
adaptable leadership. She is also an executive coach and author of “The Authority Guide to Engaging Your People”.
Global Brand Director
James Peach

This Global Brand Director has helped to build some of the most successful brands in the tech and consumer goods industries, including Innocent, Vinted, Uber and Coca Cola.

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Top university placement

Our students end up in top universities:
Including Oxford, NYU, Cambridge, Harvard, Imperial College London, University of Toronto, MIT, and many more.

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Safe & secure environment

The safety and well-being of our participants is our number one priority, and all staff undergo enhanced background checks and receive thorough safeguarding training.

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Accreditations, awards & partnerships

We are accredited with Aegis and BAC, and won: Queens Award for Enterprises, British Youth Travel: Best Educational product finalist, and Educational Investor Award 2023.

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Post-programme benefits

Including Access to Membership Benefits and Events from Partners, Life-time Access to Learning Opportunities via the Immerse Alumni Network, Live Events, Exclusive Offers from our Partners.

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Our expert mentors

All mentors on our programmes are past/current students at Oxford or Cambridge University All of our support staff are background-checked and receive training in providing an unforgettable experience for every Immerse student.

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History Summer School FAQs

Why study History in Oxford?

Oxford’s historic landmarks and academic heritage create an immersive setting for studying history. Interact with historians, access archival resources, and gain insights into pivotal historical events. Participants stay in the prestigious colleges of Oxford University Worcester College, taught by expert History tutors from leading universities. Participants are mentored by current University of Oxford undergraduate participants who have a deep insight into life at university whilst studying History.

Immerse Education offers both online and residential courses for History. Our other residential course is located in the city of Oxford. Find out more about our Cambridge History summer programme

Science and Discovery
Did you ever wonder what science was like in the 15th century? It was during that time that scientific exploration took on new significance. In this module, you’ll seek to understand how and why it came to be. Evaluate existing historiography to look into the happenings during that period. Then debate a narrative on whether what happened constitutes a scientific revolution or not.

Gender and Witch-Hunting
Explore the rise of gender history and its historical context. What would it look like if you were to look at it through the lens of witch-hunting? Using critical analysis, examine existing research and primary source material to develop your nuanced understanding of how gender roles were expressed. How were they defined or blurred? Do they change under different circumstances? You’ll have a broader perspective after completing this module.

Court Festivals
Do you know that court pomp, ceremony and celebration were prevalent across Western Europe in the 15th Century? This lesson will explore the performative nature of the ceremony. What were the symbolisms in the festivals? How did states and individual actors legitimise their power and authority to rule in the Early Modern period?

Essay Presentation
It’s time to apply the historical theory and context you’ve learned throughout the programme. How? By creating an essay on a topic of your choice. Incorporate the elements of best historical practice you’re familiar with at this point. So you can enhance your research skills as you analyse both primary and secondary source material.

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