Psychology Summer School
Advanced pre-university course in Psychology in Oxford colleges
The Immerse psychology summer programme allows you to explore some of the most fascinating topics in this complex and multidisciplinary field, from behavioural genetics to social psychology. Psychologists explore intriguing questions such as: what makes you unique? What makes you different from others? What are the motivations of human behaviour?
The Psychology Summer School Programme provides you with a forum to study, discuss, and debate these questions alongside a wide range of issues, through a curriculum designed and taught by expert tutors from world-leading universities.
Learn directly from expert academics from world-class universities
You will explore novel concepts and share ideas in small groups of like-minded and ambitious peers from around the world. In small class sizes averaging 7 students, you will be guided by expert tutors who have honed their expertise through teaching undergraduate students at world-class universities, including the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard.
Our rigorous vetting process guarantees that all participants are taught by engaging and supportive educators who are, most of all, enthusiastic about sharing their expertise to ensure our summer school teaching is of the highest quality. Immerse™ is an unrivalled academic experience.
Average class size of 7
Boost your confidence and develop key attributes in academic skills workshops
Our workshops are geared towards unlocking participants’ potential, giving them the tools to prepare for the next steps of their education and future goals. Build upon existing study skills to support future university-level learning.
These workshops explore a diverse and enriching range of topics – past examples have ranged from ‘Productivity tips’ to ’21st Century Technology Skills’. We’re sure that you’ll learn something completely new. Unlike traditional schools, Immerse allows you to learn beyond the traditional curriculum.
This programme is designed for students with at least an upper-intermediate level of English (B2). If you are unsure if you meet this requirement, please contact email@example.com.
Certificate & detailed participant evaluation
Personal project or Creative portfolio
Experience Oxbridge life
Enhance key academic skills
Guest speakers from previous summers
Dr Lynda Shaw
Dr Nigel Warburton
Living in a university college was quite an experience. We had so much fun feeling like college students, but most importantly, we learned that the environment created is so cozy, not only because of how Cambridge makes you feel at home but also because the people around made it feel special. Living in at an Oxbridge University College was magical, as if Professor Dumbledore had swished his wand and created a perfect Hogwarts just for you!
I decided to attend because I wanted to have a taste of what college life would feel like and wanted to further explore if psychology was the right path for me. I was lucky enough to find information about immerse due to previous contacts with my school and a lot of research. Everything seemed so amazing from the first glance at their website that I immediately fell in love and was ready to take on the challenge.
I enjoyed every single detail that was planned to perfection that made each lesson unique, entertaining, and dynamic. If I had to choose one thing i enjoyed most, I would choose working on my personal project because I could work on something that I was passionate about and get to know my teammates deeply. Through creating my psychological research, I was able to test my limits, push boundaries, and fall more in love with the psychology field. It was truly incredible.
Having the hands-on experience of creating our own research was extremely beneficial. I did the psychology programme and it was amazing to see how much I was capable of as I developed my personal project. I also feel that being able to make new friends, connect with them, and understand different perspectives from people of all cultures was extremely beneficial for my development as a person.
Work hard, play hard.
Action-packed social programme
Outside of lessons, we are proud to offer a busy and diverse social programme to help you get the most out of your time in Oxford. This includes activities such as punting on the River Cam, zorb football and a murder mystery night in the college.
There are also two excursions during the programme, one day trip to visit Oxford and its constituent colleges, as well as an optional day out in London, seeing the city’s most famous landmarks as well as some free time for shopping. Those who choose not to travel to London are invited to afternoon tea in Oxford.
Activities and excursions are run by our team of friendly mentors – whose main job is to maximise your enjoyment.
Work hard, play hard.
A unique social programme.
Experience traditional 'Formal Hall'
Formal Hall is a traditional weekly meal that takes place in every college. This is an opportunity for students to dress up, dine by candlelight in the magical surroundings of an Oxford University college’s dining hall.
As an Immerse student, you will experience formal dinner three times during your stay – once per week in Oxford, as well as in an Cambridge University college on the excursion day.
Formal hall is truly a memorable occasion, so remember to bring some smart clothes!
A unique social programme.
Live and study in colleges
Experience life as an Oxford University undergraduate
All participants will be allocated to a college a few weeks before arriving, based on their dates and subject choice.
If you would like to stay in the same location as a friend/sibling – please let us know and we will do our best to arrange this, where possible.
Males and females have separate accommodation in every college, and there is wi-fi available throughout.
For more information, please visit this page.
Student Welfare & Safety
An accredited provider of academic short courses
Immerse Education is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the leading mark of educational quality for the academic sector. Our accreditation with the BAC sends a positive and clear message to students and partners that they are studying with a trusted and reliable provider who has met a series of globally recognised quality assurance standards, both in terms of academic provision and student welfare.
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 before interacting with any students.
For more information, please visit our Pastoral Information page.
Meet some of our mentors and
Freya is a third year Medical student at St John's College, Oxford University. She is a keen runner and cyclist and has recently enjoyed taking up college rowing.
Immerse™ Psychology Sample Modules
Module 1 - An Introduction To PsychologyPsychology is surprisingly hard to define. Broadly speaking, it is the study of the mind and behaviour, yet this definition raises more questions than it answers. Psychologists study how we think, feel, and make decisions, as well as the unconscious processes and the neural mechanisms that underpin them.
Module 2 - Foundations of PsychologyIn this module you will gain a strong understanding of the foundations that underpin psychology. Exploration will include a deep dive into the four pillars of psychology that include the basic psychological processes of living beings and their applications in day-to-day life. You will also take a look at how those in the field of psychoanalysis evaluate cognitive processes, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, as well as personality and intelligence of individuals.
Module 3 - Child PsychologyChildhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and studying these changes is endlessly stimulating. In this module, you will explore key questions that underpin the study of child psychology such as what influences child development, and how psychologists study the physical and cognitive changes that occur during childhood.
Module 4 - Experimental PsychologyIn this module, students will explore the key areas of experimental psychology including philosophy, linguistics, neurophysiology, probability theory and statistics.
Module 5 - Clinical PsychologyIn this module, you’ll gain an understanding of what clinical psychology entails, including the use of direct observation, interviews and techniques such as psychometric testing, as well as how psychological intervention in the clinical setting requires shared decision-making with the individual, and often their carers and family members.
Module 6 - Developmental PsychologyDevelopmental psychology is the study of how and why humans grow, change and adapt across the course of our lives.
Module 7 - History of Psychology StudiesWhile psychology is still a relatively new discipline, approximately 150 years old, its roots can be traced back to Ancient Greece when renowned philosophers such as Plato and Socrates, discussed topics often still explored in psychology today such as memory, free will versus determinism and nature versus nurture.
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