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Sustainability & Environmentalism are rapidly changing industries that offer huge opportunities for innovation and technology. This programme explores the challenges we face, and how to move forward whilst maintaining the Earth’s natural resources.
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Boarding School Sustainability Summer Program for Ages 16-18
Sustainability & Environmentalism Summer School

Exceptional summer school in Sustainability & Environmentalism at the University of Oxford

As the planet progresses further into the 21st century, the topic of sustainability becomes more and more prioritised. In a time of rapid population growth, noticeable climate change and emerging technologies, it is today’s young people who will inherit the future, and take charge of the direction in which planet Earth is heading.

This programme will help you understand the challenges that mankind is facing, as well as the opportunities that will help transform the global economy into a sustainable and future-minded model.


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

    Maximum class size of 10 students
  • 1:1 tutorials

    Supportive, challenging and engaging
  • Academic workshops

    Develop a practical understanding of your subject
  • World-class tutors

    Academics from Oxford and Cambridge

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 advisor@immerse.education.

  • Certificate & detailed participant evaluation

    All participants receive an individual report from their tutor
  • Personal project

    Develop a personal project to present at the end of the course
  • Experience Oxbridge life

    Live and learn like an Oxbridge undergraduate
  • Enhance key academic skills

    Interview skills, academic writing and presentation
Our Alumni says

Really wonderful experience – I met new people from all over the world, learnt about new cultures and most importantly learnt more about my chosen subject in the best way possible.

Luiza K
Attended Immerse in 2018
Residential Summer Programme Student

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
of Oxford


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.

Pastoral Care

Meet some of our mentors and
college managers

All mentors on the Academic Insights programme are past/current students at Oxford or Cambridge University, whilst College Managers have experience running academic short courses. All of our support staff are background-checked and receive training in providing an unforgettable experience for every Immerse student. Meet some of our previous team:
  • Dylan, Cambridge
    Dylan has been both an Immerse Mentor and a College Manager twice! He's known for going the extra mile to make the Immerse experience exceptional.
  • Eliza, Cambridge
    Eliza's infectious enthusiasm - from the academic sessions to the talent show -means that she's a firm favourite amongst Immerse students.
  • Maia, Cambridge
    Maia is a Cambridge University Theology student who participated in the Immerse Philosophy programme.
  • Murray, Cambridge
    Murray is an enthusiastic Medicine student at Cambridge University, who is always eager to help Immerse students make the best of their experience.
  • Olivia, Cambridge
    Olivia studies Medicine at Cambridge and has a knack for making friends with each of her mentor 'family' - creating a home away from home.
  • Ore, Cambridge
    Ore participated in Immerse as a student before joining the team whilst studying at Cambridge, relating her Immerse experience to new students.
Pastoral Care

Immerse™ Sustainability & Environmentalism Sample Modules

To see how the programme is structured, view the Future Insights timetable.
  • Module 1 - Globalisation

    Over the last 50 years, the planet has seen unprecedented growth and globalisation, as the world becomes increasingly interconnected through a rise in trade, travel and technological advancement. What are the advantages and disadvantages of such rapid change to our planet? Do the positives outweigh the negatives in the long-term, and is this rate of growth sustainable?
  • Module 2 - Eco-Activism

    In this class, you will discuss whether it is possible for environmental activism to push boundaries too far. Do protesters, campaign groups and charities run the risk of being perceived as threatening, which in turn becomes counter intuitive to their cause? Are there approaches to eco-activism that hinder progress rather than help?
  • Module 3 - Competitive Advantage And Innovation

    You w ill explore the components, processes, and objectives of management practice. Examine how policies, practices, and systems influence employee behavior, attitudes, and performance, and the subsequent managerial tools that can be deployed. You w ill also be introduced to case studies as a method for testing management. You w ill explore the components, processes, and objectives of management practice. Examine how policies, practices.
  • Module 4 - Emerging Technologies

    As renewable energy, carbon-free transport and more effective greenhouse gas emissions management become more and more widespread - what is next? What new technological advances are around the corner that will help transform the world’s conventional lineal economy to become a circular economy,
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  • 2023 Early Enrolment – Dates between July – August (set dates TBC)

13 nights accommodation in a central college of the University of Cambridge/Oxford
Breakfast and dinner in College Hall
Accommodation in an individual bedroom
40 hours of academic sessions from Oxford University and Cambridge University tutors
Carefully designed study and lecture materials
Mentor programme and access to support material
All excursions- including formal dinner at Cambridge/Oxford colleges, punting, croquet
Comprehensive summer school insurance
2 coach excursions including a trip to London
Graduation ceremony and certificate
Detailed evaluation written by tutor
Immerse notebook and pen
Mentor family photograph
Free premium membership to UniPrepare's 'Nurture' plan


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