Oxbridge Summer Education

The Magdalen Centre
The Oxford Science Park Oxford OX4 4GA
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Critical Thinking


About This Programme


Critical Thinking introduces you to useful perspectives:

On How to Think about Thinking


There are, for example, two kinds of thinking: “thinking fast,” appropriate for subjects that require and reward immediate decision making, and “thinking slow,” appropriate for subjects that require deliberation and time.


On What Makes Writing Persuasive


We look at, and talk about, written and oral examples of “weak” arguments and how to formulate strong ones.  The aim: to understand the logical—and effective—connections between ideas.


Remember that critical thinking should not be confused with being argumentative or critical of other people. Critical thinking allows you to acquire knowledge to formulate strong arguments.

This programme can be tailored to the needs and interests of students.



Writing Your Personal Statement for College Entrance (Optional)


For those who want to begin to write their personal statements, we provide help in formulating and then writing them.



Interviewing for College or for Jobs (Optional)


For those who are preparing for interviews to study at Oxford or Cambridge, for example, or for interviews for jobs, we provide guidance as well as practice in interviewing.




  • UK and European Students (Full-time): £1350 
  • International Students (Full-time): £2150


A booking fee of £500 must be paid upon confirmation from OSE of acceptance. This amount is non‐refundable but will be deducted from the tuition fee.




Programme Fees Include


  • Shared accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day (including any evening meals at local restaurants)
  • Transfer between course locations when courses are taught in alternate locations, including accommodation and meals
  • Academically related full-day and half-day excursions, including entrance fees
  • Academically related evening activities, including entrance fees
  • All academic tuition
  • Oxbridge Summer Education Programme Certificate




Dates for 2023


  • 12–16 August 2024



Mornings include lectures and round table discussions, followed by ample free time to meet others and become acquainted with all that Oxford has to offer.





We have excursions to Oxford’s major sites and attractions and places accessible from it. For example:


  • The Bodleian Library
  • Ashmolean Museum
  • Oxford Natural History Museum
  • Museum of the History of Science
  • Oxford (Debating) Union
  • Blenheim Palace
  • Cambridge
  • Windsor Castle
  • Stonehenge
  • Cotswold Wildlife Park



Not Included in the Programme Fee


  • Visa fees – Students requiring a visa can request a support letter from Oxbridge Summer Education
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Passport fees
  • Credit card fees
  • Personal items such as toiletries
  • Airport transfers (an additional fee applies)
  • Personal laundry
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as included




Single or twin room accommodation which is a college room (unless otherwise specifically stated) occupied by students during the academic year.


Participants may share bathrooms with members of the same sex if their room is not ensuite.


Caution: If you apply after deadlines, OSE may not be able to accommodate
you at Oxford University/College housing. You will be housed, however, at other suitable accommodations.




Pastoral Care


Our tutors, experienced in providing pastoral care at Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities, are always available should you need to speak with someone for personal or professional reasons.



Eligibility & Prerequisites


You must be between 11 to 24 years old. (Age groups: 11-14yrs, 15-18yrs & 19-24yrs)

Parental consent required if under 18.

Working knowledge of the English language: all programmes are delivered in English.