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Do you want to explore how people express themselves? Do you want to see the world through many perspectives? Do you love reading? If so, our English  course may be for you. Oxford has the largest number of published authors per square mile than anywhere in the world and is, of course, home to the famous English dictionary. Our English Literature course offers you the chance to explore the questions at the heart of all literary study: what is literature, and why is it important? You will examine different texts, including poetry and prose, and engage with the work of literary theorists.

What will I cover?

All our tutors are current Oxford and/or Cambridge postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Your tutors will take you beyond your school curriculum to investigate your subject at a much higher level - this is great preparation for university/college study! You may even have the opportunity to learn about your tutor’s original, unpublished research.

We know that when our tutors design their own courses, rather than reciting from a textbook, the quality of teaching and learning is much, much higher. We will publicise details of 2019 courses here as they are confirmed, so watch this space. 

In the meantime, here is a taster of what previous Oxbridge International Summer School tutors have covered in English.

English Tutors at Oxbridge International Summer School

Lisa (2016)

Lisa has completed a DPhil at St Catherine's College, Oxford, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Prior to this, she studied her BA in English at Hertford College, Oxford University and and then  gained a distinction in a Masters in English Literature from 1900-present.

Hannah (2016)

Hannah has graduated with a Master's degree in Medieval Literature at the University of Oxford following her undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. She is now studying for her PhD at Oxford, and her research focuses on some of the earliest Medieval literature. Her course was based on the Life and Works of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Nancy (2017)

Nancy has completed a PhD at the University of Oxford, where she holds a Rothermere Fellowship. She completed an undergraduate degree in English and Biology before two Master’s degrees in English and Women’s Studies in Canada. Her current research focuses on the literature of the First World War.

Preparatory Reading

Thinking about studying English at University? Our Tutors recommend the following reading: 

  • Cambridge Introduction to Shakespeare by Emma Smith

  • The Riverside Chaucer ed. Larry D. Benson

  • The Art of Fiction by David Lodge


  • 2 week course, in Oxford, UK

  • Ideal for those wishing to study English, or looking to expand their interests in this area. This course is not suitable to study English as a foreign language.

  • Class size: 6

  • 90-minutes seminars daily, independent research to prepare for seminars

  • Produce 2 essays

  • 2 1-1 tutorials with your tutor


  • 7th July - 20th July

  • 21st July - 3rd August

  • 4th August - 17th August


£4,495 (convert to your local currency here)

Includes: all accommodation, breakfast and dinner, tuition, trips and activities

Excludes: lunch, travel to and from Oxford, Visa