Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Summer School assessed?

At the end of the second week there will be a written exam. This will be marked by University of Oxford examiners and conducted under standardised Oxford regulations. The exam is intended to help reaffirm your learning, and provide you with an opportunity to practice undertaking assessments. We will provide you with feedback and a score.

Will I receive a certificate?

All students who partake in the course will be provided with a University of Oxford certificate of attendance; receiving this is not conditional on your exam results, but does require you to attend all of the classes.

Do you provide credits?

If you wish to receive credit from the Summer School you will need to contact either your Study Abroad Office or the office in your university that deals with external credit. We strongly advise you to do this before you apply if you are seeking credit transfer. We will support your credit applications by providing any necessary information to your home institution.

How many teaching hours does the course include?

The schedule for our 2018 course is still being finalised, but we anticipate there being 50 hours of teaching across the two weeks.

How is your teaching delivered?

We predominately use Doctors and Professors from across the University of Oxford and their styles and methods will vary. Sessions will take multiple formats such as presentations, case studies, discussion and experiential learning including online simulations and field trips.

Where does the teaching take place?

The teaching will mostly take place in the Oxford University Centre for the Environment. This is where our regular undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is held throughout the academic year and is a 10 minute walk from Jesus College. We will also use a handful of other parts of the Oxford ecosystem such as Wytham Woods for our teaching.

Do I need to complete any work in advance of the Summer School?

We will provide you with a recommended reading list both before and after the course. The materials within this are not mandatory but are given to help underpin your learning.

Who attends the Summer School?

Typically the students on the School are aged between 19 and 25, and are completing their undergraduate degree or about to embark on postgraduate study. However there have been variations around this, for example we have had professionals attend who are working at the intersections of enterprise and the environment.

How long has the Summer School been running?

The Summer School is now firmly established within the University and is approaching its third year having started in 2016.

Is there someone I can discuss the Summer School with in more detail before applying?

We are really open to conversation and discussing the course with applicants before they join us in Oxford. Ultimately we want to ensure that the course is going to be right for you, and that we can provide you and the rest of the class with the optimal experience. If you contact us at summerschool.ox.ac.uk or +44 (0)1865 614942 then we would be delighted to discuss the summer school in depth.

Is there a dress code?

We do not enforce any dress code during the Summer School however we would advise you to bring outdoor clothing for the field trips, and a suit and tie or equivalent for the formal college dinners.

When can I check-in to my bedroom?

Check-in is available from 14:00 on Sunday 1 July 2018. If you need your bedroom from an earlier date then please let us know and we can arrange this.

When do I have to check-out of my bedroom?

You will need to check-out by 10:00 on Friday 13 July. If you need your bedroom held to a later date then please let us know and we can arrange this.

Can I pay in instalments?

The course must be paid in full in a single instalment.

Do you provide any scholarships or bursaries?

There are currently no scholarships or bursaries available for this programme. However, if individuals wish to apply for scholarships in their own country to attend the programme, we will provide a letter of support.

Can you help with my visa?

All participants are responsible for organising their own visa (if required) to attend the Summer School. If you are offered a place, and once full payment of your fee for the Summer School has been received, the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment can provide a letter confirming your attendance to support your visa application. So that you can best ensure you receive a visa we strongly encourage you to apply early for the course. Information on Visas.

How do I get to Oxford?

Coach from London

There are two Oxford Express coach services which collect from Victoria Station, Marble Arch, and Marylebone Road in London every 15-20 minutes. They will take you directly to Oxford city centre, Oxford Bus Station (Gloucester Green). Both take approximately 90 minutes and the cost of a return journey is ~20. For further information see the X90 service or Oxford Tube.

Train

The nearest train station is Oxford Station (OXF). A frequent direct service operates between London Paddington and Oxford, as well as London Marylebone and Oxford. There is also a good connection between Oxford and Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry. Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the South via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading. For information see National Rail. Do not exit the train at Oxford Parkway (OXP) as this is outside the city centre.

Car

Oxford can be very congested and parking spaces are both limited and very expensive. We are not able to provide any parking ourselves and nor is Jesus College.

Flying

The most convenient airport to get to Oxford from is London Heathrow which has a good bus connection that operates every 20-30 minutes, with a journey time of roughly 80-90 minutes to the city centre. London Gatwick is also well served with buses to and from Oxford, however the journey time is longer at roughly 2 and a half hours with coaches only running hourly. Both of these services are operated by the airline, for more information please see their website. If using either of these options you should exit the bus at the Gloucester Green. Birmingham International Airport is connected to Oxford by train with a journey time of 60 minutes for direct routes, details on train times are available through the Trainline. Note that there are not good transport links between Oxford and London Stanstead or London Luton so we would recommend avoiding these routes.

For more information please also see the University's How to get to Oxford webpage.