You will need to be turning 16 (or older) in the year in which you are taking the course.
2. Why is there an age limit?
Students at our Summer School sites are invested with a great deal of personal responsibility - they are treated just like University students. So, they need to be able to understand the rules, understand and compete in classes, and to have a high degree of self-care. Secondly, there are insurance regulations which need to be obeyed. FInally, many school systems overseas are still sending students up to the age of 19, creating difficulties for younger students in terms of the level of scholarly engagement. Therefore, the requirement is as it is.
3. Where can I go?
In 2016 there are two major centres for UK Summer Schools, both the most ancient universities in their respective countries. The University of St Andrews was the first university, and remains the highest ranking university, in that great centre of enlightenment, philosophical and scientific learning, Scotland. A beautiful university town, it is famed for the social and academic life of its students. The University of Oxford is the third oldest university in Europe, and a global powerhouse in learning. Its 'dreaming spires' and colleges are the very materialisation of the learned life for many. What is the difference? It depends on preference. The St Andrews courses are the only summer school courses for school students in the UK to be actually run by the university itself. The teachers are university staff. While Oxford Royale Academy (ORA), on the other hand, is a separate agency, its courses are of high standard, often taught by university postgraduate students and teachers.
4. What choices are there?
St Andrews: St Andrews specializes in Creative Writing, Scottish Studies, and The Sciences. These are courses which capture the very heart of this ancient but at the same time progressive university, set in one of the most spectacular natural environments in the world.
Oxford: Among the most popular courses has been one called 'Broadening Horizons'. Courses fill very rapidly, however, and so within BH you are required to make more than one choice: you will be provided with one of your other options. In addition, there are courses such as SAT Preparation, Law School Preparation, UK University Preparation, Oxford Enterprise Programme, and the Global Leadership Programme.
5. How much will it cost?
This question depends on the rise and fall of exchange rates (when the Australian dollar falls relative to Sterling then relative costs rise). A guide for 2016 course costs (ie. not including flights) is as follows:
St Andrews: The university indicates c. £3300 for a three week course, inclusive of board, accommodation and transfers
Oxford: ORA indicates c. £3,895 for a two week course, inclusive of board, accommodation and transfers.