Parents - Oxford Cambridge Summer Academy



At CBL International we understand that choosing a study abroad programme as a parent is an important decision to make. This guide aims to provide you with what you need to know and what you and your child should expect from a CBL International study abroad programme.


A Rewarding Lifetime Experience with OCSA

ocsa-experienceStudying abroad can be one of the most rewarding lifetime experiences. Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy (OSCA) offers excellent academic summer programmes to preparing students aged 14-19 for university. Students have the opportunities to gain a new perspective of different culture and academic study, and develop independence and self-confidence in preparing for their future.


Academic Study

Each student receives high-quality, structured teaching with the flexibility to choose the most beneficial and appropriate subjects. Working in small groups allows students to take responsibility for their learning by asking questions and participating in class discussions in a completely English-speaking environment. In addition to the electives chosen, students receive coaching and presentations on the university application process including, interviews, personal statements, and choosing universities and courses. This provides students with preparation and guidance when deciding on the next stage of their academic lives. Oxford and Cambridge academy is a certificate programme. Students who participate and fulfil our programme requirements will be presented with a certificate of attendance during the celebratory farewell ceremony. CBL International’s partnership with WorldStrides, also means that by submitting assessment items, delegates will also be presented with an academic transcript worth 1 US high school credit. College credit may also be available through one of WorldStrides’ university partners.


What can my child study?

In addition to the university application process included on every programme, students have the opportunity to select from a choice of academies at Oxford and Cambridge. For detailed course descriptions please visit our courses page.


  • Economics
  • Law
  • PPE (Philosophy, Politics, & Economics)
  • Natural Science


  • Business Management
  • International Politics
  • International Organisations
  • History

A British Experience

warwick-castleThe UK offers a wealth of culture and history for students to immerse themselves in. We can guarantee that your child will participate in three guided day trips to visit top attractions and historical landmarks as well as other cultural activities in order to enhance their knowledge of the UK. Whether it’s admiring the ‘dreaming spires of Oxford’ from a river punt of stepping back in time with knights at Warwick Castle, there is something for everyone to enjoy and appreciate. Previous excursions have included Bath, Blenheim Palace, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Stonehenge. Students will also spend a day in London and experience many of the sights the capital has to offer. Big Ben, Westminster, Buckingham Palace, and Tower Bridge are just some of the fantastic photo opportunities.



  • Students will have the opportunity to stay in college accommodation of the prestigious University of Oxford (UK) and the University of Cambridge (UK) for the entire duration of OSCA programmes.Students will be accommodated in double rooms within college dormitories. All rooms are within walking distance to the teaching rooms and dining halls.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all inclusive on a daily basis. There are also restaurants, supermarkets, and snack shops located within walking distance from the University for snacks between meals.
  • CBL International arranges special meals to accommodate students with food allergies or special dietary requirements. Please inform us 1 month in advance before the programmes begin. (Additional charges may apply).
  • Laundry facilities are available for students on the college premises (charges may apply).


The OCSA tuition fee includes:

  • Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy Certificate of Attendance and Achievement
  • WorldStrides Academic Transcript
  • Internet Connection (subject to availability)
  • 3 Guided excursions to British cities and attractions
  • Social activities
  • Cultural Visits in Oxford or Cambridge
  • Academic Evening Talks
  • Formal farewell dinner in a traditional college dining hall
  • Accommodation in a double room with shared bathroom facilities
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Please visit our Tuition & Fees page for fees, scholarships, and discounts.


Safety and supervision

CBL International takes its students’ health and safety very seriously. Therefore we have the following measures and procedures in place:

  • OCSA programmes take place in secure locations on supervised premises and the college has 24-hour porters for any emergencies. We have been working with our Oxford and Cambridge partners for many years and have strong, established relationships with them.
  • Students are required to have International Health Insurance by law of the countries. Students have to secure such coverage for any accidents, injuries or illness during the programme period. A copy of the respective insurance policy must be provided to CBL International upon request.
  • Before launching any programmes, CBL International follows the latest news closely and remains updated of the programme location to ensure it is safe to go. More information about safety is available on our website.
  • In the UK, CBL International runs its programmes through our partner, CBL International Oxbridge Programmes Ltd. We are proud to announce that CBL International Oxbridge Programmes is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) meaning that our UK programmes have gone through rigorous inspections.
  • Parents can reach students by phone or email directly. If parents are unable to get in touch with students or raise concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone for any emergency at: (+44) 1865 236580 or by email at:
  • CBL International programmes have several measures to ensure your security such as on site orientation, 24/7 emergency contacts, in-depth handbook with hotlines and locations in case of emergencies
  • If you wish to learn more or have concerns relating to safety and health issues, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at: (+44) 1865 236580 or by email at:

Essential Items

Mobile phone? Games console? Favourite pair of shoes? Everyone has his or her favourite belongings. Below is a short list of our recommended essential items:

  • Visa (if necessary- it is the student’s responsibility to enquire as to whether they need a visa to travel to the UK.)
  • Passport- in order to enter the UK, students will need to produce a valid passport or identity card at immigration. Please check the UK Border Agency website for information about what you will need to enter the UK.
  • Money-  Students may wish to purchase souvenirs and gifts for their friends or family back home, as well as some snacks outside of mealtimes, therefore they will need British Pounds.
  • Clothing- the programme requires mostly casual attire, however for company visits, formal dinners, and certificate ceremonies, formal dress will be more appropriate.
  • Medication -if a student has any medical condition which requires daily treatment, please ensure they carry their medicine at all times.
  • Cell phone- in order to keep in touch with you and CBL International staff in an emergency
  • Camera – to capture all their amazing memories.
  • Adaptor for electronic devices (240 volt – 3 pin plug) – to keep electronic items powered and charged.

General Packing Recommendations

  • Bring sturdy, soft-sided luggage, which is easier to stow during the program.
  • Travel light! Our experience tells us that the lighter you pack, the happier you will be.
  • Keep in mind that we will be in both indoor and outdoor settings making it important to dress in layers.
  • Also pack a change of clothing and any essentials in your carry-on bag in the unlikely event that your luggage is delayed or lost by the airlines.
  • Carry any necessities, including travel documents, money, medications, laptop, and other vital supplies, in your carry-on bag and not in your checked luggage.
  • Leave expensive jewelry at home! A good rule of thumb: if you would be heartbroken to lose the item, then don’t bring it along. Find a cheap version to replace it during your travels.
  • Keep cash in more than one place. Should something happen, not all will be lost.
  • Check the current weather on the Weather Channel or on the Internet so that you can be prepared for any unseasonable weather at your destination.
  • Check with your airline to determine which items are suitable for carry-on baggage, and which items should be packed in checked luggage. See Hand Luggage Restrictions on the UK Government website.

About CBL International

CBL International Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy is run by our prestigious partner CBL International Oxbridge Programmes Ltd. We are very proud to announce that CBL International Oxbridge Programmes Ltd. is accredited by the British Accreditation Council.

CBL International is the leading provider of short-term study abroad programmes in UK, China, Dubai, and more. We offer high school courses, university programmes, and executive conferences to tailor the needs of thousand of international students and professionals across the world each year. To learn more, visit our CBL International website.


Admission and enrolment process

Please choose one of the two following options for application process:

1. Apply Online: Fill out our online application form.
2. Apply Offline: Download, print, and fill out an offline application form. When complete, you can return it to us via the following methods:

Post: CBL International Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy, Oriel Square, OX1 4EW Oxford, United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0) 1865 236 580

An email confirmation will be sent to your registered email account once we receive and after reviewing your application. When you receive the confirmation email, your place on the programme is secured. Additional information will be sent to you at a later time.

OCSA is a programme designed and offered by CBL International. We are not affiliated with the University of Oxford (UK) or the University of Cambridge (UK) in any way. All academic and accommodation facilities are leased for the duration of the programme from colleges of the University of Oxford (UK) and the University of Cambridge (UK).