Oxford University Summer School for Adults

OUSSA 2022

We are delighted to be welcoming students back to Oxford next summer for OUSSA. A breakdown of our courses for each week can be found below:

Week 1 - 9 - 16 July 2022

Week 2 - 16 - 23 July 2022

Week 3 - 23 - 30 July 2022

Week 4 - 30 July - 6 August 2022

Week 5 - 6 - 13 August 2022

Programme Features

The Oxford University Summer School for Adults (OUSSA) is a residential summer programme offering sixty accredited courses for adult learners of one week's duration covering a wide range of topics held over five weeks at Rewley House in central Oxford.

Participants are taught in small seminar groups of up to 12 students, and receive two one-on-one tutorials with their tutor.

During the course you will:

  • Participate in classes taught by tutors with a proven background in adult education
  • Gain experience of studying at university level
  • Develop new skills
  • Have access to on-site library and IT facilities to support you with your academic work
  • Be part of a diverse student body encompassing a wide range and many nationalities
  • Experience a friendly and supportive learning environment 
  • Have the opportunity to attend guest lectures and participate in social events

Listen to what students have to say in the video, below:


Participants are required to undertake preparatory reading and complete a pre-course assignment of 1,000 words. Although this does not count towards credit, it is seen as an important way of developing your ideas and is mandatory. The pre-course assignment is typically due in the second week of June.

You will be assessed during the summer school by either a 1,500 word written assignment or a presentation supported by individual documentation. Participants will attend two one-on-one tutorials with their tutor during the week.

All summer school courses are taught through group seminars (12 during the week) and individual tutorials (2 during the week). Students also conduct private study when not being taught and there is a well stocked library at OUDCE to support individual research interests.


OUSSA is an accredited summer school taught at undergraduate level; each one-week course carries 10 CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points at FHEQ (Framework for Higher Education Qualification) Level 4. Credit is awarded by the Board of Studies of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.

To successfully gain credit (10 CATS points) students should attend all classes and complete the on-course assignment. Students will receive a transcript of the amount awarded. Replacement transcripts are available for a nominal sum.

Learn more about CATS points.

Credit earned from OUSSA is transferable towards our award programme, the Certificate of Higher Education - a part-time undergraduate course in which you study a main subject discipline, but also undertake study in other academic subjects.


Click here for more details about our accomodation.

Please note that twin rooms are only available on a shared occupancy basis. If you wish to book a twin room each person should complete an application form and email it to us at oussa@conted.ox.ac.uk as these rooms cannot be booked online. (Forms may also be posted to us at: OUSSA, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, UK)


Details of fees can be found on each individual course page. Tuition and meals are included in the programme fee, with both residential and non-residential options available.

Concessionary rates are also available on a non-residential basis for those that qualify.

Course change administration fee: Please note that course transfers may be permitted in exceptional circumstances; however, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions, an administration fee of £50 will be charged.




Early enrolment is advised as many courses fill before February.

Prospective students may enrol online by navigating to the desired course page and then clicking the 'apply online' link at the bottom of that page. Online enrolments require payment in full at the time of registering.

Those who do not wish to register online or who have specific requirements (e.g. disabled suite accommodation) should contact the Programme Administrator directly.

Click here for more details and to download an application form.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you must supply suitable evidence (an original certificate that is not more than two years old and issued by a responsible body) before we will offer you a place. The University recognises only certain English tests including IELTS, TOEFL, and Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency. More details about the language requirements can be found here.

Student Visas

We welcome international students on all our courses however, it is the responsibility of successful applicants to ensure that they conform to UK immigration law. Guidance and information about international student visas can be found here


All fees are charged on a per week, per person basis.

Please be aware that all payments (and refunds) are subject to exchange rates at the time of processing.

Payment terms

  • If enrolling online: full payment by credit/debit card at the time of booking
  • If submitting an application form: full payment online by credit/debit card or via bank transfer within 30 days of invoice date

Cancellations and Refunds

Participants who wish to cancel must inform the Programme Administrator in writing: by email to oussa@conted.ox.ac.uk or by post to OUSSA, OUDCE, 1 Wellington Square, OXFORD, OX1 2JA, UK.

The following cancellation and refund policy applies in all cases:

  • Cancellation within 14 days of online enrolment / payment of fees – full refund of all fees paid.
  • Cancellations received up to and including 30 April 2022 – OUDCE will retain an administration fee of £100 per week booked; all other fees paid will be refunded.
  • Cancellations received between 1-31 May 2022 – OUDCE will retain 60% of the fees paid; the remaining 40% of fees paid will be refunded.
  • Cancellations received on and after 1 June 2022 - no refunds will be made.
  • OUDCE reserves the right to alter details of any course should illness or any other emergency prevent a tutor from teaching, and to cancel a course or seminar if exceptionally low enrolment would make it educationally unviable. The status of this course will be reviewed on 1 May 2022. If it is likely that individual seminars or the course may be cancelled, all those affected will be notified by email within 7 days, and possible options clearly explained. If you have not heard from OUDCE by 8 May 2022, you should assume that the course and your seminar will be running; there is no need to contact us to confirm. You may wish to delay finalising your travel arrangements until after this date.
  • Should it be necessary for us to cancel your course, we will make every reasonable effort to give you as much notice of cancellation as possible, and we will refund all course fees paid by you (including the cost of accommodation, if booked through us as part of your course). Where course fees have been paid in currencies other than in pounds sterling, refunds will be subject to the exchange rate on the date they are processed.

    Travel insurance 

    The Department cannot be held responsible for any costs you may incur in relation to travel or accommodation bookings as a result of a course cancellation, or if you are unable to attend the course for any other reason. You are advised to check cancellation policies carefully and to purchase travel insurance.


Upcoming courses

Summer schools • Short courses
  • Sat 09 Jul 2022 – 16 Jul 2022
Summer schools • Short courses
  • Sat 09 Jul 2022 – 16 Jul 2022
Summer schools • Short courses
  • Sat 09 Jul 2022 – 16 Jul 2022
Summer schools • Short courses
  • Sat 09 Jul 2022 – 16 Jul 2022
Summer schools • Short courses
  • Sat 09 Jul 2022 – 16 Jul 2022