No OISS Summer is complete without our exciting range of activities and excursions that will allow you to explore the historic charm of one of the world’s oldest universities and make lifelong friends from every corner of the globe.
Take a look below to see a range of our activities, from an afternoon spent punting down the river Thames, to visiting Cambridge, the "other" university city!
Tour of Oxford
Our team of Oxford undergraduates will quickly get you acquainted with the beautiful city you’ll be calling home for the next two weeks. See inside the colleges where they live and study and experience what it’s like to be a student in Oxford.
Punting is a traditional past-time in Oxford and Cambridge. The art of punting involves both dexterity and strength, and makes for a leisurely mode of travel (just make sure not to fall in!)
Oxford is known for its dramatic tradition and this is especially noticeable in the summer months, when college gardens are used as the picturesque backdrop for performances. Get your picnic blanket ready for Shakespeare as you’ve never seen it before!
Spend an afternoon wandering the world’s oldest university museum, founded in 1683. With a renowned collection of art and archaeology, travel across space and time, viewing treasures as diverse as Ancient Greek statues, the largest collection of Raphael drawings in the world and one of the foremost collections of Chinese art.
Inspired by London 2012, we started our world-famous OISS Alternative Olympics! Expect unconventional challenges in your quest for OISS Olympic glory, but remember it’s the taking part that counts...
Trip to Cambridge
Explore another historic university city with a trip to Cambridge. Including a tour by current students and a Q&A session comparing the two universities and their admissions processes, the trip is fantastic for those of you who are considering university education in the UK. They’ll also be plenty of time to see the city and we end our excursion with a scenic punting tour - expect amazing views of the colleges, beautiful bridges and the famous King’s College chapel!