The Biology of Disease (The Oxford Tradition)

The Biology of Disease (The Oxford Tradition) summer course, by Oxbridge Academic Programs.

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Course Summary

The Oxford Tradition offers students in grades 10 to 12 the chance to have a pre-university experience. They immerse themselves in subjects about which they are passionate, or that they are planning to study, under the guidance of a university teacher or a professional. Alongside, participants unlock the rich history and culture of Oxford from their base at Pembroke College.

The Oxford Tradition is housed in Pembroke College, which was founded by King James I, in 1624. Pembroke boasts Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, American Senator J. William Fulbright, Samuel Johnson, author of The Dictionary of the English Language, and Transport Secretary Pete Buttigieg among its alums.

  • Breakfast in Hall
  • Major classes on topics as diverse as Studio Art or Business and Finance meet in classrooms, labs, studios, or out and about in Oxford
  • Students can choose to have lunch at any local restaurants or sandwich shops in town
  • Three afternoons a week, Minor classes meet in classrooms, workshops, labs, or studios. When there is no class, they are free to join in organized activities or trips and tours in and around Oxford
  • Dinner in Hall
  • Evening activities, events, or shows

What's Included?

  • Access to cultural sites and local events
  • accommodation
  • extracurricular activities, workshops, and event offerings
  • continuous support
  • on-site staff of experienced professionals
  • local meals


In Oxford, students live in rooms that are occupied by undergraduates during the year. Students are housed in singles or doubles. Students can request a private bathroom (for a fee), on a first-come, first-served basis.


HIV, malaria, and tuberculosis are thought to result in ten percent of all deaths every year around the world. Students will explore the biology of disease, using case studies of current outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola, SARS, and Zika. This interdisciplinary medical course investigates the biology of disease. Topics include animal models of human disease; cancer; conventional therapy and treatment strategies; the genetics of complex and simple traits; the interaction between environment and genetics; Karyotypic analysis; the molecular and cellular basis of genetic diseases; and the role of oncogenes in tumor initiation and treatment.

Extracurricular Activities

Every class is designed to use Oxford as a teaching tool. When not in class, students have access to a full range of optional activities designed to help them discover Oxford and immerse themselves in English life. They can go on tours of sights like the Bodleian Library and Christ Church, take part in a variety of sports, attend local Shakespeare productions, or go on field trips to London.

Key Details
  • Available from: June - August
  • Provider: Oxbridge Academic Programs
  • Ages: 15-18
  • Fees: $11,750
  • Duration: 4 weeks

Oxbridge Academic Programs

A well-reputed Summer School that offers students the chance to live, dine and study in two of Oxford's finest colleges, Corpus Christi and Pembroke.

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