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Overview of Eton College

Founded in 1440 by King Henry VI, Eton College became the most renowned school in England and is the alma mater of both Prince William and Prince Harry. Eton was also the school of former PM David Cameron, as well as twenty other past UK Prime Ministers. Thirty-six men who have been awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry were also students of Eton College. Of the two hundred and fifty students that graduate from Eton each year, around 70% of them will go on to study at some of the top universities in the world. Further, more than 30% of Eton students will enrol in Oxford or Cambridge University.

Intro to Eton College Summer Course

Eton College Summer Course is designed for students aged 12-17. Over the course of three weeks students will attend enrichment classes and have the opportunity to experience the school life of Prince William. Students’ classes will be taught purely in English and they will gain a deeper understanding of the quintessential aspects of British culture. This will not only strengthen the students’ international awareness, but also help them develop their social skills and individual qualities. Traditionally Eton is strictly a school for boys however, the Eton Summer School is also open to female students, and it is the one and only opportunity for girls’ to experience life at this prestigious school.

Why Choose Eton’s Summer Course?

  • Prince William’s Alma Mater

    Eton is famous for being England’s top aristocratic school. Prince William and Prince Harry both attended Eton school, as did former UK Prime Ministers. The man who led England to victory over France in the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington, was also an Etonian, as was the famous poet Percy Shelley, the renowned economist John Keynes, and former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

  • Experience the Quintessence of Traditional British Culture

    Besides English, literature, and history, students will also have the chance to attend classes in art, music, drama, sports and many other extra-curricular activities. They will experience all aspects of a comprehensive royal education.


  • Classes Taught Entirely in English

    Once students arrive at Eton they will be required to take an English placement test and depending on each student’s personal level they will be placed in a class accordingly. The high-quality teaching staff is one of Eton’s main attractions, and among the staff there is an abundance of former Etonians who are also Oxbridge graduates.


  • An Unrivalled Teacher Student Ratio

    With a teacher student ratio of 1:5 Eton’s teachers can provide students with both a rich learning experience as well as comprehensive pastoral care.

  • A Chance to Visit the UK’s Cultural Heritage Sites

    Visit the world famous British Museum, feel the grandeur of the Royal Windsor Castle, discover the historical mysteries of Oxford and Cambridge University. Make unforgettable memories with your classmates and have the experience of a lifetime.

  • The Only Opportunity for Girls to Study at Eton

    It’s common knowledge that Eton only allows male students to enroll and there has never been a point in history where they have allowed girls in...until now. BE Education’s summer course with Eton College is the one and only chance female students can have to experience life and education at this prestigious school.

Course details

Academic course

By participating in small sized classes students will have plenty of opportunity to learn how to express themselves and develop their individual personality. Every student will improve all aspects of their English language skills and they will particularly improve their British English accent.

  • English Language

    Depending on the student’s age and English language ability they will be placed in graded classes. This is to ensure that the students are receiving tuition that is suitable for them personally, and the school can accommodate a variety of levels.

  • Research

    Research class is a place where students can open their minds and develop their analytical skills. Discussing their ideas with classmates will also help them to develop their reasoning and debating skills. There're various topics related to the UK, including famous historical figures and places of cultural significance. 

  • History

    During the Eton Summer Course, the way students study history is particularly unique. For example, before students go and visit Hampton Court, the teacher would show them relevant photos, videos and songs. In this way students can easily understand the significance of its history and be able use their imagination to connect present lives to the things from the past.

Cultural Courses

Eton’s cultural courses exist both within the classes provided as well as the lifestyle the students experience on a day-to-day basis. It’s an effective way to help the students become more well-spoken and polite young people.

  • British Etiquette

    As a school where “gentlemen are made” Eton offers an excellent and unique teaching style, and they ensure that an education in basic British manners is implement across every aspect of the students’ lives.

  • Drama

    Deciding the structure of the drama production, choosing the title and writing the script are all aspects of drama class. Students participate in a drama production, learn to play different roles and perform speeches on stage. Besides, they also have the chance to watch a live performance at one of London’s West End theatres.

  • Cultural Studies

    Many successful business leaders will be invited to give lectures that cover community welfare, art, music, English literature etc. Students will gain a deeper understanding of British culture after completing this class.

Activities

While having fun doing a variety of activities, students will get to know American culture from various aspects. They will develop their teamwork skills as well as good communication skills.

  • Sports

    Sports

    The Eton Summer Course also offers many traditional English sports, including rowing on Dorney Lake, the location of the 2012 London Olympics rowing events. The Dorney Lake Boat Club is owned by Eton School, and the lake itself not only has pure clear water but also an expansive surrounding countryside view. It’s an incredible and unforgettable experience for students to be able to participate in sports at an international world-class water sports center.

  • Diary Writing

    Diary Writing

    Every evening, under the guidance of their teachers, students will use English to describe their day and write down all they’ve seen and heard. Teachers will also take this time to help students correct any mistakes in their diary and encourage the students to improve their English writing skills by writing about their personal interests.

Previous Courses

Agenda

  • Day 1

    Morning: Depart for England

    Afternoon: Airport pick-up, divided into houses, fire drill

    Evening: Dinner and rest

  • Day 2

    Morning: Welcome Talk, English language placement test (written and spoken), introduction to class timetable

    Afternoon: Split into classes, lessons, formal group photo

    Evening: Diary writing, house activities

  • Day 3

    Morning: Research class, English class, drama class

    Afternoon: Tour of the grounds of Eton, introduction to Cambridge

    Evening: Diary writing, house activities

  • Day 4

    All Day: Day trip to Cambridge

    Evening: Diary writing, house activities, introduction to Windsor Castle

  • Day 5

    Morning: Research class, English class, drama class

    Afternoon: Trip to Windsor Castle

    Evening: Diary writing, house activities

  • Day 6

    Morning: Research class, English class, drama class

    Afternoon: Trip to Eton museum, introduction to Oxford

    Evening: Diary writing, house activities

  • Day 7

    All Day: Day trip to Oxford

    Evening: Barbeque on Queen Island, Diary writing

  • Day 8

    Morning: Research class, English class, drama class

    Afternoon: Scone making, afternoon tea, introduction to The British Museum

    Evening: Diary writing, house activities

  • Day 9

    Morning: Research class, English class, drama class

    Afternoon: Trip to The British Museum

    Evening: Attend a show at one of London’s West End theatres

  • Day 10

    Morning: Research class, English class, drama class

    Afternoon: Eton students introduce life at Eton College, visit to Eton’s natural history museum

    Evening: Diary writing, house activities

  • Day 11

    Morning: Research class, English class, drama class

    Afternoon: Trip to the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and London’s Westfield Shopping Centre

    Evening: Diary writing, introduction to Hampton Court

  • Day 12

    Morning: Research class, English class, drama class

    Afternoon: Trip to Hampton Court

    Evening: Diary writing, house activities

  • Day 13

    Morning: Research class, English class, drama class

    Afternoon: Trip to Syon House

    Evening: Diary writing, house activities

  • Day 14

    Morning: Research class, English class, drama class

    Afternoon: Trip to Dorney Lake Boat Centre

    Evening: BBQ and disco next to Dorney Lake

  • Day 15

    Morning: Research class, English class, drama class

    Afternoon: Sketching Eton campus, introduction to travelling in London

    Evening: Diary writing and house activities

  • Day 16

    Morning: Research class, English class, drama class

    Afternoon: Trip to London, boat ride on the River Thames

    Evening: Drama rehearsal

  • Day 17

    Morning: Drama performance

    Afternoon: Memorabilia shopping in Windsor

    Evening: Graduation Ceremony

  • Day 18

    Return Home

Please note that this agenda is subject to change due to bad weather or road conditions.