GEC Oxbridge Academic
GEC Summer School Program offers outstanding summer programs for middle and high school promising students in china. Whether in Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Harvard, or Los Angeles, students work with world-class teachers to broaden their horizons and enjoy life-changing experiences. We emphasizes the founding principles of this program: imaginative teaching, experiential learning, and cultural enrichment, all charged with the excitement of living in some of the most fascinating cities in the world.
Our Program faculty was selected from some of the world’s leading universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, Yale, Columbia, Harvard. Our creative courses, meanwhile, were taught by professionals selected for their talent, their experience, and their ability to inspire our students. Led by these outstanding teachers, and working in small classes, our courses immersed students in subjects about which they are passionate while helping them discover the spectacular cities and cultures in which they are living.
A strong emphasis on experiential learning turned Oxford, Cambridge, New York, Boston, and Los Angeles into living classrooms. Every day, Classes set out to use the resources of these exceptional cities as teaching aids. Teachers held classes in some of the world’s greatest museums and galleries – MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They honed their debating skills in Oxford’s famous Union, unraveled the mysteries of the human genome in Cambridge, and refined their writing skills in venues that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Baudelaire, and Hemingway. They investigated the mysteries of Classical Antiquity on the shores of the Mediterranean, learned about business and finance on Wall Street, confronted the manifold challenges of Musical Theater on Broadway.
Also, we have arranged our students with many activities after class, students were free to choose from a wide variety of activities organized by the program staff. From museum visits to movie nights, there are activities to suit all interests. There might be a visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum’s exceptional art collection in Cambridge, a journey to the top of the Empire State Building in New York, or a trip to the beach in Los Angeles. Students were also welcome to head out with friends to explore their new home for the summer, from famous landmarks to forgotten byways. We have also arranged students for the series of campus visit, College Fair and other college admission activities.
Dates And Schedule
The Oxford Prep Experience Program( For Grades 8-9 ): July 2-July 28
The Oxford Tradition Program( For Grades 10-12 ): July 3-July 30
The Cambridge Prep Experience Program( For Grades 8-9 ): July 2-July 28
The Cambridge Tradition Program( For Grades 10-12 ): July 4-July 31
The Columbia University Program( For Grades 9-12 ): June 27-July 24
The Harvard University Program( For Grades 10-12 ): June 27-July 24
The UCLA Program( For Grades 10-12 ): June 27-July 24
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Professor James G. Basker
Educated at Harvard (AB), Cambridge (MA), and Oxford (DPhil), where he was a Rhodes Scholar, Professor Basker taught at Harvard for seven years before coming to Barnard College, Columbia University. He was appointed the Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History. Professor Basker is President of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Dr. Richard Michaelis, Program at Harvard
BA University College London
MPhil, DPhil University of Oxford
Richard taught History for fifteen years at Oxford University. He taught on The Oxford Tradition for five years and directed The Paris Teacher Seminar, The Paris Connection, and L’Académie de Paris.
Michael McKinley, The Oxford Tradition
BA University of British Columbia
MLitt University of Oxford
Michael returns to the Oxford Tradition for his seventh year as Director. Michael witted for major publications and for TV in the UK, the US, and Canada.
Greg Gonzalez, The Cambridge Tradition
BA, MA Columbia University
Greg returns to the Cambridge Tradition for his eighth summer. He was the founding Director of La Academia de España. Greg won the Garrett Harden Teaching Award at Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles where he has served as an Academic Dean and History teacher for over 10 years.
Kevin Held, Program at Columbia
BA College of Holy Cross
MA Northwestern University
Kevin returns for his fourth summer as Director of the Columbia University Program, having previously served as Dean in New York and Cambridge. Kevin designs the scenery, lights, props, and costumes for all the school productions.
Rooms: In Oxford, Cambridge, Columbia, Harvard, and UCLA, students live in rooms that are occupied by undergraduates during the year. Students reside either in singles, doubles, or, very occasionally, triples. In Oxford and Cambridge students can, for a fee, request a private bathroom, on a first-come, first-served basis. In Columbia, UCLA, and Harvard the rooms are dorm-style and have shared facilities. Each room is furnished with a bed and linens, a wardrobe, and a desk and chair.
Facilities: Students have access to common areas within the residences as well as a variety of sporting and educational facilities (gyms, basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer pitches, libraries, and so on). Summer School provides every program with a computer lab, so students have daily access to their email and social media accounts. The program staff maintains message boards and distributes mail every day.
Meals: Students enjoy breakfast and dinner in the residence dining halls. Breakfast is primarily continental-style with choices such as cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, coffee, and tea. Several options are available at dinner, including a vegetarian dish and a salad bar. Special dinners and barbeques are held, and each program ends with a formal banquet. Students are responsible for their own lunch, which can be purchased from a college snack bar or one of the many sandwich shops, small restaurants, crêperies, patisseries, and boquerias near each residence.
Arrival and Departure: Every student is met personally at the airport upon arrival and escorted back to the residence. At the end of the program students are accompanied to the airport where our staff oversee check-in and departure. A representative stays at the airport until all the flights have departed.
Safety and Supervision: Our programs take place in secure residences, situated in safe neighborhoods, with twenty-four hour security. Day-to-day life is overseen by Deans – professional educators from the US and Canada. Each program has an office, which is open and staffed by Deans from before 8am until well past midnight, where students and their parents can seek advice or assistance. Every student checks-in every evening with the Deans on duty. The Program Director, Deans, residential staff, and some members of faculty live in the residences, ensuring round-the-clock care and supervision. The rules about exploring the cities vary from program to program. Generally, students are free to discover the surrounding area in groups without adult supervision during the day and, in the older programs, in the evening. At other times staff are available to accompany students.
Curfew: On the Oxford and Cambridge Prep programs, all students must check in with a Dean between 9 and 10pm. Program staff then perform bedroom checks at lights-out, which is at 11pm. On the other programs, students check in with the Deans between 10 and 11pm. They can then make use of the common areas, watch movies, or socialize quietly until midnight, when they are expected to be in their own rooms and quiet.