Is getting into oxford summer school a big thing?

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I'm an international student and last year i got in oxford summer school but didn't attend it.told my mum about it and she wasn't too appreciative of it.ocassionally i question myself if that was really something to be proud of or something normal for the kids living in England?
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I think I only know one person who’s been on a summer school, so I wouldn’t say it’s standard to go to one, I was under the impression that they were pretty competitive to get into
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I think I only know one person who’s been on a summer school, so I wouldn’t say it’s standard to go to one, I was under the impression that they were pretty competitive to get into
what's the whole point of summer schools?what kind of students attend it?the country i live in does not offer summer programs and since it' third world country international unis are considered one of the bests.I was over the moon when i got to know that i got in oxford summer school since i've been dreaming of getting into harvard or any international uni in general so felt like maybe this brought me 1 step closer to my dream.
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what's the whole point of summer schools?what kind of students attend it?the country i live in does not offer summer programs and since it' third world country international unis are considered one of the bests.I was over the moon when i got to know that i got in oxford summer school since i've been dreaming of getting into harvard or any international uni in general so felt like maybe this brought me 1 step closer to my dream.
I think they’re to give you an idea of what doing your subject at university will be like and to promote that university that you went to, they also probably look quite good on applications
Usually it’s the more academic students wanting to go to a top university, but also for widening participation for those from disadvantaged backgrounds (low family income, been in foster care, students of minority ethnicities etc.)
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Depends. There are the stupidly expensive ones you pay for from some company that happens to be in Oxford - that is not an achievement. There are others that basically aim to give people a taste of Oxford, focusing on widening participation - they can be competitive and getting in is great.

Either way though - these are things that are not open to everyone and it would be unlikely to form a big part of any uni applications process. Maybe the US as they're nuts, but nowhere sensible.
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