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28 June – 17 July 2020


Up to 3-week long course


Taught by teachers from top IB World Schools


Small class sizes allowing personalised feedback


Fees start at $3,120

Find your focus

Based in Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, our course is built around a mid-way review of IB Diploma subjects to help you fill any gaps you have in your learning and build confidence in advance of your final year.

Our expert IB teachers from top IB World Schools will work with you to build upon the hard work you have already achieved and get you ready to work towards successful completion of your IB Diploma.

You will gain independent thinking, the ability to collaborate and communicate with your peers from different cultural backgrounds, and acquire leadership skills, essential for life after school. You will take the first steps towards defining a career path.

If you are between 16 – 18 years old and in the middle of studying the IB Diploma programme, this course will give you all the skills you need to find your focus.

IB Diploma subjects

Pick up to three subjects to prepare for your second year of the IBDP. One subject per week will help you find your focus and immerse in one subject at a time.

  • Biology HL/SL
  • Business Management HL/SL
  • Chemistry HL/SL
  • Economics HL/SL
  • English A: Language and Literature HL/SL
  • Extended Essay Skills
  • Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches HL/SL
  • Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations HL/SL
  • Physics HL/SL


Extended Essay

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Extended Essay but were afraid to ask!

The Extended Essay offers IB Diploma students a fantastic opportunity to study a topic which is of special interest to them. Through your Extended Essay you develop independent research and writing skills, and it also provides invaluable preparation for the academic work you will do at university.

What will I learn?

You will learn and develop the skills you need to approach your essay with confidence and enthusiasm – it really should be exciting and fun. Using examples in class you will learn how to:

  • choose your topic and create a strong research question
  • develop subtopic questions
  • plan and structure your research and investigation
  • write an abstract and an effective introduction
  • develop a reasoned argument and write a relevant conclusion
  • take effective notes, plan your time, and be organised
  • create a working bibliography, reference lists, and learn how to cite your work correctly
  • apply the Assessment Criteria to every aspect of your essay from the research question through to the formal presentation
  • avoid plagiarism

Is this class for me?

You might be still struggling with your research question or have completed your first draft – whatever stage you are at with your Extended Essay this class will help you. Our experienced teacher will assess your needs and make sure you get to work on the skills you need most to complete your Extended Essay.

How will the class be organised?

  • The first part of the morning will be devoted to classroom instruction by our experienced teacher covering the topics listed above. You will also work in small groups to share ideas and evaluate samples of various components of the Extended Essay.
  • Library Sessions: in the second session of each morning you will have the opportunity to develop your research skills by working in the MIT library. Here you will learn about conducting academic research in a university setting. MIT staff will provide an induction in how to use the resources available in the library, your teacher will set tasks for you and be on hand to guide you. There will also be time for you to conduct your own independent research for your Extended Essay.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a skills-based class and whilst there will be time for you to work on your own individual essay the IB rules governing the Extended Essay do not allow anyone from Oxford Study Courses to advise or comment on a student’s individual essay.

Included in the course

  • 17.5hrs of subject teaching per week (3.5hr morning sessions over 5 days)
  • Personal development workshops (Monday-Wednesday)
  • Pre-course questionnaires that identify student needs
  • Set and reviewed homework for private study outside class. Class notes available online
  • College fair and college preparation course
  • Single room accommodation in college
  • Educational and cultural activities e.g. kayaking, pizza tour, Boston sightseeing, Red Sox games
  • Weekend trips e.g. Six Flags Theme Park, Codzilla Ride
  • Breakfast and lunch, plus up to 3 dinners/week
  • 24/7 on-course support staff

Fees per course

  • $3,120 per week
  • $400 deposit

You have 14 days to cancel a booking and receive a refund, full policy available here.

Personal Development Workshops

Pick from the options below up to three activities to fill up your afternoons, after your morning subject. These activities are designed to make the most of your time in Boston, and to prepare you for life after the IB.


Explore Boston

Let us help you get to know Boston better with our themed packages of trips and visits, and discover some of the fun and exciting destinations in this town.

  • Historic Boston: one of the earliest European settlements in the US, Boston has always had huge historical significance. Led by history experts, we visit museums, follow trails and eat Pizza.
  • Scientific Boston: with MIT and Harvard, Boston is arguably the best place on the planet to learn about science and engineering. You'll get to discover local resources, museums, and get access to real research laboratories.
  • Engineering Boston: Group activities based on some of Boston’s key structures will help you better understand the dynamic role of engineers throughout history.

Leadership Skills

Explore some of the key skills you need to inform, influence, and persuade – critical if you want to be seen as a leader in the future. There is something different each week – you can choose which you want to take or take all three if you like.

  • Convince Me – the art of persuasive writing in journalism, advertising, pitching, speech writing, project proposals, and presentations.
  • Speak Up - presentation skills: this is a practical course that will set you on the road to giving knock out presentations and speeches.
  • The Great Debate: In this course you will learn about competitive debating. It’s a fun way to improve your public speaking and learn how to argue for or against an idea.

Maths Olympics

Improve your maths skills and have fun while you’re doing it! You’ll learn how to think through a maths problem critically and creatively, working in teams in a friendly competition loosely based on some national level mathematics contests.

The Arts - Thrill Me

Taking your reader on a journey: What are the ingredients of a good story? How can you make your characters jump out from the page? How can you captivate your reader from the start? Explore different creative genres from fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry. Maybe you’re the next J. K. Rowling…

College preparation course

If you are thinking of going to university in the US then this afternoon course is ideal. It offers a range of topics that will lead to a successful application process. Each week features a visit to a different Boston university where you can tour the campus and ask Admissions Counsellors questions. You can choose to join this activity for one or two weeks.

The first week covers the basics of the application process and how you can use your IB knowledge and skills to your advantage. It also looks at what it’s like to be a student in the US and the practicalities of finance and visas. You will visit Boston College.

In the second week, the activity covers further particulars of the application process – the college essay, ACTs and SATs, and careers counselling. You will visit Babson College.

College Fair

Our College Fair gives you the opportunity to talk to admissions officers from around 25 different colleges and universities. Representatives from some of the most prestigious institutions in New England attend the event – visit their stalls to find out what they can offer you.

The OSC College Fair is a great opportunity to:

  • Compare different types of colleges and universities
  • Find out about 'Liberal Arts' and the variety of fun, interesting courses offered
  • Discover the range of extra-curricular activities offered, including clubs, sports, volunteering opportunities and internships
  • Discuss the application process with our resident College Counsellors
  • Talk to our College Finance Advisor about scholarships and other finance options
  • Look at what postgraduate opportunities might be available for your future college career

Course locations


You'll get to study and get the full university experience in the seminar rooms, lecture theatres and libraries of MIT, guided by our dedicated team and taught by highly experienced teachers.


Your accommodation will be in Perkins Hall, part of Harvard University, but your classes will be held at MIT, only 30 minutes away on foot or 10 minutes by our school bus.