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John Locke Institute Summer School in France

"I have never been to a place with such a concentration of intelligent minds who are all open to conversation. It was one of the greatest learning opportunities of my life..."

Alexander Friedman (St Paul's School; Harvard College, Class of 2021)

Welcome to our summer school, created by the John Locke Institute for exceptional students to explore university-level Philosophy, Politics, Economics, History, Psychology and French, in university-style seminars and tutorials, at a beautiful 18th century château, in historic Normandy, northwest France.

World-class tutors & tailor-made curriculum

Most of our summer school tutors are current or former academics from the University of Oxford, and most of the teaching is in groups of around eight to ten students, or Oxford-style tutorial pairs. Unconstrained by any external syllabus or by stifling mark schemes, we use our academic freedom to kindle in our students a genuine passion for the subjects we study.



See our 2019 Programme

Study alongside a diverse group of exceptional students

We’re proud to say that we attract students of the highest calibre; being surrounded by so many other ambitious and talented people is a large part of the reason you will find our summer school so special and so rewarding. We welcome applications from bright, creative students from thirteen to nineteen years of age.


While most people on the course are British or American, you will meet students from every part of the globe. The diversity of background, opinion, and culture is stimulating and enriching, and will challenge all kinds of narrow parochialism.

The perfect preparation for university

We know that many of our students are about to submit applications to highly competitive universities, and there is no better way to spend part of your summer than with us. It will demonstrate your serious interest in the subjects you hope to study as an undergraduate, and it will introduce you to ideas, concepts and arguments that will enrich your UCAS personal statement or enliven your Common App admissions essays. For students planning to apply to either Oxford or Cambridge, the intellectual challenges you experience and the skills you develop will directly contribute to your performance in any admissions interview.

An area steeped in history and culture

The Summer School takes place in a magnificent mid-eighteenth century château set in an exquisite wooded estate. Since its construction by Jacques-Jean le Couteulx du Molay, the château has had a rich and varied history. It was commandeered by the German army during the Second World War. Nazi preparations to use the estate to launch the devastating V-weapons was only prevented by the interruption of D-Day in 1944.


Ten miles to the east of the château is Bayeux. Its spectacular eleventh century Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux, was where William, Duke of Normandy, made Harold Godwinson swear an oath to support William’s claim to the throne of England. This far-reaching episode, which resulted in the Norman Conquest of 1066, is immortalised in the world-famous seventy metre long Bayeux Tapestry, which our students visit every year. a historically fascinating part of the world 

To the north we'll be visiting the D-Day landing beaches, where seventy-five years ago thousands of brave Allied soldiers re-routed the course of history. Amidst the now tranquil and picturesque setting you can see the remains of the audacious engineering feat that was the artificial Mulberry harbour of Arromanches-les-Bains, or the nine thousand graves of the American servicemen, just above Omaha Beach, who lost their lives during Operation Overlord in the summer of 1944.

An invitation

For an ambitious, bright student, we think ours is the best summer school you will find, and we can’t wait to share it with you. If you are looking for an exciting academic challenge with the close attention of world-class academics, please apply below. 

2019 applications now open