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The Masters

The Masters

Insight into management

The Masters is a challenging two-week residential business course for ambitious students aged 16 – 19, taking place every year both at Easter and in the summer. Ideal for students interested in becoming global business leaders, the course is modelled on Ivy League/Oxbridge MBA programmes and formats such as 'Dragons' Den' and 'The Apprentice' – where real life entrepreneurs present their ideas to a board of expert investors and businesspeople.
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Improve your English fluency and formal writing skills


Develop overall business knowledge and management skills


Develop entrepreneurial, creative and design skills


Improve your critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills


Build knowledge & understanding of other cultures


Interact and network with future entrepreneurs from other countries and cultures

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About the programme

Develop Business English fluency, fire the creative imagination and build real business knowledge – in a traditional British boarding school setting

Each day’s project work is complemented by lectures, social events, sports activities or fun excursions. In the morning students attend our series of Business Lectures, while in the afternoon they participate in Product Development sessions and work in teams on their business plan.

In the evening, out social programme comes to life with a variety of events, films, sports, discos and trips to places of cultural interest – as well as the opportunity to make friends with peers from around the world.

Students will also enjoy a series of fascinating presentations by established entrepreneurs and business people – giving insights into how companies tackle today’s market, what drives investment decisions, and what abilities are needed for success.

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Competition Stages

Group round

All school teams compete in groups to impress the judges with their business proposals.


The top teams from each group qualify for the Semi-Final when they will have an opportunity to refine their pitch to a panel of business judges.

Grand Final

The winner of each group makes their pitch to the expert jury.


Runner Up

Best Presentation

Judging & prizes

Expert judges are chosen from among the successful entrepreneurs and business people who are invited to deliver presentations to our students.

The top teams who qualify for the Grand Final will make their final pitch to a panel of Business Investors. The panel judges each business proposal and crowns the Masters Champion!

Cultural Programme

Our well-rounded excursion programme achieves a great balance between education, cultural value, relaxation and sheer fun. London destinations include the Houses of Parliament, a West End theatre show and the City’s Bank of England Museum, where students get a fascinating insight into the development of the global economy.

In addition, students will visit either Oxford or Cambridge – two of the oldest university cities in the world. You will spend the day touring the city with ample opportunity to see the ancient College buildings, absorb the history and observe the thriving student life.

Students will also have the opportunity to visit a British company for a guided tour of its departments and operations. Past excursions have included tours of the Jaguar Land Rover, Lotus and BMW Mini plants.



London, Oxford & Cambridge, Brighton &/or Stratford-upon-Avon

London Attractions


Big Ben & the UK Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey



The British Museum, The National Gallery

Notable sites


Trafalgar Square, Oxford Street, Leicester Square, The London Eye, Tower Bridge

Ardingly College

Unnamed Road, Ardingly, Haywards Heath RH17 6SQ, UK

Benenden School

Greenwood Cottage, Cranbrook Rd, Benenden, Cranbrook TN17 4AA, UK

Bradfield College

Bradfield College, Bradfield, Reading RG7, UK

Christ's Hospital School

The Avenue, Horsham RH13, UK


5 Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5NJ, UK


100 Market St, Oxford OX1 3DY, UK


31 Meeting House Ln, Brighton BN1 1HB, UK

London Hearthow Airport

Heathrow Terminals 2 & 3, Wellington Rd, Middlesex, Longford, Hounslow TW6 1JH, UK

Gatwick Airport

South Terminal, Perimeter Rd E, Horley, Gatwick RH6 0NP, UK

Stansted Airport

Terminal, Enterprise House, Bassingbourn Rd, Stansted CM24 1QW, UK


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To host The Masters, we partner with some of the finest schools in the country, set in stunning locations and surrounded by beautiful English countryside. Sites are highly secure, with combination codes for dormitory access, security patrols and CCTV cameras.

Oxford International staff are housed in the same buildings as the students and are available 24/7 should any issues arise.

Eligibility & Registration


The Masters is a highly demanding and academic programme, and students generally benefit from it in proportion to their contribution to the project and course as a whole.


We suggest you select 5 – 20 of your most gifted students to form your Masters team. There is also one free teacher place per 10 students.


Please complete the registration form and return it to your local representative. To enter the competition, schools must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be between 16 and 19 years of age and still enrolled at high school
  • Students should have a minimum of B2 English level
  • Students must be accompanied by a dedicated member of the teaching staff who has a very high level of English
  • One of our academic team will discuss the programme with you in detail prior to enrolling to ensure you are ready to join the programme


To assess your eligibility, one of our academic team will visit or arrange a Skype call to discuss your entry to the competition and present the programme to your students.

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