NYCS 2019: Final Wrap up from the Director

Dear Oxbridge Families, 

 It’s official, the College Seminar in New York 2019 has come to an end! The last student is on their way to the airport for their flights home (after some hiccups with the weather!).  

 The mixture of heartfelt tears, hugs, and kind words upon departure showed that the students formed solid bonds and strong friendships in only one short week. Importantly, they also were engaged in fascinating classes and had fun discovering this wonderful city. I hope that this experience was transformational, I know we witnessed some amazing growth and increased confidence. We will be adding a couple final posts on the blog, so please check back.  

All further communication, including grade reports, will come directly from the New York office. Please reach out to them with any questions. 

 On behalf of the entire staff and the Oxbridge Academic Programs, we hope that your students will never forget their experience with us this summer, we know we will never forget them. We know they have a bright future ahead! 

Best wishes,  

Sarah Westerberg 

Program Director  



The Pitch

In the final class day, students in the International Business class pitched their ideas to guest business investor, check out some of their ideas and presentations below:


Presentation for STICK: a trackable sticker so that your items will never be lost again! Presented by Will, Brianna, Abi, and Jack

LifeRing Pitch: A wearable ring that tracks heart rate and other vitals. Presented by Koki, Kaiden, and Cassandra

Camp Review Presentation:  Clearate, a streamlined review site for camps and summer programs. Presented by James, Charles, and Maya

Fashion Team presentation: Service for up and coming fashion brands to handle promotion. Presented by Jonathan, Colin, Rameesa, and Brian

Here are also some additional pictures from their visit earlier in the week to Cooper Hewitt:

Dessert Tour and High Line!

Today after their major class, students had their second day of college workshops!

In the evening, some students explored the many dessert spots in Greenwich Village, including DŌ Cookie Dough, Sweets by CHLOE, and Amorino!

Others traveled to the High Line, an elevated park that runs through the Lower West Side, Meatpacking District, and Chelsea.



Some students also went to see the Yankees vs Red Sox game at Yankee Stadium.


Hello from the Director!

Hello, Oxbridge Families!

Our program is in full swing with your students taking full advantage of all the program’s offerings! They have been striking a wonderful balance of work and play as they immerse themselves in their disciplines, digging into the material deeper, while also finding time to explore the great neighborhoods and sights of the city. Each day their confidence grows in navigating this beautiful city and managing their time and work with all the fun; all part of the college experience!

IMG_1467After our opening ceremony Thursday morning, students were dismissed to classes where they were introduced to their discipline and teachers. As a program, we then navigated the subway for the first time together down to midtown where we soared to the top of the famed Rockefeller building for a view of the entire NY skyline (and Jersey!). Finally, we wrapped our first day seeing the bright lights of Broadway in which students had the choice of seeing Waitress or Come From Away. I had the pleasure of seeing Come From Away, and wow what a show! I laughed and cried while it restored my faith in the innate goodness of people and the strength that comes through tragedy.

IMG_4682Friday students had not only their major class, but their first of two college workshops focused on the essay writing process and the interview process. Afternoon activities included stops at the Whitney Museum or walking the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset. Yesterday’s activities included an opportunity to visit NYU, exploring the neighborhoods of the city in small groups (many made the trek to Chinatown and SOHO), some took in another Broadway show, and a visit to the Chelsea Markets for unique foods and boutique shops.

And here we are today, Sunday, where student have their second workshop and will have the opportunity to tour Columbia University, walk the High Line, and sample sweet treats in Greenwich Village… on top of working on their final projects for class.

It’s hard to believe we’re looking to Departures Day already, but as we start pulling together the final travel plans, please communicate with your student their individual plan. We’ll be sharing with them the information we have tomorrow during the nightly check-in, so please be in touch before then so they have the most up to date plan. Once confirmed, we will put together the departures schedule. If you are picking up your student, please do so from 9:00-12:00 on Wednesday, August 7. If you need to make other arrangements, please be in touch with us as soon as possible.

I hope that you’ve been following our adventures on the blog, and have been in touch with your student — we’ll continue to remind them to check in with home as I know you’re excited to hear about their days.

Any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the program office via this email OR our 24/7 phone line, (434) 422-1537. We’re excited to share these last few days together, there is still much to experience and see!



Program Director