The city of Boston has so many good hospitals and universities that it has been dubbed "the Athens of America." It is a very liveable city; it has great public transport (the T) and is the only state capital in the US with a sea coast. This provides fantastic seafood, by the way, Maine lobster, scrod, fresh clams and mussels. Boston is definitely a foodies' town.
Historically, Boston is a very important city for Americans, as it was the stie of several pivotal events during the American Revolution - The Battle of Bunker Hill, The Boston Tea-Party and the Boston Massacre. There is a revolutionary trail for tourists, commemorationg all these events and OSC students can be guided through it on a free afternoon by one of our teachers.
To the North of Boston, across the Charles River, lies the city of Cambridge, home of Harvard and MIT and originally founded as a centre for Puritan theology. OSC students will sleep at Harvard and take classes in MIT, giving them a particular insight to both these famous universities.
As OSC summer courses usually start before the 4th of July, students and teachers always feel very privileged to be sitting on the banks of the Charles enjoying the famous fireworks that celebrate Independence Day.
In the mid-19th century, The Fireside poets (so called because families would sit around the fire of an evening reading their poetry - there was no TV in those days) all lived and worked in Cambridge. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes and James Russell Lowell were the three best known poets of their time and, some say, as famous then as any rock star nowadays.
So Cambridge, too, is historically important and just as vibrant and exciting as Boston, which is a short T ride away. There is so much to see and do in Boston and Cambridge in the afternoons after class that it is the belief of some of our more rigorous OSC teachers that students "have too much fun" when they come on the summer courses.
This is where OSC students live while on our Pre IB and Mid IB Boston Summer Schools.
Founded in 1636, Harvard is the oldest university in the US and one of the prestigious Ivy Leage institutions.
Harvard's founder, John Harvard, was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge (UK), and Harvard's atmosphere and architecture were designed to echo the college traditions of Oxford and Cambridge.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
MIT is a quirky school. Once a year a piano is thrown off the roof of Baker House, a student dorm, designed by the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Why, you ask? Well, it is a physics experiment of course. MIT is lots of fun and has its traditions but don't make the mistake of thinking that MIT is just for Geeks.
They have some of the best sports complexes around - two Olympic sized swimming pools, a state of the art gym, fantastic basketball, volleyball and squash courts, and a great outdoor running track.