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English Language Courses with Oxford Summer Courses

  • Study with us for 2 or 4 weeks
  • High quality accommodation
  • Up to 8 students per class
  • Central Oxford location
  • Breakfast and dinner included
  • Course available for ages 10-12, 13-15, 16-17 and 18-24. Apply now
  • Experienced qualified teachers
  • Internationally diverse students
  • Activities included
  • Additional one-to-one classes available
  • Integration with native English speakers

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Improve your English inside and outside of the classroom

Study English with Oxford Summer Courses and unlike a normal language school you will:

Rapidly improve your English inside the class room

  • Take up to 24 classes per week
  • Be taught by expert teachers with many years of experience improving students’ ability to communicate in English
  • Have a maximum of 8 students in your class
  • Experience the latest highly interactive teaching methods to help improve your English as quickly as possible, including project work, fun activities and modern English language teaching resources
  • Receive more individual attention from our teachers than a normal language school
  • Get tutorials specifically tailored to your needs
  • Choose the modules that best suit your requirements and level of ability

Immerse yourself in English culture and language outside of class

  • Live and learn in the historic buildings of Oxford University
  • Mix with native English speakers as well as students from around the world and be immersed in the English language
  • Apply what you’ve learned in the real world with our social and cultural activities and excursions, to help you continue your learning outside of the classroom

If you want to immerse yourself in the English language, improve quickly and speak confidently with other students from around the world, whilst living in the unique, historical buildings of Oxford University then study English with Oxford Summer Courses.

Cover key areas of the English language:

  • Speaking
  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Listening
  • Colloquial English and idioms

What you will learn by studying with us

  • Develop the confidence to use your spoken English freely
  • Discuss and debate current affairs in English
  • Develop your ability to read and write in English
  • Expand your vocabulary and functional language
  • Refine your grammar and syntax
  • Learn practical skills such as public speaking and creative writing
  • Rapidly improve your English skills in the real world
  • Learn independently outside of the classroom
  • Immerse yourself in British culture
  • Get a taste of what it is like to live and study in a Oxford University
  • Get an insight into exam techniques needed for IELTS

The advantages of studying English with Oxford summer courses.

Tailored teaching and small classes

Unlike other language schools there is not a set course, instead we base our teaching on your needs. Study English with Oxford Summer Courses and you’ll have a course that is tailored to your interests and requirements, you’ll have more class time and individual attention than you can get elsewhere. The course starts with an analysis of your needs, we consider your learning goals, strengths and weaknesses. What you study will be specifically tailored to the areas of English that you need to improve most, this means you will receive more individual attention than other English language courses helping to improve your English more quickly.

Live in centrally-located Oxford buildings

Live in central Oxford, in high quality student accommodation, and only a stone’s throw away from popular places to eat and some of the major sights in Oxford such as the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford University Parks and the Bodleian Library.

Learn from expert teachers

Learn from our expert teachers who have number of years of experience and are more highly qualified than other language schools (diploma or certificate qualified: DELTA/CELTA with at least 2 years of English language teaching experience).

Improve your English for university study

Prepare yourself for application to an English-speaking university by studying with us. Our courses will enable you to develop your English in an academic context and strengthen your language skills. You can also improve your English to gain future certifications needed by universities as entrance requirements.

Increase your confidence in communication

Increase your confidence, speaking and fluency while also immersing yourself in the English language amongst a group of like-minded international students from around the world.

Have fun and learn about British culture

You won’t simply be getting an improvement in your English but you’ll also have fun, stimulating, sociable classes as well as visiting British landmarks such as London, Windsor Castle and Blenheim Palace (the home of Winston Churchill).


Our English Language courses are designed to allow students the chance to soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful, historic, “dreaming spires” of Oxford. To enable students to make the most of their stay, all of our accommodation is located in this beautiful city. During your stay you will have plenty of time to explore shops, restaurants and the city itself. All of our academic and pastoral staff are passionate about Oxford.

Students will stay in high quality Oxford accommodation; in single rooms with shared bathroom facilities. You will get a true flavour of what student life is like.

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Study the English language with Oxford Summer Courses in the heart of the history city of Oxford, with a choice of 2 or 4 week courses.

Academic IELTS – Skills & Techniques

  • Introduction to IELTS – everything you need to know about the Academic IELTS exam. Find out how and when to take the exam, what the four components consist of, timings for each section, and how your papers will be marked
  • Practise exam-style reading, writing, listening and speaking exercises and receive individual feedback on your progress in each area
  • Learn about the different types of questions you will find in each component, as well as exam technique and handy tips to get the best marks
  • Focus on Academic Writing – what topics to expect, how to structure your essay, appropriate vocabulary to use and useful phrases to take your writing to the next level
  • Take timed mock exams using authentic materials to get a real idea of your progress

Aimed at 16 to 24 year olds taking the IELTS Academic exam in the next 6-12 months, CEFR level B1 and above.

Key Skills

  • Improve the four main skills in English – reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Focus on grammatical accuracy; learn or revise forms such as the conditional, perfect tenses and the passive
  • Practice your communication skills with other students through fun activities inside and outside the classroom
  • Build up your vocabulary and develop your written work with regular self-study assignments
  • Improve your spoken fluency through role-plays and interaction with native speakers

Aimed at 10 to 15 year old students of all abilities who want to improve their general level of English.

Academic IELTS – Topics & Vocabulary

  • An integrated skills class providing an introduction to all the possible topics for the IELTS Academic exam; from Art to Business, Environment to Education
  • Study each topic in detail in class; improve your vocabulary and practice using new language effectively
  • Learn idioms, colloquialisms, phrasal verbs and compounds; focus on meaning, form and pronunciation
  • Practise using your new vocabulary through IELTS-style exercises and activities
  • Build on your IELTS skills and techniques through topic-based, exam-style essay and comprehension practice

Aimed at 16 to 24 year olds taking the IELTS Academic exam in the next 6-12 months, CEFR level B1 and above.

Project-based Learning & Activities

  • Join with students of all nationalities to work together on your choice of project – a newspaper, presentation or Youtube video
  • Improve communication, cooperation and critical thinking skills through working as part of a team
  • Learn practical skills such as public speaking and creative writing
  • Present your project at the end of the course to an audience of your peers and Course Directors
  • Increase your confidence and fluency through communicating with native speakers
  • Take part in fun group activities around Oxford whilst boosting your word power and enhancing your understanding of English

Aimed at 10 to 15 year old students of all abilities.

Teaching Methods

At Oxford Summer Courses we are committed to delivering the best English language experience, we mix small classes with experienced tutors and lots of class time to ensure that studying with Oxford Summer Courses will improve your ability to read, write and speak the English language whatever your experience and needs.

Up to 24 classes per week

With up to 24 hours per week (depending on the course you choose) you’ll be able to quickly learn more English than a school which has fewer classes and develop your English language skills in a supportive environment where you will receive more classroom time and get a great opportunity to develop your English language ability. Our individual courses are tailored to meet your needs – with classes separated by language confidence – and you’ll be able to choose how much time you want to spend learning English and immersing yourself in the history and culture of the city of Oxford.

Up to 8 students per class

Our class sizes are as small as possible so that you get more attention from your teacher. Keeping class sizes small ensures our teachers will closely attend to your needs and tailor their teaching to your level – and force you to justify your directions and conclusions. Don’t be daunted, though. Smaller classes will help to guide and inspire you. Giving us more opportunity to hear what you think and why – and help bring out the very best in you.

Experienced teachers

All of our tutors have a wealth of teaching experience and are TEFL qualified, we are highly selective when it comes to recruitment and choose teachers who are not only highly qualified but supportive, patient and dedicated to bringing out the best in your English language ability. Our pastoral staff live and work in the city of Oxford and know how to show you the parts of the city that larger schools can’t reach, we’ll show you an authentic Oxford experience.

English Explorers- course for 10-12 year olds

Would you like to improve your English? Our English Explorers course offers an interactive, immersive and confidence-building experience to students with less advanced English skills and fluency. Specialist English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers will help you to expand your vocabulary and understanding, and apply your new skills to a variety of real-life situations. Your experiences on day trips and the fascinating history of your surroundings will be used to enrich classroom learning, and you will gain confidence in a variety of different types of communication. Then it’s up to you to decide where your new skills will take you!

Read more about our 10-12 courses here.

The Oxford Summer Courses Experience

  • Oxford Camera
  • Oxford EFL
  • Sports in Oxford
Outside of the classroom Oxford Summer Courses is all about giving you a taste of the Oxford experience. Our course is carefully designed to immerse you in the cultural life of Oxford’s museums, concerts, theatres, and galleries, dining in local restaurants for breakfast and dinner. Living in the historic city of Oxford will help you to develop your language skills while surrounded by this beautiful city. All of our pastoral staff members are Oxford students or alumni we guarantee not only world-class teaching, but an authentic Oxford experience.
  • Sandhiya Nanthakumar - Student from 2015

    Sandhiya Nanthakumar – Student from 2015

    Studying for 2 weeks at Oxford Summer Courses was everything that I hoped for. The seminars allowed us to explore different topics, and the small class size of 4 people ensured that everyone’s views about topics were heard. During the seminars each student gave a presentation about a certain topic; not only has my knowledge about various topics broadened through this experience, but my presentation skills have improved immensely. The weekly one-to-one tutorials allowed me to spend quality time with an actual Oxford tutor. During the tutorials we discussed an essay that I had written during each week. Though I found the many questions raised by my tutor challenging, it was truly an insightful experience. The material covered throughout the 2 weeks was undergraduate material, giving me an insight into university life. It was an experience that I could not have gained anywhere else!

  • Kika Perez Ilzarbe – Student from 2015

    Studying at Oxford Summer Courses has been an intense, non-stop adventure. After many seminars with my tutor and classmates, I am able to recognize different theories and models of rights. I’m hugely satisfied with the increased knowledge and understanding I have of a previously unfamiliar subject. Oxford Summer Courses has been fantastic!

    Kika Perez Ilzarbe – Student from 2015
  • Federico Ferrari – Mathematics student from 2014

    Oxford Summer Courses is one of the most enjoyable, challenging and educative summer courses I have ever attended. What I liked most was the fact that we had to take on some responsibilities in order to organise our time depending both on our lessons and activities. Attending seminars and tutorials in Oxford’s buildings made me feel like a real student. Oxford Summer Courses is characterised by a pleasant atmosphere within the students, and by a close relationship between students and tutors. You live in a friendly environment, which makes you experience the best summer course in Oxford.

    Federico Ferrari - Mathematics student from 2012


Leonie Rowland

Leonie Rowland has over 20 years’ experience of teaching English as a foreign language to students of different nationalities and learning levels. She has worked as a manager and director of studies for an international language school in London and Milan and has extensive freelance experience working with businesses, schools, EEC funded projects and universities. Leonie is passionate about the study of English and strongly believes that learning is enhanced through lively, interactive student-centred lessons, encouraging independent learning and critical thinking.

Richard Orange

Richard is a native-speaking English teacher, and grew up in the county of Warwickshire, near to William Shakespeare’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon. When teaching, Richard draws upon his practical experience from his time as a journalist writing for renowned newspapers such as the Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph to to help you improve your written and spoken English. He has also worked as a university lecturer and has trained students from all over the world in the finer points of English grammar and idioms for a number of years. Drawing on his experience Richard enjoys using dynamic and interactive teaching methods as well as workshops and practical activities outside of the classroom to make his classes diverse and enjoyable for students. Aside from his time spent teaching the English language Richard is an editor and writer of academic books on the media and has also written travel guides to the Alps.

Prices and Dates

2 week courses: £3,395
  • 24th June to 7th July
  • 1st July to 14th July
  • 8th July to 21st July
  • 15th July to 28th July
  • 22nd July to 4th August
  • 29th July to 11th August
  • 5th August to 18th August
  • 12th August to 25th August
4 week courses: £6,295
  • 24th June to 21st July
  • 8th July to 4th August
  • 22th July to 18th August

Regarding 4 week courses beginning on 1st July, 15th July and 29th July please contact us.

Included in the price is:
  • • All teaching, including up to 24 classes per week
  • • Accommodation with breakfast every day
  • • Evening meals including at local restaurants
  • • A three-course graduation banquet
  • • All cultural activities in Oxford and further afield
The price does not include flights or airport transfers.