Learn, live and love English, with this inspiring blend of language teaching, practical activities and immersive cultural experiences.

You’ll develop skills and build confidence in all areas of the English language. From learning the right way to use vocabulary and grammar to writing fluently, we’ll transform the way you communicate.

We’ll cover all areas of language including pronunciation, public speaking, themed debates and workshops. Our goal is for you to leave us without any language barriers between you and your future aspirations.

And talking of future aspirations, we’ll also look at IELTS exam techniques so you can ace the world’s most popular English language proficiency test.

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FAQs

 

Are you affiliated with the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge or any of their colleges?

No. We are not affiliated with any. Our founding Directors are both Oxford University graduates, and for our academic subject courses we use the college buildings and accommodation. For further information on our academic subject courses, please see our website.

 

Will I be taught by Oxford University teachers?

Although many of our teachers and staff are past or present students of the University of Oxford, this is not a requirement for teaching English Language at Oxford Summer Courses. Our language lessons are taught by carefully selected teachers who are qualified (CELTA/ Trinity TESOL or equivalent) in teaching English as a foreign language and experienced in working with our age groups and levels of language skills. Our on-course staff are all experienced with English Language learners and their needs.

 

Are your on-course and teaching staff all native speakers?

Our on-course and teaching staff come from all over the world, and for some of them English is an extra language that they have learned, just like you. Because of this, they know exactly what it is like to learn English as an additional language, and because they have studied it, they can better help you to understand it, too. We believe that it is best to have a mix of native and non-native speakers available to guide you on your learning journey. English is an international language, after all, and you will use it to communicate not only with native speakers, but with English speakers all over the world.

 

English Explorers, Key Skills, or IELTS- which course is best for me?

English Explorers: For 9-12 year olds only.

Key Skills: For 13-17 year olds who wish to improve their general English skills inside and outside the classroom.

Academic IELTS: for 16-17 and 18-24 year olds who intend to take the Academic IELTS exam in the near future and wish to prepare for the exam. Minimum level CEFR B1 (intermediate). For more information on CEFR levels, see the British Council’s website. Please also note that there are two types of IELTS exams, and we teach preparatory courses for the Academic IELTS exam, not the General exam. If you are not sure which one is best for you, please see the IELTS website for more information.

 

What can I expect from the teaching time on your courses?

You can expect interactive, engaging classes with a strong focus on meaningful communication. We cover all four skills in our classes- reading, writing, listening and speaking, and we teach vocabulary and language functions. This means we give you the language you need to use in conversation first, and talk about the grammar later. This method allows you to get straight to using English to communicate in meaningful and authentic conversations, so you don’t get confused by grammar rules.

English Explorers- 9-10 and 11-12

What you can expect:

  • Placement assessment on the first Monday so we can put you into the right level class
  • 3.5 hour classroom session with two fifteen minute breaks on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings
  • 3.5 hour ‘active english’ session with two fifteen minute breaks on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons

English Language- Key Skills 13-15 and 16-17

What you can expect:

  • Placement assessment on the first Monday so we can allocate you into the right level class
  • 3.5 hour classroom session with two fifteen minute breaks on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings
  • 3.5 hour ‘active english’ session with two fifteen minute breaks  on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons

 

English Language- Academic IELTS 16-17 and 18-24

What you can expect:

  • Placement assessment on the first Monday so we can assess your learning needs
  • 3.5 hour classroom session with two fifteen minute breaks on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings
  • 3.5 hour classroom session with two fifteen minute breaks on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons
  • Fun evening activities every evening

Please note that we are NOT a test centre and the test is not included as part of the course. We do however do our best to support you with advice on where and when to take the test if you wish do so do immediately after your course. Tests need to be booked in advance, so please contact our admissions team  if you need help doing this. There is a fee to pay for the IELTS test, made payable to the test centre. You can find more information on the IELTS exam on their website.

 

What does ‘Active English’ include? 

Active English is a themed activity session with English Language learning goals- it allows you to use your English out of the normal ‘classroom’ setting, in real situations. Here are some examples of Active English sessions:

  • Learn some new vocabulary and language for talking about food, and then cook some traditional British food using an English recipe, or host an episode of a cooking show.
  • Learn new language functions related to sports and rules, and then learn a traditional British sport and play in teams, or invent a new sport and teach it to your classmates.
  • Focus on the language of storytelling, and share traditional stories from your home country.
  • Build your vocabulary and language related to offering suggestions and negotiating, and play a problem-solving survival game with your team.
  • Learn the language functions of arguing and expressing opinions, and then hold a debate with your class.

 

What is on offer when I am not studying or being taught or tutored?

We have created a course that gives you plenty of opportunities to have fun and socialise with your new friends. As well as organised fun activities every evening, there are day trips to places like London, Oxford and Blenheim Palace. At the weekends there can be visits to historic Oxford colleges, picnics in the park, and a chance to go punting on the River Thames. For 18+ students, there will be chances to go and experience Oxford nightlife and social spots, see live music and chat with real Oxford locals.

 

Do I gain credits at my school / university for completing Oxford Summer Course

Our courses can gain you credit if our teaching model meets the credit requirements of your school or university and the curriculum that you are following there.

 

Is there a minimum academic standard?

English Explorers/ Key Skills:

Our tutors can support students of all abilities, and there is no minimum requirement to study English Explorers or Key Skills with us, but if you need a short term study visa, there may be English language minimum requirements to obtain the visa. Please check with your local embassy if you need a visa to study in the UK.

Academic IELTS:

For IELTS courses, the minimum requirement is CEFR level B1 (intermediate).

 

What certificate do I gain by completing Oxford Summer Courses?

Your certificate will be issued by Oxford Summer Courses and will state your name, subject and course dates. It will be signed by the Directors of Oxford Summer Courses. In addition you will receive written feedback from your tutor which you may wish to use as a reference. These are not documents from Oxford University or any of their colleges.

 

Will I need a laptop/tablet to study? 

All 13+ students are encouraged to bring their own laptop or device if you have one (make sure that you bring the right charger and plug adapter). You may not always need it in class, however it may be useful for you if you wish to study further in your free time.

All students have access to a lockable space. Oxford Summer Courses does not provide laptops and is not responsible for the safety and security of your hardware.

 

Does Oxford Summer Courses offer scholarships or bursaries?

Unfortunately at this time we do not offer any scholarships or bursaries for our UK-based courses.

 

I want to study more than one course. Is this possible?

Absolutely. For English Explorers, you may come for up to four weeks. For Key Skills and IELTS,  you could come for four weeks rather than two weeks if you wish. Please note if you wish to extend your time with Oxford Summer Courses once you have started your programme, please contact the Admissions team who will advise if there is space on a consecutive course

 

Can I study two weeks English Language, and two weeks Academic subject?

Yes, this is also possible. Most universities recommend a CEFR level B2 as a minimum requirement in order to be able to study an academic subject in English, so we recommend this as a guide. At any lower level of English, you may not get the best quality experience. For more information about the academic courses we offer, please see our website.

 

What is included in the price of the course?

For students in our juniors courses (9-12)

  • All teaching
  • Accommodation and all meals
  • A graduation ceremony
  • A graduation meal every Friday evening
  • All day trips and activities
  • Travel/medical insurance

For students aged 13-15 and 16-17

  • All teaching
  • Accommodation and all meals
  • A graduation meal every Friday evening
  • A graduation ceremony
  • All programmed visits and excursions
  • Travel/medical insurance

For students aged 18-24

  • All teaching
  • Accommodation and breakfast every day
  • All evening meals
  • A formal meal in a restaurant every Friday
  • A graduation ceremony
  • All programmed visits and excursions
  • Travel/medical insurance
  • Bus pass for travel between accommodation and the city

The prices of our courses do not include flights or airport transfers.

 

What kind of places will I get to go to on the cultural excursions?

The UK is a compact country and we are lucky to have some incredible experiences all within a close distance of our course locations. The cities of Oxford and London have a range of things to do and places to visit. Trips may include the royal residence of Windsor, the Royal Naval Dockyards in Portsmouth, the Roman city of Bath, or the architecturally impressive Blenheim Palace. The visit programme varies according to the date and age group of your course but we aim to give every student a varied and exciting cultural programme.  

 

How much spare time will I have?

There is ‘relax’ time built in to every day, with social space for you to meet with your new friends.

For our younger students, whilst the days are more structured, there are still plenty of fun activities to do, and time to be with new friends. For the 9-12s we operate a ‘ Restricted Screen Time’ policy. Our staff will safely secure the students’ personal electronic devices during the programme, with students having access to them a set times during the day. We do this as we want our younger students to enjoy their time with us and make the most of the most of the programmes that they are enrolled on; making new friends, taking part in activities, study with top teachers. We feel this is best done without the draw and distraction of electronic devices.  Secondly there are number of reported benefits of less screen- time including better sleep, improved concentration and a greater interest in extra-curricular activities and social interactions. These are all traits and habits we want students on our programme to develop.

 

How long is the day?

Apart from Saturdays and Sundays, when there is a more relaxed programme, the day will start between 7 and 8am.  Our younger students are settled in their bedrooms by between 9.30 and 10.30pm at night. The daily programme is a busy one, and there is registration at least twice a day.  Our 18-24 year olds should expect to do quite a lot of walking because lessons are not in the same place as the accommodation. There is also a regular bus service in the city.

 

When should I arrive? And leave?

Students must arrive on Sunday afternoons, the first scheduled event evening the evening. Rooms will not be accessible before 2pm so please avoid arriving before then.  When it is time to leave on Saturday, you will need to hand back your room key by 10am and leave the site by 12.00pm. Your first meal will be on the Sunday evening of your arrival day, and your last meal with us will be breakfast on your departure day. Please note, we cannot accommodate students outside of their course dates, unless students are participating in consecutive courses with us.

 

What happens if I’m staying for more than one course?

Students staying with us for more than one course will be catered for throughout the changeover weekend. This includes all accommodation, transport between cities if courses are in different locations, meals (including lunches for our under 18s), and an additional excursion or activity on the Saturday. On the Sunday, students will join the new course and meet their new course mates.

 

Must I stay in the accommodation?

Yes. Our English Language courses are residential; we do not provide non-residential options.

 

Will I be able to launder my clothes? 

There are no laundry facilities for students at Begbroke Hall, so we recommend you bring enough clean clothes to last your stay. For 18+ there are facilities available at your accommodation, or in the local area.

 

Can I be accommodated in a room next to or with my friend?

We will take your request into consideration, but we can’t guarantee it.  

 

Will there be internet access?

Yes – you’ll have access to WiFi networks.  Do consider that some of the accommodation is in old and historic buildings.  WiFi is always available, but the signal strength may vary.

 

How are meals organised?

For all English Language students aged 9-17 staying at Begbroke Hall, there will be breakfast, lunch and dinner served in the school dining hall, during set times each day. There are a variety of hot and cold options available for you to choose from, and we are able to cater for most dietary requirements. On days where we are on a trip, we may take packed lunches or buy lunch and dinner out.

For students aged 18-24 who are staying in the Cowley area of the city, your breakfast and dinner will be covered by your course fees. You pay for your own lunch- there are lots of places to choose from.

 

How much of my own money will I need during a two-week course?

  • For 18-24 year olds we recommend that £300 will cover additional expenses, including lunches, souvenirs and free time
  • For 16-17 year olds, we recommend £250  
  • For 13-15 year olds, £200
  • 9-12 year olds will not need any more than £50 for a week

We do not limit what students can bring with them but 16+ ages will be expected to look after their own money. 9-12s will always have their money secured for them.  13-15s will be provided with the option.

You may want to consider a pre-paid debit card, such as Revolut. There are other pre-paid debit card options such as WeSwap and TransferWise.The International Student Identity Card can also be useful during your time in the UK, providing discounts in various places https://www.myisic.com/.  

 

Will you take my photograph? 

We will have trained staff on-site to record video footage and images during your stay. You will be given a chance to opt out of this if you wish.

 

Can my parents stay with me?

There are plenty of suitable accommodation options nearby if parents want to stay locally;  accommodation included in the programme is for the students only.

 

If my parents stay nearby, will I have time to see them? 

Yes, there will be occasional afternoons when we are very happy for you to catch up with your parents, but this will need to be arranged beforehand so it doesn’t affect your studies. We ask that your parents contact the Course Director at least 48 hours in advance.

 

What should I bring with me? 

Our outline list is:

Documents (essential)

  • Your passport, which we will check and securely store when you arrive.
  • Travel documents including travel insurance and medical insurance if you have your own.


Clothing

  • Enough suitable clothing: English weather can be hot or cold, wet or dry, even in the summer, so be sure to bring some warm and waterproof clothing.
  • A smarter outfit for graduations (we suggest trousers and a shirt, or a dress/skirt)
  • Sports clothing and trainers
  • Swimming kit (swimming trunks/costume) (9-12)
  • A bathrobe or dressing gown and slippers, if you like
  • A towel and toiletries (shampoo, toothbrush etc)
  • Indoor house shoes/slippers – not for use outside


Equipment

  • A mobile phone
  • A laptop or tablet (13+ students)
  • Any chargers you need
  • An adapter for UK plug sockets
  • A reading book (in particular for 9-12s who have a restricted screen time)

We will send you this information again before the start of your course.

 

Who are the on-course staff?

This is our fantastic team of people who are here to look after you and your well being, and making sure that you enjoy your course. There is a Course Director,  in charge of the whole site, and they have a team of leaders and helpers who will look after groups of students. They are all trained in working with young people, and they also have experience working with English Language learners.

 

Do you arrange visas?

We do not arrange visas, but we can give a supporting letter to help your application. Oxford Summer Courses is accredited by the British Accreditation Council as a short course provider, so please apply for a Short-term Study Visa. You must provide proof of the course you’re studying on official headed paper, stating the course’s name, duration and cost (including the accommodation element). Oxford Summer Courses will issue a visa support letter to you on receipt of your payment.

If you are under 18 you need to provide additional documents where the following are true:

  • You are travelling on your own
  • You are travelling with someone who isn’t your parent or guardian

Your parent or guardian needs to provide both their:

  • Written consent for you to travel to the UK, and
  • Full contact details

For full details please use the UK Visa Government website. Should you have any further queries please contact us.

 

Will I be covered by travel and medical insurance?

Travel insurance is included in the cost of the course. For further details on what this insurance covers, please speak to our admissions team.

 

If I have to cancel, will I get a refund?

The specific details can be found in our terms and conditions.

 

I have special requirements (medical, learning, dietary, accessibility). Can I still come?

We can cater for any dietary specifications (religious or health).  Once you have submitted your dietary requirements, please note that changes can only be made for medical reasons.

All other requirements (learning, medical and access/mobility) are dealt with carefully on a case by case basis so please contact our admissions team and we will make every effort for you to be able to attend.  

We will capture all essential detail about you in our information form, sent to you before you join us on your course.  

 

What happens if I get sick during the course

We hope that you don’t get ill but sometimes, it happens. If you do get ill, our staff will make sure that you can access appropriate medical services to diagnose and treat you. The on-course team and house parents will make sure that you are looked after properly whilst you are ill.  If you choose to end your course early because of an illness, we are unable to refund you the cost of your course. You may be insured for the course costs and/or any emergency travel through your travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy.

 

What measures do you take to care for the safety of all students?

We have strong policies around safety and risk and we have very clear processes around:

  • The way we accommodate our students
  • Training our tutors and pastoral teams
  • Our staff to student ratios

We have a team trained specifically in child safeguarding and also in supporting the social and emotional needs of young people.  Our staff are DBS checked, which is the UK government safeguarding body.  We take safeguarding extremely seriously and recognise the responsibility we have to our students, staff and partners.  Please note that we will securely hold passports for all under 18 year olds, for the duration of their course, which is also necessary in case of a hospital admission.

 

How will you use my data?

Since the 25th May 2018 we — and our venue partners — have been compliant with a new UK Data Protection Bill based on the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

We ask you for information about you to help us process your application and to make sure that we can cater for your requirements.  We pass on relevant data such as dietary requirements, names and ages to our venue partners. We abide by UK and EU law when data is required by authorities, although this will be on a case by case basis.  

For our compliance, you must confirm to us that you give consent for us to use your data in this way so that you can attend our courses.  We will not hold personal information about you beyond October of the year after you attend the course. You can also tell us not to use this information in which case we will delete your contact details.  

You can read more about data protection in our privacy policy.

 

Can you book my flights and airport transfers?

We don’t book flights for our students although we do offer an airport transfer service each way to all our UK locations from Heathrow only.  This can be booked closer to your course start date. Please note that this service must be booked in advance,  and your arrival must be within a certain time on the day. You may be able to take advantage of our complimentary offer.

 

I want my child to travel with an airline using their Unaccompanied Minors service – who will the airline hand my child over to?

All of our staff waiting at Heathrow Airport will carry proof of identity and an official letter from Oxford Summer Courses confirming their role in the collection of students arriving into the UK.  We will have a full manifest of all students we are to meet at the airport, and which of these are in the care of an airline. This is information which parents/guardians must provide to us when they make their request for our airport transfer service. If your airline requires a specifically named individual when you book their Unaccompanied Minors service, please give the following details to them:

Leigh Joslin

[email protected]

Oxford Summer Courses, 18 Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2NA, United Kingdom

+44 (0)1865 818403

 

How do Airport Transfers work?

Arrivals

These are required for unaccompanied 9-12 year olds and are optional for all our other students.

You should aim to land at London Heathrow Airport between 8 a.m and 3 p.m UK time so that we can get you to your course for the important first introductions. For flights landing outside of these times we can only cater for under 18’s and additional charges will apply. All transfers must be arranged before your arrival day. You can book onto the Airport Transfer Service when you confirm your travel arrangements with us, up to 4 weeks before your course begins.

Departures

You should remember that all courses end at 10am and you need to leave the site by midday of your final Saturday. Our departure service runs throughout the morning, so in order to avoid long waiting times at the airport, you should aim for a flight that departs between 9am and 6pm UK time. For flights departing outside of these times we can only cater for under 18’s, and this must be by prior arrangement before you arrive on course (additional charges apply). If you wish to use the departure service you should book onto this when confirming your travel plans before your arrival onto the course.

 

When will I receive more details on the course? 

We’ll be in touch with lots more information before the start of your course, this will include details of your accommodation and where to go on your first day.

 

How can I reserve my place? 

You first need to complete the application form.  Then, to make the payment and reserve your place, please follow the link which you’ll find in the offer email we will send out to you as part of your successful acceptance onto the programme.

Through our Flywire payment system, we accept most local method of payments including all major credit cards and bank transfers.  Alternatively, you can make a payment on the phone by calling us directly +44 (0)1865 818 403.

If you’d like to pay by direct bank transfer, please get in touch with us at [email protected] and we can send over bank details.

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