Study on an English course in Oxford - home to England’s most famous university! This magnificent city has been renowned as a centre for education for centuries, so there’s no better place to learn English! Oxford is overflowing with history and blessed with amazing architecture at every turn. The atmospheric Christ Church college and the distinctive Radcliffe Camera are two of the grandest buildings in ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’. Picturesque lanes will lead you to stylish shops, elegant eateries and historic pubs.
Owing to its large student population, Oxford has an exciting cultural scene. Whether you enjoy theatre, fine art or discovering new rock bands, Oxford won’t disappoint! If you want to take things a little easier, the city is home to plenty of parks, or you could explore the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside. Just to the north lies the spectacular Blenheim Palace, where Sir Winston Churchill was born. Alternatively, you could visit the endless attractions of London, which is less than an hour away!
Our school in Oxford
Just a stone’s throw from the iconic Radcliffe Camera, nestled amongst many of the university colleges is our English language school in Oxford. This central location means that you will find all the necessary amenities within a few minutes’ walk of the school, including the city’s train station. As well as a convenient location, our school also offers excellent facilities for students, including an IT suite, interactive whiteboards, a resource centre, a student lounge and, of course, wireless Internet throughout.
Your teachers will be both highly qualified and experienced in teaching English as a foreign language and, importantly, will all be native English speakers. They will encourage you to speak English at all times, which you should find really will maximise your progress.
Courses in Oxford
Lessons will be taught in English from the outset, regardless of your current level. You will take a level test on arrival at the school which will allow you to be placed in a suitable group and your teacher will then tailor the content of the lessons to meet the requirements and level of your group. Of course, we also offer private lessons if you prefer.
The ‘Intensive’ course of 20 group lessons per week is always a popular choice amongst our students because it offers the perfect balance between tuition and free time to explore and practice speaking English outside of the classroom! However, the school does also offer a ‘Super-Intensive’ course of 28 lessons per week if you only have a short time available to improve your English as much as possible.
We also offer English courses designed for specific purposes. For example, if you need to conduct business in English, the ‘Business’ course will focus on the vocabulary and lexicon required to do so. We also offer preparation courses for the Cambridge and IELTS exams. Please note that you should already have at least an ‘intermediate’ level of English to take part in these courses.
If you really need to reach an advanced level of English, you may wish to consider the ‘Academic Year’ course, which is offered for durations of 11, 22, 33 and 44 weeks. Please contact us for further information on this.
Our school in Oxford offers student residence accommodation on a self-catering basis, or host family accommodation on a bed and breakfast or half board basis.
We are often asked what the best accommodation option is for students. Of course, this is very subjective and so not always an easy question to answer!
However, from a linguistic point of view, we would always strongly recommend staying with a host family. This is because it will give you further opportunity to practice speaking English with native speakers on an everyday basis. It will also give you further insight into the local culture, giving you a truly unique experience of Oxford! Host families do come in all shapes and sizes and, therefore, may not be a ‘traditional’ host family and could be a single person or older couple. If you have any preferences or special requests regarding your accommodation, please let us know at the time of booking. We will then do our best to arrange this with our colleagues at the school, although as this is dependent on availability, we will not be able to guarantee this in advance.
If you would prefer to be a little bit more independent and prepare your own meals, then you may like to consider student residence accommodation. This type of accommodation is comfortable, but does tend to be more basic than host family accommodation, so is usually tends to be most popular amongst students in their twenties.
As well as taking English lessons at the school, you will also want to explore the city and local area, meet your fellow students and practice speaking English outside of the classroom. Our colleagues at the school understand this and that's why they offer a fantastic optional activities programme! Examples of typical activities arranged include city tours, river walks, quiz nights, film nights, games evenings, sports (e.g. football, volleyball and basketball), dance and fitness classes, cinema visits and pub evenings.
Our colleagues at the school will explain to you on arrival what activities will be offered during your stay and you can choose which you take part in. There may be a small additional charge for most activities, to cover costs such as entrance fees and transport. Please note that a minimum number of participants may be required to run the activities offered.
How to get there
Fly into Heathrow or Gatwick Airport. From Gatwick Airport, you can take a train directly to Oxford. From Heathrow Airport you can take the London Underground from the airport to Paddington train station. From Paddington you can then take a train directly to Oxford.
Location of our school in Oxford
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