The Oxford College Summer School is held at a fantastic location near the centre of Oxford and provides a unique experience for teenagers aged 15-17. Students with an Intermediate to Advanced level of English have the opportunity to develop English fluency and academic confidence in the inspiring environment of a prestigious Oxford college.
Our Oxford College Summer School is located at Wycliffe Hall, one of the private halls and colleges that make up the University of Oxford. Wycliffe Hall is just a five-minute walk from the centre of Oxford, famous throughout the world and known as ‘The City of Dreaming Spires’.
The course allows in-depth study of academic subjects including Business and Leadership, Philosophy and Global Thinking – perfect for developing critical thinking and practising discussion skills in preparation for further academic study. Students are also given space for independent study, allowing them to take responsibility for their own learning and preparing them for university culture.
The Academic Programme is aimed at students who are currently at an Intermediate level of English or above. The programme is split into Morning Electives and Afternoon Seminars, and all students select a Morning Elective and an Afternoon Seminar when they book, each being followed for a minimum of 2 weeks.
Morning Electives are studied for 15 hours per week across 5 mornings:
Students staying with us for more than 2 weeks, have the option of selecting 2 different Morning Electives, with the exception of our Business & Leadership Morning Elective, which must be selected for 4 weeks.
Afternoon Seminars are studied for 4 hours on 2 afternoons per week:
Students requiring a stay of 6 weeks must select both Afternoon Seminars as follows: 2 weeks Academic Writing + 4 weeks Global Thinking OR 4 weeks Academic Writing + 2 Weeks Global Thinking
For students of all abilities, this course has been specifically designed to further the development of our students’ communicative abilities. Through its topical content, students are encouraged to express their ideas and practise the relevant vocabulary and grammar, helping to increase their confidence in expressing themselves in English. Lessons are taught in a student-centred environment and formal presentations are included in the syllabus, requiring students to have an active role in their own learning – a valuable life skill in preparation for the start of college or university.
Students are introduced to a range of both classical and contemporary philosophical themes and concepts on this course. Transferable study skills are an integral part of the programme and thought-provoking classes will enable students to develop their ability to analyse, reason and form their own judgements, through the study of challenging topics, group work, classroom discussions and debates.
Students are offered an exciting opportunity to explore the practical side of setting up a business and learn about topics such as marketing, leadership and finance, whilst allowing students to expand their knowledge of business English. They will also be able to put all of their new skills and knowledge to good use in the final week, when they carry out a real-world business project.
This module is specifically tailored to develop students’ English language writing skills for a variety of academic purposes. Academic Writing will enable students to improve key essay writing skills including: structuring an essay, reading and writing critically, constructing more developed arguments in their writing and revising and editing.
This module will develop students’ political, economic, social and cultural knowledge. Global Thinking is an inspiring course that engages students in discussions and debates enabling our students to voice their own opinions, consider the arguments of others and develop critical thinking.
Oxford College Summer School has an extensive Social Programme that includes a range of activities and events to provide a rounded college experience. Students are able to take advantage of all that the stunning city of Oxford has to offer, as well as participate in a range of recreational activities that enables them to develop their English speaking skills in a fun and sociable environment.
In addition to the Social Programme, students at Oxford College Summer School go on a number of fun and varied day-trips to a mixture of famous cultural and historic sites. With 2 full day excursions each week* our excursion programme includes:
On their trip to the traditionally British seaside town of Brighton, students will visit the Royal Pavilion and its museum, as well as Brighton Pier and the beach, with some time for shopping in the famous Brighton Lanes. Students will come together for an evening meal in a Brighton restaurant after their day by the seaside, before travelling back to Oxford.
Students will visit the world-famous Stonehenge, one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. The afternoon will be spent exploring the beautiful, traditional Cathedral city of Salisbury with some time for shopping too.
There is so much to see and do in Bristol with its vibrant waterside, fascinating history and fabulous shopping centre. Students will enjoy the best of Bristol plus a visit to the state-of-the-art interactive science centre.
With over thirty extreme rides and attractions, including one of the world’s most terrifying rollercoasters, enjoy an exhilarating day out at one of the nation’s most popular theme parks!
Students will be surrounded by magic, myth, history and adventure on this day out to one of the UK’s finest castles. Afterwards, students can enjoy exploring the picturesque streets of Stratford upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
Our London day trips take students round the major sights, enabling all students to see famous tourist attractions such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square. Students may visit the famous Tate art gallery or view breathtaking panoramic views of the famous city landmarks such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, Canary Wharf and ‘The Gherkin’ on a flight on the London Eye, or at the iconic Shard tower. Students will also have time to enjoy a meal out together in a London restaurant.
Students staying with us for longer than 2 weeks will also experience our London Culture Day. They will spend the morning at the beautiful Kew Gardens, where they can explore the world’s most famous botanic garden and visit the iconic glasshouses, historic buildings and rare and beautiful plants. They will then visit one of London’s fascinating museums, such as the Natural History Museum which contains world-famous exhibitions including over 300 dinosaur skeletons, or the Victoria & Albert Museum, which is the world’s greatest museum of Art and Design. After the museum, students will have time to shop in Knightsbridge, the home of Harrods. Students will also have dinner in London’s famous Hard Rock Café, before heading back to Oxford.
Below you will find all of the course dates and prices for the Oxford College Summer School for 2016. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, as there are a limited number of places at Oxford College and we may be full with some nationalities by April.
The Course Price below includes 19 hours of tuition per week. This is made up of 15 hours of Morning Electives and 4 hours of Afternoon Seminars.
Please note there is one Business & Leadership course. This lasts 4 weeks; 27th June – 25th July 2016 only.
Oxford College Summer School offers an academic environment that prepares students perfectly for university culture.
Students have one additional afternoon per week dedicated to their Academic Programme and, per 2-week stay, students will have one afternoon session with a Guest Speaker and one Academic Excursion to London. The Guest Speaker is invited to deliver a lecture or workshop to our students to inspire, motivate or enhance existing study.
London Academic Excursion
As part of the Academic Programme every student will spend an afternoon in London. In their class groups, students will visit one of London’s famous sites to participate in a workshop that is closely linked to their Morning Elective, actively applying their English language skills in their chosen field. Workshop venues include the British Museum for General English students, the Bank of England for Business & Leadership students and the British Library for Philosophy & Critical Thinking students.
After their relevant workshops, students will all come together for dinner at a London restaurant and then a trip to the theatre, to see one of London’s top West End shows.
Oxford College provides comfortable, traditional university accommodation. There are separate boarding areas for male and female students and all accommodation is either single or twin study bedrooms. The accommodation facilities are ideal for students aged 15 to 17, who will be able to spend time together in the relaxed communal areas that create a welcoming social environment. In addition, our students are also able to make use of the free Wi-Fi available.
Oxford College Summer School is operated by Summer Boarding Courses, which contracts with Wycliffe Hall for the use of facilities but which has no formal connection with the University of Oxford.
Students will have their meals in Wycliffe Hall’s beautiful dining room and are provided with an excellent selection each day. There is a full English breakfast available four days a week and a continental breakfast every day. For lunch and dinner there is always a choice of two hot meals, including a vegetarian option. Students also have a great salad bar available to them, as well as fresh bread, fruit and desserts.
Oxford College offers a safe and secure environment that is staffed 24 hours a day by our friendly and professional team. We have a dedicated team of Managers, Teachers and College Mentors. The welfare of our students is our main priority at all times and our staff specialise in the pastoral care of older teenagers.
Summer Boarding Courses has a comprehensive Child Protection Policy and procedures in place, and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
For more detailed information about our Managers, Teachers, House Parents and Activity Leaders, please click below:
For full details regarding travel and transfer to our summer schools and colleges, visit our Travel and Transfers page.
Oxford College Summer School transfer costs are as follows:
Option 1 – Coach Transfer Service.
The Coach Transfer Service runs between Heathrow Airport and Oxford College on arrival and departure days.
Arrivals: available between 09:00 and 17:00.
Departures: available from 10:30 onwards. We recommend booking flights departing between 10:30 and 17:00.
|Coach Transfer Service||Price per journey
Arrival OR Departure
|Heathrow Airport||£90 per journey|
Option 2 – Taxi Transfer Service
Flights arriving at Heathrow before 09:00 or after 17:00 will need a Taxi Transfer. All students arriving into other UK airports will also need to make use of our Taxi Transfer Service.
For departures, students whose flights are scheduled to depart Heathrow before 10:30 can use our Taxi Transfer Service. The Taxi Transfer Service is also available for students departing from all other UK airports.
|Taxi Transfer Service||Price per journey
Arrival OR Departure
|Heathrow||£205 per journey|
|Gatwick||£250 per journey|
|Stansted||£270 per journey|
|Luton||£220 per journey|
|Birmingham||£220 per journey|
For other airports or train stations, prices are available on application.
Q: How do students get to and from the college?
A: We offer an Airport Transfer Service for students attending Oxford College Summer School, at an additional cost to the weekly course price. Please see our Travel and Transfers page for further information.
Q: How many students attend the college?
A: We welcome a maximum of 60 students each week. All students are residential, and study and socialise in a multinational environment.
Q: Can I contact my son/daughter?
A: Students at Oxford College can make use of the Wi-Fi available, so will have access to their emails at appropriate times. We also provide all students with a UK SIM card to make it cheaper for parents to phone the UK. Friends and family are welcome to visit students or arrange to take them out of the college grounds, provided we are given 24 hours’ notice in writing prior to any visit to the college. If a student is to be taken out of the college or out of the care of our staff during an excursion, the parent or guardian must provide written permission by signing an absence form.
Q: What are the sleeping arrangements?
A: There are separate boarding areas for male and female students and all accommodation is either single or twin study bedrooms. In addition, our students are also able to make use of the free Wi-Fi available.
Q: What are the dining arrangements?
A: There is a full English breakfast available four days a week and a continental breakfast every day. For lunch and dinner there is always a choice of two hot meals, including a vegetarian option. Students also have a great salad bar available to them, as well as fresh bread, fruit and desserts.
Q: Are special diets catered for?
A: Yes, please inform us of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.
Q: What do students need to bring?
A: A guidance list of clothing is sent to you after the booking has been completed. A free laundry service is provided (please mark all items of clothing with the student’s name) and sheets and bed linen are provided by the college. Students must bring a towel with them, as these are not provided by the college.
Q: Can the college look after valuables?
A: Yes, we have a safe in the summer school office to look after all passports, travel and spending money. Students will also be able to keep any valuable items (such as laptops or iPads) securely in their rooms as keys are provided. Please note we are only able to look after important documents (passports, money, etc.) in the college safe.