Our English school in Oxford is situated in a quiet and spacious building in the centre of Oxford, a few metres from the main shopping streets and from the cultural and tourist centres of the city. These include the University Colleges, Museums, Art galleries, Historical buildings, the river, bars, clubs and pubs.
Through the windows of the school, you will enjoy spectacular views of the roofs of Oxford, Carfax Tower, the Cathedral, and the beautiful surrounding landscapes. The bus stations, urban and national, and train stations can be found a few minutes walk from the school.
In the summer months, some of the classes will take place at the Secondary School, located a 10 minute walk from the main building.
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Oxford, located in the centre of England, just 90km from London, is known worldwide for being home to the oldest English speaking University, Oxford University, which is also one of the most prestigious academic centres in the world. This famous University has always attracted students and visitors from all around the world. Amongst its students are Kings, Nobel Prizes or presidents, and its old classrooms have been used for filming many famous films.
However, this old city isn´t just an academic city, but also has an important historical and cultural heritage. Amongst many of the wonders, you will discover its beautiful architecture with its romantic spires and hidden away University Colleges. Its cultural environment is traditional and modern: theatres, comedy clubs and nightlife, pubs and live music ranging from indie rock to jazz, chamber music to orchestral. Oxford knows how to perfectly combine tradition and modernity.
Close to Oxford is the excellent University student city. Studying English in Oxford means studying in probably the most symbolic place in the word. In its streets and buildings there are such respectful traces of the past, one has the impression that the echoes resonate from many generations of students that have studied here in the previous centuries. Doing an English course in Oxford is a unique experience.
Oxford is a student city, and the most used transport method is by bike. The historical centre can be toured just by bike since cars are prohibited and there are many lanes.
Oxford, being a Univeristy city, has varied leisure options, from traditional British pubs to modern clubs. At night, there are bars, cafes and pubs full of people, mainly young people and university students, and many international students from the English course can make the most of this at any time. Cowley road is very popular with the students: there are many pubs and clubs. In the city centre, there are a lot of pubs and clubs for every taste, with surprising musical offerings. Visit the Bear, open since 1242, continues to be as popular as we suppose it was 800 years ago.
Travelling around Oxford by bus costs £7 per week.
£30 or £40 should be enough to eat and to do things, but if you want to visit other cities and go out most nights, you will need more money.
Timetable: mornings 09:30 to 12:30
Students that want to combine their studies with their free time.
The objective of the course is to help the students to communicate effectively, and in an appropriate manner in diverse situations, expressing their ideas and opinions with precision and clarity. To be able to understand diferent situations and registers, speaking and writing with precision and in a variety of different styles, situations and registers. To help you to do this, the classes focus on all of the aspects of the language: you will learn how to use vocabulary, grammar, and how to improve your language skills.
Afternoons 14:30 to 17:15
Timetable: 09:30 to 13:35
Two breaks: one of 30 minutes, and the other 15 minutes
The structure of the intensive course is the same as the standard course. It includes 5 more lessons each week.
Mornings from 09:30 to 13:35, and afternoons from 14:30 to 16:10
Breaks during class: one of 30 minutes and the other 15 minutes
Students that want to progress quickly, enjoying classes morning and afternoon
The structure of the course is the same as the standard course. The number of hours of classes change every week. In this case, there are 6 lessons per day.
Starting dates for the 2016 course:
Students that need to prepare for the Cambridge exams
The preparation course at the Oxford school is very successful. Approximately 90% of the students have passed their exams since the beginning of 2005.
Starting dates for 2016:
FCE&CPE: from 4/01 to 04/03
CAE: from 4/01 to 11/03
FCE: from 14/03 to 13/05, from 19/09 to 09/12
CAE&CPE: from 14/03 to 03/06, from 19/09/ to 02/12
FCE&CAE: from 20/06 to 19/08
Every week and especially in the summer, the school organises a varied programme of cultural activites. Nearly every afternoon, evening and weekend the school organises excursions, trips, tours and various events. Participating in the activities is the perfect way to get to know the city and the surroundings, whilst also making new friends.
During the weekends, we organise full day trips.
This list is just an example:
Every Saturday we organise full day trips with a private coach. During your stay, you will visit:
During the summer, we also organise half day trips to Blenheim Palace, Las Rozas Village and the BMW Factory (home to Mini)
Living with a native family during your stay in Oxford is ideal for students that want to submerge themselves in a different culture. Sharing food with your hosts every day, you will have the opportunity to get to know the British culture and practice your English. The majority of the families live in residential areas in the city. To get to the school you will have to get public transport, and it can take 10-30 minutes.
Our families are all very different. Your hosts can be natives or families that moved to the UK many years ago, single people, married or retired people. All of the families are carefully selected and are inspected regularly, to ensure that they comply with the quality criteria of the British Council.
Accommodation in families includes breakfast and supper from Monday to Friday, and food throughout the weekends.
Double bedrooms are available only for students that travel together.
Remember that the first Sunday you should arrive at the families house before 23:00
Availability: All year
Room Type: single or double room
School distance: 10-30 minutes on public transport
Check-in: Saturday / Sunday before 23:00
The summer residence is very close to the University Campus of Headington, and close to Oxford Brookes University; it is very well connected with the city centre through public transport.
The residence is made up of shared aparments of 6 people. All of the bedrooms are singles. The kitchen, living room and the two bathrooms are shared with the other students.
The school is 15-20 minutes away by bus. There is a security service 24 hours a day.
There are washing machines and dryers available for students - you need to pay for this service. There isn´t a cleaning service during the stay. The students will be responsible for cleaning their apartments. There is no internet connection.
Availability: Only summer - July and August
Room Type: Single room
School distance: 15-20 minutes by bus
Check-in: Saturday/Sunday from 14:00 to 21:00
Check-out: Saturday before 09:00
Deposit fee: 100 pounds
The residence belongs to Oxford University; it is made up of shared apartments amongst students. All of the bedrooms are individual - bathroom, kitchen and living room are shared within the flat. You will be given sheets but you need to bring your own towels. There is internet connection throughout the building.
There is availability of single bedrooms with ensuite. To have an ensuite, you need to pay a supplement.
This residence is available from September to June.
Availability: September to June
Room Type: Single bedroom
School distance: 20 minutes by public transport
Deposit fee: 100 pounds
Getting to Oxford from London airports. The best option is to get to Victoria Station (London) and from here, you can get a direct bus to Oxford.
Oxford Tube has a service from Victoria, Marble Arch, Notting Hill Gate, Shepherd´s Bush and Hillingdon, in London, to the centre of Oxford.
The X90 bus connects Victoria train and bus station in London to the centre of Oxford. The same company operates the bus service Airport Express, from Heathrow or Gatwick.
From Paddington Station in London, there are trains to Oxford - it takes 50 minutes.
En Oxford hay la ventaja de que esta muy bien comunicado, por lo que facilita cualquier actividad o visita
Lo mejor es la experiencia de salir fuera de tú país y tenerte que desenvolver en la vida diaria con otro idioma y otra cosa es la gente que se conoce.
La experiencia enriquece mucho
Oxford es una ciudad pequeña pero PRECIOSA. Está llena de estudiantes. Repetiría este viaje. Los ingleses además son muy agradables. He tenido mucha suerte con mi familia de acogida, y los vínculos han sido muy importantes.
Ciudad de destino (Oxford): es increíblemente bonita y muy tranquila. Es muy fácil moverse por toda la ciudad y hay mucha variedad de sitios donde comer, pasear, ir de compras, salir, visitar... La escuela: está muy bien en general. Está situada en el centro de la ciudad, dentro de un centro comercial, muy agradable. Dentro tiene muchas facilidades (sala de estudiantes donde se puede charlar, comer..., biblioteca con DVDs y muchos libros para leer o aprender inglés, bastantes ordenadores...). Las aulas son grandes y tienen lo necesario para un buen desarrollo de la clase, y todo el personal es encantador y siempre dispuesto a ayudarte en lo que necesites. También tienen un programa con actividades para las tardes y fines de semana. Alojamiento: Yo estuve en Headington, una zona tranquila con muchas tiendas y muy buena comunicación (pasan autobuses para todos lados), y el trayecto en autobús al centro era de unos 20 minutos. La casa era modesta y estuve muy a gusto en ella; la señora fue encantadora y estaba pendiente de que estuviéramos bien. Al llegar nos dio una llave de la casa y nos dejaba salir y entrar sin ningún problema. Si alguna vez llegábamos por la noche porque habíamos estado de excursión, nos dejaba la cena para que al llegar nos la calentásemos (esto lo digo porque alguna familia de mis compañeros de clase, si llegaban tarde, se quedaban sin cena), y se preocupaba por hacer una comida más o menos sana. En las 6 semanas no tuve el más mínimo problema.