How do I get to Oxford College International Summer School?
Oxford is well connected by both rail and road to several of the UK’s biggest cities. From central London you can reach us by car in just over 90 minutes, and by train this journey takes just over one hour. If you decide to arrive by train, the nearest station to the school is Oxford Central, and is a short taxi-ride away.
The address for the Oxford College Summer School campuses are as follows:
St Hugh’s College
St Margaret’S Road, Oxford
54 Banbury Road, Oxford
If you have any problems at all with locating the school, our team in head office are always happy to assist with navigation.
For students travelling without an adult, we provide an airport transfer service between Heathrow Airport and the Oxford College. Any student using this service will be greeted in the arrivals hall by a member of our summer team before being accompanied to the school along with other students arriving on that day. More information about Travel and Transfers can be found here.
Your Student Support Manager is happy to provide more information and advice about our transfer options.
What does a typical day at Oxford College International Summer School look like?
At Oxford College, every day is an opportunity to learn, socialise with new friends, build confidence and be inspired to try new things.
Because of the comprehensive nature of the college programme, across the week each day is different. To help you understand what students are doing while staying with us, we have created a sample timetable of a typical Summer School 2-week cycle. You can view this timetable here.
Do students need a visa to attend Oxford College Summer School?
If a student is a citizen of any country currently within the EU or the European Economic Area, they do not require a visa to enter the UK. However, we always advise confirming this with your embassy if you are uncertain. You can also check online to determine whether your child requires a visa to enter the UK on the UK government website here.
Once a student’s place with us is secured, we will provide a supporting document to assist with your visa application. Further details and guidance on applying for the appropriate visa are available in your Welcome Pack, which is received upon booking.
A deposit of £700 is required within 7 days to secure your booking.
When do I need to pay the balance of course fees?
The balance payment must be paid by Monday 13th May 2019. Any bookings made after this date must be paid in full at the time of the booking (upon receipt of the invoice).
Do students need Travel Insurance?
Summer Boarding Courses Ltd, in association with Gibbs Denley Insurance Services, provides all students with comprehensive travel insurance.
For more information about our student insurance cover, please click here.
What should students bring to Oxford College Summer School?
We suggest that all Oxford College students pack clothing suitable for both warm and cool weather as, even in summer, the weather in England can soon change from sunshine to rain! We send out a full list of recommended items to bring to all students before the summer, but here’s a list of essential items to remember:
Everyday clothes – a selection of casual trousers, shorts or skirts, jumpers, sportswear and t-shirts are required, for activities and social events.
Formal clothes – a smart outfit for graduation events
Footwear – trainers (outdoor and indoor), everyday and smart shoes
Toiletries – students are expected to bring their own (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, toothbrush and toothpaste).
Rucksack or small travel bag – for afternoon trips and excursions.
Weather protection – English summer demands both an umbrella, and sun protection, so make sure to pack sun cream, sun hat and sunglasses.
Travel essentials – students should remember to bring a travel adaptor for a UK 3 pin plug socket, as well as pocket money and any travel documents.
All Oxford College students will also benefit from the weekly laundry service offered at the college. We recommend naming all clothing items, so they can easily be identified.
Students are provided with keys for their bedrooms at both college campuses, so they can keep any valuable belongings secure. We can only store passports/documents/money in the college safe.
How is a student's progress monitored?
All Oxford College students are placed into classes suitable for their level of English, so they can learn at the right pace alongside students of a similar language proficiency.
Although students will not be working towards a final test, their progress is monitored closely during their stay with us. We do this in an encouraging and comfortable manner, and our communicative approach to lessons means students should return home with not only a better understanding of the English language, but also with greater confidence and improved 21st century skills in communication, collaboration and creativity.
Upon successful completion of the course, all students will receive an Oxford College Summer School Certificate of Achievement and College Report, which outlines their current performance level and the progress made during the course.
What's the best way to keep in contact with students at Oxford College Summer School?
On arrival at the college, each student is offered a free UK pay-as-you-go sim card and the opportunity to purchase calling credit. This should make calling or texting family during the summer much more convenient.
A typical day at summer school is packed with lessons, social events and opportunities for students to interact with their new friends. However, we do understand that students want to hear from their families, so we recommend break times and free time as the best time to call home.
WiFi is available at the college, however connection is slower when all students are trying to use Skype, WhatsApp, etc. therefore, we do recommend mobile phones as the preferred device for staying in touch.
Parents will also be granted access to our official Oxford College Summer School Blog, where they can be kept updated with photos and news of the day’s events. The blog is only available during the summer months and your Student Support Manager will provide you with the secure login details once the course has started.
If a student has any problems during their stay, who should they speak to?
We have a dedicated staff team at the college who are in place to provide 24-hour support to students during their stay. College Mentors oversee the immediate welfare and basic medical needs of every student, and are supported by the College Principal and Social & Welfare Manager.
On their first day, students will be introduced to their College Mentors and the staff team within their accommodation. They will be advised of who to speak with in the team should they have any need something, feel unwell or unsettled, or simply want to chat, and are encouraged to do so without embarrassment or fear.
Our Student Support Managers also work closely with parents and guardians, from the point of booking and throughout the summer, to ensure that our students receive the optimum level of care.
What happens in the case of a medical emergency?
The welfare and safety of our students is paramount and at the forefront of our planning for summer courses. We pride ourselves on our ability to create a secure residential environment, with a vigilant and attentive staff team in place to supervise all students in their care. In the unlikely event that your child becomes ill or is injured during their stay with us, it’s important that you are aware of the measures we have in place to help them.
A comprehensive medical information and disclosure form is included in our Parent Welcome Pack. This document asks for relevant information about the health and well-being of each student and we require this to be completed, signed and returned to us before students begin their course. The details of who to contact in case of emergency is also requested in the medical form and will be recorded for use in such instances.
Your Student Support Manager will be available and happy to talk through anything which we collectively feel needs additional medical, emotional or behavioural support, with a view to ensuring that we are able provide adequate attention your child’s needs during their stay.
All SBC summer staff are residential, which means there is always someone available throughout the day and night to attend to an issue. For immediate medical concerns, we ensure that First-Aid trained staff are always onsite to deal with these in the first instance. We are also registered with a local GP and have access to a school nurse for anything either ongoing or that requires a prescription. In case of emergency an ambulance will be called.
Please note that in all cases of illness or injury, the child’s next of kin will be contacted directly by either the Student Support Manager or the Social & Welfare Manager.