Oxford

Oxford Language School

Why would you want to study English in Oxford?  The answer is simple; Oxford is an academic city whose foundations are steeped in learning, and it is close to London.  Home to one of the leading and most established universities in the world, Oxford is truly a centre of academic excellence.   Oxford University is the lifeblood of the city of Oxford: university architecture and the city infrastructure fit seamlessly together and a scholarly ethos permeates the city. The university, its wealth of academics and world-class education facilities make Oxford a captivating and motivating place to learn.

English language courses in Oxford offer the opportunity to explore the colleges of Oxford University, which are scattered throughout the city. Each college has its own independent history and unique charm. Did you know, for example, that Bill Clinton studied at University College or that Christ Church College is used as a filming location in the Harry Potter films? Attendees visiting Oxford during the summer months can stay in the accommodation of one of the university colleges – and thus will get a real taste of life at Oxford University.

Easy access to London

Trains run directly from Oxford to London every 30 minutes (and more frequently at peak times), with a journey time of less than one hour. There are also several popular bus services which run from various points in Oxford to the centre of London every 10-15 minutes. We can also arrange for taxis and luxury chauffeur driven cars, if required.

Oxford is a world-famous city reknowned for its prestigous university and beautiful college architecture. When you arrive in Oxford you will quickly understand why people have been inspired by this quintessentially English town for hundreds of years.

Oxford Language School

For over 30 years our hand-picked partner school has been located in the same building in the heart of the historic and academic city of Oxford. Situated above the traditional Covered Market, the building is a spacious, quiet, state-of-the-art learning environment. There are restaurants, cafes, museums and shops all conveniently located within walking distance.

This 300-year old building combines an historic learning environment with ultra-modern facilities, including:

  • a fully-equipped lecture theatre available for lessons and mock business presentations
  • a dual aspect lounge where students can read the daily newspapers and watch BBC News 24
  • a computer room equipped with the latest flat screen computers and high-speed internet access
  • digital cameras and mp3 players
  • iPods for all tutors to ensure they are equipped with up-to-date digital material and podcasts

The city of Oxford attracts English language students from all around the world and for good reason: with its prestigious university, a wealth of historical landmarks and a vibrant city centre, Oxford is the perfect place to learn English and enjoy everything that the United Kingdom has to offer. Here are some more reasons…

Oxford University

As home to one of the leading and most established universities in the world, Oxford is truly a centre of academic excellence. As any visitor to the city will appreciate, Oxford University is the lifeblood of the city of Oxford: university architecture and the city infrastructure fit seamlessly together and a scholarly ethos permeates the city. The university, its wealth of academics and world-class education facilities make Oxford a captivating and motivating place to learn.

Students undertaking an English language course in Oxford will have the opportunity to explore the colleges of Oxford University, which are scattered throughout the city. Each college has its own independent history and unique charm. Did you know, for example, that Bill Clinton studied at University College or that Christ Church College is used as a filming location in the Harry Potter films? Students visiting Oxford during the summer months will also have the opportunity to stay in the accommodation of one of the university colleges – and thus will get a real taste of life as a student at Oxford University.

Historical landmarks

Oxford is a city steeped in history and there are numerous significant landmarks that you should take the opportunity to explore during your stay in the city.

Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean is the United Kingdom’s oldest public museum and houses an impressive collection focusing on art, archaeology and British culture. Amongst the displays is the lamp used by Guy Fawkes during the infamous Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when a group of Catholics unsuccessfully tried to blow up parliament in an attempt to assassinate King James I.

Sheldonian Theatre

Designed by renowned architect Sir Christopher Wren and erected between 1664 and 1668, the Sheldonian Theatre is one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks in Oxford. The Sheldonian is the venue for Oxford University matriculation (the formal process of entering the university) and graduation ceremonies and there are often classical concerts held there in the evenings.

Bodleian Library

Founded in 1602, the Bodleian Library is one of the largest book repositaries in the world and today serves as the main research library of Oxford University. Whilst some of the buildings comprising the Bodleian (or “the Bod” as Oxford University students commonly refer to it) are renowned for their architectural brilliance, the majority of the Bod’s vast collection of literature is housed in underground vaults.

Radcliffe Camera

The Radcliffe Camera is a circular domed library built in the traditional English Palladian style and is probably the most distinctive building comprising the Bodleian Library. Today the Rad Cam houses literature from the English, history and theology collections and is a popular study library for university undergraduates. Also located on Radcliffe Square is St Mary’s church, where visitors can climb the 124 steps of the church’s tower to gain a fine view of Oxford’s famous skyline and “dreaming spires”.

Entertainment

Oxford is the perfect place to learn English and enjoy everything that the United Kingdom has to offer.

As home to approximately 20,000 students during term time, Oxford offers an excellent variety of entertainment and nightlife. The city centre has a wide range of restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs, many of which cater specifically for students by offering discounts and putting on “student nights”. Oxford also has several cinemas and a strong performing arts scene, with performances held at numerous venues including the centrally located Oxford Playhouse and Burton Taylor Studio.

An extremely popular daytime activity in Oxford is punting on the River Cherwell: the perfect activity for a lazy summer afternoon. Alternatively, take a stroll around the University Parks and enjoy a traditional English picnic and a game of frisbee with friends.