Thu 17th January 2019

Summer programmes in the UniversityOnce again, our programmes for older students (16+) will mainly be held in the University of Oxford ( during July and August. This is a beautiful and memorable venue. There is a full leisure and excursions programme in addition to the opportunity to study English and a choice of over twenty other subjects. The study environment forms a memorable experience in itself.


Course Options

There are four types of summer programme, and you do not need to choose the same programme each week.

The maximum group size is 15 students, although most classes are much smaller, with on average 5 - 6 students. Larger classes are available for closed groups on request.

All the programmes consist of a weekly schedule of:

  • A minimum of twenty to thirty lessons of tuition with specialist teachers, depending on the chosen course. 
  • Projects and cultural visits every weekday afternoon (optional but recommended)
  • A full day weekend excursion (optional but recommended)
  • The opportunity to have lunch in a College of the University of Oxford
  • Current affairs discussion groups ... highly recommended for first language English students or those with intermediate plus level. Good fun and good for communication.
  • Seminars on British education .... schools, universities, Oxford and Cambridge etc ... optional but recommended for those students who may wish to continue their studies in the UK.
  • Study Skills - optional but recommended for those students who would benefit from support in planning their revision, organizing time, and writing essays.

1. Language, Culture and Communication

This programme is for those learning English. It is a combination of classroom teaching and activities which make learning the language fun. Participants are grouped according to age and level. The activities for younger people include producing a scrapbook about the city, finding out about where Harry Potter was filmed and Alice in Wonderland was written, or following a treasure trail to find out about the history and culture of the city. For adults activities include taking part in a play with professional actors, making presentations, or visiting companies. If they wish, students can be entered for the Trinity,IELTS or IEERA examination (advance notification is required). 

2. Academic preparation for school and university students

Summer programmes in the UniversityThis programme is intended to combine a period of academic enhancement with the opportunity to experience the culture and history of one or both of Britain's most fascinating cities. Students choose two subjects , which can be changed after a minimum period of two weeks. English as a Second Language can be included as one subject choice. Over twenty subjects are offered, at a variety of levels. We can help students prepare for the following examinations:

  • A Level and (I)GCSE
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Oxford and Cambridge Entrance
  • American examinations(AP; SAT; TOEFL)
  • German Abitur and Dutch VWO
  • IELTS and Cambridge examinations
  • Pre-University programmes
  • Pre-Boarding School programmes

3. Cultural and Business Programmes

These programmes are intended for those who are fluent in English. They include seminars, projects and visits to places connected with the chosen subjects. For example, if you are studying Business in London, you might visit one of the financial institutions in the City. If you are studying Art History in Oxford you would visit the Ashmolean Gallery and Museum, which is the oldest in Europe. Participants can also join the Current Affairs Discussion Groups.

Participants choose two subjects , which can be changed after a minimum period of two weeks. The subjects need not be from the same subject group.

  • Arts and Humanities: Literature, History, Art History, Languages.
  • Social Sciences: International Relations, Politics, Law, Media Studies
  • Business and Economics: Finance, General Business Studies, Marketing, Economics

4. Tailor-made Programmes for groups or individuals

We are often asked to design a programme for the specific requirements of a school or university group, a company, or an individual. These have included programmes for Teachers, Lawyers, Health Care Professionals and Company staff. Both Oxford and London offer an enormous range of expertise. Please contact us with your suggestions.

5. Examinations for Teachers and Advanced Students

We offer the examinations of the IEERA (International English Education Research Association) for teachers attending the summer programmes (these examinations are also available at other times of year on request). These are valuable qualifications for career progression in TESOL and are recognised in over one hundred countries worldwide. We also offer IEERA Proficiency and Diploma examinations for more advanced students attending our programmes . For further information, please see our IEERA page.


Accommodation is normally with Oxford families, although in the summer vacation students over sixteen may choose to reside in the University. A limited number of places in a self-catering hostel are available for older students, and also a range of hotels to suit most budgets.

Cultural Programme and Excursions

We arrange a regular programme of cultural activities in the afternoons and evenings, and there is a full day weekend excursion each week.

We include in the cultural programme in Oxford the opportunity to act scenes from a play in conjunction with a professional schools theatre group. This is great fun, and also very good practice for those who are learning English.

In Oxford, we include visits to University Colleges, Museums and Galleries, and punting on the river.

There is an opportunity to dine in an Oxford College and to have discussions with Oxford undergraduates. For younger participants there are treasure trails, sports and barbecue.

Weekend excursions include Warwick, Stratford, Bath and Cambridge, as well as tours to the beautiful Cotswold countryside.