Wed 24th February 2021

Summer Courses

Summer programmes in the University
Inspiring Education in the heart of the University City of Oxford

We are still welcoming applications for our summer programmes. Many of the programmes for older students are taught in the University, an inspiring and beautiful environment. Younger students are  taught at the OISC teaching centre. Students of all ages are welcome and we offer  a wide range of options, including:

  • Language, Culture and Communication.  Students are  taught in international groups , unless closed group teaching has been requested , and are grouped according to age and level. The option of examination preparation (IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge) is offered.

  • Academic preparation for a wide range of international examinations, including  IB at HL and SL, (including TofK and Extended essay support if required) , Abitur, A level, A/S, (I)GCSE, with all syllabuses and subjects offered. The course includes Study Skills.

  • Oxford and Cambridge University interview and test preparation. The seminars are  led by experienced Oxford and Cambridge tutors, including people from admissions in colleges of the University. We prepare students for the written tests at and before the interview  ELAT, TSA, etc  and include advice on the Personal Statement and UCAS.

  • Boarding School entrance tests including ISEB,UKISET, and other entrance and scholarship examinations, including 13+ and 16+. 

  •  NEW  Create your own Oxford Adventure! This pathway offers students the opportunity to flexibly design their own programme and to discover the joys of Oxford, whilst continuing their education and broadening their horizons. Some students take these programmes to enhance their existing studies, and possibly gain accreditation from their own high school or college. Others see the Oxford programme as an exciting way to widen their cultural and educational experience as part of a gap year.  Over 30 subjects are offered, ranging from the Sciences, Mathematics, Liberal Arts, Languages , Business and Economics and many others.  The choice of subjects (two for each stay of two weeks) is agreed with OISC in advance, and our staff are always happy to offer advice.

Accommodation options

  • Host families, which have been inspected and approved
  • The University (age 16+)  with ensuite rooms
  •  The Residence (age 14+) which offers en suite rooms, a common room and dining room



StCrossCollege Cultural and Leisure programme

 During July and August we arrange cultural, sports and leisure activities each weekday afternoon . These include punting on the river, visits to galleries and museums, the Colleges of the University with their beautiful architecture dating from medieval times, and (for younger students) the Harry Potter tour. At weekends we arrange full day excursions to destinations such as Stratford and Warwick, London , and the South Coast.