Summer in Oxford

Summer Programmes in Oxford 2024

Summer 2023 was our busiest ever – over a period of 12 weeks, we welcomed over 1,000 students of 36 nationalities to Oxford. We are already looking forward to an even bigger and better summer in 2024!


Summer in Oxford is a fascinating experience. The colleges, galleries and history of one of the world’s most famous Universities provide an inspiring and beautiful environment for students from all over the world. Oxford International Study Centre has organised summer programmes for many years, welcoming students of all ages from over thirty countries. Older students are sometimes taught in the University, as well as at OISC, which occupies a listed building in the very centre of Oxford, next to Christ Church, one of the largest Colleges of the University, and home to the famous Cathedral.

Our summer courses are very international, with students from over thirty countries. We welcome students of all ages, including juniors under 14 years, unlike many colleges, and adults of all ages. Teachers may join adult professional groups.

Our summer programmes run from mid-June to early September every year, and enrolment is very flexible. Students can begin their programme on any Monday, and are welcome to join for any duration, from 1 week, to 8 weeks or longer as needed.

Students who wish to study with us outside this period are welcome to join us on one of our year-round programmes, either in English Language or in a range of academic subjects.

We offer a range of programmes, including two fixed courses:

English Language and Culture
Students are taught in international groups, unless closed-group teaching has been requested, and are grouped according to age and level of English. The programme consists of:
 20 lessons a week in English Language (15 hours of tuition)
 Social activities locally each weekday
 A full-day weekend excursion on Saturday or Sunday each week

English Language, Culture and Academic Enrichment
The programme consists of:
 20 lessons a week (15 hours) of English Language tuition
 10 lessons a week (7.5 hours) of academic preparation, including for A-Level, IB, and (I)GCSE. Students may choose one or two subjects per week, and are taught either in small groups of 3-4 students, or on a one-to-one basis.
 Social activities locally each weekday
 A full-day weekend excursion on Saturday or Sunday each week


Other programmes offered include:

 Specially designed academic programmes, with a choice of over 30 subjects
Oxford and Cambridge interview and test preparation (one-to-one)
Boarding School entrance tests preparation (one-to-one)
 Programmes for teachers and other professionals.

Accommodation Options

(all including breakfast and dinner)
Host families, which have been background-checked, inspected and approved
Student Residence, offering single, en-suite study bedrooms, in the very centre of Oxford – just two minutes’ walk from OISC. (age 14+ unaccompanied)
A College of the University, with single, en-suite rooms. In 2023 our students stayed at Keble College and Lady Margaret Hall. (age 16+)

Social and Cultural Programme

Summer programmes should be fun, as well as academically enriching, and we want our students to enjoy all that Oxford has to offer. Every weekday we arrange cultural, sports and leisure activities, and these are included in the course packages above. A range of activities are offered, including punting on the river, visits to galleries and museums, the Colleges of the University with their beautiful architecture dating from medieval times, Harry Potter tours, treasure hunts, selfie tours of Oxford… the list goes on!

At weekends we arrange full day excursions to destinations such as Stratford & Warwick Castle, London, Bath & Stonehenge, and Cambridge.

A sample two-week activity programme is below:

Course Package Fees

Fixed Programme Packages, as above:
 English Language and Culture – £440 per week
 English Language, Culture and Academic Enrichment – £840 per week