Oxford

Located in the South of England about an hour from London, Oxford is undoubtedly one of the most reputable university towns in the world with its 154 000 inhabitants. Every year more than 40,000 students flock to Oxford for its excellence in education as well as the numerous opportunities for recreational activities the town offers.

Important place of cultural heritage, it is closely linked to the history of the United Kingdom, providing education and knowledge to the elite of the country. Henry VIII in particular has studied there and the great writer J.R.R. Tolkien taught at the University for decades.

Oxford is also the setting of several scenes of extremely popular films for the youth such as the “Harry Potter’s episdes” and “The Golden Compass”.

Located on the same campus as Magdalen College, our partner school’s summer camp is held in the very heart of Oxford. The recently refurbished facilities are central and there are on-site sports facilities. Between 200 and 300 students attend the programme every week.

Accreditation: British Council

School facilities include:

  • Spacious classrooms with interactive whiteboards
  • A common room and lounge
  • IT suite with free Internet access
  • Free WiFi on the premises
  • A cafeteria providing hot and cold drinks, meals and snacks
  • A large garden and sports grounds

This Junior Summer Camp blends first-class English language tuition with a fun and varied recreational activity programme for students aged 12 to 17. The atmosphere of the camp is warm and welcoming so as to boost the students confidence and progress when speaking English.

English lessons: the basics

  • Lesson length: 60 minutes
  • Class size: Average of 12 students (maximum 15)
  • Nationality mix: students from over 30 countries (International Programme)
  • Timetable: lessons are held alternatively in the morning one week (9:30-13:00) and in the afternoon the next week (14:00-17:30) with a break of 30 minutes between 2 sessions
  • Placement test: online written test prior to departure and oral test at the beginning of the first day of lessons
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the stay
  • Daily homework assignments
  • Qualified native English teachers

Programme features

  • Standard course : 15 lessons per week, to which you can add lessons or activities as you so desire (see the options available below).Classes are interactive and dynamic, allowing students to become familiar with the language and boost their confidence when using English in everyday situations. Teaching methods centre round the four crucial language skills: speaking, listening, reading & writing. Topics such as history and culture (after having visited a cultural or historical site) are also discussed in class in order to fully benefit from each cultural experience. Students participate in group work, and are able to take their work home with them at the end of their stay.Language Level: beginner (A2) to advanced. Please note this programme does not accept complete beginners.

1. English & Multi-activities

Per week:

  • 15 hours of English
  • 5 half days with cultural and sports activities
  • 1 full day excursion (Saturday)
  • 7 evening activities (2 for the Homestay accommodation)

2. Intensive English (ideal to make rapid progress in a short lapse of time)

Per week:

  • 27 hours of English
  • 1 half day of cultural visit (Wednesday)
  • 1 full day excursion (Saturday)
  • 7 evening activities (2 for the Homestay accommodation)

3. English & Tennis

Per week:

  • 15 hours of English
  • 12.30 hours of Tennis (class and practice with qualified coaches)
  • 1 full day excursion (Saturday)
  • 7 evening activities (2 for the Homestay accommodation)

Activities and events over the stay

Examples of activities – per week:

  • 1 half-day visit of Oxford and the surrounding area: Oxford Castle, Warwick Castle (one of the best kept medieval castles of Britain), boat ride along the river (punting), a visit to the Blenheim Palace – the Duke of Marlbourough’s home.
  • 4 half-day sports and recreational activities (14:30 – 16:00) on campus: visit of Christchurch College (where some of Harry Potter’s films were shot), visit to the Natural History Museum, Cotswolds animal park, Bowling, treasure hunt in Oxford, theatre workshop, Quizz on Oxford colleges followed by the ascension of Carfax Tower for a unique spectacular view over Oxford.
  • 1 full day excursion: London (city walk to Buckingham Palace, Westminster, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus & Covent Garden), Bath (Roman baths, walk around the centre to Royal Crescent & Pultney Bridge), Brighton (guided visit, visit of the Royal Pavillion & Brighton Pier).
  • 7 evenings (19:30 – 21:30) on campus: quiz, disco, karaoke, barbecue.
  • 2 evenings only if staying with a host family (Homestay)

Optional activities on Sundays (with a usual extra cost between £25 and £55): London (shopping day with free time to explore the best commercial areas), London (Madame Tussaud’s and the London Eye), Windsor (visit to the castle & royal home)

Shared room with a student from a different country and mother tongue, shared bathroom, full board.

Distance from school: most host families are located in the areas of Crowley, Kidlington and Headlington, which are about a 15 – 25 minutes bus travel away. Some families live within walking distance. On your first day, your host family will show you the way to the nearest bus stop and explain which bus to take to the school/city centre.

Practical Information:

  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day
  • Host families provide all the meals: breakfast and evening meal (and lunches upon week-ends) are taken at home. During the week, lunches are packed by your family for you to take them to school.

Features:

  • Private, comfortable rooms with private bathroom
  • Gender-separated 5- or 6-person apartments, OSE students only
  • Full board: all meals are taken at the school cafeteria
  • Travel time to school: 5 minutes walk
  • Located in the city centre
  • Capacity: 200 students maximum

Services and facilities available:

  • TV room
  • 24 hrs/7 days supervision
  • Coin laundry facilities (£2-£3 per wash)
  • Bed linens provided only (bring over your own towels)
  • Refundable security deposit payable on arrival (see ‘Dates and Prices’ tab)

Travel

Arrivals: Sunday

(Students must arrive between 9:00 and 21:00. An additional fee will be charged for arrivals after 21:00. If you arrive between 19.00 and 21.00 a light evening meal will be provided)

Departures: Sunday

(Students must depart between 8:00 and 12:00. An additional fee will be charged for departures after 12:00.)

  • Arrival/departure airports/train or coach stations:
    • Oxford train/coach Station
    • London Heathrow
    • London Gatwick
    • London Stansted

(Other London airports are also accessible but are located further.)

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see Dates & Prices tab)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa Information

Brexit Information:

In the absence of agreement, the British government has clearly stated that the national identity cards issued by the countries members of the European Union to their respective citizen will stay valid until December 31st 2020 included to visit the United Kingdom. Therefore, all citizen from a country member of the EU will be allowed to travel to the UK with their passport or identity card only until that date.

For countries non members of the EU, you might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.


Dates & Prices 2020

Dates 2020

The camp runs from July 05 to August 16.

Course start dates:

  • 2-week sessions (July 07 to July 19, July 19 to August 02, August 02 to August 16)
  • 3-week sessions (July 07 to July 26 and from July 26 to August 16)

The number of spaces is limited for 12-13-year-old students. We recommend to book as much in advance as possible to avoid disappointment.

Prices 2020

Including course, accommodation, meals as described, all taxes and enrolment fees

WPCS 42.0.1
Course & host family accommodation - shared room, full board
DurationMulti-activitiesIntensiveTennis
2 weeks 1.695 1.785 1.995
3 weeks 2.495 2.630 2.945
Course & residence accommodation - single room, full board
DurationMulti-activitiesIntensiveTennis
2 weeks 2.195 2.285 2.495
3 weeks 3.295 3.430 3.745
Airport transfer - per journey
Heathrow 165
Gatwick 200
Stansted 215
UM (unaccompanied minor) transfer 85
Arrival between 09:00 - 21:00 (extra fee if you arrive after 18:00)
Departure between 08:00 - 12:00 (extra fee if you depart before 08:00)
Residence: refundable deposit to be paid on-site : GBP 50
  • The chosen course
  • Homestay (shared room), or Residence (single room), full board accommodation
  • Placement test
  • Course materials
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the stay
  • The activity option chosen
  • Free Internet access
  • Local bus-pass
  • Laundry once per week
  • All school taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to/from Oxford
  • Airport/railway station transfers
  • Visa fees (if any)
  • Optional insurances