Summer Vacation at Oxford International College

Exterior of student residence in Oxford

English lessons: 15 hours per week
Maximum class size: 15 students
Minimum English level: All levels
Ages: 12 – 17 years
Duration: 1 to 6 weeks
Availability: 28th June – 9th August 2020
Arrival day: Sunday
Departure day: Sunday
Accommodation: Residential or homestay
Prices: Residential programme – £960 per week or
Homestay programme – £690 per week


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Historic Oxford has been an immensely popular English study destination for years, and students and tourists from all the over the world come to admire its beautiful architecture and intricate heritage.

This programme offers communicative-based classes which cover a wide array of topics, aimed at inspiring students and immersing them in Oxford’s rich culture and academia; from traditional British etiquette, to leadership skills, to preparing and delivering an effective speech or presentation.

Classes are complemented by a wide and exciting array of social activities. For example, depending on the weekly social programme, students might visit the famous Christ Church College, try punting on the River Thames, explore Oxford University’s many museums, or perhaps experience a classic British afternoon cream tea.

Oxford is an ideal setting for this immersive, exploratory programme highlighting all the city has to offer.

Sample timetable

Sample timetable for Summer Vacation programme at Oxford International College

Course content

With a strong emphasis on authentic communication, the summer school programme delivers stimulating, relevant and learner-focused English tuition. 15 hours of tuition are included in this programme, plus the opportunity for 6 additional hours of Spires Plus sessions.

Our carefully planned lessons take a communicative and task-based approach and cover a wide variety of topics.  Often, they relate directly to activities and excursions which students will join during the programme.


At Oxford Spires International we want our students to have FUN while learning English with us! During the summer programme, we want students to:

  • Enjoy learning English
  • Develop their learning skills
  • Improve their confidence in using English
  • Practise their English inside and outside the classroom
  • Use their English skills to meet new people and experience the UK


Our enthusiastic and dedicated staff, combined with our communicative and stimulating teaching methods, ensure that students develop and learn at a pace that suits them in a friendly and welcoming educational environment. All of our teachers are native English speakers or equivalent and hold a CELTA or equivalent teaching qualification.


Oxford Spires students will join classes of no more than 15 so that they are given maximum attention and opportunity to participate and enhance their learning. In-class preparation for excursions also takes place to maximise learning outside of the classroom.

Students are encouraged to speak English at all times, during and outside lessons, as consistency and practice are fundamental to language learning.

Lesson times

Lessons will take place either in the morning or the afternoon. Students will know which group they are in at the start of their first week. Morning lessons are from 9:30 to 13:00 (with a 30 minute break), and afternoon lessons are from 14:00 to 17:30 (with a 30 minute break).

Day Trips

Two full day excursions are included in both of the Summer School programmes, and each of the destinations offers a unique cultural and historic experience!

Examples include London, Cambridge, Bath, and Stratford-upon-Avon. Transport and entrance fees are included, and students are advised to bring small amounts of pocket money should they wish to purchase souvenirs.

Afternoon activities

In Oxford there are three afternoons per week with planned excursions to the city centre. The first afternoon of a student’s stay will always be a guided walking tour around the city centre.

Other weekly activities include punting on the river, group games, museum visits, university college visits, and more. Entrances will always be included for scheduled visits.

Evening activities

Evening activities are included for residential programmes every evening. For Oxford homestay programmes, no evening activities are included.

Evening activities take place on or off campus, and include movie nights, quiz nights, discos, organised group games, ghost walks, and loads more.

Residential and homestay accommodation are available for this programme.

The residence is located a 10 minute walk from the school & offers single and twin, ensuite study bedrooms for students and group leaders.

There is a common room/games room where we often spend evenings enjoying board games, video games, film nights, and quiz nights.

Meals are taken at school in the canteen.

Rooms are cleaned weekly, and bed linens are changed weekly as well. Students are advised to bring their own towels, as these are not provided.

Host families are selected by a trusted homestay agency, and they are located all around Oxford. Students travel to school on public transport. A bus pass is included in the cost of the programme. Travel time depends on the location of the families, but the average is about 30 to 45 minutes.

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Student safety and welfare is a top priority for us. We want to ensure that each student is happy, healthy and safe.

There is a 24-hour emergency mobile number which is given to students and is made available to students’ families in case of emergencies.

Students are supervised at a ratio of 1:15 during lessons and at school, and 1:20 on activities and excursions. Students are accompanied by staff when walking to and from the residence, and are not allowed to leave the school or residence without a member of staff.
Homestay students travel to and from school unaccompanied.

All our staff are qualified to deliver specific aspects of our programmes and undergo staff training and orientation days to ensure all health and safety elements are covered.

At our residential accommodation options, adult members of staff also live in the residence.

28th June – 9th August 2020

Summer Vacation at Oxford International College is for students aged 12 to 17 years.

We may sometimes accept students who are slightly younger or slightly older than this age range, if they are travelling as part of a school group. They must have an adult chaperone (group leader) and agree to abide by all the terms of the programme.

Please contact us if you would like more information.

Residential programme – £960 per week

Homestay programme – £690 per week

  • Full board residential or homestay accommodation
  • Perfect location, 10 minutes from Oxford city centre
  • 15 hours of tuition per week
  • Small classes of 15 students maximum
  • Placement test on arrival
  • All teaching materials
  • End of course certificate
  • Varied daily programme of sports and leisure activities
  • Three full-day excursions per  two-week stay
  • Weekly local travel card (for homestay students only)
  • Friendly and supportive staff

What’s not included? 

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • Spending money

Residential Accommodation

  • Single and twin ensuite study bedrooms
  • Bed linen is provided and rooms are cleaned each week
  • Located a 5 minute walk from the college
  • Breakfast and dinner served in the college canteen
  • Hot lunch served at school, packed lunches on excursion days
  • Sociable common room, laundry facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi on campus
  • Students need to bring a towel and anything else they might need




Homestay Accommodation

  • All hosts regularly inspected and held to British Council standards
  • Well-connected by Oxford city bus services
  • Homestay placements arranged by experienced homestay agencies
  • Hot lunch served at school, packed lunches on excursion days
  • Breakfast and dinner provided by the host family
  • Homestay accommodation based on twin occupancy




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