Oxford International Study Centre


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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Roll: 70 (Boys) 60 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 15-19 years
  • Founded: 2006

General Information

OISC is a well-established international school situated in a historic building in the centre of Oxford. For many years we have offered programmes in a wide range of subjects. OISC is accredited by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (grade one in all categories, which is “outstanding”), a member of COBIS and the European Association for International Education, and a member of ECIS

ISI report 2018 “Exceeds expections” (outstanding in all categories)


A Level and (I)GCSE Programmes

· Full year intensive programmes September 2019 to June 2020

· Revision programmes for students retaking :

September 2019 – June 2020 (3 terms); January 2020– June 2020 (2 terms); April 2020 – June 2020 (1 term).

Students may also attend at Easter and half terms for intensive revision.

The ALevel and (I)GCSE programmes offer a choice of over 30 subjects and we cater for all examination boards. For all students we include:

· Academic mentoring, including advice on the personal statement and UCAS

· Study Skills

· Free English Language lessons (if required) for students who also need to take or retake IELTS

Revision programmes for students retaking the IB Diploma

We shall once again be providing support for IB Diploma students who need to retake one or more of their papers . Most subjects are offered at both HL and SL, and also the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay requirements. The programmes are taught by experienced Oxford IB tutors. Students usually stay for 12 weeks, but shorter courses are also possible.

The weekly schedule consists of:

Specialist subjects – up to four subjects may be chosen , and students may adapt their schedule to include different subjects during their stay

· Support for the Theory of Knowledge requirement and for the Extended Essay

· Support in English Language for students whose first language is not English (no charge)

The emphasis is on revision and working on problem areas.

Students may also attend at Easter and half terms for intensive revision

Oxford and Cambridge University Preparation programmes

Students must have a good school record and be fluent in English. The programme takes place from September to December 2019 , but short courses in the October holidays are also offered for students applying from their own schools. The programme includes:

· Advice and orientation on applying to Oxford or Cambridge

· Written tests at and before the interview (all subjects to which this applies) , with lessons with specialist tutors eg ELAT, TSA, etc

· Interview practice (general) and Current Affairs discussion groups with an admissions tutor from the university and other experienced Oxford tutors

· Interview practice (subject specific)

· Personal statements.

· If required the course can be combined with revision of school subjects relevant to Oxford or Cambridge prep. (We teach for A Level, IB, AP, and Abitur)

Students may also attend at Easter and half terms for intensive revision.

Foundation Programmes

The OISC Foundation programmes last 3 terms with two entry dates: September 2019 – June 2020 (3 terms) or Intensive programme: January 2020– August 2020 (2 terms plus vacation)

Successful completion of the programme leads to entry to one of our 19 partner Universities in a range of subjects including Business, Sciences and Engineering, and Humanities.

Pre-Boarding School programme

The OISC Pre-Boarding Programme is designed to assist young students prepare for entry to Boarding School. The tests usually take place between November and January . Younger students normally specialise in Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning , English and Maths, whereas older students often work upon subject tests for entry at 13+ and 16+ examinations. We prepare students for ISEB or UKISET examinations and special entry examinations including for Scholarships.

The length of time spent in the Pre-Boarding programme depends on individual circumstances as each child has different a background, skills and needs. We have excellent links with many British schools so can assist with school placement if required.

Accommodation options:-Host families, which have been inspected and approved; The University (age 16+) with en suite rooms (summer only) and The Residence (age 14+) which offers en suite rooms, a common room, dining room and residence communal space.

All options include half board in single rooms, unless a student prefers to share with a friend.

Cultural and Leisure programme

Students over 16 staying for one term or more may join the Oxford University Student Union (www.oxford-union.org), where they can use the libraries, and attend the weekly debates, with visiting speakers from international politics and the media.

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. At weekends we arrange full day excursions to destinations such as Stratford and Warwick, London ,and the South Coast.

There is also an option of having a lunch in the university.

Fees and other charges: Fees depend on the chosen programme and the type of accommodation required.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the college.


2018/19. English Language Programmes: from £295 per week. Full programmes, including IGCSE, A Level, IB, specialist exams (e.g. BMAT, LNAT), and Oxford/Cambridge University preparation: £6400 per term of 12 weeks (extra weeks +£525 per week).

Study Abroad Programme-summer, semester, or a year in Oxford: Short programmes £535 per week and full programmes £6400 per term of 12 weeks. For Holiday programmes in Oxford (Easter, Summer, Christmas and Half Terms) and Optional extra courses in the Summer please visit our website.

Accommodation Fees: These start at £230 per week for single room accommodation in a host family, with most meals. Juniors (under 16) are charged a supplement of £20 per week. Superior accommodation is also available at additional cost. Guest house and hotel prices vary enormously , as do charges for residing in a College or Hostel of the University. Please write to us with your plans if you would like a quotation for these options..

Group reductions: - We offer reduced tuition fees to students joining from the same school at the same time, or as a group of friends, or family members. Further information is available on request. The fees are published on www.oxintstudycentre.com

If you would like further information on any of our programmes please email international@oxintstudycentre.com or phone +44 1865 201009.


ISI Inspection 2018

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Ben Llewelyn

Oxford International Study Centre
7 St Aldates

[t]: +44 (1865) 201009
[w]: www.oxintstudycentre.com

Location Description

Oxford International Study Centre is situated in the very heart of the University City in the conservation area, between the Town Hall and Christ Church, Oxford's most famous College. The Study Centre occupies a beautiful and prestigious building which is over four hundred years old. Students are taught in the Study Centre and in an adjacent building.

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School News

Oxford International Study Centre independent college Oxfordshire

Winter Programmes for students preparing for British Boarding Schools

Oxford is a world renowned University City, with its origins dating back over eight hundred years. It is

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a very beautiful city in winter, when the university students are in residence, and the town is not overcrowded.

We are now welcoming individuals and groups for winter programmes in Oxford, which we have organised for over ten years.

From October to April we offer excellent low season programmes for groups and individuals. There are also free coordinator places for group leaders.


We offer the following programmes:

English Language plus Cultural Activities

Pre-University programmes in Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences

Specially designed programmes for School and University groups


We provide various forms of residence:

Hotels and Guest Houses

Family accommodation

University accommodation


For details please contact the college

Oxford International Study Centre independent college Oxfordshire

A Gap Year (or Semester) is a valuable opportunity for students before or after university to explore their interests and widen their experience. It is

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also an opportunity to think about study and career choices for the future.

Oxford International Study Centre is able to arrange tailor-made programmes for Gap Year Students. These take place in Oxford, itself an inspiring and culturally fascinating city, with some of the best teachers in the world. We also work with overseas partner schools and organisations in Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Europe. We can arrange for students to be placed in schools as language assistants in these countries and/or to take part in a customised travel itinerary.


Programmes in Oxford include:

Languages….all European languages and also Chinese and Japanese;

English Literature, History and Culture;

Classical Languages (Latin, Greek) and Classical Civilisation;

Art and Art History;

Theatre Studies and Creative Writing;

Business and Marketing.

Other programmes are also available and students are asked to contact us for further information, sending details of their interests and plans.

A social and cultural programme runs throughout the year, and daily in July and August. This is an opportunity for Gap Year Students to meet students from all over the world who are taking programmes at OISC.

It is also possible for students to (re)take exams as part of their gap year, eg ALevels, GCSE, IB, Oxford and Cambridge University preparation, and the preparation for these exams can take place alongside other gap year courses or projects.

We can also help students find paid or voluntary work in Oxford alongside their programme.

Since the Gap Year programmes are designed individually for each student fees vary enormously. If you would like an estimate please contact us with further information about your plans.

Oxford International Study Centre provides high quality year round and short programmes which offer:

Flexibility: many of the programmes are tailor made to best meet the

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requirements of the individual student or client company;

Excellent contacts with the University, enabling students and clients to be taught in the Colleges of the University in the vacations. Fully residential courses in the University are offered in summer and , subject to status, arrangements can be made for visiting academics to become members of the University libraries;

High calibre tutors and visiting speakers from academe or business;

A range of over twenty subject specialisms, enabling, for example, a student to combine academic English with a University preparation programme;

Strong links with a large number of British and European Schools , enabling younger students to prepare for entry to some of the best Boarding Schools;

Good links with Oxford, Cambridge and other leading universities, and provision of individual educational counselling for students who wish to apply to a British University;

A high level of pastoral care for students, including personal tutors and regular reports.

Well-established links with Companies in the Oxford and London areas, enabling company clients to combine their Oxford programme with meeting new business contacts.

English Language: History and Usage

The study of Language has fascinated human beings for centuries. This short programme introduces students to Language, its history and usage.

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It deals with the various branches of the subject, and is relevant both to those who have some previous experience of the subject and also to those who are curious to find out how language works. The programme concentrates upon English as an international language, although other languages are used for comparison.

The course includes:

§ The History of English
§ Structure and Use of English in its modern form
§ Language, Culture and Society
§ The global diversity of English
§ Language and change
§ Styles of writing – advertising, journalism, etc.

These short programmes (from two weeks to three months) are offered throughout the year, and there are no set dates, but most students prefer to come in summer, when some of the classes are held in the University (www.ox.ac.uk). Students must have 5.5 IELTS or equivalent. We accept both groups and individuals.

For further information please contact: international@oxintstudycentre.com

We shall be arranging an exciting cultural and academic programme for students who have graduated from High School or University and who wish to take

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a Study Abroad programme. The essential features of the programme are:
· Selected lectures in the University(www.ox.ac.uk)

· Membership of the prestigious Oxford University Union and

Debating Society(www.oxford-union.org)

· Seminars and tutorials with a choice of over 20 subjects (at OISC)

· Accommodation in the University (selected dates ) or with Oxford families

· Hosted lunch in a College of the University

· “Behind closed doors” visit to the colleges and libraries of the University

These are taken in the form of a semester or year in Oxford and are a wonderful opportunity for students 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.
The programmes are very much tailor made and are unlike any other academic programme we offer. Some students choose to fill their schedule with academic study, aiming to work towards a qualification of some kind, whilst others choose to explore lots of different subjects which they have never studied.
The most important thing about these courses is their flexibility. We have welcomed students who have arrived planning to study Architecture at university, and have left to pursue undergraduate study in International Relations.
All students taking a gap year or study abroad semester receive full certification from OISC, with letters of recommendation and references to their school or college to ensure they receive credit where possible.

If you would like further information, please email Carolyn Llewelyn at international@oxintstudycentre.com

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