Summer Programmes 2021 – Oxford International Study Centre

15 Apr 2021

Join our virtual summer school with high quality Oxford tutors in your own home.

We have at last re-opened for in-person teaching , in line with UK government guidance, and are welcoming applications for our 2021 Oxford summer programme. The summer will undoubtedly look different to previous years, but we are looking forward to offering a high-quality learning experience to all students, whatever form that may take. In person in Oxford, class sizes are small and socially-distanced, and all programmes are also available online. Students with an existing booking can transfer between online tuition and tuition in Oxford at any time. They may choose to begin with a few lessons each week online, before travelling to Oxford in July or August. The most important thing is that arrangements are flexible, and students can book with confidence.

Many of the programmes for older students are taught in the University, an inspiring and beautiful environment. Our summer courses are very international, with students from over thrity countries. Younger students are  taught at the OISC teaching centre. We welcome students of all ages, including juniors under 14 years. Teachers may join adult professional groups.

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 of English. Intensive exam preparation (IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge) is also available.

–         Academic preparation for a wide range of international examinations, including  IB at HL and SL, (with TofK and Extended Essay support if required), Advanced Placement, Abitur,   A-Level, and (I)GCSE, with all syllabuses and subjects offered. These courses include Study Skills and Essay-Writing support. 

–         Oxford Summer Experience: Create your own Oxford Adventure!

This programme offers students the opportunity to flexibly design their own schedule, 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, including:

Ø Sciences and Maths

Ø Humanities and Languages

Ø Business, Law and Economics

The full list of subjects is available on request. Students select their own subjects and may combine up to four subjects, which may be changed every week if they wish.

–         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, such as ELAT, TSA, BMAT, and include advice on the Personal Statement and UCAS alongside interview support. 

–         Boarding School entrance tests including ISEB, UKISET, and other entrance and scholarship examinations, including at 13+ and 16+. We also offer a range of options for those students who have school offers which are dependent on an intensive language course prior to entry, and we work with many UK schools on these.

–         Programmes for TeachersWe welcome teachers and educational managers from all over the world. There are a range of specialist options, including Refresher Courses, Early Years and Primary Education, Working with Students with SEN, and CLIL (Content-Language Integrated Learning) in a range of subjects.

Accommodation Options

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) 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 and Warwick, London, and Cambridge.

For students attending the OISC Virtual Summer School we offer a programme of online activities, such as virtual guided tours of locations in the UK, conversation cafés, prepare-your-own cream tea, and debating workshops. There are also seminars on British Literature, Oxford Art Gallery workshops, and seminars on applying to British Universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

Fees and Other Charges


English Language only:

20 lessons (15 hours): £300 per week

          (£275 per week for courses of more than 4 weeks)

30 lessons (22.5 hours): £400 per week

          (£375 per week for courses of more than 4 weeks) 

Programmes for Teachers (30 lessons/22.5 hours per week): £450 per week

Academic Programmes: £550 per week

These include a choice of up to four subjects (20 lessons per week in small groups, or individual tuition of equivalent value if group tuition is not available in a subject).

Private (1-1) Tuition:

10 lessons: £500 per week

20 lessons: £950 per week

30 lessons: £1,400 per week

Extra individual tuition:  £55 per lesson

We include without charge advice on British Universities, Boarding schools and other aspects of education for any students who would like to discuss their future plans during the course.


Host family: £250 per week (Age 16+); £270 per week (12-15); £290 per week (under-12)

Student Residence: £500 per week

University: £650 per week 

All accommodation options are offered subject to availability. Accommodation is in single rooms (unless friends wish to share), with breakfast and dinner included, and all three meals at weekends. University and Residence have private bathrooms.

Students arrive Sundays and leave on Saturdays. Since school holidays differ internationally there are no set dates, and students may stay for any number of weeks.

Cultural Activities Programme

Weekday afternoon activities: £70 per week

Full day weekend excursions: £70 each

These fees include transport, guide and admission fees.

Airport Transfers (private)

London Heathrow: £120 each way

London Gatwick: £150 each way

Other airports are more expensive and a quotation can be provided on request.


Student discounts

We offer a reduction in fees for students joining the programme in small groups of two or more;

Bursaries of up to 50% of tuition fees are available to students with excellent school reports, who could not otherwise take the programme . Further information is available on request.

Most students stay for one, two or three weeks during the summer. Those saying for three weeks will receive a 25% discount on tuition fees for the third week.