English Language School, Oxford

English Language School, Oxford

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Our aims

OISE Oxford’s aim is for all students to achieve their objectives, be they academic, professional or personal, and leave the school with increased confidence in their ability to use English in their world and for the purposes they require. Providing courses tailored to the needs of each individual allows us to ensure that each student’s experience is rewarding, challenging but, most importantly, effective.

English Language Tuition

Established over 43 years ago, OISE Oxford English language school still places the original method of tuition - the Tutorial - at the centre of all course design. Analysing the needs of the individual and negotiating a personalised plan in terms of each student’s goals is a key feature of not just the Tutorial Programmes but also of the Quatorial Programmes, where working in a small group of 2 - 4 students ensures tailored tuition is still possible.

OISE Oxford English language school also has the advantage of an experienced team of tutors with specific subject, exam and industry knowledge, allowing each student to be matched with a tutor who can really focus on the English they need to develop to be successful. Students who choose OISE Oxford should be ambitious and motivated. They should expect to be challenged and to experience an English language course where they are at the centre of the process.

English Language Formats and Programmes

Tutorial lessons are one of the most effective methods of language learning. Our Tutorial courses offer 15, 20, 25 or 30 hours of one to one tuition per week. The Tutorials are fully adapted to the precise level and needs of each participant which ensures maximum progress is made. Students benefit from having a team of 3 or 4 Tutors, exposing them to a variety of accents and teaching styles making this a stimulating and challenging option.

Tutorial Profile Sheet

Students who are looking for the opportunity to study mostly on a one-to one basis but also to work in small, international groups can choose the Integrated Tutorial Programme. This course combines Tutorial lessons with Workshops giving students the opportunity to benefit from both personal, need-driven tuition and developing their intercultural understanding and communication skills.

Integrated Tutorial Profile Sheet

Students spend 21 hours per week studying in small groups of 2-4 students where the focus is on developing their ability to understand and communicate confidently, as well as present, in English. The Quatorial groups are formed based on the level, age and profile of the students and the course content is negotiated with the group’s Tutors each week. Quatorial students participate in a Critical Analysis Workshop where they develop their ability to think critically and articulate these thoughts in English. Students also attend the Spoken Assertiveness Workshop; a mixed level workshop of 8 students, which aims to prepare students for the reality of having to communicate effectively in an ever changing global environment.

Quatorial Solo Profile Sheet

Students have the option of combining their Quatorial Programme with individual Tutorial Lessons for an even more tailored and intensive course option.


IELTS Preparation
Available all year round, this course allows students the opportunity to prepare for the IELTS exam in a small group of 2 - 4 students. The course ensures students develop the language and strategies required to perform to the best of their ability in the exam. Progress is closely monitored via weekly full mock tests, and students can expect to be challenged and to become more autonomous learners through the structure and rigour of the course.

IELTS Profile Sheet.

We also offer preparations courses for other exams, such as TOEFL, BULATS, TOEIC, University of Cambridge Examination, TOLES and GMAT.

For more information, click here.

Cultural Programme

The cultural programme is an integral part of the course as it gives students the opportunity to experience the English language and learn about British culture in a more informal setting. OISE Oxford offers students 5 cultural activities per week, all of which are included in the course price. The activities vary from week to week depending on which events are happening in Oxford, and each activity is chosen for its cultural or linguistic value. Typical activities include a traditional afternoon tea, punting, walking tours, museum and college visits, theatre and cinema trips, concerts and weekend visits to Bath or London.

There is also a welcome party for new students every Monday and a farewell lunch on Fridays to say goodbye to students who are leaving. Click here to see OISE Oxford’s sample summer and winter leisure programmes.

Accommodation near OISE Oxford

Host family

Host family accommodation is the most popular choice for OISE Oxford students as it allows them to experience life with a welcoming British family during their course. The family provides breakfast and dinner each day, as well as a comfortable single bedroom with a desk. The evening meal is eaten with the family; a great opportunity for students to practise their English outside of class.


For students who prefer a little more independence, OISE Oxford recommends the following residence, which is located just a 10 minute bus ride from the school: NOA Residence – Modern, self-catering apartments with ensuite bathrooms in a large Victorian house in the desirable Summertown area. Standard and ensuite rooms are available

Hotels and guest houses

For those who prefer the luxury of a hotel or a guest house, OISE Oxford works closely with a number of hotels in the local area, many of which offer special rates to OISE students. For more information, take a look at our recommended hotel list or contact the Accommodation Officer for a tailored recommendation.


During the months of July and August, students have the exciting opportunity to stay in one of Oxford University's historic colleges. The college provides the perfect environment for intensive study and is ideal for those wishing to experience the unique atmosphere of college life. College accommodation is half-board and includes breakfast and dinner in the spectacular college dining hall

Travel and location

Oxford is well served by public transport from a number of major airports and international stations including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham airport and St Pancras International. Airline Bus: The Oxford Airline provides a very frequent, 24 hour coach service between Oxford and Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham airports. Featuring free wi-fi, this service is both comfortable and reasonably priced.

For those travelling to Oxford from London, trains run regularly between London Paddington and Oxford train station with an average journey time of around an hour. From Oxford train station it is a 15 minute walk to the city centre. For those staying in North Oxford, there is also a frequent service between London Marylebone station and Oxford Parkway.

Travel to Oxford
Oxford Bus Information

OISE Oxford is situated in the very heart of Oxford, above the Covered Market with its shops, cafes and bustling food stalls. The school is within easy walking distance of all Oxford’s major attractions, such as the world-famous Ashmolean Museum, the enchanting Bodleian Library and, of course, Oxford University’s historic colleges.

Oxford is served by an excellent bus service and for the majority of students, this is the easiest way to get around. OISE Oxford’s host families are all located within an easy bus journey of the school and students will be provided with information about their bus route before they arrive. Students are advised to buy a bus pass for the duration of their stay as this is more cost-effective than buying a ticket each day. These can be purchased from Gloucester Green or the High St Travel Shop, just a few minutes’ walk from the school.


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