English Language School, Oxford

English Language School, Oxford

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OISE Oxford’s aim is for each student to achieve their unique academic, personal or professional objectives through personalised language tuition. Each student is different and each is offered a bespoke experience to drive their growth in English. The goal is to equip learners with the confidence and knowledge to unlock their abilities in English. Students who choose OISE Oxford should be ambitious, curious, studious and motivated. 

Tuition at OISE Oxford

The school allows students to meet and work with like-minded peers from around the world, experience cross-cultural communication and expand trans-cultural awareness. This makes a language course at OISE Oxford an enriching and challenging experience for personal development and an optimal language travel destination for professionals, academics and individuals over the age of 16. The English Language tuition offered by the OISE Oxford school goes beyond the mechanics of the language. Students are encouraged to learn through English to unlock their skills.

OISE Oxford designs personalised courses reverse engineered from the students’ goals. Learning is adapted to the real-life contexts of students to expand their cognitive skills, reducing the boundary between classroom and real world and allowing greater language development. OISE Oxford drives success in its learners by investigating needs and negotiating personalised plans around the student's goals. Students choose between individual classes, Tutorials, with time fully dedicated to their needs, and Quatorials, where group classes of 2-4 students see learners interacting with other non-native speakers to develop cross-cultural communication skills in English.

English Language Formats and Programmes

Programmes start every Monday. Students are able to take as many weeks of tuition as they wish. Minimum age of intake is 16 years. There is normally no pre-required language level. Please contact the school for a detailed proposal of courses that would be best suited for your needs.

The basis of the school’s teaching, Tutorial courses offer 15, 20, 25 or 30 hours of one-to-one tuition per week. Tutorials are fully adapted to the level and needs of each participant which ensures maximum progress is made. Students benefit from having a team of various Tutors, exposing them to a variety of accents and teaching styles.

Integrated Tutorial
Students can enhance their one-to-one tuition in this programme which combines Tutorials with one Quatorial and two workshops daily. Students benefit from dedicated individual attention and small-group work to develop intercultural understanding, presentation and communication skills.

The Personal Competency Programme™
Quatorial groups (2-4 students) are formed based on the level, age and profile of the students, with course content established by the group’s Tutors to be of relevance to the group's needs. 1 Octorial workshop (up to 8 students) is offered in a mixed-level class preparing students for the reality of communication in the global environment. Plenaries including lectures and news review sessions test and develop students’ extended listening and note-taking abilities. Tutorials can be added, between 1 and 3 hours daily.

Exam Preparation

Preparation for exams goes beyond language learning. As well as offering courses for language development, OISE Oxford tutors assist in developing the exam skills necessary to succeed. Preparation courses are available for many exams, such as TOEFL, BULATS, TOEIC, University of Cambridge Examination, TOLES and GMAT. The BULATS test can be taken in school. Click here for more information about exams.

IELTS Preparation
Available all year round, this course allows students the opportunity to prepare for the IELTS exam. In the Quatorial format, students develop the language and strategies required to perform to the best of their ability in the exam. Progress is 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.

Abitur Preparation
OISE Oxford offers a specific programme for those taking the Abitur exam in Germany. The course combines classes in small groups and tutorials with a full emphasis on the exact requirements of the Abitur English exam - focusing on relevant texts, grammar, listening comprehension and writing. Students test their level and measure their progress daily by submitting written assignments and taking part in oral evaluations and debates.

About the School

Founded in 1973, OISE began in Oxford. OISE Oxford English language school has the advantage of an experienced team of tutors with specific subject, exam and industry knowledge and experience teaching. Each student is matched with tutors who can focus on the English they need to develop to be successful. The language school has three floors, stylishly combining modern décor with exposed wooden beams and listed window facades. The one-to-one classes take place in small, purpose-built rooms. Rooms for small groups are equipped with a whiteboard and some with a screen. A student lounge area is daily stocked with newspapers, complimentary tea, coffee and refreshments.  Click here for a fact-sheet about the school.

Cultural Programme

Oxford combines the advantages of a big city with a tranquil and studious atmosphere. OISE Oxford enhances classroom content with a cultural programme exposing students to the English language and British culture in an informal setting. 5 cultural activities per week are offered, all of which are included in the course price. Activities vary from week to week depending on which events are happening in Oxford. An Oxford local leads the activity to offer information, answer questions and promote a welcoming atmosphere.

Oxford is a popular tourist destination and the school tries to expose its students to the best of the city. Typical activities include: traditional afternoon tea; punting; walking tours; museum and college visits; trips to historic Oxford pubs; theatre and cinema trips. There is a welcome party on Monday and a farewell lunch on Friday. Click here to see a sample of available activities in the leisure programme.

Accommodation near OISE Oxford


Homestay accommodation allows students to experience life with welcoming hosts, usually British. This cultural exchange means greater growth in English language skills. All are located within a short bus ride of the school.


Students who prefer a little more independence can stay at a self-catering, en-suite residence, located just a 10 minute bus ride from the school in desirable Summertown. Click here for more information.

Hotels and guest houses

For students looking for greater luxury, OISE Oxford works with a number of hotels and guest houses in the local area. For more information, take a look at our recommended hotel list or contact the Accommodation Officer.


During the months of July and August, students have the exciting opportunity to stay in one of Oxford University's historic colleges. This environment provides the perfect inspiration for intensive study and experience of the unique atmosphere of college life. Click here for more information.

The city of Oxford: transport and location

Oxford is central and easily accessed from other major cities in the UK, and is only 50 minutes from London. The city is well served by public transport from a number of major airports and international stations including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Luton, St Pancras International, Birmingham Airport and Birmingham International. OISE Oxford is happy to assist in arranging taxi transfers from these locations or recommending public transport options. Click here for more information on travelling to Oxford

The city of Oxford is the ideal location in which to take an English language course, as students are inspired by the narrow streets and beautiful architecture of the city and University. There are numerous coffee shops (including England's first, as referenced in Samuel Pepys' diary) and quiet, historic public houses (fans can visit the pubs where Thomas Hardy, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien wrote and discussed literature) abound for students to relax in after a hard day's work improving their language and personal skills.

OISE Oxford is situated in an enviable location 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 excellent bus services and, for the majority of students, this is the easiest way to get around. Students are provided with information about the most suitable bus route for them before arrival, and general bus information
can be found here.


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