Frequently Asked Questions


Quatorial classes are taught in groups of no more than 4 students. Very small groups equals a high level of tutor attention and a clarity of focus on the academic aims of the group. Suited to professional development and specialisation.

Octorial classes are taught in groups of no more than eight students. Outcomes-led. Proximity to tutors leads to a collaborative and interactive programme. Learners are participative, collaborative, engaged and make fast progress. Suited to university students.

The minimum age for university students and professionals is 17 years.

The minimum age for children is 7 years.

The minimum age for teenagers is 13 years.


An intensive one week course will deliver progress in accuracy and confidence. This can be accelerated if individual lessons are incorporated into the week of study.

Teachers are selected by their professional experience, their teaching qualifications and their personality. 


OISE schools are modern, purpose-designed learning spaces. Schools are equipped with classrooms for group and tutorial classes, independent study spaces, IT facilities and common areas with refreshments.

There is wifi in every school.


There are three cultural activities per week including walking tours, museum visits, music recitals etc.



Homestays are carefully chosen for the warmth of the host’s personality and their genuine interest in hosting international students

Professionals or retired people or young families


A taxi service can be arranged to greet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation address.

Young people are welcomed at the arrival point. OISE reception officers accompany the learners during the journey to their host families or their residences.


  • For EU citizens: the European Health Insurance Card must be presented to the hospital or doctor. The card is free and the waiting time is 2 to 4 weeks.
  • For non-EU citizens: In case of hospitalisation, OISE will contact the learner's repatriation insurance to request care.

If you are taking medication/require ongoing treatment, it is necessary to inform the adviser before departure so that the information is relayed to the OISE team on the spot. For air travel a prescription is needed to transport the drugs.