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Oxford English Summer School

Do you want to improve your English speaking, writing, reading and listening skills? Join our Oxford English Summer School held on the historic Oxford University campus this summer.

Oxford English Summer School

Where better than Oxford to develop your English language skills? Oxford was the home of world-famous authors including J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis Carroll and Philip Pullman. Oxford is the perfect place to improve your English, surrounded by the historic campus of Oxford University. Our English language summer school courses give you the chance to develop your written and spoken English alongside students from around the world.

Our Oxford English Language course is designed to help you improve all areas of your English, with some courses focusing more on the skills and techniques needed for creative writing and others on advanced English language skills.

By the time you finish your English classes, Oxford will feel like home and you’ll be more confident in your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. 

Browse our Oxford English Summer School Courses

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Oxford English Course (12-18 year olds)

Join us in Oxford to improve your English while getting to know one of the UK’s most historic and beautiful cities. On our two-week Oxford English programme for 12-14 or 15-18 year olds, you’ll develop your written and spoken English and improve your reading and listening skills through a mix of interactive classes and workshops. It’s ideal preparation for students who wish to apply for an English-speaking university.

English Language summer school students in the Oxford Union

Discover Writing (12-14 year olds)

If you love writing, our Discover Writing Academy will show you how to build on your skills and creativity to help you work towards a career as a writer. As well as learning some of the secrets of creative writing, such as character and plot development, you’ll discover the many different writing careers open to you, from journalism to writing for stage and screen. You’ll also put your skills to the test by creating and editing a magazine.

High school summer English Language students in class

Experience Creative Writing (15-18 year olds)

Follow in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien and Lewis Carroll on this exciting creative writing course. On our Experience Creative Writing Academy, you’ll spend two weeks exploring different genres of creative writing, practising techniques to help develop your skills in dialogue, plot, character development and much more.

The Best Courses, The Best People, Your Future Success:

Get the Oxford Experience

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The Best English Courses

Summer English Language courses designed to stimulate, stretch and challenge you – whatever your subject knowledge

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The Best People

Taught by tutors from world-class institutions such as Oxford and Cambridge Universities

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Your future SUCCESS

Our Oxford English summer school is designed to help you discover, experience and prepare for a successful future

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Get the Oxford Experience

Delivered on the prestigious Oxford University campus

Oxford English Summer School Testimonials

Oxford Scholastica is easily one the best things that I’ve had the pleasure to experience.I made so many friends from all over the world that I still talk to. and the courses are very educational and helpful and I never felt like it was a chore. I’ve improved my English skills (I’m not a native speaker) in every way. The instructors were very friendly and nice. I could write a book about the reasons I love Oxford Scholastica but all I can say is that the summer I spent with them was the most memorable summer of life.
Abdullah Hani Almarhoun

India

It just surpassed our expectations in every way – pre-attendance organisation, facilities, high level of the programme, challenging course, interesting and diverse attendees from all around the world, dedicated creative teachers, great balance of time working and time for personal endeavors and friend making, supportive staff, teamwork oriented, family-like atmosphere, caring and nurturing environment, academically and personally challenging, true college campus experience…in short, just exceeded all expectations.
Bill & Tanya Mateo

Russia, Parents of Paulina

I have taught with Oxford Scholastica for a number of years and am consistently impressed by the excellent experience students are offered. As both a former teacher and university admissions advisor at a leading UK school, I can say with confidence that OSA students are offered an invaluable opportunity to explore what really interests them, and prepare for their path to university. It really does give students an advantage.

Jo Cruse

Tutor, and former teacher at leading UK school

Why choose our Oxford English Summer School?

Whether you’re keen to develop your writing skills or you want to improve your English prior to applying for an English-speaking university, our Oxford language school courses will help you choose the right path for your education and career. With each of our Oxford English courses, you can expect:  

  • Expert tuition from predominantly Oxbridge-educated tutors
  • Study programmes that combine learning about the theory behind writing with practical challenges to develop your language skills; you’ll also meet a real writer
  • Insights into the options you have for studying English or writing at university. We have a proven track record of preparing thousands of students for future success
  • To develop transferable skills that will be helpful when applying for college, university or jobs – such as strong communication skills and teamwork

What can you expect from our Oxford English courses?

Whether you’re looking to improve your English language skills or you’re interested in pursuing a career as a writer, our English summer school will inspire you to take the next step. You will:

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Develop all aspects of your English skills, including reading, writing, speaking and listening

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Experience life as a university student, with first class teaching from our expert staff

English Language summer courses students in class

Meet a real writer, who’ll talk with you about what it’s really like to write for a living and the different ways you can make money as a writer

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Start building your own professional network and join our community of Oxford Scholastica Academy alumni

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Experience Oxford life, and walk in the footsteps of famous writers including J. R. R. Tolkien and Oscar Wilde

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Learn about different aspects of writing, from how to write a good essay through to how to write creatively

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Take on practical projects to hone your creative skills, such as creating and editing a magazine or coming up with a new concept for a book series

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Be guided through our fully accredited English language courses, giving you all the information you need for your stage in your education

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Have the chance to graduate in a formal Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School once you’ve successfully completed your English course

You’ll spend two weeks in the beautiful city of Oxford, immersing yourself in your English studies amidst the dreaming spires that inspired authors such as J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman to create their literary masterpieces. You’ll find an Oxford English Summer School course that meets your needs at Oxford Scholastica, whether you’re a budding writer or looking to improve your English language communication skills.

How does our Oxford English summer school offer you an authentic university experience?

  • You’ll receive first-class teaching from our expert tutors in small classes inspired by the Oxford style of learning
  • You’ll study and socialise on the prestigious Oxford University campus, taking part in traditional Oxford activities (such as punting) in your free time
  • You’ll be encouraged to think about different genres of writing and the techniques needed for each, practising what you’ve learned with practical challenges
  • You’ll build your own network of ambitious fellow students from around the world

Why study the English language?

Our English language school graduates often go on to apply to study at English-speaking universities, with our creative writing alumni continuing to develop their literary talents after they’ve left Oxford. But why improve your English language skills?

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English is great for your CV

If you’re thinking of coming to us to improve your English language skills, it’s worth knowing that English is spoken in more countries than any other language, and it’s second only to Mandarin in the total number of speakers. A good command of English can open up many opportunities for you – professionally, educationally and personally.

You’ll be able to apply for some top universities

With a fluent grasp of English, you’ll be able to apply to study at some of the world’s best universities.

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English Language summer school students at graduation

Get more from travel and popular culture

Developing your English skills means you’ll be more easily able to communicate when you’re on your travels. You’ll also be able to enjoy English-language films and television series in their original language rather than dubbed or subtitled – not to mention great works of literature.

Be inspired

There’s a reason the city of Oxford has played host to so many great writers; with its beautiful buildings, bubbling river and lively art scene, there really is nowhere else quite like it.

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Experience British culture

As well as our exciting range of academic activities, English Language students at Scholastica are given the opportunity to really immerse themselves in British culture. From sampling the food and visiting historic palaces to watching a Shakespeare play, you’ll really feel at home by the end of your stay with us.

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Meet English Language Students from Around the World

This past summer, students from 85 different nationalities chose to experience our Oxford English Summer School:

out of 10 students said our English summer courses were one of the most memorable summers of their life

out of 10 students said that our high school summer English courses gave them greater certainty about their future direction

out of 10 parents said they would recommend our English summer courses to other parents

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Inspected and Accredited

Our English Language summer courses have been independently accredited by the British Accreditation Council as a short course provider for Independent Further and Higher Education. The BAC have assessed our teaching quality, pastoral care, and overall standards.

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Latest English Language Blog Articles

We’re passionate about helping our students and alumni to discover, experience and prepare for their futures. You can find some of our latest Oxford English summer school articles below:

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