Welcome to Oxford School of English

Who we are

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Located in the very heart of the university city of Oxford, OSE (Oxford School of English) provides high-quality courses in English language and associated examinations, while our Oxford OSE Academy offers A Levels and pre-university preparation courses for 16 – 18 year-olds. OSE (Oxford School of English) is accredited by the ISI and the British Council.

See our latest ISI inspection report here.

University summer courses


Our two-week summer Expanding Minds programmes give bright, academically-gifted young adults (16 – 18 years) planning to apply to university the opportunity to explore and enlarge the boundaries of their knowledge in a range of chosen subjects, in the unique environment of the University of Oxford at the heart of the historic city of Oxford itself.

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English language courses


Our General English and Intensive English courses are designed to help students make rapid progress in English, and focus on the four key language skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking – with lots of additional work on vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.

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Examination courses

Examination courses

OSE (Oxford School of English) offers a range of examination courses, including those for IELTS, the Cambridge exams, TOEFL, BEC, BULATS and Trinity. Our college is the official TOEFL testing centre in Oxford.

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IELTS Cambridge Exams TOEFL

Academic Year Programme

Academic Year

Our Academic Year programme enables students to significantly improve their English level, study skills and their chances of entering a UK university.

This course is very flexible with a range of different options, and is always tailored to the needs of the student. For example, if a student already has a good level of English and wants to focus on academic skills (perhaps Writing or IELTS), these study elements will be built into the student’s individual programme.

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Business English for Executives

Business English for Executives

This course has been designed for business professionals who use English at work, are already at B2 level or higher in English, and need to expand their knowledge and ability.

  • 1-4 weeks (more, if required)
  • Designed for business professionals
  • Strategic boost to English usage in the workplace
  • Range of study options available
  • Specialist business areas covered by request

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Junior Summer School

Junior Summer School

Our Junior Summer School provides a memorable experience for students from all over the world, blending first-class English language tuition with masses of fun in a unique environment.

Now in its fifteenth year the Summer School has been hugely successful, gaining an international reputation and each year attracting hundreds of students from across the world.

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Teacher Refresher courses

Our 2-week teacher refresher courses are for overseas teachers of English who would like to update their knowledge of methodology and teaching materials, and to broaden their linguistic and cultural awareness.

The course explores recent and current theory and practice, focusing on methodology, materials and advanced language analysis. It also includes a range of social and cultural activities. The training style is interactive, with workshops as well as presentations, and intended to promote discussion.

This course is aimed at non-native speakers who have experience of teaching English and hold a teaching qualification from their own country.

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Insight into UK Tourism

Dorset beach

Our Insight into the UK Tourism and Hospitality Industry course combines high level training in Business Communication with a unique insight into a range of British tourism sectors: luxury travel, city breaks, language tourism and 'staycation'.

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Penthouse accommodation


Our Oxford penthouse apartment is new (completed September 2016) and is everything you would expect a penthouse to be – real luxury!

  • 3 rooftop terraces
  • 3 bedrooms (double beds), 3 bathrooms (2 en suite)
  • master bedroom with its own separate dressing room
  • private lift (elevator)
  • huge kitchen, with dining area and sitting room
  • separate utility room (with washing machine, sink etc)
  • free WiFi

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Townhouse apartments

Kennett House

Our townhouse apartments are new (completed August 2016) and are spacious, stylish and extremely comfortable.

  • 2 bedrooms (double beds), 2 bathrooms (one en suite)
  • very large kitchen, dining and sitting room
  • free WiFi
  • washing machine and drier
  • oven and grill
  • dining table and chairs
  • lovely vibrant area with lots of shops and cafes
  • only 15 minutes from the city centre

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Homestay accommodation

Homestay example

Most of our students choose our homestay option. Living with Oxford residents is a great way to learn more about the UK and British culture, and of course it's a lot easier in many ways than living in an apartment, as the host does all the food shopping and cooking, the cleaning, and even your laundry!

We have around 300 homestay families in and around Oxford. Every homestay is different and we always do our very best to place students in a homestay that matches their needs as closely as possible – though of course, to do this we need clear and accurate information from students at the time of booking.

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  • Dear sir / Madame:

    How are you? This is Grace from China.

    Susi ,who works in British Council introduced your school to me.

    I wanna cooperate with you about the summer camp on hand,

    where the children's ages range from 10 to 18.

    Could you please provide me with a two-week schedule?

    On weekdays, the children have English courses in the morning and outdoor activities in the afternoon. They have mixed classes with the students from other countries from Monday to Friday. What's more, they have a tour on weekends. London is a necessary station, and they all live in homestay families. Could you plz send me the schedule and quotation?


    Best wishes


  • Dear Grace, thanks for your request. Our office will be in touch with you very soon. Meanwhile you might like to check our Junior Summer School homepage for more information about our summer camp.
    Kind regards

    from Oxford, Oxford, UK

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