Oxbridge Summer Education

The Magdalen Centre
The Oxford Science Park Oxford OX4 4GA
United Kingdom..

T: +44 1865 589500

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Are you affiliated with Oxford or Cambridge University?

We are not affiliated with either Oxford University or Cambridge University, although we use university accommodations.  Unlike many other summer courses, our founders and co-directors have been educated at Oxford University and at the American Ivy League.  The majority of our tutors are Oxford and Cambridge academics who use the seminar and tutorial method of teaching, as used at Oxford and Cambridge. This gives you the opportunity to explore and discuss your subject, and your individual subject interests, with your tutor.

How do I enroll in OSE courses?

Once you have decided which course you would like to attend, you can book online using our application form. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an email confirming that it has been received.

Once your booking has been processed, you will receive email confirmation of your place on the course of your choice.

If at any time you would like to discuss your booking, please feel free to email info@oxbridgesummereducation.com or call us on+44 1865 589500

What is included in the course fee?

  • Classes and tuition (20 hours taught hours per week)
  • Study files / materials
  • Personalized academic reports, as needed
  • A graduation certificate
  • Accommodation
  • Meals in the Hall
  • Free WiFi (subject to availability)
  • Wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
  • Excursions
  • Welcome and graduation events (parents invited)

Is it possible to change to another course?

If you wish to change your course, including dates, contact us. Changes to courses are, however, always subject to availability. For this reason, it may be more difficult to accommodate any changes requested less than 60 days before the course start date.

Will I receive a refund should I need to cancel my booking?

OSE terms and conditions for refunds are as follows:

Any cancellation must be received in writing and can only be on the following terms:

  • No refund of deposit will be made under any circumstances, once the two-week cooling-off period has concluded.
  • In the event of a cancellation, Oxbridge Summer Education must receive written confirmation. Cancellations before the dates of the start of the course receive the following refunds of the balance of the programme fee (deposits remain non-refundable):
    Days before the course start-date % refund of balance
    + 120 days 100%
    90-119 days 50%
    48-89 days 10%
    0-48 days 0%


Cancellations after the commencement date of the course for any reason will receive no refund of any course fees.

Will I receive a graduation certificate?

Yes, students will be awarded an OSE graduation certificate in their chosen course upon satisfactory completion of the course. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the programme.

How do I get to the UK?

The most convenient airport in relation to Oxford and Cambridge is London Heathrow.


The Eurostar is also a good means of traveling to the UK by train from mainland Europe. Learn more about choosing airports and other travel information on our detailed arrivals page.

What essential documents should I bring with me?

  • Your passport, which we will check when you arrive
  • Travel documents including travel insurance and medical insurance

Do I need to bring money and, if so, how much?

You will probably want to bring some cash with you for your first day’s travel to cover food and any emergency purchases.


It is advisable to come prepared with a variety of payment means, for example, traveller’s cheques, bank cards, and cash. Students may keep money in their campus safe.


There are plenty of banks and ATM cash machines in all our locations. But these may charge you for withdrawing money.


Do I need a visa to travel to the UK?

If your country is part of the EU or the European Economic Area, you will not require a visa. It is always safest to check whether or not you need a visa with the relevant authorities. Please click here for more information.

What kind of insurance do I need?

All students must have sufficient medical and travel insurance to cover the entirety of their stay with OSE, and may also wish to put in place additional insurance in case of course cancellation. Students from the EU or EEA should also bring a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

What happens in the case of an accident or an emergency?

All OSE’s campuses have residential staff, so there is someone on site 24-hours a day. There is also a 24-hour emergency phone number for each campus which students and family and friends may call. This telephone number will be emailed to all students before their course date.


All students under the age of 18 must provide the contact details of one parent or guardian. In addition, if their parent or guardian is likely to be unavailable during the course dates, students are asked to provide another emergency contact. Students are reminded that it is vitally important that all contact details they give us are up-to-date, so that we have the correct information in case of an emergency.

OSE Arrangements for safeguarding welfare and security of child visitors

What kind of clothing should I bring?

Students who have booked a place in a summer course:

Note that in June, July and August, it is normally warm in the UK. It can sometimes rain, however, quite heavily, even in the summer, and so it is important that you bring some warm clothes and waterproof clothing. Recent weather reports and forecasts can be found online at BBC Weather.


In addition to suitable clothing for English weather, we suggest:


  • A smarter outfit for the formal meals on each Friday (we suggest trousers and a shirt, or a dress/skirt
  • Sports clothing and trainers
  • A bathrobe or dressing gown and slippers, if you like

May my parents visit?

Parents, guardians, friends and relatives are invited to attend the welcome reception for new students between 17:00-18:00 on the day of arrival. They are respectfully asked to depart the campus after this time as the programme will have officially begun.


Parents and family are welcome to visit on weekends when students have free time, but should bear in mind that students may be going on an excursion; they should find out ahead of arriving whether or not a student will be on campus.


In order to take students out of the campus for any amount of time, a completed exeat form will be required; these will be available upon request once the summer school is in session.

Should I bring a mobile phone?

Yes, students should bring their mobile phones with them (if the phone will work in the UK). This provides family and friends, as well as the programme staff, with a good means of contacting them. Please note, however, that mobile phones are not permitted in classrooms and lessons.


We recommend that students set their own mobile phones to Data Roaming off to avoid incurring large unwanted telephone bills.

What other electronic equipment should I consider bringing?

  • A laptop or tablet (13+ students)
  • Any chargers you need
  • An adapter for UK plug sockets

When should I arrive for my course?

The day of arrival for all courses is always Sunday. You will need to check the dates of your course to find out which Sunday you need to arrive on. You may arrive any time from 12:00 on Sunday, though we recommend that you aim to arrive before 17:00; there is a welcome reception for all new students and parents at this time. On arrival, you will need to register at your campus. You will receive your room keys and course information at this point.

What happens on the first day?

Students should arrive between 12:00 and 17:00 to register for their course at their campus.


From 17:00-18:00 there will be a welcome reception for all new students, parents and family members. The welcome reception will give the students a chance to meet the OSE directors who will outline the key goals and rules of the program, including all safety information.


Following this, students will go for their dinner in college and then attend their induction talk with the programme director and meet their tutors.

What happens on the last day?

Students will be asked to vacate their rooms shortly after breakfast. You will have been informed of the procedure during the previous few days.


Students will be asked to return their room keys and collect their reports and graduation packs as soon as possible after breakfast. Staff will be on hand to assist with departures throughout the day.

Are male and female students housed separately?

While male and female students under 18 years old are housed in the same buildings, their rooms are almost always on separate corridors and/or staircases. If you have any questions about a particular location, please contact us.

Are there laundry facilities where I will be staying?

All of the college accommodation have laundry facilities. Tokens can be purchased from the College lodge or Campus office. OSE is on hand to assist.

How secure are the campuses?

All our programmes take place in a secure environment. Our students are supervised 24-hours a day by campus staff. All students must check-in regularly during the day: at roll-call at breakfast; at their morning classes; in the afternoon for lessons, workshops or activities; at dinner and in the evening before curfew. All campuses have a curfew.

Each campus office has its own safe where students may deposit items of value such as passports, travel documents, bank cards, and so on.


All campuses have residential staff who can be contacted 24-hours a day.


OSE Arrangements for safeguarding welfare and security of child visitors

Are meals included in my programme fees?

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the course fees.

For further information on what your course fees include, refer to your course page on our website.

Can OSE accommodate my special dietary requirements?

If you have any dietary requirements, you must inform at least 60 days in advance of your course start date so that we can cater for your requirements.


All meals offer a vegetarian option (which must be booked in advance). We are almost always able to provide Halal or Kosher as a dining option; students with these dietary requirements may, sometimes be offered the vegetarian option. Please let us know in advance what foods and meats you cannot eat.


All medical dietary requirements such as lactose intolerance and any food allergies must be reported to us at least 60 days in advance of your course start date so that we can ensure you receive the correct meals. This can be done using the Medical and Dietary Form that all enrolled students must complete prior to their arrival in the UK.

What are the lesson times and what happens outside of lessons?

Morning classes usually take place between 09:00 and 12:30, with a break between 10:00 and 11:00.


Please note that these timings are a guide, and the actual timings of lessons may be different.


Outside of lesson time, students are kept fully engaged with a variety of extra-curricular activities, including excursions and guest lectures.


Students also enjoy various themed parties at local venues.

Will I have the opportunity to visit other places in the UK during my course?

OSE offers a variety of trips to sites of historical and cultural interest.For further information please see our Excursions.