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29 Best language schools in Oxford (ranked based on student reviews)

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Why Oxford? Oxford is an old university city and the university buildings span seven centuries. The city is a living museum with its beautiful buildings and a distinguished past. Harry Potter fans may recongnise a large amount of Oxford as many scenes from the movie take place in this university city. Many famous British authors have links to the city and Oxford has the largest bookshop in the world, whose shelves span for three miles. As a city it is relatively small but it has many parks, restaurants and shops. It is very navigatable by foot, but a unique way to view the city is punting on the river. This historical city has been preserved throughout time for visitors to really capture England throughout the ages.
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What our students said about Oxford

Rating: 5/5

5.0

Oxford is the city of students. Staying in touch with social, allow to discover opportunities to have fun and relax even though with a bit more free time. London is one hour away and going back and forth is cheap.

Alessandro
Italy

Rating: 3/5

3.0

It's a beautiful city with a lot of students. I don't recommend to go there in July and August. And there are too many tourists.

Manfred
Germany

Rating: 4/5

4.0

The city is more beautiful than London but just go to see Bologna to realize that the latter is more beautiful than Oxford

Francesco
Italy

Rating: 5/5

5.0

I didn't use any transportation and didn't visit the city at night

Mattis
France

Rating: 4/5

4.0

The amount of rubbish in the streets came as as surprise

Michał
Poland

Rating: 5/5

5.0

It's possible that ClassSiX won't change each week.

Jędrzej
Poland

Most recent student reviews of language schools in Oxford

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 48 reviews

We were only a small group of students so the atmosphere was really good, and the teacher was very nice too.
Thanks for helping and attending. We always got answers when we needed some.

13 August 2019
Course: General English Morning 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 18 years

Mattis
France

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 11 reviews

The atmosphere and the material studied

14 January 2019
Course: Standard Programme - 2 weeks
Student age: 15 years

Maria
Russia

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 11 reviews

Teacher's home: nice countryside area; pleasant accommodation but no heating in the bedroom; far from any public transport.

3 December 2018
Course: Standard Programme - 2 weeks
Student age: 59 years

Emmanuele
Belgium

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 17 reviews

Incredibly competent teachers and amazing atmosphere. Other than learning the English language, we also focused on exploring the different cultures represented in the class.

19 August 2018
Course: Compact Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 17 years

Signe
Denmark

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 48 reviews

Friendly and nice staff and very central location.

19 April 2018
Course: General English Morning 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 17 years

Rafael Diego
Germany

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 17 reviews

Very good teaching level.
It´s a pity that a student does not get any lessons the first day of arrival, just a test. It would be great to have the possibility to join a group even knowing one´s level only approximately, to avoid wasting time.

24 August 2017
Course: Intensive Course - 1 week
Student age: 43 years

Natalia
Spain

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 17 reviews

Teachers were very nice and location is great.

17 August 2017
Course: Intensive Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 18 years

TITA
Slovenia

Rating: 4.8

4.8 | 11 reviews

I did not go to school. Education in the teacher's home
Very nice family. Affable and friendly teacher. I learned a lot about life in the UK

19 October 2016
Course: Standard Programme Intensive - 1 week
Student age: 53 years

Irina
Russian Federation

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 17 reviews

Teh welcoming and the teaching methodology
Having had this experience with my 14 year old daughter I appreciated, as a parent, the seriousness and responsibility in taking care of the kids.

26 July 2016
Course: Compact Course - 2 weeks
Student age: 53 years

Loredana
Italy

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 48 reviews

the teachers were really active in the classroom and you never have the occasion to getting bored

2 September 2015
Course: General English Morning 20 - 2 weeks
Student age: 24 years

Arrigo
Italy

Rating: 4

4.0 | 5 reviews

The teachers are ready for their classes
The course, honestly, was not like what I expected. I though, we were in a group starting and finishing at the same time. But, the school runs the whole year and we can just join at anytime we want. The state of the students is different. And we weren't informed what we were going to study and what we expected.

26 August 2015
Course: Standard General English - 2 weeks
Student age: 43 years

Ria
Indonesia

Rating: 4.3

4.3 | 17 reviews

Nothing at all
The management's behavior is more than mediocre and despicable. It is clear that they care more about profitability, and money than the quality of education. They count the numbers of hours of classes to set the level of the students. It seems more of a company than a school. There are no adult classes, all ages are mixed, it filled the classroom to reach the maximum level of students rather than the exact level of each. One of the teachers has left us and let us know that it was because of the number of students that went downhill. Personally, I've left the course one week earlier because the teaching was so boring. Lot's of students in my class want to leave the school, but as they have already paid in advance, they are stuck !!!!! I feel like I have wasted my time for nothing !!!!!!! I regret enormously. We can not make progress with such education. Students realize that teachers are wrong often enough!

25 August 2015
Course: Intensive Course - 4 weeks
Student age: 61 years

Thi Anh
France

Rating: 4

4.0 | 5 reviews

good teachers and friendly classmates

17 August 2015
Course: Intensive General English - 3 weeks
Student age: 16 years

Vincenzo
Italy

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 48 reviews

very friendly and openminded teachers. possibility to continue with online courses after the session
For short stays, the time given to tests is too long, taking up course time. Discussions with other nationalities, although in English, do not bring much because they are not corrected, it is sometimes real gibberish, which is often incomprehensible

21 December 2014
Course: General English Morning 20 - 1 week
Student age: 62 years

Francoise
France

Rating: 4.2

4.2 | 48 reviews

the environment, homey
you get to meet people from all over the world

6 October 2014
Course: General English Morning 20 - 1 week
Student age: 25 years

Marina
Spain

What school directors said about Oxford

Jeanette Lindsey-Clarke

With it's historic building and beautiful parks, Oxford is one of the UK's most attractive cities. It's world-renowned university puts students at the centre of Oxford life, making it the perfect place to live and learn as an international student.

Carolyn Llewelyn

Beautiful small medieval city with world famous university, art galleries and museums.

Doris Suchet

Oxford is world famous for its university, and it has a huge amount to offer its visitors. There are lots of cultural events, a lively social scene, beautiful buildings and a variety of international restaurants. The city is steeped in history and the air of academic excellence is reflected in our language school’s culture.

Peter Thompson

Oxford is a beautiful city with wonderful stunning University buildings, insightful museums and our famous ‘punting’ on nearby canals and rivers.

Key Facts about Oxford

Population: 155,000

Time zone: +10h. (GMT +0)

Region: England, Oxfordshire

Currency: GBP (1 GBP = 1.4108 USD)

Oxford quality of life rating:

Rating: 4.7

4.7 (147 reviews by our former students)

Visa: Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 180 days. Documentation regarding purpose of visit must be shown at the border in order to enter the country. For Study purposes: letter of enrolment from school, accommodation arrangements and proof of payments to the relevant institutions. Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.

High season: July

Low season: December

Average course price per week (High season): 384 £

Average course price per week (Low season): 298 £

Cost of Living:

* 100 = prices in New York

  • Student price index excluding rent:81* (19% cheaper than New York)
  • Student price index including rent:68* (32% cheaper than New York)
  • Price index food only:63* (37% cheaper than New York)
  • Big Mac price (England UK average):2.91 £ (29% cheaper than in USA)
Mains electricity:
  • Plug Type G
  • Residential voltage: 230 V
  • Frequency: 50 Hz

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Events in OxfordBest time to take a language course in Oxford

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Arrival Airports

Luton (LTN) - 62 km. from Oxford city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 240 minutes, 15,00 GBP, 120 minutes.

Main stops: Luton Airport, High Wycombe, Stokenchurch, Oxford Sandhills, Oxford Headington, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford St. Clements, Oxford High Street

Taxi: 90 minutes drive to city center of Oxford

London Heathrow (LHR) - 63 km. from Oxford city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 20 minutes, 15,00 GBP, 90 minutes.

Main stops: Heathrow Central Bus Station, Oxford City Centre-Queens Lane

Taxi: 185 £, 55 minutes drive to city center of Oxford

Direct international flights from:
  • USA: Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson, Austin-Bergstrom, Baltimore Washington International, Boston Logan International, Charlotte Douglas, Chicago O'Hare International, Dallas Fort Worth International, Denver International, Detroit Wayne County, Houston George Bush Intercntl., Las Vegas Mccarran, Los Angeles International, Miami International, Minneapolis St Paul, New York John F. Kennedy, New York Newark, Philadelphia International, Phoenix Sky Harbor, Portland, Raleigh / Durham, Salt Lake City, San Diego International, San Francisco International, San Jose International, Seattle / Tacoma International, Washington Dulles
  • Canada: Calgary, Halifax International, Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Ottawa International, St John's, Toronto Pearson International, Vancouver International
  • South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg O.R. Tambo
  • Singapore: Singapore Changi
London Gatwick (LGW) - 100 km. from Oxford city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 60 minutes, 50,00 GBP, 130 minutes.

Main stops: Gatwick Airport, Reading + Reading, Oxford

Taxi: 120 minutes drive to city center of Oxford

Stansted (STN) - 103 km. from Oxford city center

Public transportation to city center:

Every 30 minutes, 13,00 GBP, 90 minutes.

Main stops: Stansted Airport London, London Golders Green, London Finchley Road and Rognal, London Finchley Road, London St. John´s Wood/for London Zoo, London Baker Street Station

Taxi: 110 minutes drive to city center of Oxford

Direct international flights from:
  • United Kingdom: Belfast International, Derry, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow International, Guernsey, Newquay
  • Ireland: Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Knock, Shannon
  • USA: Las Vegas Mccarran, Orlando International, Orlando Sanford

    FAQ about schools in Oxford

  • Students rated the activity program at Embassy Junior Centre as the best.
  • Embassy Junior Centre has received the best overall rating in Oxford.
  • CIE - College of International Education, located in Bocardo House, 24B St. Michael's Street has been voted as the school with the best location in Oxford.
  • Embassy Junior Centre was rated highest for quality of teaching.
  • 'Homestay' at CIE - College of International Education is the best rated accommodation in Oxford.
  • You can take courses for just 1 week. For significant progress opt for longer durations. According to a survey of StudyTravel Magazine the average course duration for England UK is 4 weeks.
  • The student price index in Oxford is 81.29. For details check the city's cost of living section.
  • Students rated Oxford with 4.6 stars out of 5.
  • In Oxford electricity is 230 Volt and 50 Hz. Plug type G.
  • Best airport to arrive to in Oxford is Luton (62.4 km from city center). Alternative airports: London Heathrow (63.6 km), London Gatwick (100.2 km), Stansted (103.4 km). See information about all arrivals and airport information for Oxford.
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