Learn a language in Oxford
The city of Oxford in the United Kingdom is an excellent mix of high-quality English language schools, international atmosphere and charming city life. Learning in Oxford, England gives you the perfect opportunity to speak English with a standard British accent. You will meet people from all over the world and you will make your English language learning experience unforgettable.
Oxford is a city in the South East region of Great Britain, in the county of Oxfordshire. Historically, Oxford was an important port on the River Thames and now hosts a population of over 150,000 inhabitants. Over 9.3 million tourists who visit the city each year.
English language courses in OxfordLanguage learners worldwide come to learn English in Oxford, in the most prestigious language centres in the UK. You will find many accredited English language schools in the city, which allow international learners to socialise with English native speakers. Small group classes and one-to-one private lessons create a stimulating learning environment and you will feel highly motivated to learn English in Oxford.
English language schools in Oxford offer a wide range of courses, depending on the language level and purposes of students. Here is a list of some of the most common English language courses taught in Oxford:
- General English for everyday use (standard or intensive hours)
- Combination courses (small group lessons mixed with individual and customizable sessions)
- Business English
- One-to-one tuition
- English exam preparation courses (for IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge exams)
- English with a specialisation (international relations, law, international business management, architecture, etc.)
- Fluency and pronunciation courses
Should you be interested in a job or business opening in Oxford, major local industries that sustain the city’s economy are motor manufacturing, education, bioscience and publishing, as well as information technology and science-based businesses.
International students looking to improve their English speaking for academic purposes are generally interested in English courses with academic subjects, university foundation courses or English for examination study programmes. There are many IELTS and Cambridge exam preparation courses available accredited by British Council.
Demographic studies showed that after English, the most commonly used languages in Oxford are Polish and Chinese, followed by French, Portuguese and Spanish. You will be able to study yourself other foreign languages in Oxford, with the most popular being Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese.
Speaking English in OxfordThe accent in Oxford is very similar to the upper-class speech you will find in London and Cambridge, and some other parts of southern England. The “Oxford accent” is a synonym for the Received Pronunciation (RP) or the “BBC English”, which is the typical Brit accent best known to people outside the UK. It is relatively easy to understand and you can listen to it on the public radio and on TV channels.
As a city mainly made up of students you will have plenty of opportunities to practice proper English with other foreign language learner, tourists and native speakers.
Additional activitiesInternational language learners have the possibility to live with a host family (homestay) in Oxford and many English language schools take care of this kind of accommodation. This will allow you to speak English on a daily basis and accommodate faster with the British culture.
English language schools in Oxford provide various outdoors, cultural and social activities to help language learners make a good use of their time. These activities include:
- Excursions to other cities in the UK, close to Oxford
- Organised sports (tennis, swimming, golf and cycling tours)
- Visits to museums, cinemas, theatres and concerts
- Nights out in pubs and clubs
Accommodation and living costs
In Oxford, the prices for accommodation prices are relatively high, but the living costs are cheaper. You will need an average monthly budget of at least 900 GBP, to include accommodation, transport, travel, food and going out. However, the living expenses vary significantly depending on your lifestyle.
You have a great deal of accommodation options to choose from. Your language school can deal with this part for you and include the price of accommodation in the cost of the language programme. You can go for hotels, hostels, homestays, renting a studio flat or sharing a house with other language learners. Prices for accommodation depend mostly on the location of the residence.
You will need around 200-250 GBP/month for food expenses and the monthly transportation pass costs 50 GBP. Having a meal in an average restaurant will cost you around 10-12 GBP.