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English in Oxford - EC

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Why study English in Oxford?

  • Ages 16+
  • From 1 week
  • Prestigious university town
  • Friendly, welcoming state-of-the-art school
  • Located in the city centre
  • General and business English, English in the City
  • Cambridge and IELTS exam preparation
  • Homestay or residence accommodation
  • VIP service



Located in the South of England about an hour from London, Oxford is undoubtedly one of the most reputable university towns in the world. Every year more than 37,000 students flock to Oxford for its excellence in education as well as the numerous opportunities for recreational activities that this student town offers. Theatres, cinemas, pubs, museums, art galleries, restaurants, nightclubs, concert halls, markets, and a botanical gardens contribute to the exceptional atmosphere of this superb historical centre.

On nice days in the city centre, street performers play music to the crowds, or if you prefer something more unusual, you can try the Oxford tradition of punting on the river, or watch cricket and rugby on the university sports grounds. Oxford is surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in England, including the Cotswolds with its traditional stone-built villages and undulating hills, perfect for a weekend getaway.

EC English Language Centres

Our partner school, EC, is located in the heart of this historic town, a short walk from the Colleges of Oxford University, an array of shops and other attractions such as the market, the Bodleian Library, Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the train station.

EC is accredited by the British Council and Private Further Education.

School facilities include:

  • 15 bright classrooms with SmartBoards
  • IT suite with 17 computers
  • Free WiFi access throughout the centre
  • Excellent library facilities
  • Study room
  • Student lounge

VIP service - The Orange Carpet Experience

EC welcomes you with their orange carpet

  • Before your arrival: access to the online platform of EC to prepare for your stay
  • A warm welcome upon your arrival at the airport of station
  • A warm welcome in the residence or in your host family
  • A welcome activity on Sunday to meet the other students
  • On the first day of course: a VIP reception at the school
  • A presentation of all members of the EC team

You´re ready to learn!

Activities and events during your stay

As an EC student, you will enjoy a varied calendar of social and leisure activities every week, in the afternoon or during the evening. Attendance is optional. Many of these activities are free of charge, however, some may require a fee. All activities are subject to change without notice and may be offered seasonally.The planning can be seen on the online EC platform.

Some of the many activities available include:

  • Welcome Event
  • Pub outings
  • Movie nights
  • Sports events
  • Trips and excursions


English language courses: the basics

-Lesson length: 45 minutes -Class size: Average 11 students (maximum 14) -Schedule: morning and/or afternoon lessons every other day -Placement test: first day of lessons -Certificate of completion at the end of your stay -Open access to the online EC platform up to 12 weeks after your stay -Regular progress tests (oral test every week, written test every 6 weeks) -CELTA-qualified native English speakers

Courses on offer

  • General English: 20 lessons per week

    4 lessons a day will give you a practical understanding of the English language and take you all the way to fluency. See your confidence improve as EC trains you in all four communication skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    Language level: all levels

    • Intensive English: 30 lessons per week

    The ideal course to get your English where you want it to be, fast. Includes the above General English classes, and also allows you to personalise your course by taking an additional 10 lessons per week across a wide selection of electives (see the choices below).:

    • Write Now
    • Media Studies
    • The Language of Music
    • Film Studies
    • Global Citizenship
    • Comparative Culture & Communication
    • Basic English Writing
    • Academic Techniques in Practice (writing assignments, taking notes and preparing presentations)
    • Get Talking
    • And many more!

    Language level: all levels

    • English in the City: 30 lessons per week

    This Special Focus Programme combines 20 lessons of General English with 10 lessons focused on language study inspired by your destination, for a complete intensive experience that is tailored to you and your personal reasons for learning. Students enrolled in this course visit a number of fascinating locations, from stunning museums and inspiring galleries to successful local businesses and charming neighbourhoods all over the city.

    Themed lessons include:

    • Business English - Tours of Local Businesses
    • Describing Art & Culture - Museum Tours
    • Talk like a Local - Neighbourhood Visits
    • The Language of Sports - Stadium Visits

    Language level: all levels

    • English for Work: 30 lessons per week

      EC's English for Work course will allow you to improve your English fluency and empower you with the language, knowledge and skills to confidently deal with a variety of business issues. Every week you will take 30 lessons: 20 lessons of General English and 10 lessons of Business English.

    Business Skills:

    • Expressing personal opinions
    • Making suggestions
    • Presenting case studies
    • Problem solving

    Business Focus - 10 tailored lessons :

    • Negotiating contracts
    • Management and HR
    • Branding and promotional strategies
    • Project management
    • Business ethics and CSR

    Specific business techniques such as telephone business English and interview skills are also covered.

    Language level: Low Intermediate to Advanced

    • Exam Preparation Courses

      • IELTS Exam Preparation: 30 lessons per week
        Session length: 4 or 8 weeks If you wish to attend university in an English-speaking country, preparing for the IELTS exam is the first step to success. EC teachers will meet with you individually to assess your language proficiency and goals. Sample papers will help you learn how to effectively answer questions and learn the techniques you need to sit the exam with confidence. Language Level : Intermediate

EC Teaching Methods

EC follows a 'Communicative Method' syllabus, which works to develop all four English language skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening. Special attention is paid to speaking, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

To give an engaging and relevant framework to learning these skills, each lesson will focus on a specific topic, which will vary from current affairs to everyday issues. Your professional and friendly teachers will select topics that create interest, discussion and debate in the class, allowing you to develop your confidence both in speaking and listening throughout your stay, in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

The teaching materials EC uses are specially designed by the school and realia such as newspapers, videos and other materials is also used.

As well as taking an active part in classroom discussions - the best way to improve your fluency - you will work on your language skills in small groups, pairs or individually on tasks and projects. EC's teachers work to create a welcoming environment with mutual support among students - so you'll feel at home while your English improves!

FUSION programme

Combine online classes before your departure + a language programme of your choice + online classes when you return

  • Option of FUSION 12 (12 months of online access) and FUSION 6 (6 months of online access)
FUSION Course - Details


Homestay (Ages 16+)

Shared room, shared bathroom and half board.

Travel time to EC: 20-45 minutes on public transport

Optional extra:

  • Private bathroom

Practical information:

  • Bedding provided
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day

Alice House Studio Apartments (Ages 18+)


  • Single room
  • Private bathroom
  • Travel time to EC: 18 minutes on foot, 9 by bus
  • Located in central Oxford, near Magdalen College
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival, to be refunded by EC at the end of your stay provided your room is clean and tidy with no damage

Facilities and services

  • Bedding provided on arrival (bring your own towels)
  • Private kitchenette with fridge and freezer, microwave and ceramic hob
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Free WiFi access
  • Bike storage
  • Common room with large screen TV, boardgames and pool table
  • CCTV and secure door system
  • Weekly cleaning of common areas and student rooms; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and common areas

Slade Park Residence (Ages 18+ - summer only)


  • Single room
  • Private bathroom
  • Travel time to EC: 30-40 minutes by bus (Slade Park stop)
  • Shared mixed gender flat with 4-6 people
  • Located in the city centre in a busy student area
  • Deposit to be paid on arrival, to be refunded by EC at the end of your stay provided your room is clean and tidy with no damage

Facilities and services

  • Bedding provided on arrival
  • 2 shared kitchens with all kitchenware provided
  • Coin laundry facilities available on-site
  • Free WiFi access
  • 24hr security
  • Reception
  • Common room
  • Bike storage
  • Weekly cleaning of common areas and student rooms; please note that outside of this service, students are responsible for cleaning the kitchen and common areas

Prices & Dates 2018

Dates 2018

Course start dates Most courses start every Monday year-round (exceptions are outlined below.) On Bank Holiday Mondays, lessons start on Tuesdays.

Bank holidays and holidays (No lessons will take place on these dates and they will not be made up or refunded.) :

01/01, 30/03, 02/04, 07/05, 28/05, 27/08, 25 & 26/12.

English for Work start dates: every Monday for up to 23 weeks.

IELTS: every week, for 4 or 8 weeks. Exam dates are posted on the IELTS website

Prices 2018

Programme prices -

All taxes and enrollment fees included

Click here to register
Classes & accommodation with a host family, individual room, no meals included
Duration20 lessons 30 lessons or Business English
1 week540 £615 £
2 weeks980 £1,130 £
3 weeks1,430 £1,655 £
4 weeks1,880 £2,180 £
6 weeks2,780 £3,230 £
8 weeks3,680 £4,280 £
12 weeks5,060 £5,660 £
16 weeks6,720 £7,520 £
18 weeks6,845 £8,395 £
20 weeks8,380 £9,380 £
24 weeks9,200 £10,400 £
32 weeks12,240 £13,840 £
36 weeks13,760 £15,560 £
Extra week390 £440 £
Peak season extra (26/06 -01/09/17)15 £15 £
Preparation for IELTS exam, Accommodation with host family, shared room, half board
4 weeks2,200 £
8 weeks4,320 £
Extra accommodation - per week
Individual room (host family)35 £
Half board (host family)25 £
Private bathroom (host family)100 £
Peak season - host family (du 16/06 au 15/09)35 £
Extra night (host family)55 £
Extra accommodation at Alice Studio 135 £
Slade Park (only during the summer)90 £
Transfers (each way)
Heathrow140 £
Luton155 £
Gatwick165 £
Stansted175 £
London/St Pancras train station170 £

Prices include:

  • Your chosen course
  • Homestay, half board
  • Shared room, shared bathroom
  • Course materials
  • Limitless WiFi access
  • Activities and language workshops
  • Welcome Event
  • Access to the EC e-learning platform up to 12 weeks after the course
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Transport to Oxford
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Optional extras
  • Midday meals
  • Transportation in and around Oxford
  • Deposit on arrival, where applicable
  • Exam fees, where applicable (IELTS)
  • Visa fees
  • Optional insurance

Practical Info

Arrivals: Saturdays (10:00-20:00 for Cricket House, from 15:00 for Alice Studios) **Departures: Saturdays (before noon for Cricket House, before 10:00 for Alice Studios)


  • Railway station: Oxford
  • Arrival airport: London (all airports and Eurostar station)
  • Airport transfers available upon request - please see price table

Airport transfers available on request (fees apply, see price list)

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa Information

You might need a visa for this course. For more information please visit our Visa Information page.

Do not hesitate to contact us by phone or email if you require any additional information.