What is the Academic English programme of courses?
The Academic English programme is for students and staff who need Academic English support to help them succeed in their work and study at Oxford. There are courses in Written Communication and Spoken Communication as well as several other courses for specific groups, such as English for international undergraduates, academic visitors, and partners of University staff.
What level do I need to enrol on an Academic English course?
We accept all matriculated Oxford students, that is, those who are taking a recognised course at the University. For term-time courses other learners such as academic vistors should ideally have reached the minimum Oxford University language requirement, the equivalent of C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) or IELTs 7.0, but we will accept students slightly below this. Courses specifically for Academic Visitors accept students with a range between B2 and C1 on the CEFR. Courses for partners of University staff accept students with a range between B1 and C1 on the CEFR. For the summer pre-sessional course please click here.
What if I'm placed on a waiting list?
We do sometimes get cancellations, and if a space in class becomes available we will email you to let you know. Alternatively you may be able to enrol on a class at a different time. We also offer intensive classes in 9th week, at the end of term.
Are the course fees subsidised?
In 2022/23 the Language Centre will receive a grant of around 35% of its running costs from the University, which is the overall subsidy of the service. The Language Centre needs to raise the rest of its running costs from course fees (plus some premises rental income in the summer vacation). The course fees are set at four price points, in ascending price order, from the lowest prices for students, through staff, to related persons, and finally members of the general public. For term-time Academic English courses students’ college or department also make a significant contribution to the cost of the course so that we can limit the fees we charge to learners (see above).
What is the fee for Visiting and Recognised Students?
The fee is the student fee. We charge the same student fee for Matriculated, Visiting and Recognised students of Oxford University and its colleges.
How do I enrol on a programme organised specifically for my department/college?
Please contact your departmental or college course administrator.
Who will my tutor be?
Our tutors are specialists in Academic English.
What times are the classes?
Please see the timetables.
Our in-person courses run during the day (the Language Centre building is open between 08.45 and 17.00) but some of our online courses are in the early evening.
Where is the Language Centre?
We are at 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HT. Please see https://www.lang.ox.ac.uk/contact-or-visit-us for more information.
Can I eat and drink at the Language Centre?
We provide water fountains and cups, but please bring your own water bottle to be environmentally friendly. There is no other drinks or food available to purchase. You are welcome to consume your own food and drink in the seating in the open area on the ground floor, but we ask that only water in sealed containers is taken into the classrooms.
Do you have wifi?
Yes, we are in an Eduroam zone for University students and staff. Members of the general public can access Sky's WiFi.