Academic English

Academic English - General information

The Academic English programme is intended for international students and staff at Oxford University who need to improve their Academic English literacy to function effectively in the University environment.

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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. A complete list of our Academic English courses can be found by clicking the enrol now button below.

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Learners can enrol on courses by clicking on the button below. It is possible to enrol on Academic English term-time courses from mid-September and throughout the academic year. 

Please enrol as soon as possible as places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

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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.

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.

Pathway OU Students including Visiting and Recognised OU Staff Related Persons - Alumni, partners of staff, retired staff General Public
Term-time course £70 £80 £160 N/A
Week 9 Intensive £100 £150 £175 £200
English for Academic Visitors and Researchers £400 £400 £400 £400
Pre-Sessional English Course £3250 £3250 £3250 £3250
IELTS Intensive 4 week summer course £1850 £1850 £1850 £1850


Are the course fees subsidised?

In 2018-19 the Language Centre will receive a grant of just under 40% 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).

Why have the course fees changed?

The prices are set at a level designed to meet the remainder of the running costs the Language Centre requires, after the grant received from the University of just under 40% of our running costs. Some of our previous course fees were at a very low level which was no longer sustainable in terms of meeting the costs of running the service. We have benchmarked our new fees against other providers in Oxford and other university language centres and believe they are not out of line.

Who is covered by the Related Persons fee category?

Related persons refers to alumni, retired staff and partners of Oxford university staff.

What is the fee for Visiting and Recognised Students?

The fee is 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?

Classes run from 09.00 to 19.00 Monday to Friday.

Where is the Language Centre?

We are at 12 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HT. Please see 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.

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