Academic English

Our Academic English courses help international students improve their academic written and spoken communication – building skills and increasing confidence. They are taught by specialists in Academic English and designed to meet the needs of students and staff at the University of Oxford.

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The Academic English programme is intended for international students, staff and visitors at Oxford University who need to improve their Academic English literacy to function effectively in the University environment. There are courses in Written Communication and Spoken Communication.

Academic English: Written Communication

Academic English: Spoken Communication

Academic English: Undergraduates

These courses are intended for any partners (male or female) of University staff or students (who are not members of the University in their own right).
English for Partners

This six-week intensive summer programme provides international students with the essential language, research strategies and knowledge needed to succeed in their upcoming academic studies. Visiting academics and students aiming to study at universities other than Oxford are also very welcome to apply. The dates for 2019 are: Monday 5 August to Friday 13 September 2019.

Pre-Sessional English Course

The University of Oxford is happy to offer this course for all prospective students preparing for the IELTS exam. This intensive four-week summer programme prepares you for all four parts of the IELTS test, helping you gain the necessary skills to attain your target score. Students aiming to study at universities other than Oxford are very welcome to apply. The dates for 2019 are: Monday 1 July to Friday 26 July 2019.

IELTS Intensive Course

The Language Centre offers tailored courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students from Oxford colleges, divisions and departments. Please get in touch to discuss a bespoke Language Centre course:


Pathway OU Students including Visiting and Recognised OU Staff Alumni, partners of staff and students, 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 (6 weeks intensive) £3250 £3250 £3250 £3250
IELTS Intensive 4 week summer course £1850 £1850 £1850 £1850


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