7 Summer Tips for Students for the Best Summer School Experience!

Are you joining Summer Boarding Courses this Summer? It’s time to start thinking about getting ready with our top Summer tips for students! Whether you are a first-time English summer school student or returning for another study abroad experience, we’ve put together our advice for how you can prepare for your best Summer ever! Read on to find out more.

With not long to go until Summer School begins, you might be wondering what is the best way to prepare! Whether you are still deciding what to study, need help with travel plans and visa applications or want to know how to prepare for a different learning experience, we’ve put together some tips on how to get ready for your best summer yet!

Choose your summer school options

Summer Boarding Courses is across four campuses in the UK in Oxford and Bournemouth. There are lots of different academic options, so it can be difficult to know what to choose!

Click here to discover our 4 schools

We recommend going to our Summer School which a) fits your age and b) has the subject you want to study.

SBC Oxford (ages 8-12)

Based at the prestigious Dragon School in Oxford, SBC Oxford is for international students aged 8 to 12. There are plenty of study options on offer for all levels, with special English Plus programmes available too.

Find out more about SBC Oxford here

SBC Canford (ages 11-15)

SBC Canford, based at the world-renowned Canford School near Bournemouth, is for international students aged 11 to 15. At SBC Canford, students of all levels can study English alongside Introduction courses to STEM, Business and also International Relations.

Find out more about SBC Canford here

Headington Oxford (ages 13-15)

At one of the top boarding schools in the UK, students at Headington Oxford can enjoy our specially designed English and activity programmes. Alongside English study, students can opt into extra programmes. These include a multi-activity option, adventure sports, art and design, dance, general English extra, intensive English writing and intensive English speaking.

Discover more about Headington Oxford here

Oxford College (ages 15-17)

Our academic options at Oxford College Summer School give our older students the opportunity to try a new subject that they may wish to study at university. Whether it is Law, Medicine, Business or History of Art, there is plenty of choice.

Study options include Business and Leadership, General English, Engineering, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Politics and Economics, International Relations, History of Art, Law, English Literature and Creative Writing, Academic Discovery, and Foundation English.

All of the Oxford Summer School courses also offer students support with University Preparation, where students can develop study skills to accelerate learning and attend workshops for practical guidance on how to apply to UK universities.

Find out more about Oxford College here

If you’re still not sure what subject you would like to study, just get in touch and one of our experienced Student Support Managers will be happy to give you some advice!

Organise your travel plans

If, like a lot of our students, you are travelling a long way to join us at Summer Boarding Courses, then it’s important to organise your travel plans!

Your Student Support Manager will be able to give you the best advice on which flights to book, assistance with transfers from the airport and information about arrival and departure procedures during the summer. If you are travelling to and from Summer School, you need to make sure that your flights are booked on the arrival and departure dates. You can ask your Student Support manager for help with this or you can check the dates on our website.

Enjoy our Welcome Club service

If you are arriving at Heathrow airport, Summer Boarding Courses also offers a Welcome Club service. This is a great chance for you to relax after your flight and meet other SBC students, before getting a coach to your school. It’s a great opportunity to start making new friends!

Make sure you have your visa

One of the best things about English Summer School is that you get to make friends from all over the world; in 2017 Summer Boarding Courses welcomed students from over 100 nationalities! With so many students coming from different countries to England, many might need to have a Visa to enter the UK. Don’t know if you need a visa? You can find out this information here.

If you do need a visa, then the type you will need is a Short Term Study (child) visa. To help you with your application, your Student Support Manager can write you a Visa Support letter once we have received the deposit for your stay with us. Don’t forget, that depending on where you live, it can take up to four weeks to receive your visa, so make sure you don’t leave it too late to apply. You don’t want to miss out on an amazing summer!

What should you bring?

We suggest that you should pack clothing suitable for both warm and cool weather as, even in summer, the weather in England can soon change from sunshine to rain! Your student Support Manager will send out a full list of recommended items to bring to all students before the summer, but here’s a list of essential items to remember:

Everyday clothes

For activities you will need clothes such as trousers, shorts or skirts, jumpers, sportswear and t-shirts and comfortable shoes such as trainers. You might also want bring different clothes for school social events, such as discos or the Oxford College graduation.


Students are expected to bring their own toiletries such as shampoo, shower gel, a toothbrush, toothpaste, as well as their own towels.

Rucksack or small travel bag

Bring one for afternoon trips and excursions.

Weather protection

A typical English summer demands both an umbrella, and sun protection, so make sure to pack sun cream, a sun hat and sunglasses.

Travel essentials

Students should remember to bring a travel adaptor for a UK 3 pin plug socket, as well as pocket money and any travel documents.

Spending money

On excursions you will have the opportunity for shopping time, so if you would like to buy gifts or souvenirs, don’t forget your spending money!

If you have any other questions about what to bring, just get in touch with your Student Support Manager.

Male student raising his hands with joy in SBC class
Happy SBC Students playing outside

Prepare yourself for a unique learning environment

Summer school isn’t just about learning English to help you in the classroom; it’s also about learning English that you can use in the real world! With students from over 100 different countries staying with us, we limit the number of students that speak the same language so that they are able to communicate with each other in English throughout their stay. This gives you lots of opportunities to learn real-world English that you can use with your friends which you might not learn from a textbook.

Our unique curriculum is also designed to get you using your English in different ways. Our Time to Shine programme helps students to develop academic skills that will help them in their future academic studies and professional lives. Your research and presentation projects will help you develop skills such as independent study, teamwork, time management by collaborating with other students, as well as giving you more confidence in your fluency of English.

English summer school is a great way to get excited about learning again!

Set yourself some goals

Another great way to have a amazing experience at English summer school is to think about what you would like to achieve when learning English. Are you a beginner who would like to work on your vocabulary and grammar? Or are you a more advanced student who would like to improve your confidence and fluency when speaking English? Do you need support for applying to university?

Thinking about your learning objectives before you arrive at summer school will help you to prioritise your learning and develop good study habits while you are there.

Don’t forget to have fun!

English summer school isn’t all about learning; it’s also about having fun! Summer school is a great time to make new friends, create some amazing memories and experience a whole new culture! Our social programme is designed to make your summer fun and unforgettable and ensure that you get the most from your study abroad experience.