Which English Summer School should I choose with Summer Boarding Courses?
Summer Boarding Courses
Welcome to Summer Boarding Courses! We’re excited to see you here and help you discover our residential English Summer School courses in Oxford and Bournemouth. We are passionate about helping students aged 8 to 17 skyrocket their English speaking, whilst living and studying in one of our prestigious UK University towns.
Let us help you choose the best English Summer School from the four different campuses we offer, so that you can have the best Summer School experience possible.
The best Summer Boarding Courses’ school for you depends on how old you are. We run 18 different courses at the following four Summer Schools:
|SBC Oxford||SBC Canford||Headington Oxford||Oxford College|
|English Tuition Hours||15 per week||15 per week||15 per week||30 hours subject-specific over 2 weeks|
|Academic Study Options||General English, Junior Summer Study||General English, Summer Study, Introduction to Business, Introduction to International Relations, Introduction to STEM||General English, Summer study||Business & Leadership, General English, Engineering, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Politics & Economics, International Relations, History of Art, Law, Foundation English, English Literature & Creative Writing, Academic Discovery|
|Social Activities||Swimming, Football, Fashion Design, English Fete Day, Oxford visits, Yoga, Science experiments||Swimming, English sports, Football, Cookery, Yoga, Music Workshops, Water polo, Photo challenges||Swimming, Water polo, Outdoor sports, Indoor sports, Arts and crafts, Music, Poetry, Blogging, Reading & Conversation Clubs||Cultural tours, Team sports, Yoga and mindfulness, Art, Inter-college competitions, Graduation ball|
|English Plus Activities||Horse riding, Drama, Adventure Sports, Art and Design, Intensive English Speaking, Intensive English Writing, General English Extra||Multi-Activity, Street Dance, Art & Design, Adventure Sports, Water Sports, Horse Riding, General English Extra, Intensive English Writing, Intensive English Speaking||Multi-Activity, Adventure Sports, Dance, Art and Design, Intensive English Speaking, Intensive English Writing, General English Extra|
|Excursions||Cotswold Wildlife Park, Legoland, Bristol Science Museum, Warwick Castle, Oxford, Drayton Manor Theme Park||Thorpe Park, Bath, London, Bournemouth Beach, Oxford||Thorpe Park, Bath, London, Bournemouth Beach, Oxford||Brighton, Cambridge, Bristol, London
|Course Dates and Costs||2 or 4 weeks||2, 3, 4 and 5 weeks||2, 3, 4 and 5 weeks||2, 4 and 6 weeks|
We have been running highly engaging, educational and fun Summer experiences at boarding schools and Oxford University campuses since 2006! We believe in learning through exploring, interacting and working with others! With 18 fantastic courses to choose from, studying with us is your chance to excel in your English over an unforgettable Summer and beyond.
We are culturally passionate and intellectually curious. We believe in balance; combining the best education with fun social experiences. Our international Summer School programmes involved students from 95 different nationalities in 2018! By learning and speaking English together, we encourage you to become a global citizen, make new friends, build your confidence, expand your cultural understanding, discover new skills and develop your independence.
We believe in 21st century learning: progressing in our skills and abilities to keep up with a very exciting, quickly changing digital society. We strive to develop our critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills to ultimately live a happy and fulfilling life.
By learning English in a real-world setting, your English language skills will quickly progress to the next level. We want to help you be as confident as possible in your English speaking. Through our special ‘Time to Shine’ presentations, fascinating excursions and thought-provoking project work, you will have plenty of opportunities to grow in your English language journey.
With our consistent and professional approach to English as a second language, SBC is officially accredited by the British Council and English UK. Find out more here.
Our dedicated teachers are professionally qualified and passionate about your English lessons. Our teachers include University lecturers, Oxbridge graduates and EFL teachers with experience around the world.
Our students’ lessons, accommodation and social programmes are all delivered within safe and secure campus environments by highly-trained, professional staff. We work hard to give you the care and support you require: we’re here every step of the way.
Both inside and outside the classroom, you are guaranteed to grow with Summer Boarding Courses. Your time management, social and teamwork skills will blossom just as much as your English ability. Our students thrive throughout Summer with 55% of our students returning to study with us again. After leaving our Summer Schools, our students progress in their English study; with our eldest advancing to study at renowned UK schools and Universities. Find out more about our latest star student here!
Discover more about our 4 Summer Schools below to find out which English Summer School is the best for you.
For our younger learners, SBC Oxford at the world-renowned Dragon School in Oxford, combines our dynamic English lessons with fun and engaging social activities for 2 to 4 weeks.
We offer 15 hours of English tuition per week with a maximum class size of 15 students. You can choose between General English or Junior Summer Study.
General English: For all levels, General English allows our students to develop their spoken English, English vocabulary, and grammar in a fun and dynamic environment.
Junior Summer Study: Junior Summer Study is for our upper intermediate and advanced English students, where they can build their English fluency through topics such as history and science.
In the afternoons and evenings, our students can express their social side through many different engaging activities! Our activities include football, swimming, knitting, photography and coding. This is your chance to relax and try something new.
Two afternoons of the week, you can opt into our special social activities for an additional price. We have a multi-activity programme, adventure sports, horse riding, drama, art and design, general English extra, intensive English writing or intensive English speaking on offer.
Every week, we have 2 full day trips to famous landmarks in the UK. You can see the wonderful animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park, enjoy the rides at Legoland Windsor and Drayton Manor Theme Park, discover science in Bristol and go back in time at Warwick Castle. You will, of course, have time to spend in Oxford too.
Yes. Students will stay in dormitories at the Dragon School. It’s a very secure and welcoming environment and three meals are provided each day.
15th July – 29th July for 2 weeks at £3000
15th July – 12th August for 4 weeks at £5400
29th July – 12th August for 2 weeks at £2700
*Some of our English tuition and social activity courses come at an extra charge.
For students aged 11-15, this is their chance to study General English or one of our special academic English summer school courses, at Canford School in Bournemouth. Courses run for 2, 3, 4 and 5 weeks.
We offer 15 hours of English tuition at SBC Canford with a maximum class size of 15 students. You have 5 study options to choose from and at the end of your time here, you will give a short presentation in English. This is your chance to develop your communication, teamwork, research and presentation skills!
Our five study options are:
For all levels of English, you can work on improving your English skills through fun and collaborative activities. We will help you improve your English vocabulary and grammar.
For an additional price, you can choose one of the 4 remaining options:
For our upper-intermediate and advanced students, this is your chance to develop your English language and fluency through history, science and literature.
This course is perfect for students of an intermediate to advanced level of English who have interested in scientific and technological development. Develop your English language skills through learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
For budding entrepreneurs with intermediate to advanced English, you can learn all about branding, finances, marketing and top business English strategies here.
For students with an intermediate to advanced level of English who want to discuss world politics and global issues, our International Relations is an excellent choice.
In the afternoons and evenings, our students can express their social side with many different engaging and dynamic activities! This includes swimming, cookery, yoga, English sports and discos to name a few. This is your chance to relax and try something new.
Two afternoons of the week, you can opt into our special social activities for an additional price. Join our multi-activity programme or choose street dance, art and design, adventure sports, water sports, horse riding, general English extra, intensive English writing or our intensive English speaking classes.
Every week, we have 2 full day trips to famous landmarks in the UK with transport and entrance fees included! You can enjoy the rides at Thorpe Park, discover the famous UK towns of Bath, Oxford and London, and relax and have fun on the beach in Bournemouth.
Yes. Students stay in comfortable on-campus accommodation, with a mixture of single, twin and small dorm rooms available. Three meals are provided each day.
8th July – 22nd July for 2 weeks at £3000
8th July – 29th July for 3 weeks at £4200
8th July – 5th August for 4 weeks at £5400
8th July – 12th August for 5 weeks at £5750
22nd July – 5th August for 2 weeks at £3000
22nd July – 12th August for 3 weeks at £3750
29th July – 12th August for 2 weeks at £2700
*Some of our English tuition and social activity courses come at an extra charge.
For our teenage students aged 13-16, come to Headington Oxford (one of the UK’s top Boarding Schools) for our specially designed English lessons and activity programme. Courses run for 2, 3, 4 and 5 weeks.
We offer 15 hours of English tuition per week with a maximum English class size of 15 students. You can choose between General English or Summer Study. At the end of your time here, you will give a short presentation in English. This is your chance to develop your communication, teamwork, research and presentation skills!
General English: For all levels, our General English course allows students to develop their spoken English, learn English vocabulary, and take part in English grammar lessons in a fun and collaborative environment.
Summer Study: Summer Study is for our upper intermediate and advanced students, where students will build their fluency through topics such as history, science, English literature and creative writing.
In the afternoons and evenings of our Summer courses, our students can express their social side with many different engaging and dynamic activities! This includes swimming, poetry and blogging, arts and crafts and English sports. This is your chance to relax with your new friends and practice your English outside of the classroom.
Two afternoons of the week, you can opt into our special social activities for an additional price. We have our multi-activity option, adventure sports, art and design, dance, general English extra, intensive English writing and intensive English speaking.
We have 2 full day trips to famous landmarks in the UK every week of Summer School, with transport and entrance fees included! You can enjoy trips to Brighton Beach, Bath, Royal Windsor Castle, Bristol, London and Thorpe Park.
Yes. Students will live on the Headington Oxford Summer School campus, in traditional boarding accommodation. We have a mixture of single, twin and dorm rooms available. 3 meals are provided every day.
15th – 29th July for 2 weeks at £3000
15th July – 5th August for 3 weeks at £4200
15th July – 12th August for 4 weeks at £5400
15th July – 19th August for 5 weeks at £5750
29th July – 12th August for 2 weeks at £3000
29th July – 19th August for 3 weeks at £3750
5th – 19th August for 2 weeks at £2700
*Some of our English tuiton and social activity courses come at an extra charge.
For students who want to experience what UK University life is like, Oxford College Summer classes are an excellent choice. We provide English language classes and subject courses along with essential University preparation workshops. This is your chance to develop your subject knowledge and English language skills in one of two prestigious campuses in Oxford: Wycliffe Hall Oxford or St Hugh’s Colleges. Courses are 2, 3, 4 and 6 weeks.
We offer 41 hours of tuition over 2 weeks. This consists of 30 hours subject-specific tuition, 8 hours of University Preparation and 3 hours of London Academic Excursions*
*Please note: Foundation English students receive 38 hours of academic tuition and one 3 hour academic excursion during their two week course. Foundation English students do not have University Preparation.
Students can choose to study one two-week course from 11 different options or opt to study two of the 11 Elective courses, one per week which is part of Academic Discovery.
The University preparation workshops and seminars are the perfect opportunity to gain practical advice and guidance on the University application process and experience authentic University lecture and seminar life.
At the end of your time with us, you will deliver a group presentation as part of the Time to Shine project.
The 11 different study options are…
Present your own sales pitch by studying finance, sales, marketing and leadership.
Develop your vocabulary, fluency and confidence in English through topical content and presentations.
Students will study elements of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering Civil Engineering.
Develop your analytical and communication skills whilst studying human biology and medical symptoms through ethical debates in our Medicine Summer School course.
Deepen your knowledge in chemistry, physics and biology whilst developing your research and presentation skills.
Understand key political and economic concepts, trends and policies whilst improving your communication and presentation skills through political campaign projects.
Develop your understanding of global powers, international policy and diplomacy whilst progressing in your critical reasoning, negotiation and presentation skills through debates and conference scenarios.
From visual media to painting, sculpture, architecture and design – develop your critical thinking, visual literacy and research skills.
Calling all aspiring solicitors and barristers – develop your critical thinking, debating and legal arguments and create your own case for a mock trial in our Law Summer School course.
Ignite your imagination and develop your critical thinking and creative writing skills whilst studying a range of classic and modern literature.
Students have the opportunity to study two or more Elective courses for one week only (15 hours tuition per week), in place of the regular two week duration.
Our Foundation English course is specifically for those students who wish to develop their grammar, vocabulary reading, writing and speaking skills, in a university style setting.
Our afternoon and evening activities will give you the chance to explore Oxford city, get to know new friends and relax. You will have the chance to play recreational sports, participate in art workshops and conversation clubs, do yoga and mindfulness sessions, visit museums and take nature walks. In the evening you can go to places such as the cinema and theatre and enjoy quiz nights and discos.
We also have a Formal Dinner and Graduation Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of our students!
We have 2 full day trips to famous landmarks in the UK every week of Summer School, with transport and entrance fees included. You can enjoy trips to Brighton Beach, Cambridge, Bristol and London.
Yes. Just a short walk into the city of Oxford, both campuses give you the opportunity to experience what it is like to live in a prestigious UK University. You can choose from single, twin or triple rooms. Three meals are provided each day. The Oxford College Summer School is operated by Summer Boarding Courses Ltd. We contract with St Hugh’s and Wycliffe Hall for the use of the facilities but have no formal connection with the University of Oxford.
8th – 22nd July for 2 weeks at £4000
8th – 29th July for 3 weeks at £5550
8th July – 5th August for 4 weeks at £7000
8th July – 19th August for 6 weeks at £900
22nd July – 12th August for 3 weeks at £5550
22nd July – 19th August for 4 weeks at £7000
5th August – 19th August for 2 weeks at £3500
Would you like to experience Summer Boarding Courses in a shorter amount of time? If you are living or staying with your family nearby, attending our Summer Day Camp is the perfect opportunity to participate in all the lessons, activities and excursions that we offer!
Running 7 days a week, students can join us from 08:15 for breakfast, start their lessons at 09:00, enjoy an afternoon packed full of fun activities, then finish around 21:00 after the evening activity. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, with staff at all four of our schools 24 hours a day.