ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
When should I arrive for my programme?
The day of arrival is Sunday 29 July 2018. You may arrive any time from 12:00 on the day, though we recommend that you aim to arrive before 17:00, as we have organised icebreakers for all new students at this time. When you arrive, you will need to register at the Oxford Spires’ administrative office sign in. At this point, you will receive your room keys and programme information.
When should I leave at the end of my programme?
The day of departure is Saturday 11 August 2018 and students should check out and return their keys by 10:00 on the day. For international students, you should plan to have your return flight between 10:00am and 4:00pm, and in any case no later than 6:00pm. If your flight is however scheduled late in the evening of Saturday 12 August 2018, you can temporarily store your luggage at the reception of the College while enjoying some more time in Oxford.
What’s the best way to get to the UK (London)?
The major London airports, Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton are all conveniently located in relation to Oxford. Oxford is only an hour away on the train and roughly an hour and a half to two hours by bus. Students may also consider flying to Birmingham, as it is only one hour from Oxford by train.
Alternatively, students can reach London St Pancras Station on the Eurostar. On arrival at London St Pancras, students can take the London Underground (or a taxi) to London Paddington Station, from where they can take a direct train to Oxford.
What’s the best way to get to Oxford?
Students can either take the train or the ‘Airline’ bus (from Heathrow or Gatwick) from London to Oxford. For further information, please refer to your Welcome Pack.
Do I need a visa to travel to the UK?
If you are from the UK, European Union or the European Economic Area, you will not need a visa. For all other nationalities, please go to www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/do-you-need-a-visa/ to check your requirements. If you do require a visa, we can issue a Letter of Invitation to you to support your application as we are fully accredited by the British Accreditation Council.