FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES
When should I arrive for my programme?
The day of arrival is Sunday 08 August 2021. 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 21 August 2021 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 21 August 2021, 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. Note that we are only able to arrange for airport pick-ups for arrivals at Heathrow.
For EU students, they 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.
When are the application deadlines?
We accept applications on a rolling basis. As we only have a limited number of spaces for the programmes, we urge you to submit an application to us as soon as possible to secure a higher chance of receiving an offer from us.
Will there be an interview as part of the application process?
There will only be a Skype interview for the Lawyers & Economists Advanced Programmes as this is a selective programme. The interview lasts for 20 minutes, during which you will be asked competency-based questions, your motivation in applying to us and a chance for you to ask us any questions that you may have.
There will not be an interview for the Step Towards English Proficiency programme (STEP). However, we would be happy to set up a Skype call with students who would like to speak to a representative regarding any questions that you may have.
What is a strand?
Choosing a strand means that you choose the subject field that you would like to gain more in-depth knowledge in during your tutorials on the programme.
I want to change my strand, is that possible?
If you wish to change your strand before the start of the programme, please do not hesitate to contact us. However, changes are always subject to availability.
Will I receive a graduation certificate?
Yes, students will be awarded an Oxford Spires Graduation Certificate upon satisfactory completion of the programme. This will be presented in a graduation ceremony on the final evening of the programme.
What do the programme fees include?
Classes and tutorials (15 hours of in-class teaching plus 1.5 hours of tutorials per week)
Guest lectures (investment bankers, lawyers, lecturers and professors at world-renowned universities...etc)
Personalised academic reports and graduation certificate
Accommodation in St Edmund Hall of the University of Oxford (for residential students)
Breakfast and dinner
Wide selection of afternoon and evening activities
Day-trips (e.g. London)
What happens if I receive a scholarship from the essay competition?
The scholarship you are awarded will be deducted from the full tuition fee.
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
What will my meals be like?
Breakfast and dinners will be served in the College. During day-trips, we will provide a packed lunch.
Can my special dietary requirements be accommodated?
We are able to cater for any dietary requirements students may have. You will be asked to fill in a form when you receive the Welcome Pack and you must email it back to us at least 30 days before the start of the programme so that we can cater for your requirements.
Will I have internet access in my room?
Yes. You will have access to free Wi-Fi on campus.
Will I have to share the room/facilities?
All students will have their own single bedrooms, with shared bathroom facilities.
Will the rooms of boys and girls be separated?
We try our best to place boys and girls on separate floors within the accommodation.
Are there laundry facilities on campus?
The College has laundry facilities. Members of our staff are on hand to assist.
SAFETY & WELFARE
How secure are the campuses?
Our programme takes place in secure and supervised premises. In addition to our residential staff who can be contacted 24 hours a day, the College entrances are supervised 24 hours a day by college porters. All students under the age of 18 are required to check-in regularly during the day through registers that will be taken at meals, classes and before curfew, which is at 11pm.
There will also be safes on campus where students may deposit valuable items such as passports, travel documents, bank cards and so on.
What happens in the case of an accident or an emergency?
The Oxford Spires has residential staff, and this means that there is someone on site 24 hours a day. In addition, there is a 24-hour emergency phone number on campus, which both students and family/friends may call. This telephone number will be emailed to all students before the start of the programme, and will also be available on our website during the summer.
We also ask that all students under the age of 18 provide the contact details of one parent or guardian.
Are parents allowed to visit?
Parents and guardians are invited to attend the welcome reception for new students between 17:00 – 18:00 on the day of arrival. Visits are also welcome during the summer programme if we are given at least 24 hours’ notice.