Oxford International Academy St. Albans — language school in the UK

  • British Council
  • Winter English School
  • St Albans AL2 1AG, UK
  • From 8 To 17 age

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Description

Oxford International's English Language Centre offers pupils the opportunity to spend time at the gated St Albans Academy. It is a small town about 25 minutes from central London. The site of two battles during the Wars of the Scarlet and White Rose, a 15th century chapel and the home of the Arsenal football team. The school has a Victorian style building and is surrounded by parkland.


In their spare time students can play table tennis, football or volleyball. Leisure time activities centre around London including excursions and walks in the theme park, Madame Tussauds, Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, famous streets and Hyde Park. The Warner Bros Studio showcases sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter set. In the evenings there are movies, games, discos and sports for students to enjoy.


Children are housed in the academy itself. Rooms are shared by a few students, four or five maximum, and facilities are shared. Once a week the staff clean and change the linen. Meals are provided three times a day and lunch is cooked on weekends. 

Why choose this school


  • The main campus is a historical building

  • Excursions to London

  • Harry Potter Tickets included

  • Full on-site activities programme

School infrastructure


  • Classrooms

  • Common rooms

  • WiFi

  • Outdoor spaces

  • Firepit for barbecues

Sport infrastructure


  • Table tennis

  • Football and volleyball pithes 

Hobbies and clubs


  • Full programme of on-site activities
    including discos, karaokes, challenges,
    workshops and sports

What else included

The English course consists of 15 hours a week. Children study in bright classrooms with interactive whiteboards and a computer lab. On arrival they are divided into language groups according to their language level with a maximum of 18 students per class. The lessons are divided into two types: Language Study which focuses on grammar, phraseology and vocabulary of English and Language for Life, where children discuss topics ranging from job skills to the characteristics of English culture. The main aim of the course is to help children overcome their fears and become more confident in using English. You can learn at any level.

  • 15 hours of English per week.
  • Course materials
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Leisure Programme
  • Entrance fees (Thames River Cruise, London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Oxford University College - different excursions every week) 
  • Harry Potter Museum London Warner Bros Studio
  • Accommodation in 2-6 bed rooms on campus with shared facilities
  • Three meals per day
  • Bank charges
  • Travel Class travel services
  • Visa processing including translation of documents
  • Health insurance
  • Transfer from and to the airport

Not included:

  • Out of pocket expenses

Program

morning day evening
Day 1 Arrivals Arrivals Campus tour and ice-breaker activities
Day 2 Placement Test and Lessons Half day to St. Albans by coach Onsite Activities
Day 3 Extended full day to London by coach with travelcard Thames River Cruise and free time to explore Southbank Late return to campus
Day 4 Lessons Lessons Onsite Activities
Day 5 Entrance to Warner Bros. Studio Tour Entrance to Warner Bros. Studio Tour Onsite Activities
Day 6 Lessons Lessons Onsite Activities
Day 7 Extended full day to London by coach with travelcard South Kensington, Natural History Museum and Hyde Park Late return to campus
Day 8 Free day - On-site or optional excursions (supplement) 1 week departures Free day - On-site or optional excursions (supplement) 1 week departures Free day - On-site or optional excursions (supplement) 1 week departures
Day 9 Lessons Half day to St Albans by coach Onsite Activities
Day 10 Extended full day to London by coach with travelcard Entrance to Madame Tussauds with Oxford Street and Piccadily Circus Late return to campus
Day 11 Lessons Lessons Onsite Activities
Day 12 Full day to Oxford by coach Entrance to a University College Onsite Activities
Day 13 Lessons Lessons Onsite Activities
Day 14 Extended full day to London by coach with travelcard Thameside Walking Tour with TATE Modern, St Paul's and the South Bank Late return to campus