Frequently Asked Questions
My intensive English course
We welcome students of all levels of English, from Elementary – Advanced. Our tailored tuition and individual approach to language coaching, means that each and every course is designed around the individual student’s language needs and personal requirements.
Yes, you are welcome to change your course at any point during your studies. Because of our bespoke approach to English language coaching, you are able to adapt the intensity of your course, as your level and language needs progress.
When you arrive at the school on your first day, we begin your induction with an informal spoken assessment with tea & coffee. This gives us another opportunity to confirm your communicative ability and to see how you interact with native and non-native English speakers. You will then complete a short written placement test which will assess your vocabulary and grammar knowledge. Finally, after a short introduction to the school, the facilities and your timetable, you will start your first class.
No, we provide all of your course materials and students are welcome to borrow any course books or media, during their studies with us.
Yes, we can. If you wish to sit an exam during or at the end of your course here in Cambridge we will be happy to help you register.
Yes, we provide you with an OISE Cambridge Certificate, showing the common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) in all areas – Spoken Production, Spoken Interaction, Listening, Reading & Writing.
The accreditation gives an assurance of quality to international students who are taking or planning to take an English language course in the UK. Accredited schools must meet the high standard set and are inspected on a 4 yearly basis, with unannounced inspections held between each 4 yearly inspection. Please take a look at our last inspection report from April, 2016: https://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/defult/files/oise_cambridge_full_2016_.pdf
Our average age is typically around 34 years old. During the winter months (September – June) our average age is about 45 years old and during the summer months (June – September), this drops to around 23 years old when we welcome more, younger academic students.
We welcome mature and commited students from the age of 16 years old, and above.
The school is closed on the 25th and the 26th of December, and on the 1st of January. Should you decide to attend an OISE course during those dates, we will make up the lessons missed on those days. During the last two weeks of December each year, the school also offers a special OISE Cambridge Festive Programme 2017 as part of the school’s cultural activities.
No, it isn’t, but it is a good opportunity to learn more about Cambridge and the UK, as well as continue improving your English in a more relaxing environment. Take a look at our Sample Summer and Winter Social Programme, for examples of our activities.
Paying for my course
You can pay for your course here, either by bank transfer or by debit/credit card. Once we’ve sent you your course invoice, we’ll help you arrange your course payment.
Should you need a UK Visa to study at OISE Cambridge, we would recommend that you book your course, at least 5 – 6 weeks before you would like to start. Click the Do I need a UK Visa?, to see if you need a UK Visa. Should you not require a UK Visa to study at OISE Cambridge, you can book your course as little as 1 week before your course start date. We ask for the full course payment to be made at least 4 weeks before your start date, should you book your course and have less than 4 weeks before you start your course, we ask for the payment to be made, as soon as possible.
Yes, you can postpone your course for any reason, up until your course start date. We will be happy to hold any course fees paid, until you are able to join us for your studies. Alternatively, we can return your course fees in full, to the bank account from which they were paid.
Yes, you’re welcome to cancel your course for any reason and will receive a full refund, up until your course start date. Should you need to cancel your course after your course start date, we need your request to cancel in writing 11 days before you need to finish. We will refund any course fees owed from this date, until the end of your course.
We strongly recommend that our students stay with one of our experienced and welcoming hosts, during their studies here. Host families enrich your language experience, immersing you in British culture and an English speaking environment.
We understand that some students would prefer a more independent English experience during their studies with us and do not want to stay with a host family. We have some fantastic alternative accommodation options, offering reduced rates with Luxury self-catering apartments, University of Cambridge College Residences (Summer only) and Hotels/ Guesthouses.
All of our accommodation is within 2.5 miles (4 km) from the school.
Yes, breakfast and dinner are provided. You can have lunch at one of the many cafès, restaurants or supermarkets around the school.
Yes, there will be free WiFi both in the school and at your accommodation.
Yes, your welcome to use the washing machine at your accommodation.
Yes, we will be happy to help you find your way to Cambridge. Once we know your point of entry, we can suggest the most convenient routes or even arrange a taxi transfer for you.
Cambridge is a small city with good public transport. Buses are frequent and convenient (www.stagecoachbus.com). We think the best way to travel around Cambridge is by bicycle. This is how most people travel, due to how flat the city is and the good facilities throughout the city, such as cycling lanes and plenty of bike parking. The school uses City Cycle Hire, who come to the school every Monday to rent bicycles to you and every Friday for students returning their bicycles.
I have a few more questions
If you live within the European Union, you do not need a Visa to study at OISE Cambridge. Please click on the following link to the Gov.Uk Website, if you are unsure and follow the instructions to see if you require a UK Visa to study at OISE Cambridge: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa/y
The Visa application process can be a long one and we are very happy to help you submit your application. We will also provide you with a Visa Support Letter from the school, in support of your UK Short-Term Study Visa.
Yes, you should arrange your own insurance, before you arrive in the UK.
Once you have arrived at your homestay (or alternative accommodation), you will find a welcome letter there which will give you directions to the school for Monday morning and provide you with further general information about your first day here.
Yes, we have access and facilities through-out the ground floor of the building.
OISE Cambridge is surrounded by supermarkets, cafés and restaurants, 5 minutes walk from the school. Check out our around us map to find out more.
Many OISE students choose to bring their laptops with them for their course. The school has 10 PCs and a printer for you to use whenever you wish, but if you prefer to take notes digitally rather than on paper during class you are welcome to bring your laptop.