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The College of International Education Oxford

CIE is an expanding language school and tutorial college located in the centre of Oxford. Founded in 1995, we are one of the few colleges who offer students the opportunity to combine academic study and English as a Foreign Language. Our small classes mean that students benefit from individual attention and our dedicated and enthusiastic teachers ensure that all students achieve the best possible results.


 We understand that the most important person is the student. Co-ordination of the programmes is flexible in order to encourage the interests and needs of the student, whose progress is closely monitored to ensure his/ her success. A friendly atmosphere enables the student to talk with any member of staff about their academic progress and free internet access in the common room means experiences can be shared with friends and family around the world.


CIE enjoys a prime central location in the historic and beautiful city of Oxford, one of the oldest and most famous university cities in the world. The city offers beautiful architecture and gardens as well as museums, theatres, cinemas, restaurants, parks, shops and a wide range of sport facilities. It is only one hour by train or coach from the centre of London. Heathrow Airport is also only an hour away, and Gatwick and Stansted less than two. Buses are regular and inexpensive. 


Most of our students choose to stay with our carefully selected host families, where they can study in a friendly and secure environment and practise their English in a less formal setting than the classroom. The family normally provides breakfast and dinner during the week, with lunch as well over the weekend. For students wanting greater independence, we can arrange guest houses and hotels. Premier host family accommodation is also an option, and help and advice will be given to students wishing to rent a flat.


CIE co-ordinates a varied activities programme to enable you to get the most out of your stay in Oxford and the United Kingdom. Tours of Oxford's 'dreaming spires', punting expeditions on the Cherwell River, football games in the University Parks, international evenings with barbeques and films, and visits to the theatres and Oxford's impressive museums all make up part of the activities programme.

CIE also organises trips to places of interest such as London, Stratford upon Avon, Warwick Castle, Bath, Stonehenge, etc. On these trips you can explore the old Roman baths, wonder at the civilization that dragged huge stones 400 miles, or enjoy London's sights and shops. These tours run most Saturdays and Sundays during July and August.



CIE courses are designed to provide you with an effective and enjoyable way to learn English.

We welcome all levels of English learners, from beginner and elementary to upper-intermediate and advanced. Our courses are designed to provide you with an effective and enjoyable way to learn English: 

First day assessment test to place you in the class best sUNITEDto your needs.

Individual or group tuition - or a combination - with experienced and enthusiastic teachers.

Regular assessment tests to help you review your progress.

CIE Certificate upon successful completion of your course.
We aim to train students to communicate both fluently and accurately in English through a full introduction to the fundamental elements of the language, so teachers give different emphasis to reading, writing, listening and speaking, according to the needs of the students, using material appropriate to their age and their stage of development.

EFL Programmes include:

Group English

20, 25 or 30 lessons per week in small classes (max. 12 students) focusing on the key skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Close monitoring of progress and regular feedback.


Individual tuition, flexible hours, tailor-made materials

Specialized English: business, legal, medical.

Exam preparation:

Focussed test preparation for IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, PET, KET, FCE, CAE, CPE.

Available in combination with Group English or separately. 

Combined Programme

20 classes and 5 or 10 individual lessons to benefit from the interactive environment of a group of students and the specialised focus of 1-to-1 sessions.

English Plus

Have fun and learn a new skill with a course that combines learning English with, for example, flower arranging, golf, tennis, or horse-riding.

Summer Courses

Study English at an Oxford College and enjoy the varied afternoon activity programme in and around the city.

Courses run from 1 to 8 weeks, throughout July and August, with a maximum class size of 16.

Summer Junior Courses

Share an Oxford summer of specially-designed morning classes and afternoon activities with students between the ages of 8 & 15 years.

Supplementary lessons in academic subjects such as Maths and Science.

Live with a carefully selected and experienced host family.


CIE has an established tradition of preparing international students for GCSE and A-level qualifications, as well as for equipping them with the skills necessary to succeed at British boarding schools and universities. A system of small groups, regular reports and educational counselling means that students are closely monitored to ensure they achieve the best possible results.

GCSE & A level

Assistance and advice in choosing the right subjects for you.

Individual and small group tuition in chosen subjects.

Extra tuition available during Revision Programmes.

We are a recognised national examination centre for Edexcel and OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations).

Subjects include Art, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Classics, Computing, Economics, English, History, History of Art, Geography, Languages, Law, Mathematics, Information Technology, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Statistics. 


3 hours of English in the morning, with specialist academic tuition in chosen subjects in the afternoon.

Experienced and supportive tutors available in most subjects.

Personal tutor to monitor academic and social welfare.

Accompanied visits to prospective boarding schools.

Classroom activities which reflect the style of teaching at British schools.

Reports to parents on student progress.


Designed to assist students in gaining the necessary IELTS score for entry onto Foundation Courses at British universities.

20 English classes per week with focus on IELTS preparation.

10 lessons of specialist academic tuition per week.

Personal tutor and tutorials, advice on university entrance, visits to universities and help in arranging interviews.


Year-round English programme to assist you in achieving the necessary IELTS score for entrance to university.

20 English classes and 10 specialist lessons per week .

Advice on subjects, courses and universities.

Help with completing your (UCAS) application form and personal statement.

Undergraduate or Postgraduate preparation available.

Practice interviews for Oxbridge applicants.

Revision Courses

Courses run at Christmas, Easter, Summer and during the half term breaks with a high level of flexibility to allow for the best use of time and resources.

Experienced tutors read all the available details of each student thoroughly before preparing lessons.

Past papers and specialist study materials are available to students at all times.


The College of International Education

Bocardo House, 24B, St Michael's Street, Oxford. OX1 2EB

Tel. +44 (0)1865 202 238

Fax. +44 (0) 1865 202 241



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The College of International Education

Bocardo House, 24B, St Michael's Street, Oxford. OX1 2EB

Tel. +44 (0)1865 202 238

Fax. +44 (0) 1865 202 241