Please take time to read over the frequently asked questions and answers below as it contains important information about the Summer Institute programme.
The Summer Institute Courses
How do I book a Summer Institute course?
We want to make applying for the Summer Institute programme as comfortable as possible, please choose one of the two following options to get your application process started:
- Apply Online: Fill out an online application form.
- Apply Offline: Download, print, and fill out an offline application form. When complete, you can return it to us via the following methods:Email: email@example.com
An email confirmation will be sent to you once we receive and review your application. Once the registration fee has been received, your place on the programme is secured. In the lead up to your programme, you will be sent information via email to prepare you for your study abroad programme.
The Summer Institute offers a wonderful way for you to instantly save on your tuition fees by booking 3 months ahead of the programme start date. This “Early Bird” discount will automatically reduce your tuition cost by 100 GBP!
Can I partake in multiple courses?
At the Summer Institute you have the opportunity to participate for a maximum of 10 weeks. Each two-week period is one “session”. When applying for a session, you can extend for additional sessions (the maximum length you can participate in a Summer Institute programme is 10 weeks). Delegates participate in one course per week.
For students interested in a change of scenery, the Summer Institute programme can also be combined with our sister programme, Cambridge Summer Institute, offered jointly with Magdalene College, University of Cambridge (UK).
Who can participate in the Summer Institute and what kind of group of students do I join?Although most delegates attending the Summer Institute are undergraduates, our programme is designed for college and university students and early graduates to take part in an academic study abroad programme in the UK. This course has an age limit of 28 and delegates must be students at a university. The programme welcomes delegates from all over the world, and we have hosted participants from more than 100 nationalities, including North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, India, Far East, Australia and New Zealand. You will experience a truly international summer.
Depending on regionally different vacation times, some regions may be over-represented at some schools. In any case you should expect an international experience.
Are there any prerequisites for taking part in the Summer Institute?When selecting your subject, you would either already be a student in this subject or considering taking this subject in the near future, as prior knowledge will be of assistance. However if you have never studied the subject before, having a strong interest will be beneficial and will allow you to engage in the subject matter. In order to gain the most from the courses, we encourage delegates to engage fully in lectures and participate fully in class discussions. Taking account of the diversity of students’ disciplinary backgrounds, the Summer Institute is designed to be informative for all attending delegates.
What language are the lectures in?All Summer Institute programmes are held in English, therefore we expect all delegates to have a good level of English which allows them to interact with fellow delegates, as well as faculty members, and CBL International team members. In case you are not a native speaker, our courses offer an excellent opportunity for you to fully immerse yourself in an English-speaking environment.
Are there mandatory examinations?For each course you attend at the Summer Institute, there will be an assessment component. If you attend a 2-week session, you will have a total of 2 assessments. The results of the assessments will be included on your academic transcript which you will receive during the final farewell dinner at the certificate ceremony.
What happens outside of lectures?
Beside the stimulating lectures you’ll receive by members of the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge, participants are kept fully engaged with a variety of extra-curricular activities, excursions to famous places and historical landmarks, and guest lectures. It’ll be one of the most memorable summers you’ll ever have, we promise. Check out our picture gallery on Facebook to see what our delegates experience on our programmes.
Will I receive a certificate of attendance and achievement?Yes, CBL International staff will hand out a certificate of participation and achievement at the end of the programme. This is awarded to students that complete and attend at least 90% of lectures and other student projects and activities. This certificate will be co-signed by CBL International and Oriel College. Additionally, an academic transcript will be presented to you and will include the results of the assessments you have participated in. This academic transcript may be used for receiving credits at your home university.
Credit may be obtainable through one of WorldStrides’ partner universities. Please speak to one of our academic advisors for more information about requirements.
Will I receive credits for the Summer Institute?The Summer Institute does not award credits for its programmes, instead, credits have to be granted by each participant’s home university. The workload of the Summer Institute is equivalent to 3 ECTS/ 1.5 U.S. credits each week. We encourage participants to contact the study-abroad office in your home university to learn about the applicable regulations and rules. We’ll gladly provide you with all documentation and communication to help you receive credits for the Summer Institute.
Arrival & Departures
Do I need a visa to travel to Oxford, UK?Depending on the type of passport you hold, you may need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom. In general, holders of passports of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and European Union member countries do not need a visa for traveling to the United Kingdom. Learn more about visa requirements on UK’s Border Agency website.
How do I get to Oxford?
Oxford is approximately 60 miles (90km) northeast of London and has excellent road and national rail links. Regular coach services connect Oxford with the capital and also with Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, and Luton airports.
As there are no airports in the city of Oxford, you’ll need to book a flight to one of London or Birmingham’s airports: Birmingham International, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, London City, or Gatwick Airport. The closest airport to Oxford, UK is Heathrow airport, which is approximately 1 hour by coach.
At the airport, there are buses operating 24 hours a day that can transport you to Oxford. For information regarding fares, timetables and stops, please visit: http://airline.oxfordbus.co.uk/
A number of companies including CCB Cars and Royal Cars offer pre-bookable airport transfers.
A convenient way of reaching Oxford is by train, you can get a complete map of stations as well as pick-up time on National Rail’s website (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/) or call them at +44 (0)8457 484950.
If you are travelling direct from London city centre, Oxford Tube, or the X90 are 24/7 coach services that link Oxford and London directly. Tickets can be purchased beforehand or on the day with cash.
When should I arrive in Oxford, UK?
Sunday is the normal day of arrival for all our programmes in Oxford, UK. Our staff members will welcome you and go over the check-in procedures together with you. The general check-in time is 2:00 PM in order to ensure that your room is ready. In case you arrive later than 6:00 PM, please inform us about your detailed travel arrangements. Should you arrive earlier, you will be able to leave your luggage and return to check in at 2pm.
More information about arrival dates and times will clearly be expressed in our “10-days-to-go” email.
What happens on the day of arrival?
The day of arrival is generally reserved for participants to check-in to the programme and settle in to your new surroundings. Students that have booked accommodation with us will receive their keys at this time. Once all participants are checked-in and have had some time to adjust and mingle, you can meet some of the CBL International staff as well as fellow delegates.
As some delegates may arrive late, a welcome reception will be held on the next day, Monday evening as well as Welcome & Orientation.
What happens on the day of departure?
The Summer Institute programme will end on a Saturday. All participants are invited to the “Farewell Dinner” where certificates will be awarded on the day before, Friday. Please check-out of the programme and dormitory rooms before 10 AM on the day of departure.
Summer Institute Accommodations
Where will I be staying during the programme?
All participants are invited to stay in college dormitories, this is also a great way to experience authentic university life in Oxford. If you book room & food with us, participants will stay in single rooms with shared bathroom facilities unless you choose to upgrade your room to a single ensuite room by paying additional fee. Internet connection is normally available in all rooms and you will be provided with access details on arrival. You have the option to upgrade to a single ensuite room for an additional GBP 250. Accommodation booked with us includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. On weekends we will serve breakfast. You will start your morning breakfast in the ornate dining halls of colleges of the university.
Please be aware that dormitory rooms come in a different size, shape, and style. Rooms are randomly assigned to individual delegates. In case you are not satisfied with your room, please speak to a member of staff, however we cannot guarantee that another room will be available. Please note there are no exchanges or refunds.
Can I use the kitchen and laundry facilities?
Unfortunately, cooking is not allowed inside the dormitory rooms and college kitchens, due to health and safety. Laundry facilities are available for use on every college campus and charges will apply. If you would like to do your laundry during your stay, please speak to a member of the team who can assist you.
Are the colleges secure?
At the Summer Institute, we take security and your safety seriously. Porters of all colleges supervise the entrances 24 hours a day and are available to you at all times. Colleges also operate CCTV and during Welcome & Orientation we will also outline all necessary health and safety procedures to make sure you have an enjoyable stay. CBL International always has a member of staff on call operating a 24/7 duty phone which delegates can call in an emergency.
Payments & Cancellation
What are my payment options?
To reserve your spot at the Summer Institute, a non-refundable registration fee of 300 GBP is required. You can either make a full payment with your registration fee or pay the remainder of your tuition fee (and full board accommodation fee if booked via the Summer Institute) at a later time.
In case you submit an application within 3 months of a programme’s start date, you are required to make a full payment.
*Please note that the 300 GBP deposit is not refundable under any circumstances.
You can choose between the following payment options:
- Credit Card
- Bank transfer
- Payment Plan (conditions apply)
Precise payment instructions will be given you in the invoice statement.
What is included in the tuition and full board accommodation fees?
The tuition fee includes:
- Lectures & seminars including materials & hand-outs
- Summer Institute certificate of attendance and achievement as well as an academic transcript
- Internet connection (subject to availability)
- One excursion per two-week session
- Visiting tourist attractions & historical landmarks
- Free-time activities
- Evening talks
- Welcome reception & Farewell dinner
The full board accommodation fee includes:
- Accommodation in a single room with shared bathroom facilities
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday in beautiful college dining halls. Breakfast is served on the weekends only.
Can I upgrade my room to Standard single room to ensuite single room?
Yes, You could pay additional GBP 250 /per session to ensure that you get the single ensuite room. However, please be aware that there may be some students get free upgrade to single ensuite room due to capacity and different room styles.
And the room upgrade request needs to be made at least 4 weeks before the programme starts.
What is the refund policy?
You can cancel your participation with the Summer Institute at anytime, please be aware of the cancellation policy and cancellation terms below:
Cancellation Date Refund Amount 3 months prior to start date 50% of the full tuition and accommodation fee (for all selected options) excluding the registration fee 2 months prior to start date 25% of the full tuition and accommodation fee (for all selected options) excluding the registration fee 1 month prior to start date (or after the commencement of the programme) 0% of the full tuition and accommodation fee (for all selected options) excluding the registration fee
The 300 GBP registration fee is not refundable.