Outside the Classroom

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We aim to create well-rounded and balanced individuals in all aspects of life and believe that having a wide range of interests outside the classroom is key to achieving academic success within it.

Orientation Week

The first week of each term is spent as an Orientation Week, with students travelling to popular tourist destinations outside of Oxford. This allows them to get to know one another and relax in their new surroundings before commencing tuition in Week 2. Students have previously visited:

  • London (BBC Studios, West End musicals, South Bank)
  • Bath
  • Bristol
  • Stonehenge
  • Hampton Court
  • Brighton

Trips into the centre of Oxford are also planned, with bowling, ice-skating and fireworks displays being examples of what has taken place in previous years.

Free Time in Oxford

The manor is situated just 15 minutes away from the centre of Oxford, and regular opportunities to venture into the city centre ensure that students feel part of this historic academic city, with plenty of time to explore its many sites, shops and culinary delights. The city centre is packed with places to visit and see, from the colleges of the university to its world-renowned museums and libraries including the Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum.

Students can enjoy concerts and performances that take place throughout the year in the Sheldonian Theatre, the Holywell Music Rooms, or the Oxford Playhouse (among others). In the summer the colleges themselves host a variety of theatrical performances. For relaxation, the city-centre’s cafes and restaurants provide a great place to unwind or catch up on some private study. A daily minibus service is provided to take students to and from the city centre during their free time, and organised trips and cultural excursions are put on throughout the year.

Relaxation

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The manor is situated in its own private grounds within the stunning Oxfordshire countryside, allowing plenty of space for walking and other outdoor activities. Other activities that students have enjoyed in the past onsite and around Oxford are:

  • Baking competitions
  • Arts and crafts
  • Movie nights
  • International cookery nights
  • Tours of Oxford
  • Pumpkin carving

The city of Oxford, in particular, is an extremely vibrant one with lots going on throughout the year. So, whether it’s attending fascinating public lectures, watching amateur plays or trying the best local cuisine, students have the opportunity to truly immerse themselves in the city’s rich culture.

Special Occasions

In addition to the onsite activities and trips across the UK, the International Study Centre regularly celebrates special occasions by uniting both its students and staff across a mix of formal and informal evenings. Each term, the following events take place in order to mark some of the most prestigious moments on campus:

  • Welcome pizza dinners – to mark the beginning of each new term
  • Formal dinners and networking events – with special guest speakers in attendance
  • Halfway hall – to celebrate the halfway point in each term
  • Graduation ceremonies and dinners – a magnificent way to end the study period in style