Our continuously changing global environment has never offered more opportunities while also creating challenges for you and your generation. OSC Discovery Week is an exciting new summer event bringing you together with students from around the world to explore and understand your personal goals and aspirations.

 

 

KEY INFORMATION

WHOYoung people aged 15–17 interested in exploring their future options
WHEN14 July 2019 - 20 July 2019
WHERESt Antony's College, Oxford
HOW MUCH£1,800 per week (All-inclusive residential)

 

 

 

Within the prestigious setting of Oxford, you will have the opportunity over the course of the week to:

  • gain new perspectives from our diverse and inspiring speakers, who will discuss their personal journeys, the challenges they faced and how they overcame them to achieve their goals;

  • explore and give insight to your own strengths and aspirations to help guide you as you consider your future options;

  • enjoy the unique Oxford experience – dine in a traditional Oxford college, tour the student union, and discover the cultural and historic opportunities of this world-leading city of learning.


 

A typical day will combine group sessions introducing big topics with team activities to look more closely at these themes. You can choose from a range of interesting classes covering fascinating subjects and useful skills, for example:

  • explore opportunities in the changing world of future careers;
  • understand your brilliant brain and how to help it work, rest and play;
  • release your creative side in a hands-on arts or performance workshop;
  • perfect your presentations and develop your debating skills;
  • delve into practical politics and what matters to you;
  • get advice on applying to a UK university.

 

 

 

KEY FACTS

  • 5 days of different sessions, with day one mandatory and the same for everyone. 

  • A range of evening talks and one evening at a college dinner

  • Private single room on campus

  • Breakfast served every morning, lunch served Monday to Saturday, dinner served on Fridays and Sundays

  • 24-hour pastoral care throughout your entire stay with us

  • TBC: Opportunity to attend our own University Fair


 

 

 

SESSIONS

On the morning of the first day all students follow the same schedule, with a welcome session, introduction to the core themes of the programme and some time to set up your personal project. Over the rest of the week you will attend your selected sessions. All sessions will be led by experts in their field.

As the week progresses, you will reflect on each session and work on a personal project to help shape the ‘future you’.

In addition, you’ll have free time to join in sports and activities, go shopping for famous brands at Bicester Village, take in the latest blockbuster at one of Oxford’s many cinemas, or simply relax in the nearby University Parks.

 

 

 

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PARENTS

When your parents drop you off at St Antony’s College, they are welcome to meet our Director and some of the OSC team for a traditional afternoon tea on the college lawn. This is an opportunity for them to learn how you will benefit from your time with us and allow them to chat with other parents in the traditional setting and congenial atmosphere of an Oxford college.

Tea will be served at 16:00 each Sunday and will last approximately one hour.

Your parents can also join us for the Welcome Dinner in college from 19:00 to 20:00, which costs £20.00 per person. 

The Welcome Dinner can be added by contacting us directly once the application has been confirmed.

 


 

 

LOCATION & TRAVEL

 

ST ANTONY'S COLLEGE

St Antony's College is a safe and secure enclosed campus with a very relaxed atmosphere. It provides a tranquil and stimulating environment in which to live and study - it is a real privilege to spend time here and enjoy a taste of Oxford student life.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Most students have their own private single study bedrooms, although some have shared rooms for two people. However, if you are attending with a friend make sure you let us know so we can make sure you are near each other in college.

We may be able to room friends of the same gender together, although this depends on room availability and isn't possible in all colleges.

Male and female students live separately, to ensure privacy. However, we do have a few mixed-gender corridors with en-suite (private bathrooms). If you would prefer to be on a single-gender corridor then you can tell us on your application form.

En-suite rooms (with private bathroom) are available to our students. You can select this option on your application form – book early to avoid disappointment!

There is a college common room where you can meet with friends to study, chat or watch TV, and laundry facilities and free internet access are also available.

CATERING

St Antony's - Winner of Best College Dining Room at the Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards 2016

All provided meals are available in the college dining hall:

  • Breakfast is available every day.

  • Lunch is available Monday - Saturday each week.

  • Dinner is available on Fridays & Sundays only, including the day of arrival.

There is always a good selection of food available and plenty of it. You can choose from meat, fish and vegetarian options; soups; salad bar and desserts. The college caters for dietary requirements, including Halal meat, on request. You can tell us about any dietary requirements in advance on your application form.

Monday-Saturday evenings you have the chance to explore Oxford with other students and make the most of the wide variety of local restaurants. There's something for every taste!

GETTING TO THE COLLEGE

BY BUS: Buses run from most major airports to Oxford Central Bus Station, Gloucester Green. From here, the college is a 5 minute taxi ride, or a 15 minute walk.

BY TAXI: Private taxis between the airports and Oxford are available – these cost £80 - £100 each way from Heathrow, £130 - £140 from Gatwick. For more information, prices and how to book see www.ccbcars.com.

BY TRAIN: Trains run from major cities to Oxford Central Train Station. From here, the college is a 10 minute taxi ride, or a 20 minute walk. For journey times and ticket prices for trains see www.nationalrail.co.uk.

ARRIVAL AND REGISTRATION

  • Registration takes place at 16:00 on Sunday at the college, although you may arrive from 09:00 onwards. If your travel arrangements mean you will arrive before 09:00 please let us know so we can ensure someone is there to greet you. 
  • You only register once when you first arrive. After your first course, you go straight onto your next course without having to register again.
  • A Welcome Meeting will take place over dinner between 19:00 - 20:00 on Sunday evening.
  • If you know you are going to be late for registration please let us know; our team will be there to greet you until late in the evening.
  • We can arrange a room in college for you if you need to arrive on Saturday instead of Sunday. You can select this on your application form.
  • There will be a charge for an extra night's accommodation.

IMPORTANT VISA INFORMATION

We recommend that all students take advice from the British Embassy in their country on whether a visa is required to enter the UK.

OSC students from outside the EU normally travel to the UK on a Visitor visa; a Study visa is not normally required to attend our courses. You can get information on visa requirements on the UK Border Agency website.

We can provide a letter in support of your visa application; however, prior to us providing such a letter, your total course fees must be paid in full. Please contact us if you require a letter in support of your visa application.

Please note that many Embassies take a long time to process a visa application - it is best to contact them as soon as possible to find out about the procedures and make your application.

If a visa is refused we will refund the full fees minus a handling charge of £100, provided that the visa application was made at least 1 month prior to the start of the whole course. Proof of application date and refusal is required before fees are refunded - please see our Cancellation Policy.

Please note: not having received a response from the visa authority does not qualify the Student or Parent for a refund.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is essential that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover loss of possessions and medical expenses as for any trip away from home. It is also highly advisable to include cancellation cover with your insurance.

CONSENT TO TRAVEL LETTER

It is recommended that students who are under 18 and are flying without parental supervision carry a letter from their parent/guardian giving consent for them to travel alone. More and more airlines are asking to see these letters at check in. The letter should include:

  • your dates of travel and return 
  • where you will be travelling to 
  • where you will be staying  
  • parental consent to travel alone.

DISABILITY PROVISION

  • We always take health conditions and physical disabilities into consideration and we are happy to assist in any way we can.
  • We may be able to use classrooms which are on the ground floor if required.
  • Please contact our team to discuss any questions you may have, or to let us know how we can help you.

 


 

 

FEES & APPLYING

COURSE FEE
Incl. accommodation, breakfast and lunch, supervision and 5 daily sessions.

£1,800

EN-SUITE UPGRADE
Per night - upgrade to room with private toilet and shower

£20

EXTRA NIGHT
Per night - includes bed and breakfast

£100

DEPOSIT
Included in course fee

£250

WHAT IS THE APPLICATION PROCESS?

We accept applications right up to the start of the courses, but classes do fill up quickly and we may run out of space if you leave it too late. But always ask – we may be able to make space.

The deposit or full course fees must accompany your application – we cannot reserve places until the deposit is received.

We will respond to online applications by email within 24 hours to confirm that we have received them. Then, within 2 working days we will email you again to confirm your place or discuss your application. If you don't receive our email please contact us.

Please contact the OSC Team if you have any questions.

WHEN DO I PAY?

  • The Final Payment Date is 3rd May 2019.
  • If you apply before the Final Payment Date, only the deposit is due with your application. The deposit makes up part of your total fees.
  • The balance is due by the Final Payment Date. This means that for applications made before this date, the remaining fees must be paid by the Final Payment Date and for applications made after the Final Payment Date, the full fees must be paid when you apply.
  • We will continue to take applications right up until the courses start, but only if we have space - please be aware that these courses are popular and spaces fill up very quickly. You should contact us as early as possible in order to secure your preferred dates and subjects.

Please be assured that if we are unable to place you in the appropriate course we will refund the payment in full. Please also note that whenever you apply, you will still receive a full refund if you cancel within 14 days, in line with our Cancellation Policy.

HOW DO I PAY?

Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard only). If you wish to pay by this method please give us your card details on the application form. The deposit will be taken on receipt of the completed form.

Personal cheque or bank draft (payable to “Oxford Study Courses”) and sent to our Oxford address at: Belsyre Court, 57 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HJ, UK. Eurocheques are NOT accepted.

Bank Transfer to 'Oxford Study Courses', Barclays Bank plc, Oxford City Branch, PO Box 333, Oxford OX1 3HS

UK Sort Code 20-65-26
Account Number 70432156
IBAN #GB89 BARC 2065 2670 4321 56
BIC or Swift Code: BARCGB22 (for banks requiring 11 digit codes please add ‘XXX’ to the end)

Please give the student's family name ONLY as payment reference and fax us a copy of the Bank Transfer document.

Any bank charges incurred by us on your behalf will have to be passed on to you. Bank charges can be minimised by sending the full course fees in a single payment.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE TO CANCEL?

  • There is a cancellation period of 14 days from the date of the "OSC Course Confirmation" email in which the application can be cancelled and a full refund issued.
  • If you cancel before the Final Payment Date but after the cancellation period, fees will be refunded minus a handling charge of £100.
  • After the Final Payment Date we can only refund deposits or fees if you cancel within the cancellation period.
  • We advise you to take out cancellation insurance to cover you in case you are unable to attend your course.
  • To view our Cancellation Policy, click here.


 

 

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