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Accommodation

Can I stay in accommodation outside college during the courses?

 

On our residential courses we only permit students to stay outside college if we are satisfied that they are staying in what we consider to be appropriate accommodation. This means you would be staying with family within a commutable distance to the courses and in an environment where you can concentrate on your studies without being distracted.

We do recommend staying on campus. In college you are provided with everything you need in terms of care and welfare, as well as the academic and social elements of your course. This helps you get the best out of your OSC experience. If you would like to live outside college, please email us on osc@osc-ib.com and explain your siutation. OSC reserves the right to decide whether to permit this on an individual basis.

 

Can I stay for an extra night at the beginning or end of my course?
   

 

It is usually possible for us to arrange this, although there is an extra charge for any additional accommodation (included in the 'Fees and Applying' section of the relevant course page on our website).

If you need an extra night please let us know as soon as you can by emailing us at osc@osc-ib.com.

 

Can I have an en-suite room?

 

An en-suite room means that you have your own personal toilet and shower facilities attached to your room. These are available in some colleges, although not all. En-suite facilities incur an additional cost and are subject to availability.

Please let us know on your application form or by emailing osc@osc-ib.com to make this request.

 

Can I stay in a room with my friend?
  

  

Most of our college accommodation is in single bedrooms.

You can state the names of up to three friends on your application (or by emailing us) and we will do our best to see that you are placed near at least one of your friends. Please make sure that they also state your name on their applications.
    

Which meals are included?
 

 

Our residential course fees include half board, which means that two wholesome, cooked meals are provided every day.

IBDP Exam Revision UK: Breakfast and lunch are provided every day of the courses. Dinner is also provided on the first evening of each new course.

Pre IBDP Summer Schools & Mid IBDP Summer Courses: Breakfast is provided every day, including weekends. A wholesome cooked lunch is provided from Monday to Friday, and dinner is provided on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

 

Can you recommend any places in Oxford for my parents to stay?
    

 

The following hotels and Bed & Breakfasts are close to the colleges in Oxford:

- The Buttery Tel: +44 (0) 1865 811950 Website: www.thebutteryhotel.co.uk

- Best Western Linton Lodge Tel: +44 (0) 1865 553 461 Website: http://www.lintonlodge.com/

- Cotswold Lodge Hotel Tel: +44 (0) 1865 512 121 Website: www.costwoldlodgehotel.co.uk

- Marlborough House Hotel Tel: +44 (0) 1865 311 321 Website: www.marlbhouse.co.uk

- Mercure Eastgate Hotel Tel: +44 (0) 1865 248 332 Website: http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-6668-mercure-eastgate-hotel-oxford/index...

- Old Bank Hotel Tel: +44 (0)1865 799 599Website: http://www.oldbank-hotel.co.uk/

- Malmaison Oxford Tel: +44 (0) 1865 268 400 Website: http://www.malmaison-oxford.com/

- Remont Guest HouseTel: +44 (0) 1865 311 020 Website: http://www.remont-oxford.co.uk/

- Burlington House Tel: +44 (0) 1865 513 513 Website: http://www.burlington-house.co.uk/

- Old Parsonage Hotel Tel: +44 (0) 1865 310 210 Website: http://www.oldparsonage-hotel.co.uk/

- The Macdonald Randolph Hotel Tel: +44 (0)1844 879 9132 Website: http://www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/randolph/

- The Barcelo Oxford Hotel Tel: +44 (0)1865 489 988 Website: http://www.barcelo-hotels.co.uk/hotels/central-england/barcelo-oxford-ho...

- The Royal Oxford Tel: +44 (0)1865 248 432 Website: http://www.royaloxfordhotel.co.uk/

- Ethos Hotel Tel: +44 (0)1865 245 800 Website: http://www.ethoshotels.co.uk/

- College Guest House Tel: +44 (0)1865 552 579 Website: http://www.omshanti-group.com/college.htm

- Victoria House Hotel Tel: +44 (0)1865 727 400 Website: http://www.victoriahouse-hotel.co.uk/

- The Galaxie Hotel Tel: +44 (0)1865 515 688 Website: http://www.touristnetuk.com/wm/galaxie/

 

Can you recommend any places in Cambridge for my parents to stay?

 

The following hotels and Bed & Breakfasts are close to the colleges in Cambridge:

- De Vere - University Arms Tel: +44 (0) 1223 273 000 Website: http://www.devere.co.uk/our-locations/university-arms

- Regent Hotel Tel: +44 (0)1223 351470 Website: http://www.regenthotel.co.uk

- Royal Cambridge Tel: +44 (0) 1223 351 631 Website: http://www.theroyalcambridgehotel.co.uk/

- Best Western - The Gonville Hotel Tel: +44 (0) 1223 366 611Website: http://www.gonvillehotel.co.uk/

- Crown Plaza Hotel Tel: +44 (0) 871 423 4896 Website: http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/cp/925/en/hd/cbguk

- Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge Garden House Tel: +44 (0) 1223 259 988 Website: http://doubletree.hilton.co.uk

- Arundel House Hotel Tel: +44 (0) 1223 367 701Website: http://www.arundelhousehotels.co.uk/

- Fenners B&B Hotel Tel: +44 (0) 1223 360 246 Website: http://www.fennershotel.co.uk/

- Eden apartments Tel: +44 (0) 800 336 099 Website: http://www.eden-apartments.co.uk/Default.aspx

- Cambridge Hotel Cityroomz Tel: +44 (0) 1223 30 40 50 Website: http://www.cityroomz.com

- Kirkwood House Tel: +44 (0) 1223 306 283 Website: http://www.kirkwoodhouse.co.uk/index.html

- Hamilton Lodge Tel: +44 (0) 1223 365 564 Website: http://www.hamiltonhotelcambridge.co.uk/index.htm

- Acorn Guest House Tel: +44 (0) 1223 353 888 Website: http://www.acornguesthouse.co.uk/index.html

- Lantern House Tel: +44 (0) 1223 259 980 Website: http://www.guesthousecambridge.net/

- Alpha Milton guest house Tel: +44 (0) 1223 311 625 Website: http://alphamilton.com/

- Parkview Guesthouse Tel: +44 (0) 1223 247 287 Website: http://www.parkviewhotel.co.uk/

- Iceni House B&B Tel: +44 (0) 1223 708 967 Website: http://paragonholdings.co.uk

 

Can you recommend any places in Boston for my parents to stay?

 

The following hotels and Bed & Breakfasts are close to MIT and Harvard in Boston:

-Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA, 02446, US. Ph: 1-617-277-1200. Web: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/gb/en/reservation

- Holiday Inn Express, 250 Monsignore O’Brien Highway, Cambridge, MA, 02141, US.

Ph: 1-617-577-7600. Web: http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/gb/en/reservation

- Irving House at Harvard, 24 Irving Street, Cambridge, MA, 01238, US.

Ph: 1-617-547-4600. Web: http://www.cambridgeinns.com/irving/

- Turner House at Harvard, 40 Irving Street, Camrbidge, MA, 02138, US.

Ph: 1-617-547-4600. Web: http://www.cambridgeinns.com/turner/

- Harding House at Harvard, 288 Harvard Street, Cambridge, MA, 02139, US.

Ph: 1-617-876-2888. Web: http://www.cambridgeinns.com/harding/

- A Bed and Breakfast in Cambridge, 1657 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA, 01238, US.

Ph: 1-617-868-7082. Web: http://cambridgebnb.com/

- The Inn at Harvard, 1201 Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA.

Ph: 1-617-491-2222. Web: http://www.hotelsinharvardsquare.com/harvard-university-campus-hotel.php

- Harvard Square Hotel, 110 Mount Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA

Ph: 1-617-864-5200.

 

 

 

 

Courses

Can I have a break in between my courses during Exam Revision?

Yes, you can take a break in between your courses and live in college during this break. We have limited accomodation available for students who wish to book this as a Private Study Course.

If you decide to take a break and would like to book non-course accommodation during it, please let us know as soon as possible.

    

Can I study a subject twice during Exam Revision?

Yes, you can study a subject twice, in the same level. We cannot guarantee that you will not cover some of the same material. However, if you would like, we can do our best to make sure you do not have the same teacher in both classes. This will mean that you may gain the benefit of experiencing two different approaches to the subject.

 

Can I take my subjects in a particular order during Exam Revision?
 

   
It is not possible for us to guarantee the order in which a student will study their subjects. We need to maintain a degree of flexibility in the movement of students between classes. This allows OSC to keep class sizes as small as possible and to place students in the best possible classes for them according to their academic ability.

 

What are the Exam Revision Questionnaires for?
    

Your completed subject questionnaires are sent to your teachers a few weeks before the courses. The questionnaires are extremely important as they are how the teachers prepare for the classes and make sure that they are as relevant to your needs as possible.

You should also be prepared to explain to your teacher what you need most from the courses when you meet them in your first class.

It is very important that you fill in the questionnaires approximately 4-6 weeks before the courses start. Completing them too early is not a good idea in case the topics you need help with change. Completing them too late will mean that your teacher may not have time to fit your requirements into their course plans.

    

How many afternoon classes can I take in the Mid IBDP Summer Course?
  

 
We suggest that you only take one afternoon class per week. It is possible to take more, but you will have a lot of work from your morning classes, one afternoon class and homework. You can receive up to 2 hours homework each evening from your morning classes plus another 30 minutes from an afternoon class. You will also want to relax and have fun with your classmates!

    

Do I get a report at the end of my Mid IBDP Summer Course?
    

Yes, you will receive a personal report for all your core subject classes as well as a general class report for your afternoon classes, Personal Careers Consultation and Extended Essay session.

These are uploaded into the Student Area shortly after the end of the course and are accessible using your usual login credentials.

    

What are the teachers like?
    

Our teachers are experienced teachers from top IB schools around the world. Many are also examiners - in our 2015 revision courses 93% were examiners for the IB.

Our teachers go through a strict and thorough OSC recruitment process, and a mentoring programme if they are new to OSC.

 

How many students are in each class?

    
On all of our courses we ensure that there is a maximum of ten students per class. This allows our students to have more one-on-one time with their teachers.

The only exception to this is the History course during Exam Revision, where students are separated into classes depending on the topics they have studied at school; and the US University Admissions Course during our Summer Schools in Boston, which can have up to twenty students in the each class.

    

How can I make changes to my application?
    

Please make changes to your application using the Student Area of the website, once this is made available.

Before this is available, please email us on osc@osc-ib.com.

 

When is the deadline for applying?
    

Technically, there is no deadline for applying. However, the courses do fill up quickly so the sooner you apply, the better!

 

 

 

 

Payments

How can I make a payment?

You can pay in three ways:

By credit card - We only accept Visa or Mastercard. You can enter your details online when completing an online application or you can state the details on a paper application form.

By personal cheque or bank draft - This must be drawn on a UK bank. Please make it payable to 'Oxford Study Courses' at our Oxford postal address: Belsyre Court, 57 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HJ, United Kingdom.

By bank transfer - If you are paying by bank transfer, you will need to either send us your saved online application or download a paper application from the 'Documents' page on our website.

Please see your individual course page for details on bank transfer payment.

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

Please note that 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.

    

When do I need to pay the deposit?

You will need to pay the deposit when you apply. Without a deposit we cannot reserve your place on the course.

Can I get a refund if I cancel?

Our refund policy is as follows:

For online bookings you have 7 days in which you can cancel your application and receive a full refund.

Before the FINAL BALANCE DATE for each Course you can cancel your booking and receive a full refund minus the handling fee stated on the 'Fees and Applying' age of each course, and in the Terms and Conditions.

After the FINAL BALANCE DATE no refunds will be made except within the 7 day cancellation period.

We advise you to take out cancellation insurance to cover you in case you are unable to attend your Course.

VISA REFUSAL: Irrespective of the Cancellation Policy above, if your visa is refused and as long as you applied for it at least one month in advance of your arrival date, you will receive a refund in full minus the handling fee. Proof of refusal must be provided. Please note that visas should be applied for as early as possible, and applied for in full.

 

When are the Final Balance Dates for each course?
    

Please see the 'Fees and applying' page for each course, by clicking on 'products' at the top of the page and then on the relevant course title.

The 'Fees and Applying' page can then be found using the menu on the left.

 

I've just booked afternoon options/weekend activities online via the Student Area. Why don't they appear on my Student Area class list?

We need to check that there are places in the classes or on the activites you have booked before you can pay for them. This can take up to 24 hours from the time you booked online so please check back later. If there aren't any places left then we will contact you by email.

Please make sure that you are logging into your Student Area and not your online account - the account is what you set up on our website when you apply for a course. This will only ever show your initial order.

Your Student Area is an area of the website that we make available to students close to the start date of their courses. We will let you know when this is available by sending an email to the student and parent email addresses. However, the login details for the Student Area are only sent to the student - if you have not received this email please check your junk folder.

 

 

 

 

Technical

Why am I having problems viewing my class reports in the Student Area?

You may need to enable third party cookies in your browser. You can do this by following the browser specific instructions below.

Internet Explorer 6, 7 & 8

1. Open the browser 2. Click Tools > Internet Options 3. Click the Privacy tab. 4. Click the Advanced button. 5. Select the option 'Override automatic cookie handling' under the Cookies section in the Advanced Privacy Settings window. 6. Select the 'Accept' or 'Prompt' option under 'First-party Cookies.' 7. Select the 'Accept' or 'Prompt' option under 'Third-party Cookies.' (Note: if you select the 'Prompt' option, you'll be prompted to click OK every time a website attempts to send you a cookie.) 8. In the Internet Options window, click OK to exit. Internet Explorer 5 1. Click on the Tools-menu in Internet Explorer. 2. Click on the Internet Options item in the menu - a new window opens. 3. Click on the Security tab near the top of the window. 4. Click on the Custom Level... button near the bottom of the window. 5. Scroll down to Cookies in the new dialog, and set both "Allow cookies that are stored on your computer" and "Allow per-session cookies to Enable". 6. Save changes by clicking OK.

Mozilla Firefox 3.5x(PC)

1. Click Tools > Options. 2. Click Privacy in the top panel. 3. Select "Use custom settings for history" 4. Select the checkbox labeled 'Accept cookies from sites.' 5. Select the checkbox labeled 'Accept third-party cookies.' 6. Click OK. Mozilla Firefox (Mac) 1. Go to the Firefox drop-down menu. 2. Select Preferences. 3. Click Privacy. 4. Under Cookies, select the option 'Accept cookies from sites.' Safari 1. Go to the Safari drop-down menu. 2. Select Preferences. 3. Click Security in the top panel. 4. Under 'Accept Cookies' select the option 'Always.'

Google Chrome

1. Click the Tools menu. 2. Select Options. 3. Click the Under the Hood tab. 4. Click Content settings in the "Privacy" section. 5. Make sure "Allow local data to be set" is selected to allow both first-party and third-party cookies

 

What should I do if I am unable to log in to the Student Area?

We're sorry if you're having trouble logging in. Please email osc@osc-ib.com to let us know, so we can reset your log-in details.

 

 

 

Travel

Which is the nearest airport to Oxford?
    

The nearest airport to Oxford is London Heathrow airport. There is an excellent direct bus link from the Central Bus Station and Terminal 4 to Oxford. The bus company is called The Airline and you will find all the information you need on their website at www.oxfordbus.co.uk. This company also run buses directly to Oxford from London Gatwick airport.

For more information, please see the travel page located in each course section.

 

How do I get from the airport to Oxford?

For information about getting from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Birmingham, please look in the travel section in each of our course pages on this website. Alternatively, if you arrive at London City Airport, take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Bank Station and change onto the Central Line (red) of the London Underground. From here you have two options - You can take the central line to Notting Hill Gate and change onto the District (green) or Circle (yellow) lines to get to Paddington Mainline Station. You could also take a taxi from London City Airport straight to Paddington Station. This will be expensive (about £30-£40) and it's always a good idea to ask how much it will be before you get in the taxi. From Paddington, take a FAST train to Oxford (one with only 1-3 stops). They run approximately twice an hour. It is best to avoid the slow train as it takes so long that it is quicker to wait for the next fast train. The second option is to take a direct bus link called 'The Oxford Tube' run by The Oxford Bus Company. This coach leaves from bus stops in Marble Arch and Shepherds Bush, which are both on the red tube (train) line.

 

Which is the nearest airport to Cambridge?
    

The most convenient airport to Cambridge is London Stansted Airport, although Cambridge can be reached from Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton Airports.

 

How do I get from the airport to Cambridge?
    

For information about getting from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted, please look in the travel section in each of our course pages on this website.

 

Which is the nearest airport to Boston?
    

The most convenient airport to Harvard University is Logan International Airport in Boston. It is a short journey to the Harvard University halls of residence. Details of how to make the journey can be found on the travel section of the US course pages of this website.

 

How do I get from the airport to Boston?
    

We recommend getting a Boston City taxi from Logan International Airport Boston to our hall of residence at Harvard University. The Boston City taxis wait just outside the terminal and there are always plenty of them there 24 hours a day. We have found these taxis to be very reliable in the past. The fare is usually around $50. It should take about 30-45 minutes to get to Harvard University depending on the traffic.

Getting from Logan International Airport to Harvard University by public transport involves several changes and a bit of a walk so we do not recommend this if you are travelling with a lot of luggage.

 

Can you book a taxi or private car to pick me up from the Airport?
 

   
Our policy is not to book taxis for students. It is much more efficient for you to do this yourself. Meeting a pre-booked car is actually quite complicated, so we do not recommend this either.

In the UK it is possible to take a taxi from any of the airports to Oxford or Cambridge. However this is much more expensive than taking the bus, unless there are three or four of you sharing the taxi. If you want to arrange a taxi for yourself, the cost can range from about £80 from Heathrow or £140 from Gatwick. For more information, prices, and how to book see www.oxicars.com or www.ccbcars.com.

If you are arriving into Logan International Airport in Boston, we recommend using the Boston City taxis, available 24 hours a day outside the Airport Terminal. If you would prefer to book a private car there are many companies that you can use including www.loganlimo and www.newenglandliverycab.com. The price may be up to at least $70. If you do book a private car please make sure that you arrange with the company where they will meet you - drivers are not allowed to wait at the arrivals gate so you will need to go and find them at the Limo stand.