Preparing Students for University and Life Beyond
Oxford International College has an outstanding reputation for helping students to become independent, motivated learners and successfully gain entry to the best British and international universities. The College is located in the heart of the historic city of Oxford, home to one of the oldest and most respected universities in the world. OIC was established in 2002 by a group of academics from the University of Oxford and soon became one of the UK's leading Oxbridge - style colleges. Over the past 17 years, the College has created a thriving international community of students and staff. Students are taught by some of Oxford’s finest tutors, who are all experts in their fields. A strong feature of the College is its focus on developing leadership skills, which gives our students a competitive edge when applying to university and in their future careers.
- 2019 A-Level results: 53.2% A*grades 92.1% A*-A grades
- 100% success rate for Medical School applications in 2018 and 2019
- 75% of students obtained A*AA or better in their A-Level examinations in 2019
Ranked in the Top of the A-Level League Tables
Top-performing Sixth Form College
Oxford International College is proud of being ranked top* when it comes to A-level performance amongst independent colleges. Based on 2019 A-Level results, OIC is ranked:
- 1st in the UK for A*-B grades
- 1st in the UK for A*-A grades
*As published by The Times & The Daily Telegraph, 24th Aug 2019
In the 21st century, it is no longer enough for students to be taught how to get good grades by expert teachers. Students must also immerse themselves in their academic interests by attending clubs/societies and entering competitions in their chosen subjects, step outside of their comfort zone by taking up a new activity, learn how to craft a compelling personal statement and impress in university interviews, gain insightful work experience and discover how to face life’s challenges.
By remaining focused on their goals, our students learn to treat any setbacks as opportunities and embrace the inevitable the feeling of uneasiness associated with the process of growth and self-discovery. We foster a culture of responsibility for one’s own achievements, as well as a sense of duty to better the world we live in.
Our approach to learning has proven to be successful. By the time our students leave us, they become well-rounded adults who are destined for personal and professional success.
Academic success is meaningless without personal integrity. We are passionate about equipping our students with a variety of complementary skills and tools that will serve them throughout their lives and help to build character and resilience. We want our students to be able to learn by reflecting on their experiences and use this knowledge to serve, lead and inspire others, this is why OIC incorporates personal development modules into its core curriculum.
At Oxford International College, we provide our students with an open and stimulating study environment in a city that has been world renown for academic excellence for almost 1,000 years. Our students have the chance to meet and learn from some of the brightest people in the world in an environment that nurtures their personal and academic growth, while also enjoying the cultural life of this beautiful city.
We believe that all our students have the potential to become professionals, innovators, leaders and scholars of the future. To enable them to succeed in their academic and professional careers, we recognise the need for learning to go beyond the confines of the classroom.
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10 Good Reasons for Studying in Oxford
A mix of ancient and modern, Oxford is a vibrant cosmopolitan city full of history and amazing architecture. Lots of students live in the city and there is no shortage of ways to fill your free time. Oxford enjoys five theatres, three cinemas, an ice rink, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and countless cafés and restaurants. Here are our top 10 reasons why you should consider living and studying in Oxford:
1. The University of Oxford
The University of Oxford is one of the oldest, most beautiful and most acclaimed universities in the world! Alumni of Oxford University include 26 British Prime Ministers, at least 30 international Heads of State, 50 Nobel Prize winners and 120 Olympic medal winners. Enjoy walking around the many colleges and learning their colourful history!
2. The famous Oxford skyline
Oxford can seem like one big postcard. There are lots of spectacular views. In 1865, the great Romantic poet Matthew Arnold hailed it the city of “dreaming spires”. You can catch a glimpse of what he meant from South Parks Hill – just 100 metres from Oxford International College.
3. Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and other children classics
Enjoy Harry Potter? Many of the scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed right here in Oxford. Prefer The Lord Of The Rings? J.R.R Tolkien was a student and tutor at Oxford University. Other books by famous Oxonians include Alice in Wonderland and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
4. The Bodleian Library - a thousand years old
Founded between 400 or 600 years ago (depending on your dating), The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest and largest libraries in the world. Its many faculties contain a copy of every book published in the UK. Students can arrange tours through its ornate interiors, or just stroll between its lavish courtyards.
5. You can walk or bike everywhere
Oxford may have loads to do, but it isn’t a big city. Oxford is acknowledged as one of the few true 'Cycling Cities' in the United Kingdom. Oxford International College and its accommodation are within walking distance of the city centre. For anything further afield, it’s more than easy to hire a bicycle.
6. Like books? Blackwell's Bookshop is for you!
Blackwell's is the largest book store in the world. Its flagship branch in Oxford occupies several buildings and its famous Norrington Room alone houses over 100,000 books. The company has also recently opened new music and print stores, all available on Oxford’s Broad Street.
7. Punting down the river
There are only two places in the world where you can try punting – one of them is Oxford. The calmest and most luxurious way to experience Oxford’s rivers, punting is a must-do summer activity.
8. Famous Museums and Natural History Collections
Oxford has more than 20 museums and galleries. The most renowned include the famous Ashmolean Museum and Gallery (opened in 1683), and the Oxford University Museum of Natural History (established 1850). But don’t miss some of the smaller exhibits either! The Pitt Rivers Museum houses a world-famous collection of Amazonian Shrunken Heads.
9. The '4-minute mile' track
In 1954, Roger Bannister, a 25-year-old British medical student, was the first man in history to run 1 mile in less than four minutes. His time was 3mins 59.4 seconds, achieved at the Iffley Road track in Oxford and watched by 3,000 spectators. It was once thought the 4-minute mile was impossible to achieve.
10. Famous places to visit nearby
Situated right in the centre of England, it’s easy to escape Oxford for a weekend away. London is only an hour’s journey by train. Other cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol are also accessible by bus and rail. Alternatively, visit the stately home of Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill.
Established in 2002 by a group of experienced educationalists lead by Dr Mario Peters, the organisation has grown into one of the most successful private tutorial colleges in the UK, welcoming students from the UK and all over the world. The College has grown every year since its foundation and is now securely settled into modern teaching premises at London Place and a large, modern Hall of Residence just 7 minutes walk away. London Place is a long-established educational site which has been completely refurbished by Oxford International College as part of its long-term commitment to growth and enhancing the student experience.
Since 2008 Oxford International College has been at the forefront of developing international education in mainland China in partnership with BE Education Ltd, a British-run company and one of China's leading education and school management organisations which specialises in preparing students for entry into top-ranking schools such as Eton College and Westminster College. Further schools across China are being planned for the future. To date, we have established two schools in Changzhou and Chengdu.
Two other companies form part of our education group – Oxford Science Studies and Oxford Summer Academy. Oxford Science Studies are highly successful revision specialists running courses for GCSE, IGCSE, A-level and IB students during school holidays. Residential courses are offered during the Easter, Summer and Christmas holidays, as well as non-residential courses during the three half-term breaks. The Oxford Summer Academy is a unique programme designed for high school and college students aged 16-20 years. Participants are introduced to the unique academic and cultural environment of Oxford and the programme includes academic tuition, electives and a wide range of cultural activities and excursions. The Oxford Summer Academy is based at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University each July.
Oxford International Education Group
Oxford International College joined the Oxford International Education Group in April 2019. Oxford International Education Group is an accredited, private education provider that operates independent boarding schools, international colleges, educational tours and English language centres across the UK and North America to create life-enhancing experiences for students worldwide. Our courses help over 50,000 international students and from the UK to achieve academic success every year. We have built strong relationships with education consultants around the world and pride ourselves on delivering the best programmes for their students.
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