English Courses in Oxford, England
English Courses in Oxford, England


The College of International Education (CIE) is a friendly, independent and professional language school founded in 1974.

It is located in the centre of Oxford, opposite the world-famous Oxford Union. Our popular summer school is also held in city centre facilities, such as Oxford University's Lady Margaret Hall, near the University Parks.

CIE offers small class sizes (usually no more than 6 students per class), qualified teachers and personal support which helps to improve your English quickly. CIE's close family atmosphere throughout the academic year helps to make intensive study easier and much more pleasant. We will do everything we can to ensure that you have a very positive experience at CIE.

CIE is fully accredited by the British Council, British Accreditation Council , the Independent School’s Inspectorate (ISI) and has Highly Trusted Sponsor Status granted by the UK Border Agency. It is also a member of ENGLISH UK.

“The quality of education is excellent because of the depth and breadth of course planning and high quality of teaching and learning”. (ISI Inspection)

Rigorous attention is paid to health and safety … The quality of pastoral care exceeds expectations. Excellent relationships prevail amongst students and between students and staff”. (ISI Inspection)

All of our academic subject teachers are qualified, experienced, and professional. Our academic programmes are accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC), which requires that our teachers have appropriate teaching qualifications, such as a Bachelors or Masters degree and/or a PGCE in the subject they are teaching.

Our English language courses are accredited by the British Council, which requires that our teachers have certificate-level teaching qualifications such as the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults).

If you register to study at CIE for more than 4 weeks, you will be assigned a personal tutor who meets with you regularly and makes sure you are happy with your classes and your host family.

John Hudson, Principal

John has spent many years in education in Oxford and he can answer your questions about Oxford and about education in Britain. He is the person to see about matters such as a visa extension or opening a bank account.

Luke C. Murgatroyd, Co-Principal

Luke is in charge of your visa extensions. He is in contact with various schools and universities in Britain. If you are interested in further studies in the UK, talk to Luke.

Irma Banyte-Kelly, Academic Manager

Irma is in charge of your lessons at CIE, so if you have any questions about your timetable and teachers ask her. She places students into groups, appoints teachers and selects teaching materials. She also deals with your academic reports.

Olivia Milne-Day, Marketing Manager

If you have any questions regarding courses at CIE, please talk to Olivia.

Hisashi Chida, Finance Manager

Hisashi, who is visiting from Japan, is responsible for CIE’s finances. He is also looking after all our Japanese students.

Julie King, Accommodation & Welfare Officer

Julie is responsible for your accommodation, transport arrangements and welfare while you are in Oxford.  If you have any questions about your host family, do go and talk to her.

Amy Williams, GEL Organiser

If you have any problems with or questions about GEL (online learning) you can ask Amy.

Cassandra Gomez, Social Activities Organiser
If you would like to visit other places in the UK or Europe during your stay at CIE, Cassandra will book weekend excursions and day trips for you with UK Study Tours. Cassandra is also in charge of tutorials, so if you feel you need to talk to someone about any aspect of your course, talk to her.


Our main location at Bocardo House is a typical city centre building in Oxford. Situated just opposite the Oxford Union in St Michael’s Street, Bocardo House consists of:

- 6 classrooms, varying in size from 2 to 8 students’ capacity
- A students’ common room, including a small lending library
- A kitchenette, with tea and coffee, a microwave oven, and a refrigerator where
- students may keep packed lunches, if they like
- A reception area and an administrative office


CIE cinema

Ice skating
Blenheim Palace
Visa Information
If you are from EU/EEA/Switzerland then you will not need a visa.

You can find out whether you will need a visa by visiting the Visa
and Immigration website.

How to get there

CIE’s Bocardo House is in the centre of Oxford, opposite the world-famous Oxford Union. Our busy summer school is also held in city centre facilities, such as Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall, near the University Parks.

The nearest airport is London Heathrow which is about 1.5 hours from the school by bus.

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