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Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University
International Centre for English Language Studies

About the Courses

The International Centre for English Language Studies (ICELS) courses are designed by qualified academic staff – specialists in English for Academic Purposes – who have trained, taught and researched overseas. Our courses are validated by Oxford Brookes University and accredited by the British Council.

• Certificate in English Language Studies (CELS): You will improve your English for academic study and learn about life in Britain and the rest of Europe.

• English for University Studies (EUS): You want to develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for academic purposes.

• International Foundation Diploma (IFD)/Foundation Diploma in Liberal Arts (FDLA): You want to prepare for undergraduate degrees in business, computing, humanities, hospitality and tourism, law, politics, social sciences or education. You will gain knowledge of the subjects and improve your academic English and study skills.

• Graduate Preparation Diploma/Certificate (GPDip/GPCert): You want to develop English language, research and study skills for postgraduate study improve your knowledge of your future subjects.

• International Summer School: You want to improve your English for study or work purposes and enjoy a lively social programme over the summer period.

Located on the main campus, close to Oxford’s city centre, you can enjoy all the available facilities and feel part of the vibrant student community.

About the University

Oxford Brookes has a strong international reputation. Every year we welcome nearly 2500 international students from over 110 countries to our courses. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate course in a range of subject areas including:

• Arts and humanities
• Social sciences
• Law
• Business and management
• Tourism and hospitality
• Computing; engineering and technology
• Life sciences
• Education

Study facilities are excellent. All students have access to the University libraries and free access to the internet, email facilities and hundreds of networked computers.

There are shops, bars, places to eat, banking facilities and places for worship on every campus. There is also a medical centre and dental surgery on the main campus. The purpose built, modern, fully equipped sports centre is one of the best of any university in Britain. You receive quality support from the International Student Advisory Service and the Students Union is here to entertain, help and represent you.

About Oxford

The city of Oxford has something for everyone. It is a beautiful, historic city which is famous for its writers, scholars and artists. Today, with its high quality amenities and lively student population the city has a cosmopolitan feel that contrasts with its historic architecture.

Fast and frequent coaches link Oxford to London and its major airports making it an easy place to get to. It is also ideal for exploring the rest of Britain.


Address Information

Address International Centre for English Language Studies, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Oxford OX3 OBP
Tel. No. +44(0) 1865 483874
Fax No. +44(0) 1865 384377
E-mail address
Courses Foundation
• International Foundation Diploma
• Foundation Diploma in Liberal Arts

• Graduate Preparation Diploma
• Graduate Preparation Certificate

Academic English
• Academic English Intensive
• Certificate in English Language Studies
• English for University Studies

Summer School
• University English Pre-Sessional
• University English Intensive
• IELTS Preparation
• General English
• English for Business
• English for Law
• English for Diplomacy
Length of courses * Foundation: 24 weeks
* Pre-Masters: 12 weeks (Certificate) or 24 weeks (Diploma)
* Academic English: 11 or 12 weeks
* Summer School: 3 to 11 weeks
Date of commencement - Foundation and Pre-Masters: September, January
- Academic English: September, January and April
- Summer School: June, July, August
Class size Maximum 16 in language classes.
Type of Programme Full time
Top recruiters of graduates Students progress from ICELS onto undergraduate or postgraduate courses at Oxford Brookes or other UK universities. Oxford Brookes has a strong record for graduate employment.
Student accommodation The university has nine halls of residence each with a team of hall wardens and assistants to help you settle in and deal with any problems that may arise. As an international student you will be guaranteed a room in university accommodation provided you meet the application deadline.
Private rented accommodation is also available throughout Oxford.
Tuition Fees (2006/7) Foundation: £8140
Graduate Preparation Diploma: £8140
Graduate Preparation Certificate: £4070
Academic English Intensive: £4070
English for University Studies: £2700
Certificate in English Language Studies: £2700
Summer School: £750 to £2500
Student grants / Financial assistance Two scholarships are available for our foundation programme.
Independent sources of funding may be available. Please enquire at your local British Council office.
Head of ICELS Mary Anne Ansell B.A, M.A, M.Sc
Admission requirements Certificate in English Language Studies:
• IELTS 4.0/TOEFL 450 (133) or equivalent in placement test

English for University Studies:
• IELTS 4.5/TOEFL 475 (153) to IELTS 6.0/TOEFL 550 (213) or equivalent in placement test

• High School Certificate or equivalent
• Minimum of IELTS 5.0 (with 5.0 in all skills)

Graduate Preparation Diploma/Certificate
• Honours degree or equivalent
• IELTS 5.5 (5.0 minimum in reading and writing) /TOEFL 525(193) or equivalent

Summer School:
• IELTS 3.0 / TOEFL 400 (97) – IELTS 6.5 / TOEFL 575 (233) or equivalent

All courses have a minimum age of 18 (21 for the Graduate Preparation Diploma/Certificate)
Student profile 1. Countries of origin vary each year but include:
Angola, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brazil, Britain, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Latvia, Libya, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

2. Ratio Men:Women: 40: 60

3. Age Range: On campus: 18+

4. Average Work Experience: Not applicable
Contact for Enquiries ICELS Enquiry Desk, International Centre for English Language Studies

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