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SAES Oxford Summer School

Studying high level English in an international setting – so much more than just a two week holiday in England  !

An academic and cultural experience that will broaden horizons and set the standards for future academic endeavours. Study harder than you ever have before and enjoy every second of it! Meet committed, skilled and charismatic international teachers that will challenge you to expand your comfort zone. A chance to explore and expand your abilities in one of the world’s most renowned seats of learning.

Interested? Contact us to join our information day in Stockholm, at Åkeshofs Slott, Bromma (T-bana Åkeshov):

  • Mars19, 14 pm (incl.coffee/tea and cake)
  • Let us know that you would like to come by phoning or writing to:
    08-26 21 20 or info@cognosis.se, or sign up at the bottom of this page.

The Oxford Summer School Concept

The SAES Oxford Summer School offers a new concept in learning and creative communication for international students approaching their final years at school. We offer you a wide range of study options combined with the opportunity to discover new interests and develop new skills. This allows you to participate in the design and emphasis of your summer course and shape it to your individual needs and interests.

All our teachers are either graduates of English from Oxford University or teachers with years of experience of teaching English as a foreign language. They are committed, charismatic and demanding. Group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 5 students and the maximum number of participants at any given time is 80. This allows us to give each individual the personal attention necessary to guarantee a rewarding learning experience.

The course comprises 28 group lessons (45 minutes) per week plus two 30 minute private lessons. Should anyone feel understretched we also run evening workshops and project groups on a variety of subjects.

To give your stay in Oxford the ultimate international flavor, there will be evening programmes for you to join, such as:

  • A guided tour in Oxford, including visiting “Harry Potter´s school”
  • Punting in boats on the river with your study team friends
  • An outdoor Shakespeare play in an amphitheatre
  • Going to movies and concerts
  • Playing football with the teachers and friends
  • A tour to London, including going to a play or a musical
  • … and much much more.

Content of the two-week course

You can select your modules from the following topics:

  • Grammar
    English grammar explained in a way you will really understand and that gives you opportunity to clarify any remaining uncertainties.
  • Style and Wordpower
    Gain confidence in the idiomatic usage of English and the choice of vocabulary in a variety of contexts.
  • Re-writing
    Enhance your written English skills through the reworking of badly written texts with the aim of improving both grammatically and stylistically. This will make you write really good English texts.
  • Vocabulary Training
    Extend both your active and passive vocabulary with hints on how to learn more efficiently.
  • Discussion & Debating Techniques
    Improve your oral fluency in English and learn to express your ideas coherently and convincingly.
  • Keep Talking
    Increase your ability to react spontaneously in English. The emphasis here is on fluency rather than profundity!
  • Essay Writing
    Learn the essential skills for structuring a good essay and presenting coherent and balanced arguments in written form.
  • Text Analysis
    Understand and apply the principles of analysis and criticism of literary and non-fictional texts.
  • Summary Writing
    Learn how to reproduce information in a condensed and structured form.
  • Listening Comprehension
    Practice in comprehending spoken English from different regions and in different contexts.
  • Shakespeare
    Study and appreciate the plays of Shakespeare.

All lessons centre around themes which are critical to the future of the world in which we all live such as globalization, gender issues, lifestyles, technologies of the future, the media and its influence, protecting our environment, racial integration, to mention but a few. Your committed and qualified teachers will keep your attention and focus on top. We guarantee you an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life – and open doors that will have an impact on your future studies, whatever path you choose to pursue.

College Environment

The SAES English Experience Summer School is resident at St. Hilda’s College in Oxford. St. Hilda’s is one of the Oxford University Colleges, situated on the river in extensive grounds with views of green playing fields and Madgalen Tower. The college is in a quiet cul- de-sac, only minutes from the main High Street and city centre. This is a unique opportunity to experience the ambience of student life in one of the world’s leading universities.


Our students are accommodated in college or in host families. College accommodation is on a half board basis in the main college campus in single rooms with shared baths and showers in the corridor. The rooms are light and functional, the facilities are adequate and average for Oxford colleges. College students can also use the common rooms, laundry and small pantries. Our host families are situated in good residential areas of Oxford and are well served by local public transport. Students can choose between standard or executive families, in both cases accommodation is on a full board basis with a packed lunch being provided for the middle of the day.


Oxford is one of the most beautiful cities in England with 39 colleges famous for their spectacular architecture and wonderful gardens. Oxford also has great restaurants and pubs, luscious green parks, interesting museums and a lively arts scene. Concerts at the Sheldonian, open-air theatre in the parks and live music in the clubs are a special feature of Oxford night-life. We organise a full range of activities including team sports, tennis and golf, barbecues and punting with picnics on the river. A London trip is included in the course price and trips to other interesting locations such as Blenheim Palace and Stonehenge are offered regularly at a supplement.

Getting here

Most students travelling to Oxford from abroad fly to one of the London airports. Heathrow is the nearest of these but all have good public transport connections to Oxford. Taxi transfers can be arranged on request. On registration students receive detailed information on how to reach Oxford via public transport and a detailed map of Oxford showing where St.Hilda’s is located.

Open Days in Stockholm

If you are interested in knowing more about who we are and what we do before committing yourselves, we would be delighted to meet you at one of the open days that we will be holding in Stockholm on Mars 19. This will be attended by Nick Johnson, the Director of Studies, and Anne Neppare, head of Cognosis. The course will be presented in more detail and you will have the opportunity to have all your questions answered on a personal level.

You will also have the opportunity to make your teenagers meet two former Swedish students from Oxford, who are now attending KTH and Stockholm University.


At this stage you can make a reservation with absolutely no obligation until such a time as you have met us at the open days mentioned above. Please contact us by email or phone our Potsdam or Stockholm office if you have any questions or concerns. You can register for our courses directly with us or at the open days . On registration we will send you a Language Assessment paper and a Needs Analysis form as well as a questionnaire where you can give us details of your personal course requirements and language targets.

Cost for the Oxford Summer School, full board

The cost of the course depends on the accommodation you choose; staying with a guest family or in college. We will be giving Swedish students an introduction offer of 10% deduction on our course fees for 2016.


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