In order to succeed academically, it is essential for students to be confident and content in their learning environments. The tutorial method of teaching aims to induce self-belief and confidence in each student and tutors also endeavour to make the work approachable and enjoyable. Academic supervision enables students to discuss concerns about their work and is positive and supportive, whilst at the same time being practical and balanced.
In cases where a difficulty has arisen with a domestic or personal situation, it is vital that students are able to seek help. Tutors and other college staff are always happy to offer advice and support. Where the advice sought is of a more sensitive and personal nature, a student may prefer to speak to the Student Officer, who will be pleased to offer whatever help she can. An appointment may be arranged at any time, and in a situation demanding more immediate support and advice, is given priority. In certain circumstances, with the consent of student and parents, we may enlist the help of an independent counsellor, such meetings being entirely confidential.
During orientation week, students are assisted in basic matters such as registering with the police, registering with a doctor, opening a bank account, taking local public transport (or getting a bicycle), and getting familiar with Oxford.
We have access to an excellent team of health practitioners in Oxford. The college requires students to register with a local doctor on arrival in Oxford. Similar arrangements should be made to register with a dentist and an optician if necessary. Medical treatment on the NHS is generally free to students (except for more complicated medical treatments such as those involving hospital stays). However, please note that it is essential to take out medical insurance before leaving home to cover hospital stays or return home in the event of accident or illness. This can normally be done by extending an existing policy.
Travel to Oxford
We require all under 18 year old students to be met at the airport and accompanied to their accommodation to ensure their safety. Our chauffeurs will meet the student at arrivals with identification and the student’s name clearly shown. We will provide an airport transfer unless a suitable alternative is confirmed with the College beforehand. This service is also available to all students aged 18 and over.
Students under the age of 16 must have a guardian. A guardian may be a relative or a family friend; some students choose to use professional guardianship companies, and we are happy to advise you on this. To enable us to provide the best possible care for our international students we strongly recommend that all students have a guardian, so that there is someone in the UK who can act on your parent’s behalf in the event of an emergency.