Since 2016, the Hertford College Open Enrolment programme has provided ESL students with a unique chance to learn about UK culture and enhance their language skills while residing within our beautiful and historic college.
Students on the Open Programme come from all over the world, from different universities and academic disciplines. Since the programme started, we have welcomed students from China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the United Arab Emirates and Japan. This provides a truly diverse cultural backdrop to the programme; where working collaboratively, exchanging ideas in English and living and socialising alongside one another is actively encouraged.
During the programme, students will have the chance to engage with a wealth of topics regarding life in Britain, including youth culture, literature, food, music, film, social media and current affairs. There are also sessions aimed at utilising English in creative and engaging ways; through debate, drama and creative writing. The programme also includes a study tour to London where students will visit two world-famous museums (the British Museum and National Gallery) as well as some of the UK’s most iconic buildings such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.
Outside of class time, students on the Open Enrolment programme will benefit from the support and knowledge of their Residential Advisers (RAs). The RAs welcome students upon arrival at Hertford, provide an array of daily social activities, help students to practice their speaking skills in English and give a true impression of student life in Oxford.
Our teachers are all highly experienced in teaching IELTS, TOEFL and TOIEC and employ a fully immersive, communicative approach to English learning. Our teachers, RAs and office staff are a highly international team who are deeply passionate about the importance of study abroad, and knowledgeable of the challenges it entails, both linguistically and culturally. Participants on our programmes can therefore be confident that both their academic and personal needs will be met during their time at Hertford by our caring and professional team.
Applications for the Hertford College Open Enrolment Spring 2020 programme are now open.
Spring 2020 two-week programme
Sunday 15th March – Saturday 28th March 2020
Deadline: 15th January 2020
Download an Application Form and e-mail it back to us to secure a place in our Open Enrolment programmes.
August 2020 three-week programme
Sunday 9th August – Saturday 29th August 2020
Deadline: Wednesday 1st April 2020
Complete an Online Application Form and return it to us by the deadline. We will then review all applications and notify successful applicants by the middle of April 2020
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”I remembered the first day when I met my RAs. It was a raining day, same as my image of England. I carried my big luggage on the road and finally we found Hertford College. The RAs greeted us with the most warmhearted welcome; it felt like we were coming back to Hertford College, not visitors coming for the first time. During the next few weeks, I tried everything that our RAs suggested on the ‘Whiteboard’ with my new friend, and it was the most correct thing I’ve ever done! I felt so lucky that my RAs were such a group of nice people. They brought us to try everything we asked such as punting, going to the deer park in Magdalen College and eating the ice-cream at G&D’s! With the best RAs it really made my journey in Oxford become more fantastic. I also made a lot of good friends during the programme. We learned something new about this country in the daytime classes and then we shared the feelings of what we’ve learned at night in the common room. Those nights became the most irreplaceable and treasure time in my life!”
Ting-Hsuan Wang, Open Enrolment Student, Summer 2018