Please take time to read over the frequently asked questions and answers below as it contains important information about CBL International Oxbridge Programmes.
CBL International Oxbridge Programmes Courses
How do I book a course?
We want to make applying for our programmes as comfortable as possible. You can either fill out an online or offline application form located on each programme’s official website.
An email confirmation will be sent to you once we receive and review your application. Once yu have paid the registration fee of 200GBP, your spot on the programme is secured. Additional information will be sent to you in the lead up to your programme commencing.
By the way, CBL International Oxbridge Programmes offers a wonderful way for you to instantly save on your tuition by booking 3 months ahead of the programme start date. To learn more, visit the “Early Bird” discount page!
Can I partake in multiple courses?
Yes, our sessions are designed for you to enrol for more than 2 weeks and make the most out of your study abroad programme. There is also the option for you to combine locations so you can experience study in both Oxford and Cambridge, whether you enrol in a high school or university-level programme.
Who can participate in CBL International Oxbridge Programmes?
Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy is designed for high school students between 14 – 19 years of age.
Oxford Summer Law School, Oxford Summer Business School, Oxford Summer Institute, and Cambridge Summer Institute are designed for college and university students, graduates, and working professionals.
What kind of group of students do I join?CBL International Oxbridge Programmes study abroad programmes are attended by individuals worldwide. Most participants come from Europe, the U.S., Australia, Middle East, and Asia. Depending on regionally different vacation times, some regions may be over-represented at some schools. However, you should expect an international experience.
Are there any prerequisites for taking part in our programmes?Prior knowledge of your chosen course is recommended, particularly concerning law, and medicine. It is possible that the contents of the different modules and lectures appear very wide-ranging, but the lectures are designed to engage the participant who has no prior knowledge of topics covered. Taking account of the diversity of students’ disciplinary backgrounds, our courses are designed to be informative for all attending delegates.
What language are the lectures in?All programmes are held in English. In case you are not a native speaker, our courses offer an excellent opportunity for you to improve your English.
Although we do not ask for certification in the English language, we do ask that all delegates have a good command of English in order to participate fully in lectures and activities, as well as interact with faculty members and delegates.
Are there mandatory examinations?Participants of Oxford and Cambridge Summer Academy, Oxford Summer Law School, Oxford Summer Business School, and Cambridge Summer Institute will all receive mandatory exams and quizzes.
What happens outside of lectures?Beside the stimulating lectures you’ll receive by well qualified professors and tutors, participants are kept fully engaged with a variety of extra-curricular activities, excursions to British cities and historical landmarks, company visits (for University Courses), and guest lectures organised by CBL International Oxbridge Programmes. It’ll be one of the most memorable summers you’ll ever have, we promise.
You can get more in-depth details about this on each of our course pages.
Will I receive a certificate of attendance and achievement?Yes, CBL International staff will hand out a certificate of attendance and achievement at the end of the programme. This is awarded to students that complete and attend at least 90% of lectures, company visits, and other student projects and activities. All delegates will also receive an academic transcript detailing the specific courses taken as well as the results received in assessments.
Will I receive credits?
CBL International Oxbridge Programmes does not award credits for its programmes, instead, credits have to be granted by each participant’s home university. The workload of university-level CBL International Oxbridge Programmes is equivalent to 2 ECTS/ 1 U.S. credits each week.
High school participants have the option of obtaining US College Credit or US High School Credit by attending Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy. This is thanks to CBL International Oxbridge Programmes’ partnership with WorldStrides, the largest education travel specialist in the USA.
We encourage participants to contact the study-abroad office in your home university to learn about the regulations and rules applicable. We’ll gladly provide you with all documentation and communication to help you receive credits for our programme.
Arrival & Departures
Do I need a visa to travel to the UK?Depending on the type of passport you hold, you may need a visa to travel to the United Kingdom. In general, holders of passports of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and European Union member countries do not need a visa for traveling to the United Kingdom. Learn more about visa requirements on UK’s Border Agency website.
How do I get to Oxford?
Oxford is approximately 60 miles (90km) northwest of London and has excellent road and national rail links. Regular coach services connect Oxford with the capital and also with Heathrow, Gatwick, and Luton airports.
As there are no airports in the city of Oxford, you’ll need to book a flight to one of London’s airports, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, London City, or Gatwick Airport. The closest airport to Oxford, UK is the Stansted airport which is approximately 30 minutes away by train.
At the airport, there are buses operating 24 hours a day that can transport you to Oxford. The airline coach service hotline is +44 (0)1865 785400.
A number of companies including CCB Cars and Findlay’s offer pre-bookable airport transfers.
A convenient way of reaching Oxford is by train, you can get a complete map of stations as well as pick-up time on National Rail’s website (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/) or call them at +44 (0)8457 484950.
From London Airport, the Coach runs every 10-20 minutes, 24 hours a day to Oxford.
You can also take a look at the Oxford Express (+44 (0)1865 785410) that has services to Oxford from various locations.
Another Coach service is National Express (tel: +44 (0)8705 808080).
How do I get to Cambridge
Cambridge is approximately 60 miles (90km) north of London and has excellent road and national rail links. Regular coach services connect Cambridge with the capital and also with Heathrow, Stansted, and Luton airports.
As there are no airports in the city of Cambridge, you’ll need to book a flight to one of London’s airports, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, London City, or Gatwick Airport. The closest airport to Cambridge, UK is Stansted airport which is approximately 30 minutes away by train.
At the airport, there are buses operating 24 hours a day that can transport you to Cambridge.
A number of companies offer pre-bookable airport transfers.
A convenient way of reaching Cambridge from London is by train, you can get a complete map of stations as well as pick-up time on National Rail’s website (http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/) or call them at +44 (0)8457 484950.
National Express is a coach service that links Cambridge to major airports and cities. Their website provides timetables and information about fares.
When should I arrive on my programme in the UK?
Sunday is the normal day of arrival for all our programmes in the UK. Our staff members will welcome you and go over the check-in procedures together with you. The general check-in time is from 2:00 PM. In case you arrive later than 6:00 PM, please inform us about your detailed travel arrangements.
More information about arrival dates and times will clearly expressed in our preparation emails.
What happens on the day of arrival?
The day of arrival is generally reserved for participants to check-in to the programme. Students that have booked accommodations with us will receive their keys at this time. Once all participants are checked-in and have had some time to adjust and mingle, you will get the chance to meet the CBL International staff including the directors and residential advisors.
For high school programmes, an evening session will take place on the day of arrival, for delegates to get to know each other and their programme leaders.
For university-level programmes, a formal welcome reception will be held on the next day, Monday evening.
What happens on the day of departure?
Our programmes will generally end on a Saturday. All participants are invited to the “Farewell Dinner” where certificates will be awarded on the day before, Friday. Please checkout of the programme and dormitory rooms before 10 AM on the day of departure.
Where will I be staying during the programme?
All participants are invited to stay in college dormitories, and with Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy, accommodation is included in the tuition fee.
Delegates attending a university-level programme, have the choice to stay in single rooms with shared bathroom facilities.
Delegates attending a high-school level programme will be accommodation in a twin room with a shared bathroom. The option of a single room is available for an additional fee.
Internet connection is normally available in all rooms.
Please be aware that dormitory rooms come in different size, shape, and style. Rooms are randomly assigned to delegates. In case you are not satisfied with your room, there are no exchanges or refunds, however a member of staff will be happy to assist you with any issues.
What is the Full Board Option?
Oxford & Cambridge Summer Academy includes all meals as part of the programme.
For all other programmes the full board option offers participants the opportunity to have lunch and dinner provided at the dormitory halls. Since university-level accommodation already includes breakfast, if you choose the full board option, you’ll have breakfast, lunch, and dinner prepared for you. The full board option is available for an additional fee per two week session, and details of specific costs can be found on the tuition fee pages of each programme.
For those staying with us for more than 2 weeks, full board can either be chosen for the entire duration of the programme or none at all. As per university regulations, it is not possible to have full board for just a portion of your stay with us.
Can I use the kitchen and laundry facilities?
Unfortunately, cooking is not allowed inside the dormitory rooms and college kitchens. Laundry facilities are available for use in every college campus. Charges may apply.
Are the colleges secure?
We take security and your safety seriously. Porters of all colleges supervise the entrances 24 hours a day and are available to you at all times.
In addition, we make sure that delegate advisors are reachable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by the emergency duty phones. Some college accommodation also has residential team members.
Payments & Cancellation
What are my payment options?
To reserve your spot, a non-refundable registration fee of is required. You can either make a full payment with your registration fee or pay the remainder of your tuition fee (and accommodation fee if booked via CBL International Oxbridge Programmes) at a later time.
In the case you submit an application within 3 months of a programme’s start date, you are required to make a full payment.
*Please note that the deposit is not refundable under any circumstances.
You can choose between the following payment options:
- Credit Card
- Bank transfer (ask you bank on possible transfer charges)
Precise payment instructions will be given you in the invoice statement.
What is included in the tuition and accommodation fees?
The tuition and accommodation fee includes:
- Lectures & seminars including materials & hand-outs
- Certificate of attendance and achievement as well as an academic transcript (see requirements)
- Accommodation in a college of the University of Oxford (UK) or University of Cambridge (UK)
- Breakfast in the Halls (university level)
- All meals in the Halls (high school level)
- Internet connection (subject to availability)
- All scheduled excursions to different UK cities
- Free-time activities
- Evening talks
- Welcome reception or party & Farewell dinner
What is the refund policy?
You can cancel your participation with us at anytime, please be aware of the cancellation policy and cancellation terms below:
Cancellation Date Refund Amount 3 months prior to start date 50% of paid tuition excluding the registration fee 2 months prior to start date 25% of paid tuition excluding the registration fee 1 month prior to start date (or after the commencement of the programme) 0% of paid tuition
The registration fee is not refundable.