Who We Are
Campus Oxford promotes high quality summer and semester programs for high school, GAP year and college students and advises students, parents, their counselors and independent consultants on suitable educational courses and programs in the UK, including university degree courses.
Our Director, Ralph Dennison, is an experienced educationalist, with close and extensive knowledge of both the US and UK educational systems and their requirements. He has advised and worked with hundreds of US and other international students over thirty years, mainly those taking courses in the UK before returning home, but also students transferring into the UK system. He was the founder Principal and subsequently Director of Oxford Tutorial College, one of the foremost independent colleges in Oxford, and also led the prestigious Oxford Advanced Studies Programs for summer and Gap Year students for over twenty years. These programs have become a benchmark for experiences of this type. Over the years, Ralph has gained extensive contacts in the US and elsewhere and worked with many educational consultants and school counsellors. Our Registrar, Ruth Cooper, has worked alongside Ralph for many years, previously as Registrar of Oxford Tutorial College, then when Campus Oxford was established. She is able to provide expert advice and guidance to all enquirers and clients, in partnership with our Recruitment Co-ordinator, Elanor Dennison, who has a strong background in student support and mentoring and in program management.
We partner with quality providers in Oxford and the UK, including Oxford Tutorial College, which organises and hosts the Gap Year programs, Bucksmore Education and Brasenose College, organisers and hosts respectively of the Advanced Studies summer program. Links with universities enable us to assist with placements on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Our knowledge of the educational system and contacts with its providers enables us to give top quality advice and ongoing support to our student clients and their families.
Campus Oxford thus builds on our long-standing relationships with US high school counsellors and independent consultants, and on our experience in advising students and parents, based on our understanding of the pathways available and student aspiration and aptitude. We offer a bespoke supportive service for those students who wish to study in Oxford or Cambridge over the summer or in their Gap Year or who are considering taking a college degree in the UK.
Our Relationship With Academic Counselors
Over the past twenty-five years we have developed close working relationships with a number of educational consultants and have regularly attended conferences of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and the Higher Educational Consultants Association (HECA) in order to maintain professional contact and keep up-to-date with educational issues.
We have presented at both conferences on the benefits of a Gap Year and of international educational experience. Many US schools have invited visits to discuss our programs and their student needs and issues and we maintain contact with guidance counsellors at these schools.
Student advisors regularly contact us to discuss specific student backgrounds and requirements and to help us assess how the programs may best serve their clients and we welcome such contact. Appropriate dialogue is maintained during students’ time in the UK, to keep their advisors up-to-date on progress and to help ensure a smooth transition once the student has returned home.
Supporting Academic Ambition
Most of those who enrol on the programs are aiming for a place at a good college or university and we liaise as requested with their schools and advisors in the application process, particularly the college essay, and in strengthening the student’s qualifications. The value of expert tuition, often on a one-on-one basis, cannot be over-emphasised, and students work with highly-qualified and experienced tutors to develop their subject knowledge and interpretation and to enhance their study methods.
Additional entrance tests – such as SAT, ACT and AP – may be organised and preparation classes arranged.
Higher Education in the United Kingdom
UK Higher Education provision is world-class and fees compare favorably with those of US colleges. Most first degree courses are of three years duration and allow for greater specialism in a chosen major. Undergraduate degrees in Law and Medicine are available and Business-related degrees are also popular. A significant number of students are interested in applying to UK universities, aware of the benefits, and we offer our expertise when requested in selecting suitable institutions and courses and in making strong applications.
Consultants and Guidance Counsellors find the help we provide of significant benefit in offering their own advice to students and parents.
Pastoral Care On The Programs
Student self-reliance and independence are encouraged; however, each student’s health, safety and well-being are considered to be of the utmost importance and any problem or difficulty should be raised immediately with course staff. Their role is to help ensure students enjoy their experience and they are available to listen to any issue, however minor.
With over three decades experience in organising summer programs, we appreciate the issues involved in ensuring student safety and happiness, both for their own sake and to enable them to derive the most benefit from the course and make a positive contribution to its success.
Fully trained First Aid practicioners are always available on site and counsellors contact local doctors and hospitals immediately if the need arises; they should be contacted as soon possible if a student feels unwell.
Oxford and Cambridge both have excellent and well-equipped hospital complexes and students can be assured of the best medical care. For routine treatment, an appointment can be made with the college doctor at short notice. Parents must advise us of any present or previous medical condition or health issue in advance of arrival, by completing a medical questionnaire. Comprehensive medical insurance is included in the course fee.