Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will I receive a certificate?

On completion of the programme students on the Enterprise and the Environment Summer School will be provided with a University of Oxford certificate of attendance.

Do you provide credits?

If you wish to receive credit from the Enterprise and the Environment Summer School you will need to contact either your Study Abroad Office or the office in your university that deals with external credit. If you are seeking credit transfer then we strongly advise you to do this before you apply. We can support credit applications by providing additional information to your home institution.

How many teaching hours does the course include?

We anticipate there being 50 hours of teaching across the two weeks.

Where does the teaching take place?

Classes will mostly be held in the School of Geography and the Environment.. This is where regular undergraduate and postgraduate teaching is held throughout the academic year for Geography students (and related subjects) at Oxford. Other locations within the city will also be utilised, and in previous years this has included teaching space at Colleges and the Oxford Union.

Do I need to complete any work in advance of the Enterprise and the Environment Summer School?

Students are provided with a recommended reading list before the programme. The materials within this are not mandatory but are given to help underpin learning.

Who attends the programme?

Students on the Enterprise and the Environment Summer School are typically aged between 19 and 25, and the cohort is usually an equal split of undergraduates and graduates from a global spread of Universities and diverse mix of academic backgrounds.

How long has the programme been running for?

The Enterprise and the Environment Summer School is now firmly established within the University and has taken place annually since 2016.

Who do I speak to for more information?

We are really open to conversation and discussing the programme with potential applicants. Ultimately, we want to ensure that the course is going to be right for you, and that we can provide you and the rest of the class with the optimal experience. Please feel free to get in touch at or +44 (0)1865 614942.

Is there a dress code?

We do not enforce any dress code, however we advise students to bring outdoor clothing for field trips, and business casual attire for the formal College dinners.

When can I check-in to my bedroom?

Check-in is available from 14:00 on Sunday 28 June. Extensions are available on request and contingent on availability.

When do I have to check-out of my bedroom?

Students will need to check-out by 10:00 on Friday 10 July. Extensions are available on request and contingent on availability. Teaching on this final day will finish at roughly 12:30, and students are requested to arrange onwards travel after this time.

Can you help with my visa?

Students are responsible for organising their own visa (if required) to attend the programme. The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment is to offer guidance on this process and will provide a letter confirming each students attendance that can be used in support of visa applications.

How do I get to Oxford?

Coach from London

There is a direct coach service from Victoria Station, Marble Arch, and Marylebone Road in London every 15-20 minutes which will take you directly to Oxford city centre. The journey takes approximately 90 minutes and the cost of a return is roughly £20.

Train

The nearest train station is Oxford Station (OXF). A frequent direct service operates between London Paddington and Oxford, as well as London Marylebone and Oxford. There is also a good connection between Oxford and Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry. Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the South via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading.

Car

Oxford can be very congested and parking spaces are both limited and very expensive. We are not able to provide any parking for students.

Flying

The most convenient airport to get to Oxford from is London Heathrow which has a good bus connection that operates every 20-30 minutes, with a journey time of roughly 80 minutes to the city centre. London Gatwick is also well served with buses to and from Oxford, however the journey time is longer at roughly 2 and a half hours and coaches run hourly. Birmingham International Airport is connected to Oxford by train with a journey time of 60 minutes for direct routes. Note that there are not good transport links between Oxford and London Stanstead or London Luton so we recommend avoiding these routes.

For more information please also see the University's How to get to Oxford webpage.

What grades do I need to attend?

Applicants for the Enterprise and the Environment Summer School should be on track to achieve (or have already achieved) a 2:1 at undergraduate level. International equivalencies of this includes:

CountryAverage Grade
UK2.1
AustraliaSecond Class (upper division), Division A, Division 1, B+, 6/7 or 70%
Brazil7/10
China85%
Denmark10/13 or 10/12
France14/20 or 'bien'
Germany2
Hong Kong3.3/4.0
India65% (dependent on university rankings)
IrelandSecond Class Honours grade I
Japan80%, B+ or 3.3/4.0
Mexico8.5/10
New ZealandSecond Class Division I or B+ (4 year BA) or A- (3 year BA)
NorwayB / 'very good'
PhillippinesB+, 87% or 3.5/4.0
Qatar3.3/4.0
Russia4.5/5.0
Saudi Arabia85%, 4.5/5.0 or B+
Singapore4.0/5.0
South AfricaSecond Class Division I Honours or 70%
South Korea85%
Spain8/10 or 2.5/4.0
Switzerland5/6, 8/10 or 1
Taiwan80% or 3.3/4.0
Thailand3.5/4.0
Turkey3.3/4.0 or 80%
UAE4.0/4.0, A or 90%
USA3.3/4.0

If you cannot see the international equivalency for your education system in this list then please contact us for more information.