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Are airport transfers included?

All airport transfers are complimentary and included in the course fee. There will be two shuttles between London Heathrow and the college on arrival and departure days. We will give advice on what time is best to arrive to travel on our transfers.

Please note we are unable to provide transfers for family members also visiting the UK.

What are the academic requirements for admission?

Varsity Education does not have a specific minimum academic requirement. We accept students from all over the world and acknowledge the range of academic backgrounds our candidates are coming from.  We are, however, looking for students who are passionate about academia and are keen to develop their knowledge in an intensive, academic environment.

To attend the course, you must be able to speak, read and write English fluently. English is the course language and during your time with us, we expect students to conduct all their studies and socialise in English.

How do I apply for a place on the programme?

Applying for a place on one of our programmes is quick and simple. Candidates complete an online application form providing us with your personal details, academic background and a short personal statement.

Once you have provided us with all the required information, you will be prompted to pay a £500 non-refundable deposit* using a credit/debit card in order to secure your place.

*Deposits are only refunded in cases where a candidate is unsuccessful in their application to attend the programme.  In these instances, Varsity Education will return the deposit in full.

How should I get to the college?

Once you have booked your place on the course, we will provide you with details to make adequate travel arrangements.

All of our accommodation in both cities is located centrally and is easily accessible by car, by train and by coach. Please note we cannot allocate or provide any parking on or near the colleges.

If you have any questions regarding travel arrangements, please contact us.

Do you cater for people with special dietary requirements?

Special dietary requirements can generally be catered for.

Prior to your course commencing, we will ask you to disclose any medical problems, allergies or dietary requirements we need to be aware of.

Is travel insurance necessary?

We strongly recommend that you take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance for the duration of the course. It is also advisable to ensure your insurance covers last minute cancellation in case of illness.

EU citizens are advised to apply for and bring with them the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card). The EHIC entitles citizens of the EU to receive state provided medical care in the UK. Please bear in mind that the EHIC card is not an alternative to comprehensive travel insurance.

How will I know which flights to book?

Our information pack will advise you which flights would be most suitable for you to book. We advise that you book your flights as soon as your place on the course has been confirmed in order to get the most competitive prices.

Our transfers will be picking students up from London Heathrow only.

What happens on arrival?

If we are arranging your airport transfers, you will be met at Heathrow Airport by a group of Varsity Education representatives who will be waiting for you at a designated meeting point. You will then travel by bus to Cambridge or Oxford. If you are being dropped off at the college, Varsity Education staff will be waiting to greet you at the Porter’s Lodge.

When all students arrive at the college, you will be registered before being given your welcome packs and shown to your room. That evening, you will attend an introductory meeting in which you will meet all our staff and your fellow peers and participate in a number of activities to help you get to know one another.

Can I stay in the same room as my friend?

We will be offering twin rooms on some of our courses and you can request to stay in the same room as a friend once you have both been accepted onto the course.

To find out which courses offer twin rooms, take a look at our programmes.

Where will I be staying?

In Cambridge this summer, all of our students will be staying in accommodation at Clare College’s Memorial Court, which is ideally located in the city centre close to the main shops, cafes and parks. You will be staying in a twin room, sharing with a fellow student. All rooms have internet access and a separate study area.

In Oxford, you will be staying at Somerville College, right in the heart of the city and university, in a twin room with a fellow student.

For more information regarding accommodation, please contact us.

Do I receive a certificate on completion of the course?

Upon successful completion of one of our courses, we will issue you with a certificate during a graduation ceremony on the last day. This certificate can be included in your curriculum vitae.

We will also provide parents with a report on your time with us, written by your tutors.

Should I bring a laptop?

We recommend that students bring a laptop or portable device with them for classroom work and homework. There will be access to Wi-Fi in the colleges and private accommodation.

What subjects do you offer?

We offer 12 core subjects on our two week programmes covering humanities and the sciences. You can see a full list here.

Are boys and girls housed separately?

Boys and girls stay in seperate buildings from each other.

Students are not permitted to access the building or rooms of students of the opposite sex.

How much money do I need to bring with me?

Spending money varies from student to student but you should only need to factor in a small amount of spending money to be used for lunch, snacks, souvenirs and gifts.

As lunch is not provided, we suggest you allow £5-£10 per day for this.

We advise students to arrive with some cash in pounds sterling to see them through the first few days. Oxford and Cambridge both have many banks and ATMs where students can withdraw money or cash travellers’ cheques.

What is included in the course fee?

The course fee includes all tuition, accommodation and certain meals on the programme. It also covers airport transfers and planned activities for the duration of your course.

Our courses include breakfast and dinner within the course fee. Lunch is not included on our programmes.

Flights to and from London, travel insurance and any applicable visa fees are not included.

How old do I need to be to participate?

Our courses are designed for students aged 15-18. 15 year olds are admitted by exception and may be required to complete additional tests.

Do I need a visa to travel to the UK?

You can check whether you require a visa at

Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the student to apply for appropriate travel documentation such as visas, if required.

It is important to note that depending on the country, visa applications can take around 20 working days (or 3-4 weeks) and can be applied for up to 3 months before the course start date.

Those requiring a visa will probably need a standard visitor visa. You should not apply for a Tier 4 Student or Tier 4 (Child) Student Visa.

When your place has been confirmed and your course fees have been received, you will be issued with a registration letter. You may require this registration letter when applying for a UK visa.

What should I bring?

Students are provided with a full information pack prior to their course commencing which includes a detailed list of essentials to pack.

We advise students to bring a mobile phone and laptop with them. Bedding will be provided.

If I change my mind about my subject choices, is it possible to switch?

We understand that you might change your mind about which subjects you would like to study. We will always make every effort to accommodate your requests, however, this will not always possible due to the popularity of certain subjects.

We advise that you think carefully about your subject choice when applying to ensure you are not disappointed.

Are all meals included in the course fee?

On all of our programmes, breakfast and dinner are included in the course fees. The meals are taken in the college dining hall.

Please note that lunch is not provided.

We can cater for specific dietary requirements and prior to the course commencing, we will ask students to provide details of their dietary needs.

What will a typical day be like?

A typical day will vary slightly depending on which programme you choose to enroll on.

In general, each day will start with breakfast in Hall together before you move on to your subject-specific morning classes. At lunchtime, you will have time to go out into the city to purchase lunch at one of the many cafes close to the college.

After lunch you will attend a range of seminars and workshops designed to develop key university skills and develop academic curiosity. You will also participate in a number of tutorials each week in both of your subjects. These tutorials replicate the Oxbridge teaching style and are a chance for you to deepen your subject knowledge in a one-on-one setting.

We will all eat together in Hall for dinner before taking part in some fun evening activities, from croquet to quiz night.  Of course, throughout the afternoon and evening, alongside your study, there will be a number of activities that will allow you to explore the city and get to know your peers better, such as sports, cycle tours and museum visits.

You can see what a typical day might look like here.

Are there laundry facilities on campus?

There are laundry facilities available for students to use in all of our accommodation. The facilities are coin operated. You will need to provide your own detergent.

How do I pay for the course?

When you submit your application form online, you will be required to pay a non-refundable £500 deposit* by credit/debit card in order to reserve a place on the programme.

After your application has been received and we have had a short Skype interview with you, we will confirm your place on the course and you will receive the invoice for the outstanding fees. We will provide the relevant details so you can easily make payment by bank transfer. The outstanding course fees must be received at least two months prior to the course start date.

*If after the interview we determine that you are not suitable for the course, we will refund your deposit in full.

When should I arrive and leave the college?

Once you have been accepted onto the course, we will send you an information pack with further details on arrival and departure times, meeting points and other details.

You will be required to arrive on the first day of the course and leave the college on the final day.