EF Academy Oxford - Review #1

EF Academy Oxford
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Not yet confirmed
Home Town, State (Country) N.T., none
Years Attended Boarding School 2
Activities During Boarding School Cooking club, tennis club, community service team, Duke of Edinburgh, Italian club, Yoga club

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
100% International students from around the world, professional university guidance counsellors to help with university application, Powerschool, which is an online system, allows parents to access for student's attendance, comments from teachers and grades
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I met the most amazing friend there! It is even more amazing when everyone is from a different country having a different culture can get together and do the same things. I learned so much more about European and African cultures and also few words in their own languages!
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Don't be afraid to talk to new people! If you live in the dorm, hang out more with different people in the weekends.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The staff is very supportive, especially when international students are most likely to feel nervous in the beginning. They organise an Induction Week, which includes ice breaking games, disco night and pizza party. Hence, students can get involved really quickly once they arrive the school.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
The salad bar is amazing! There is a wide range of toppings to choose from, like smoked salmon, cottage cheese, bacons, spring rolls, olives and so much more! If students are not interested in having salad for lunch, they can choose burger with fries, hot lunch or sandwiches. Snacks like brownies and muffins, healthier options like yogurt with honey and fruits are also available.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The teachers are very professional, helpful and friendly. They understand that international students may not feel comfortable and confident when moving to a new country to study, hence they provide extensive help and support during the two years period. The university guidance counsellors assist in university application, their opinions on choosing which universities best suit students and also skills on writing reference letter for students greatly helped with my application. They also help carrying out interview practice for those who need one for university.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Mandatory participation for physical activities for Ib students but also encourage A levels students to spend more time on extra-curricular activities. There are a wide range of sports available, including Duke of Edinburgh, football, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, yoga, running club, and so many more. If there is not a club that suits a student, the student can gather some friends and create their own club.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
There is drama club available to those who like using their after school time to spend time with friends and practice their drama skills, they even have chance to perform it. Also, there is music club where all the music lovers join together to create great musics, even teachers get involved.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There is a wide range of extra-curricular activities available, if your favourite activity is not available, you could gather some friends to create a new club yourselves. For example, students created a computer club which has been attracting lots of boys to join.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The room is quite spacious, there are two students in one room so you can know him/her very well if you two get along. There is a table, lamp, closet, sink, chair and bookshelf, which are all essential for a student. The bathrooms are spacious and well-lighted as well with cleaners cleaning everyday.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
There are different choices for lunch, including burgers, salad, hot lunch and sandwiches. The breakfast is also very plentiful, it includes a yogurt, cereal with milk, toasts, sausages or bacons or egg, and hot drinks.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Oxford is an international academic city with many student friendly shops and restaurants. There are coffee shops and ice cream shops for students to spend their after school time. The Brookes Library is also open to everyone, it has different types of study areas, such as quiet study area and an open area for students who seek for a place to discuss their projects.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Staff is nice and the activity coordinator helps organise a lot of activities for students to participate in and make new friends. Since it is fairly a small school, everyone knows each other well, we talk to each other in the corridor during break time.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • EF Academy Oxford Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   7/19/2016
    Not yet confirmed
    100% International students from around the world, professional university guidance counsellors to help with university application, Powerschool, which is an online system, allows parents to access for student's attendance, comments from teachers and grades. . .
  • EF Academy Oxford Alumni #2
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   9/1/2016
    Still an IB student at school.
    I would say that the uniqueness of Oxford EF Academy is in its location because it is really not far away from the City Centre (20 min walk or 5-10 mins by bus), its also. . .
  • EF Academy Oxford Alumni #3
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   9/1/2016
    University of Westminster
    EF Academy is the only international boarding school which has many cultural diversities with students from 72 different countries that has given the student a lot of opportunities not only studying in the UK either. . .
  • EF Academy Oxford Alumni #4
    Class of 1980
    5 Stars   7/19/2016
    EF Academy Oxford
    As this was my first time in an international school abroad, I found it to be friendly and caring, the teachers always encourage us to make the most of studying in Oxford and I sure. . .
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