5 ‘off the beaten track’ things to do in Oxfordshire
If you’re visiting Oxford during the summer months, you will have a huge variety of exciting places to explore. However, if you’re looking for something a less touristy then here’s our top 5 recommendations within Oxfordshire. Read more >
Boarding School Experience
Find out why our Residential Programme in Oxford is the perfect place for young learners wanting a taste of boarding school life in the UK. Read more >
Integration on Camp
What does integration on camp really mean and how does it work in practise? Read more >
Summer Camp vs. Summer School
Summer Camps and Summer Schools…are these one and the same or are they different entirely? Here we explore the similarities and differences between the two, as well as helping identify which one is right for you. Read more >
Travelling to camp on your own is daunting… or is it?
Every summer we have the joy of seeing apprehension turn to smiles as children meet a member of Varsity staff in the airport arrival hall or at the front door of Cothill House School, our residential camp venue near Oxford. Read more >
A morning with me, Amy Huggins the Academic Manager at Varsity International.
It is my firm belief that children need to be given the chance to absorb and practice their English in a natural environment, enjoying themselves and taking part in the sports and activities they love alongside British children. Read more >
The ingredients for excellent activities
The success of our activity programme goes deeper than just the fact that we are able to integrate international students with local British children. Read more >
Calming the day camp nerves
The reason parents book their children onto our English and Activity Day Camps varies considerably. Some may be in the UK working, some in the UK to improve their English and some in the UK on holiday, booking their children into camp whilst they explore the bits of a city. Read more >
The world is getting smaller
It’s my experience that children are now better travelled than the generation (or two) before them. When taking children on an excursion into London I was chatting to them about what we had planned – we were getting dropped off by our bus near Piccadilly Circus. Read more >
Cothill House School – the ideal venue for young learners.
It’s 8.55am on a quiet summers day in July 2018 and I’m stood next to our Tipi in the middle of the Varsity Cothill House campus. The weather is already warm, I’m enjoying listening to the birds singing and I’m reading what is on the timetable for today. It’s peaceful and I take a moment to appreciate what a lovely place this is to be…..but then….. Read more >
What is Bushcraft?
The term ‘bushcraft’ isn’t it seems, a term used in many other countries. We’ve found a lot of people who enquire about our residential Ultimate Survival Programme haven’t come across the term. Read more >
Lifelong memories and learning for fluent English speakers…
Even children who are advanced at speaking English as a second language have the potential to improve. The improvements can be subtle but significant; it could be in the range of words used, accent, pronunciation or confidence. Read more >
Not all integration is created equal…
The integration of local British children and international students has been the ‘Golden Ticket’ for summer language programmes in recent years. Some have tried and engineered various ways of trying to achieve this, but few have done it successfully. Read more >