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Welcome to Bucksmore English Language Summer Schools

Pembroke College

Oxford University

Pembroke College was founded by King James I in 1624, and the school takes place in the Sir Geoffrey Arthur Building, an idyllic self-contained campus on the banks of the River Thames, less than a mile away from Oxford city centre.


Founded in 1624, the University of Oxford’s Pembroke College was founded by King James I, using combined donations from a merchant named Thomas Tesdale and a priest, Rev. Richard Wightwick.

The College’s coat of arms pays tribute to King James’s union of England and Scotland, with the rose of England and thistle of Scotland situated above three lions, the sigil of the Earl of Pembroke, who the College was named after.

Pembroke College historically admitted solely male students, until 1979,  when the first female undergraduates began to be admitted.


Situated on the River Thames, the summer school takes residence in the Sir Geoffrey Arthur Building, where the vast majority of the programme (tuition, activities, meals and accommodation) take place. Bucksmore has exclusive use of the ‘GAB’, making it an ideal backdrop for the Young Leaders course for older students (aged 16-18).

The ‘GAB’ is located a short walk from the city centre and shopping districts, so students find themselves close to shops, cafés and landmarks that they can explore during their free time.

Pembroke College’s picturesque setting and close proximity to the centre of town make it a wonderful location for international students to study over the summer.

Students studying at Pembroke College also receive one traditional Oxford University ‘formal dinner’ towards the end of their stay.


Students at Pembroke College stay in single rooms with separate male and female accommodation. Bathrooms are shared between 4-6 students. Laundry is available onsite and free of charge.

Bucksmore also offers a complimentary airport transfer service to students arriving at Heathrow and Gatwick airports, for all flights arriving/departing between 10:00 and 22:00.


The Sir Geoffrey Arthur Building is a gated building, accessible only by students and staff with keys to the site. Bucksmore’s residential centre management team and counsellors provide pastoral care and support to students.

At a Glance
Location: Less than 1 mile from Oxford city centre
Bedrooms: Single bedrooms with separate male and female accommodation
Bathrooms: Shared
Internet: Wi-Fi available throughout the College and student computer room
Student ages: 16-18
Courses since: 2017