International boarding school in the UK

Start your global future at an international boarding school in England

With our private school campus in the UK, EF Academy offers students a British boarding school education with a modern, global perspective. Our renowned academic diplomas, expert university advising program and one-to-one student support provides students with an international boarding school experience in England that opens them to a world of opportunities.

EF Academy's private school in the UK

Our experiential learning approach guides students to explore their interests and immerse themselves in learning by doing. Together with our experienced faculty, university advisors and peaceful campus setting, our international school in the UK creates the perfect academic environment for curious learners to attain success for university and beyond.

Stand out with a UK boarding school education

Reach your dream university with an internationally recognized high school diploma. Our boarding school in England offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and British A-Level qualifications. The first-class curriculum and subject options make them respected degrees among leading universities.

Every EF Academy student receives one-to-one university guidance from an experienced university advisor who helps them define their university path, prepare applications and stand out in interviews and personal statements. This personalized approach of our school sets both local and international students in the UK apart by giving them a head start to preparing for the next chapter of their lives.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

This internationally-recognized diploma is respected by universities worldwide as a rigorous high school qualification. Students study six subject at standard and higher level to build a diploma that highlights their strengths and puts internationalism at the core of the curriculum.

  • 2-year program

  • Ages 16-19

  • Grades 11-12

  • Offered in: Oxford


The traditional British high school curriculum allows students to study a select few subjects at a high level. Students who want to attend university in the UK or have clear career aspirations from an early age choose A-Levels as a way to focus on their interests and develop in-depth subject knowledge.

  • 2-year program

  • Ages 16-18

  • Grades 11-12

  • Offered in: Oxford

A welcoming boarding school campus

Our community of students and educators from around the world brings a modern, open-minded perspective to the traditional British boarding school experience. Be inspired by the UK culture while gaining the international exposure needed to succeed in today's world - all while living in the safety of our campus and being looked after by caring counsellors, residential staff and activities coordinators.

  • Supervised halls of residence

  • Science laboratories and seminar-sized classrooms

  • A caring support network on campus and in your home country

Hands-on clubs and activities

By taking part in a broad range of co-curricular activities and excursions, students nurture new and existing interests that encourage lifelong learning. Our weekly clubs, sports and trips to local attractions are part of what makes going to private school in England an awe-inspiring and unforgettable experience.

  • 30+ clubs and activities

  • Sports teams and competitions

  • Weekly excursions and field trips

EF Academy boarding school campus in the UK

Our international boarding school in the UK is home to students from all over the world. Our campus provides a transformational private school education against the inspirational backdrop of the British landscape.

The benefits of private school in England

Take the first step towards your global future by joining an international boarding school in UK with a strong emphasis on academic excellence, thorough university preparation and enriching co-curricular activities.

Boarding school experiences at EF Academy

FAQ – International boarding schools in the UK

The concept of a boarding school is receiving a high quality school education while living on campus with the other students. Apart from the classrooms, campuses include shared facilities and community spaces that allow students to study and connect to their fellow classmates.

Both of our high school programs cover England's Year 11-12. Therefore the minimum age to enroll in either of them is 16.

Like most international schools in the UK, our typical day combines a mix of classes, study sessions and meal breaks. But what sets us apart is the academic depth done through intercultural exchange, one-to-one mentoring and experiential learning opportunities. Research shows that 2/3 of a student’s academic performance is determined by factors outside of class. Our students use their after-school time to build essential skills for university through clubs, sports, study sessions and other hands-on activities.

Living on a British boarding school campus has many benefits for students and adds to the unique experience of studying at EF Academy. Many close friendships are formed in the residences as roommates become each other's families away from home. The independence that comes with living on campus at a private school in England is an important step towards developing some of the skills that make the transition to university easier, like organization, time management and self-care. Living close to school makes it easier for students to focus on their studies. However, our House Parents and pastoral team help all EF Academy students find a healthy balance between study time and leisure activities.

Both the IB Diploma and A-Level programs are highly regarded by top universities in the UK and worldwide. Choosing the 'right' program for your studies in Oxford comes down to personal goals and preferences. Many of our boarding school students from both programs have advanced to study at the university of their choice upon graduation. As the standard British high school qualification, A-Levels are the most popular program for students who want to apply to university in the UK or who want to focus on studying only three or four subjects in depth. As the most internationally recognized high school qualification, the IB Diploma curriculum frames subjects within a global context and broadens students' horizons by having them study six subjects and an additional core curriculum.

Oxford is a small, safe town and EF Academy’s private campus has school or security staff on site 24/7. There is always someone on duty to supervise the high school campus and address student needs. House Parents live in the residence halls to ensure students develop healthy living habits. Health and safety is also a priority, and our on-campus health clinic is equipped to see students whenever they feel unwell. All EF Academy students are registered with a nearby health practice in case of serious illness or emergencies.

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