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  • Events and trips

    The International Student Advice Team (ISAT) organises social events and trips to enhance the international student experience at Oxford Brookes.

    Overview of the events organised by ISAT

    The detailed events programme for next semester will be available in August 2019.

  • When
    Saturday 21 September 2019
     Price
    £22
     Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    08:45

    Visit Minster Lovell, Burford, the Rollright Stones and Stratford-upon-Avon. You will have some free time in Burford and Stratford.

    Tickets can be bought from the ISMP (International Student Meeting Point), John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus during Arrivals Weekend. After Arrivals Weekends, any spare tickets will be sold on the online shop.

    When
    Saturday 28 September 2019
     Price
    £40
     Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    06:45

    Get the coach from Oxford to Southampton and the ferry to Cowes, on the north of the island. You will pass through lovely little seaside towns and lush countryside until you reach Shanklin, where you will have plenty of free time. You can walk over Tennyson Down and stop at Alum Bay where you can see the Needles and walk over the white cliffs. Expected return time to Oxford: 8pm

    The ticket includes coach and ferry travels, as well as a full-day tour. Tickets available from the online shop from 14 September.

    When
    Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 October 2019
     Price
    TBC
     Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    07:00 Saturday 5 October
    Return time
    Back to Oxford around 20:30 Sunday 6 October

    Join us for a weekend in the far west of England, in beautiful Cornwall. The county, surrounded by the sea, is a popular holiday destination in the UK.

    Saturday 5 October

    •    Journey to Cornwall
    •    Visit of the Eden Project, the largest indoor rainforest in the world
    •    Visit of St Ives, a lovely seaside town known for its art scene and beautiful beaches
    •    Dinner and overnight stay in Penzance, a historic port with amazing views across Mount’s Bay

    Sunday 6 October

    •    Breakfast and free time in Penzance
    •    Quick stop at Padstow, a fishing harbour on the north coast of Cornwall 
    •    Visit of Tintagel Castle, said to be the birthplace of King Arthur
    •    Journey back to Oxford

    Included in the ticket price: Coach transport, accommodation for 1 night in a hostel (shared rooms, 4 to 8 students per room), dinner on Saturday at the hostel, breakfast on Sunday at the hostel, admission tickets for the Eden Project and Tintagel Castle, 1.50-hour guided visit of Tintagel Castle, student pack.

    Important information: Please note that this trip will involve a lot of walking and time outdoors, so please make sure you bring appropriate clothing and shoes. There are steep slopes, sheer drops, uneven surfaces and numerous steps at Tintagel Castle which can present a challenge. More details about the itinerary will be provided to attendees closer to the date.Students who haven’t completed and returned their next of kin form to ISAT by Thursday 26 September will not be allowed to join even if payment has been made.

    Tickets can be bought from the ISMP (International Student Meeting Point), John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus during Arrivals Weekend. After Arrivals Weekends, any spare tickets will be sold on the online shop.

    When
    Tuesday 1 October 2019
    Booking
    Free event, but you must have a ticket
     Location
    Music & Green Room, Headington Hill Hall
    Time
    17:15-19.15

    This is a chance to meet other new international students at a friendly and informal event if you have missed Arrivals Weekend. Join us for some free light refreshments and games!

    Tickets available from the online shop from 16 September.

    When
    Saturday 12 October 2019
    Price
    £30
    Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    08:30

    Spend some free time in vibrant & creative Brighton, and visit Devil’s Dyke with your tour guide for beautiful panoramas. Expected return time to Oxford: 7.30pm

    Ideas how to spend your free time in Brighton include: Brighton beach, Brighton Palace Pier, the Royal Pavilion, the North Laines, the South Lanes, the i360.

    ISAT’s tip: we recommend walking around the city to discover the amazing street art and graffiti!

    Tickets available from the online shop from 30 September.

    Take part in our photo competition for a chance to win amazing prizes!

    1st prize: £40 Amazon voucher + 1 free ticket for the ISAT day-trip of your choice in Semester 2

    2nd prize: £20 Amazon voucher

    3rd prize: Brookes goodies

    Opening date: Thursday 17 October 2019
    Closing date: Thursday 7 November 2019
    Winners announced: Friday 15 November 2019


    The theme is: First Impressions of the UK and Life at Brookes

    You will need to submit one photo (ideally in jpeg) and a short paragraph (100 to 200 words) to show us how your experience here started. It might be, for example, what you found surprising, amazing, or different from home. Don’t hesitate to add your Instagram and Facebook usernames at the end of the paragraph if you would like us to tag you when we post about the photo competition!

    Send you photo and paragraph to: srobert@brookes.ac.uk

    Terms & Conditions

    By entering the competition, you agree to the following:

    • The image you submit can be used by ISAT on its social media (Facebook and Instagram) and marketing material
    • Your paragraph can be used as a student quote on the ISAT website or marketing material (you can ask for the quote to remain anonymous)
    • All entries must be received by the closing date and time
    • Only one entry per person
    • The image you submit should have been taken by you
    • If the image you submit includes an identifiable person or group, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you have their permission to use the image for this competition
    • The decision of the panel regarding the winners is final
    • For the first prize, "semester 2" refers to January-June 2020
    • Prizes should be redeemed by Monday 9thDecember 2019

     

    When
    Saturday 19 October 2019
    Price
    £34
    Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    08:15

    Visit the 800-year old ruins of Tintern Abbey. You will then pass through the beautiful Wye Valley before spending the afternoon in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. After a guided tour, you’ll have a few hours of free time to explore the city.

    Ideas how to spend your free time in Cardiff include: Cardiff Castle, Bute Park, Yr Hen Lyfrgell, Morgan Quarter, Castle Arcade, Spillers Records, National Museum Cardiff, Aquabus City-Bay (make sure that you have enough time to get back to the city centre on time to meet the coach). Expected return time to Oxford: 7.30pm

    Tickets available from the online shop from 30 September.

    When
    Saturday 26 October 2019
    Price
    £30
    Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    08:45

    Spend a day in the stunning city of Bath, famous for its Roman baths, Georgian architecture and its connection to renowned British novelist Jane Austen. There will be 1-hour coach tour and you’ll also get plenty of free time to explore the city.

    Ideas how to spend your free time in Bath include: Roman Baths Museum, Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, Parade Gardens, the Circus and Royal Crescent, Jane Austen Centre, the Fashion Museum, No1 Royal Crescent. Expected return time to Oxford: 7pm.

    Tickets available from the online shop from 30 September.

    When
    Thursday 31 October 2019
    Booking
    Free event, but you must have a ticket
    Meeting point
    Martyr’s Memorial, 13 Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AE
    Meeting time
    Two tours available - 19:00 and 20:30

    Tickets available from the online shop from 30 September.

     

    When
    Saturday 9 November 2019
    Price
    £30
    Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    08:30

    Visit the famous university city of Cambridge. After the 1-hour walking tour, you’ll have a free afternoon to explore the city. Expected return time to Oxford: 7pm.

    Ideas how to spend your free time in Cambridge include: Trinity College, King’s College, Fitzwilliam Museum, The Backs, the Round Church.

    Tickets available from the online shop from 16 October.

    When
    Wednesday 13 November 2019
    Booking
    Free event, but you must have a ticket
    Location
    Music & Green Room, Headington Hill Hall
    Time
    15:30-17:00

    Cream Tea is a speciality of the southwest of England and one of the traditional British teatime treats. We’ll get everything ready: tea and traditional scones with clotted cream and jam. Devon and Cornwall spread the jam and cream in different orders and people have long debated which is "right". Come and join us and let us know whether you prefer your jam first of cream first!

    Tickets available from the online shop from 16 October.

    When
    Saturday 16 November 2019
    Booking
    Free event, but you must have a ticket
    Meeting point
    Martyr’s Memorial, 13 Magdalen Street, Oxford OX1 3AE
    Meeting time
    Two visits available – 14:00 and 15:30

    Tickets available from the online shop from 16 October.

    When
    Tuesday 26 November
     Booking
    Free event, registration required
     Location
    Student Central 4, JHBB
    Time
    12:00-13:00

    ISAT organises events every semester and we would love to get feedback from you, as we are really interested in improving the international students’ experience at Brookes.

    We would particularly like to get feedback on the social events you attended and hear your ideas about events we could organise in the future. The session will run for one hour and a nice lunch will be provided.

    The registration form will be available closer to the date.

    When
    December 2019. Exact date TBC
     Booking
    From November 2019. Details TBC
     Location
    TBC
    Time
    TBC

    Let’s celebrate Christmas together! Join us for a Christmas meal, learn about British Christmas traditions and share an unforgettable experience with other international students!

    Tickets will be available on the online shop from November 2019.

  • Other events and trips

    The International Student Advice Team runs one day and weekend tourist trips to different destinations and attractions around the UK for international students at Oxford Brookes University.

    If you are interested in going to other parts of the UK, SEA Oxford run trips throughout the year to various destinations. Brookes Union and ESN Oxford Brookes (International Exchange and Erasmus Student Network) also host events for students during term time.

  • I recommend all the international students to go to SEA's trip because of its benefits like seeing the most famous places in England, make new friends and talking about English culture and history with Rob who is really friendly. Enjoy your trip!