STUDENTS from an Oxford college are set to embark on the 'trip of a lifetime' to learn the art of traditional Thai massage.

Seven students from Activate Learning's City of Oxford College, in Oxpens, will be jetting off to Bangkok in February half term to master massage techniques.

The beauty therapy students will spend at least 45 hours practising Thai massage and the remainder of the time doing herbal preparations and learning about the culture.

Robyn Hunt, 19, who will be among them, said: "We are all very excited about going to Thailand and it will help our careers enormously.

"I am particularly looking forward to being taught by a Master in Thailand."

Students will be learning from tutors at a college called Chiva – Som Institute along with Siam Technology College.

At the end of the week there will be a short assessment and the successful students will receive a certificate.

They will be then be able to practise and be insured for traditional Thai massage to work in the Oxford area.

Nicola Robinson, a tutor at the college, added: "My students are all looking forward about going to Thailand.

"They will have the trip of a lifetime and learn so much about the culture."

The trip has been made possible by World City Links, which partners educators in different countries.

The not-for-profit organisation's director, Julian Vennis, said: "We have been operating this course in Bangkok every year since 2011 and it is great that we have students from other colleges outside of London."