As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.
There are over 20,000 students at Oxford, including 11,917 undergraduates and 7,350 postgraduates.
Each year, Oxford welcomes talented students, at both undergraduate and graduate level, from all over the globe. Our students are attracted by the chance to study at an internationally-renowned university, with outstanding academic achievement and innovation.
Oxford's teaching and research is consistently in the top rank nationally and internationally, and is at the forefront of medical, scientific and technological achievement.
The University has excellent facilities and resources for learning in its world-famous libraries, laboratories and museums.
Students come to Oxford from 139 different countries and territories.
Oxford's collegiate system fosters a sense of community between tutors and students, and among students themselves.
Students have the opportunity to learn alongside leading researchers in their field.
Oxford has strong links with research institutions, business, and industry, both in the United Kingdom and overseas.
The Oxford Opportunity Bursaries is one of the most generous bursary schemes for UK undergraduates. The scheme ensures that no home student should be deterred from applying to Oxford for financial reasons. In its first three months of operation (October–December 2006) almost 700 bursaries worth nearly £2 million were awarded to students.
Academic Programs :
Undergraduate courses offer students the chance to study their chosen field in depth, while a range of options allows for a wide spread of special interests. Oxford offers undergraduates a unique learning experience through the tutorial system, in which students meet regularly with their college tutor, either on a one-to-one basis or with one or two other students.
Our programmes of study aim to make students think logically, laterally and independently. Thirty colleges and all six permanent private halls admit undergraduates and all colleges accept men and women. All colleges accept applications from mature students, and, in addition, Harris Manchester College is solely for mature students who wish to read for an Oxford degree.
Graduate students are a valued part of the University, and make up around a third of the total student body. The University offers a wide range of taught graduate and research degrees, ranging from one to three or more years. Green, Linacre, Nuffield, St Antony's, St Cross, Templeton and Wolfson admit only graduate students, as does Kellogg, which supports the lifelong learning work of the University for adult, part-time, and professional development students.
International students play an integral role in the University, providing intellectual stimulation as well as creating and maintaining academic links with colleagues abroad. Around a third of our student body comes from outside the United Kingdom, and a range of scholarships offer support for international students. Each year several hundred such students are supported by scholarships funded fully or in part by benefactors and the University, including schemes such as the Clarendon Fund Scholarships, Rhodes Scholarships and Weidenfeld Scholarships.
Admission information :
Choose your course
The first step in your application is to choose your course, and make sure that you have the qualifications you will need to make a competitive application. Please see the course pages and the entrance requirements.
Written tests and written work
It's very important to check the application requirements for your subject as you may need to take a test or send in written work as part of your application. Please see the course pages for details.
Choose a college
You may wish to choose a college, or you can decide to make an open application. See our college pages for further details and for advice on how to make your choice.
You may also like to come to an open day to find out more.
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to interview in December 2009. See our interviews pages for more information.
By mid-January you will receive an email or letter telling you the outcome of your application.
Tuition and Fees :
All members of the University (i.e. matriculated students) and non members of the University including visiting students and recognised students pay a tuition fee. Certain other fees are also payable to the University including those charged at Matriculation, on entering certain examinations, and for obtaining certificates and personal data.
Each college charges a fee that is separate from, and in addition to, the University fee. This covers academic facilities and other services that are provided by your college, it does not include accommodation or meals.
Financial Aid Information:
Student Funding Services
The funding which might be available to you as an undergraduate at Oxford largely depends upon whether you are a Home, EU, Islands or Overseas student. More information about the definitions used by the University in the classification of students for fees and funding purposes can be found here or more general classification information can be found on the UKCISA website.