If you are considering going to one of the Oxford University open days (or even if you aren’t) you must see the video on the open days web page - it’s one of the best there is and gives you an interesting, short and snappy insight into what an open day offers and why it’s an essential part of finding out about a university and the types of course it offers.
Oxford, like Cambridge but unlike most other UK universities, is a collegiate rather than a campus institution. That means that it is made up of individual colleges that provide accommodation for students and also arrange their teaching. The main lecturers and practicals, if you are doing a science or engineering subject, for example, take place in the academic departments that are separate from the colleges.
Confused already? If you’ve not been to Oxford before, that’s understandable and it’s more important than ever that students thinking of applying here attend one of the open days. The atmosphere of a college is something that you just can’t get from looking at pictures or videos, and you won’t understand how the university works if you don’t make the effort to go there.
The open days are planned to pack in as much as possible: