University of Oxford


Introduction to Oxford University

About Oxford 1There are many universities, but Oxford retains a special place in the academic landscape of the UK and in the hearts of those who live, study and teach here.

There are even more reasons why Oxford generates such admiration, pride and loyalty. Taken individually, these reasons may not be unique, but when viewed together they form the characteristics that have differentiated the University from all others for hundreds of years and will continue to form the essence of the Oxford experience for years to come.



Am I clever enough to get into Oxford?

About Oxford cleverDo you expect to achieve the  entrance requirements (AAA, A*AA or A*A*A at A-level, or other equivalent qualifications)? At least 44,000 students can say 'yes' to this each year in the UK alone. If you're among them, then you have the potential to make a competitive application to Oxford. 

How will I be taught at Oxford?

Most teaching at Oxford takes place in  tutorials. These are very small groups of students (normally two or three) plus a tutor who will be an expert in their field. Typically you will have one or two tutorials a week. Depending on your course you will also have a number of lectures and classes, as well as laboratory and field work. 

Will I be happy there?

Oxford regularly comes top of student satisfaction surveys. Approximately, only 1% of students drop out from this University compared to a national average of 8.6%.

What A-levels or equivalent level subjects should I be doing to get into Oxford?

This depends on the course you are thinking of studying. Have a look at our  table of subject requirements for more advice.

Where will I live?

All undergraduate students belong to one of the University's  colleges. Every college offers accommodation to first year students and for at least one other year of their course. Some students choose to move out of college and live with friends in student accommodation for some of their time at Oxford.

Will an Oxford degree make it easier for me to find a job?

About Oxford degreeOxford graduates go on to a wide variety of jobs with 95% of leavers employed six months after graduating*. Oxford University is able to offer a wide variety of internships which means that you may be able to gain experience during the summer holidays in a field of work that interests you.

*Source: HESA/DLHE survey 2009/10

Can I afford to study at Oxford?

While many universities will be offering either reduced fees or bursaries for 2013 entry students, Oxford will provide both. Not only this, Oxford will be offering an extremely generous level of financial support to UK and EU students from the lowest income households, in addition to the support available from the government. College facilities and the academic resources of the University mean that it can be cheaper to study at Oxford than at other places.

Is it worth applying to Oxford - no-one else from my school ever has?

Absolutely yes! Oxford does not care which school you are at as long as you can demonstrate the necessary academic potential.

Do I need to be involved in lots of extra-curricular activities?

OarsSelection at Oxford is purely academic. Your extra-curricular achievements can give tutors a useful and reassuring insight into your personality but they won't influence their decision to give you a place.   

How do I choose a course at Oxford?

Explore these pages further to find out what's available at Oxford and have a look at our  courses pages.

Come to a  department open day.

Will I have to have an interview?

The interview is an important part of the University's selection process and places are not offered without interview. See  our  interview pages for more information. 

Will I have to take an admissions test?

Many, but not all, courses require you to take an  admissions test in November after you have submitted your application. 

Does Oxford have a fixed number of places for overseas students?

No, overseas students compete for the same places as all other students and they apply in exactly the same way via UCAS. (See

The only exception is Medicine where there is a government-imposed maximum of 14 overseas (outside the UK and EU) students in any one year of entry.