Oxford is the oldest university in the English speaking world. By some measures it is the best university of all.
People usually start at Oxford University at the age of 18. A Bachelor#s degree takes three or four years depending on the subject.
If you are going to apply to Oxford University you need to have top grades in almost every subject.
The academic year at oxford starts in October and ends in June.
If you want to start at Oxford University in October 2019 you need to apply by the end of October 2018.
First of all choose your subject. You can study all the mainstream subjects at Oxford – English, Maths, History, Biology, Chemistry Physics, French etc…. You can do some subjects that do not exist at secondary school level – for example Medicine and Law.
You can study Business, Economics, Philosophy, Politics. You can study all the major languages.
If you are a native speaker of Russian can you do a degree in Russian at Oxford? Yes you can. It is about Russian Literature mainly. Most of the professors are not Russian but they still know more about Russian literature than the average native speaker.
Some subjects are less heavily subscribed than others. For examples in Classics (Latin and Ancient Greek) almost 50% of applications are accepted. In Law only about 10% of applicants get in.
You cannot do Architecture or Veterinary Medicine at Oxford.
Oxford University is divided into 39 colleges. It is a federal system. Think of a college being like an oblast in Russia. The largest college has 600 students and the smallest has 50. Most have about 400. All but one college are mixed between men and women.
Most colleges do most subjects. It is not the case that one college is for Geography and another is for Chinese. However, not all colleges do all subjects. For example some colleges do not offer Religious Studies others do not offer Egyptology.
The colleges are spread around the city. They have slightly different characters. However, the education is the same at all colleges. You call go to the same lectures and sit the same exams.
If you cannot decided which college to apply to then submit an open application. This means that Oxford University will send your application to the least heavily subscribed college.
You apply online via UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). You have to write a personal statement. They will ask your school for a reference. They will look at examples of your written work.
Oxford has five times more applicants than it has places. If your application is strong you will be invited to Oxford for an interview and more tests. I will tell you more about that in another video. If you do very well in these tests and interviews you will be offered a place.
If you want further advice about applying to Oxford or any other university in the UK or Republic of Ireland please contact me.