It is known that teaching has been practiced in Oxford since 1096, but the exact year when the university came into existence is unknown. However, Oxford University, undoubtedly, is one of the oldest universities ever existed in the English speaking world.
Within a century of its establishment, Oxford became an important set of learning & was appraised by the popes, kinds & sages. The university was appreciated for its antiquity, curriculum, privileges & philosophical system. In the 20th and 21st centuries, the university included several courses like natural and applied sciences & medication in its curriculum. In the last 80 years, Oxford has been known to make a significant contribution to society.
Oxford University is situated 60 miles northwest of London. With more than 260 buildings across 13 sites, the university ranks in the list of universities with a vast landscape.
To ensure the smooth functioning of departments, faculties, and institutions, four divisions have been created. These are:
Each division holds its set of responsibilities and has its own head & elected board.
The university is not only known for its academic work, but it also contributes to Oxford’s reputation as a city of learning, heritage & culture. Oxford University provides its staff and students with state-of-the-art facilities within an inspiring and historic setting, while protecting its cultural heritage. The university aims at improving opportunities for interdisciplinary working and minimizing environmental impact.
The formal head of Oxford University is its Chancellor, who is elected by the members of Convocation - a body comprising all the graduates of the University. Chancellor holds his position until his/her death, and after his demise, another chancellor is elected.
The vice-chancellor is the de facto (in practice) head of the university. He holds the office for 7 years. The vice-chancellor further elects six pro-vice-chancellors who are responsible for education, innovation, research, planning & resources, development & external affairs, and people & gardens, libraries & museums.
There can be around 10 pro-vice-chancellors without any portfolio who undertake the responsibilities on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, including presiding at degree ceremonies & chairing electoral boards.
The executive policy-forming body of the university is its Council, which consists of the vice-chancellor, heads of the departments, members elected by Congregation & student’s union.
The congregation comprises more than 5000 members of the university’s staff (both academic & administrative).
The responsibilities of Congregation include:
Furthermore, two university proctors are elected to ensure that the university & its members adhere to the university’s status. Student complaints, and university proceedings also come under the prevue of these proctors.
Oxford University comprises thirty-nine colleges & six permanent private halls. These colleges & PPHs are independent and self-governing corporations within Oxford University. These colleges that are a part of Oxford University are:
The Permanent Private Halls were founded by different Christian denominations. The difference between a college & a PPH - colleges are governed by fellows of the colleges, and the governance of a PPH resides with the corresponding Christian denomination.
Currently, Oxford University has 6 permanent private halls. These include:
Oxford University has a strong international character and a presence around the world. Some of the facts that support the internationalization methodology of the university are:
Some of the highlights of the Oxford University are:
|University Type||Public Research University|
|Annual Endowment||6 Billion Euro|
|Oxford Acceptance Rate||15%|
|Percentage of International Students||45%|
|UG-PG Course Ration||1:2.18|
|Standardized Tests||SAT/UCAT/GMAT/GRE or Similar|
|English Language Proficiency Tests||IELTS or similar|
|Oxford Official Website||https://www.ox.ac.uk/|
Academic ability & intellectual curiosity are things that unite Oxford students and differentiate them from others. Students from all over the world come to the university and bring their diverse backgrounds & interests, giving the university an exciting learning environment.
If you are also willing to apply to Oxford University, here are the steps that you need to follow.
The first step is to select a course that you want to pursue. You can choose from the list of courses listed on the Oxford website.
Out of 39 colleges and 6 permanent private halls, you need to choose a college for you. You can put the college’s campus code on your application form as a preference; however, shortlisting can come for different colleges in the Oxford Group (if selected).
Once you have the required documents (discussed later), complete your application form & submit with all the required details.
When you are choosing the right college at Oxford University for you, consider the reputation of the college, the courses it offers, location, facilities, grants & other funding options.
If you are not able to choose a particular college, you can mention 9 campus codes on your UCAS application. It will mean that your application will be assigned to a college or hall with fewer applications for the course of your choice in the year you apply, giving you better chances of an admit.
The competition for all the colleges at Oxford University is very high. Thus, there are chances that your application might get reallocated to a different college (under Oxford) if your choice of college is oversubscribed.
The foremost requirement of Oxford University is near-perfect grades. Other than this, other requirements are:
Once your application is shortlisted, you will be called for an interview. For international students, the interview will be held on the telephone or internet.
|Course||Duration||1st Year Tuition Fees|
|MBA||12 Months||INR 65.1 LPA|
|MBBS||6 Years||INR 36.6 LPA|
|BBA||3 Years||INR 31 LPA|
|BE/BTech||3-4 Years||INR 37.3-38.8 LPA|
|MFA||Months||INR 28.4 LPA|
|MS||9-36 Months||INR 23.7-41.9 LPA|
|MIM||7 Months – 1.7 Years||INR 25.3-46.5 LPA|
|Other Courses||7 Months – 5 Years||INR 13.3-43.6 LPA|
Oxford University offers several kinds of financial aid in terms of scholarships & grants to the students who are willing to study in the UK. Some of the popular scholarships, funds & grants are:
Simon & June Li Undergraduate Scholarship: This scholarship is available for students from Asian countries. The scholarship covers the course fee and living costs of the student.
Reach Oxford Scholarships: This scholarship is given to students who come from the family with low-income. The scholarship covers the course fees, living costs & one return air fare per year.
Oxford-Weidenfeld & Hoffmann Scholarship: All the students pursuing PG programs are eligible for the scholarship. In this scholarship, the entire tuition fees & a part of living costs are covered.
Oxford & Cambridge Society of India (OCSI) Scholarship: Students applying for Oxford or Cambridge university are eligible for this scholarship. It grants an annual amount of 4,680 Euros to a student.
Oxford is one of the prestigious universities in the world and regularly ranks within the top 5 universities. The university has been ranked #1 in Medicine for five years (2011-2016) by the Times Higher Education Supplement. Some of the Oxford University Rankings are:
|#1||QS World University Rankings by Subjects, 2021|
|#2||QS World University Rankings, 2021|
|#10 in Graduate Employability Rankings||QS World University Rankings, 2021|
|#1 in World University Rankings||Times Higher Education, 2021|
|#1||The Guardian, 2021|
|#1||Forbes World University Rankings|
|#1 in Best Global Universities in UK||US News & World Report, 2021|
|#1 in Best Global Universities in Europe||US News & World Report, 2021|
|#5 in Best Global Universities||US News & World Report, 2021|
The university offers a wide range of courses at both undergraduate & graduate levels.
Oxford University has a strong base of more than 275,000 alumni. These alumni, also known as Oxonians, are spread across almost every country. For the past 800 years, the university has been producing some of the acknowledged people in all the fields like – 27 British Prime Ministers, 30 international leaders, 120 Olympic winners, 50 Nobel Prize winners, and more.
Some of the notable alumni that the university has produced in the years are:
All the Alumni of Oxford University enjoy several benefits. These include:
Apart from being a great learning institution, Oxford also operates the world’s oldest university museum and the largest university press in the world. Also, the university boasts of the largest academic university system nationwide.
In the end, Oxford aims to deliver an exceptional education, to carry out world-leading research, and to make significant contributions to society – locally, nationally and internationally.
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