Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Est. 1096Ranked among top 10 universities in GB
The University of Oxford (informally known as Oxford) is a collegiate research university in Oxford, England running 38 constituent colleges majorly teaching Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology. It is the oldest English speaking university in the world, whose founding date is not known but there are pieces of evidence of its pedagogy dating back to 1096. It is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 universities in the world with a motto called ‘The Lord is my Light'.
The University of Oxford is a "city university" hence it does not have a "main" campus, instead, the colleges, departments, accommodation and other facilities are scattered throughout the city centre. The population of Oxford is about 1,52,000 out of which the student population is 30,000. It is a small university town with two bus companies and an app called Mobile Oxford to check up the bus timings. Students get Bus Pass and Railcards on discount. Cycling is also a popular mode of transport in Oxford. It is possible to live in London and study in Oxford.
Oxford does not have a "main" campus but it is uniquely spread across the whole Oxford city. It holds 70 acres of parkland spread across the north-east side of the city. Oxford's Botanical Garden is the oldest botanical garden in the UK. The ‘Ashmolean Museum’ founded in 1683 is the oldest museum in the UK holding significant parts of art and archaeology including the artworks of Leonardo Da Vinci and Picasso. Other Museums by Oxford are 'The University Museum of Natural History', 'PTT Rivers Museum’, 'Museum of the History of Science' and 'Christ Church Picture Gallery’. The university WiFi covers mostly Central Oxford including parks and pubs. Oxford has three multiplex cinemas and the main theatre called the Oxford Playhouse. The architecture of Oxford has often been a subject of inspiration for various novelists, painters and film-makers.
All colleges in Oxford offer at least two years of accommodation to students (undergrads) where the rent is reasonable and only to be paid for 8 weeks of academic term. A typical cost of university accommodation would come (even for graduates) under £4000 pounds while living in a private accommodation would be in the range of £5000-£6000. A lot of students live out of Oxford, even London, to save on the expensive rent incurring about £1,000 as travel cost. About 34% students take journeys lasting more than 30 minutes.
Oxford springs are beautiful when lush green gardens come to full bloom. Summer is perfect for walking on the streets or rowing or kayaking with July being the hottest month (16 degree Celsius). Winters are similar to that of London (January being the coldest- 4 degree Celsius), not too cold but definitely a little gloomy. One should always keep a tab on the weather forecasts to avoid sudden snow or rains. Overall, because of a close proximity to London, its weather is identical to London.
The faculty to student ratio here is an incredible 9:10. Being one of the most competitive universities to enter in the world (over 18000 students apply and 3000 get selected for undergrad), studying in Oxford is not an easy task. Oxford offers about 300 graduate degree programs.Tutorials are at the heart of academics at Oxford where the tutors are experts in their fields, take lessons once a week, for which students have to prepare well in advance. These tutorials help students to develop essential learning and critical analysis. The pressure is immense and the competition is perennial and one needs to deal with it. Students say one needs to put their head in the right place. Some of the popular professors at Oxford are Shawn Carraher (Business), Federico Verse (Law), Naci Mehmet (Philosophy), John Kelly (History), etc.
The average tuition fee at Oxford is £20,000. For undergraduate study, it is known to have the most generous scholarship mechanisms, providing a grant of over £10,00 in the period of a three-year degree. For graduate studies, there are various scholarships such as the Rhodes Scholarships, Weidenfeld Scholarships and Clarendon Scholarships (open to all nationalities) for students with incredible merit. There are opportunities for both full-time and part-time work, however, Oxford considers its academics to be given at least 40 hours per week and recommends students to not take up jobs above 8 hours per week.
Being one of the top universities in the world, it sees the best of the jobs, companies and opportunities. The average salary of an MBA from Oxford is £69,132. Oxford students become the number one preference for all UK employers. Overall, Oxford graduates work in the following fields: Education (12%), Health (10%), Banking and investment (8%), IT (6%), Accountancy (6%), Media (6%) and other prominent fields. Oxford University has produced the most number of billion-dollar startup founders in comparison to any other institution in Europe such as Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Allie Morse (Jumia) and Kevin Hartz (Eventbrite).
Whatever is the question, Oxford is the answer. There is no question on your future, you are an Oxford graduate. This being considered, students are warned to keep their heads in the right place by not getting too carried away and over estimate themselves or their peers. Over the years, Oxford has churned out the best of the dignitaries of the world but also has lost a few of its gems who could not handle the pressure. Oxford like any other top college of the world that needs you to work really hard but also strike a balance in your social life.
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