Widely considered the finest English language university in the world and often used as exemplar for academic excellence, the University of Oxford is a stunning collection of thirty-five colleges, each one unique, each one offering a combination of degree programmes, and each one an academic community in its own right. All colleges are members of the greater university and all degrees conferred are University of Oxford degrees.
Learning at Oxford proceeds under the direction of the student’s tutor, a teacher and researcher who guides the student through a course of study. Students will attend classes, lectures, seminars, labs, and undertake topical research under the direction of their tutors. Admission to Oxford is very competitive. Students should be self-reliant learners and should be able to boast very high academic marks in their high schools if they are to be competitive candidates for admission. Oxford-bound students should love independent research, be highly competent writers and thinkers and be willing to go down new paths in order to expand their learning. Candidates for undergraduate admission must write a personal statement describing academic experiences, aspirations, and habits. A teacher who knows the candidate well also submits a letter of reference, describing the candidates academic prowess, interest in subject research, and ability to work within a learning community.