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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- I want to study at Oxford. What courses do you offer? How do I apply? Can you send me an application form?
For detailed information on studying for an undergraduate (or bachelors) degree, see the website of our Undergraduate Admissions Office.
For detailed information on studying for a postgraduate degree (including masters degrees and doctorates), see the website of our Graduate Admissions Office.
- How much does it cost to study at Oxford?
For information on undergraduate (or bachelors) fees and expenses, see the Student Funding section of the Undergraduate Admissions website.
For information on postgraduate (including masters degrees and doctorates) fees and expenses, see the Fees and Funding section of the Graduate Admissions website.
- What financial support do you offer to UK undergraduate students?
Please see the funding information on the Undergraduate Admissions website.
- What scholarships do you offer for international students? Where can I find out about your financial aid programme for international students?
Try our scholarship search for international students.
- Do you accept transfer students? I've already done one year of my degree course, and I want to change institutions.
A student cannot transfer to Oxford to complete a course begun elsewhere.
- Do you have an MBA course? How can I find out about it?
Full details of the Oxford MBA and the Oxford Executive MBA can be found on the website of the Saïd Business School.
- Where can I find information on part-time courses, such as evening classes, for the general public?
Our Department for Continuing Education offers a huge range of evening and weekend classes, residential courses and summer schools, undergraduate and graduate level qualification, professional development programmes, and courses delivered via the internet.
- How many students are there at the University of Oxford?
There are more than 22,000 students at Oxford, including 11,832 undergraduates and 9,857 postgraduates.
- When was the University of Oxford founded?
Oxford has no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed here in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.
In 1188, the historian, Gerald of Wales, gave a public reading to the assembled Oxford dons and in about 1190 the arrival of Emo of Friesland, the first known overseas student, set in train the University's tradition of international scholarly links. By 1201, the University was headed by a magister scolarum Oxonie, on whom the title of Chancellor was conferred in 1214, and in 1231 the masters were recognized as a universitas or corporation.
- How many staff are employed by the University of Oxford?
The University alone employs over 10,000 people. The collegiate University as a whole is the second largest employer in Oxfordshire. At a conservative estimate, over 16,500 jobs are supported directly or indirectly by the University, the colleges, Oxford University Press and University spin-out companies.
- How many colleges are there at the University of Oxford?
There are 38 colleges and six permanent private halls.
- When does term start? What are the term dates for the next academic year?
The academic year at Oxford runs from October to June. The year is divided into three eight week terms, Michaelmas (autumn), Hilary (spring), and Trinity (summer).
- When is the Boat Race? Where can I find some more information about the Boat Race?
In 2014, the men's Boat Race will take place on Sunday 6th April, and the women's race on Sunday 30th March.
- Where can I find out about the University's coat of arms?
The University Archives website has a full explanation of the University arms.
- What does the University's motto "Dominus Illuminatio Mea " mean?
It is usually translated as 'the Lord is my light'. The words are the opening words to Psalm 27.
- Can you help me trace an ancestor who I think was at Oxford?
Contact the University Archives. Please be aware that in general the Archives hold information on members of the University up to July 1932.
- How do I contact the University? What is the University's address and telephone number?
University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD, UK
Telephone: +44 1865 270000,
Fax: +44 1865 270708
Please bear in mind that Oxford is not a campus university and our colleges, departments and other constituent units are to be found throughout the city of Oxford, rather than on one central site. Departmental and college addresses and phone numbers may be found on individual college and departmental websites.
- Where is Oxford University?
Oxford is situated in the city of Oxford, which lies about 60 miles (90 km) north-west of London.
- Where can I find a map of the University?
The Public Affairs Directorate produces a series of maps of Oxford.
- Can I visit the University? When are the colleges open to the public? Do you do guided tours?
For information and advice on visiting Oxford, please see our Friends and Visitors section
- Where in Oxford is the campus?
Oxford is not a campus university, and University and College buildings can be found throughout the city centre.
- Can I come to a public lecture? What open events are happening around the University?
You'll find a great range of events open to everyone taking place at the University throughout the year. Listen to a lecture, learn a new skill, take in a concert or an exhibition, or spot the stars of the future at a play staged by our students or at one of our sporting events.
- Can my company hold a conference/meeting/dinner at the University? How can I book conference facilities at the University?
Conference Oxford, a central conference marketing office for the University and Colleges, provides a one-stop enquiry point for availability for conferences and group bookings at the University of Oxford.
- I'm visiting Oxford in a few weeks, can I stay in a college?
Some of the Oxford colleges can offer limited self-catering or bed-and-breakfast accommodation on an individual basis during the vacation periods.
- Where else can I stay in Oxford? Can you recommend a hotel?
The city's Tourist Information Centre offers advice and an accommodation booking service for all kinds of accommodation in Oxford.
- I am about to employ an Oxford graduate and need to verify that they do have an Oxford degree - how can I do this?
Contact the Degree Conferrals Office.
- How do I pick up my degree certificate? I've lost my original certificate - can I get a copy?
Contact the Degree Conferrals Office
- Can I use the library at Oxford?
Please see the advice on the Bodleian Libraries website.
- How can I order a book from Oxford University Press? Can you send me a review copy of an OUP book?
All queries about Oxford University Press (OUP) publications should be directed to Oxford University Press.
- Can I buy Oxford merchandise online?
You can order items from the official University of Oxford collection, including caps, sweatshirts, t-shirts and more, through the University of Oxford Shop website.
- Does the University have a gift shop in the city centre?
The University of Oxford Shop is at 106 High Street in the city centre, and our museums and collections also have their own merchandise.
- Who is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford?
Professor Andrew Hamilton
- Who is the Chancellor of the University?
The Rt Hon the Lord Patten of Barnes, CH
- Where can I find information on University of Oxford academic dress?
Try the website of Oxford academic outfitters Shepherd and Woodward