Undergraduate admissions

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Key Dates
Open days2 and 3 July 2014
Open day19 September 2014
LNAT registration deadline (for Law courses)5 October 2014
UCAS application deadline15 October 2014
Registration deadline for most tests15 October 2014
Interviews take placeDecember 2014

Most Popular Questions

Which A-level subjects should I choose?

Some A-levels, or equivalent qualifications, are essential for some undergraduate degree courses at Oxford, some are strongly recommended and others are helpful to students as background for their degree course. You can see the full list on the entry requirements section of our website. Once any subject requirements have been met, any other subjects at A-level are acceptable, with the exception of General Studies (and both General Studies and Critical Thinking for Medicine and Biomedical Sciences). We generally recommend that students take those subjects which they enjoy the most and are most likely to achieve the required grades.

Do I need to register and book in order to attend an undergraduate open day?

You may need to book to attend events at individual colleges and departments. Alongside the bookable programme of events happening during the open days there are also a large number of drop-in events organised by colleges, departments and the Undergraduate Admissions Office. For further details on all bookable and drop-in events please see the open day events page on our website.

What financial support is available for international students?

There are very few scholarships available to international undergraduate students and they are highly competitive. For details of the scholarships available please refer to the fees and funding section of our website.

Do I need TOEFL or IELTS or another English language qualification to apply for undergraduate study?

All teaching at Oxford University is carried out in English (with the exception of some language-specific teaching) and tutors must be convinced that you have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to cope with your course from the start.

Therefore, all non-native English-speaking undergraduate applicants must satisfy one of the following requirements:

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
  • TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 110 with at least component scores of Listening – 22, Reading – 24, Speaking – 25, and Writing – 24
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A
  • Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B
  • English Language GCSE, IGCSE or O-level: grade B
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English
  • European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English.

Please note that, as they are educated and assessed in English, applicants following the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) are not required to satisfy any of the above requirements.

If this is not achieved at the time of application it will form part of any conditional offer, and must be met by 31 July of the year you intend to start studying at Oxford. An exemption from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have been educated full-time in the medium of the English Language throughout the two most recent years before the 15 October application deadline, and who remain in full-time education conducted in the English language until the end of the school year in their home country. Please note that all students who require a visa to study in the UK will need to meet the new UKBA requirement for English language proficiency that was introduced on 21 April 2011. Your college will discuss this with you when preparing your CAS number for your visa application, if your application to study here is successful.

What do admissions tutors consider when assessing an application?

Tutors will read the UCAS application and take into account the candidate’s academic achievements, the personal statement, the teacher’s academic reference, the candidate’s performance at interview and, for many courses, examples of written work and/or the results of an aptitude test.

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