Visiting colleges and departments | University of Oxford
Visiting colleges and departments
Open day visitors at a college.
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Visiting colleges and departments

Visiting colleges or subject departments gives you a great chance to see in to the heart of Oxford University, visiting the places where most students live, where they spend much of their time, and getting a real insight into the detail and structure of the degree courses offered at Oxford.

Colleges

University open days are the best time to visit. The final undergraduate open day in 2016 will take place on Friday 16 September. All colleges participate in the University open days, and many colleges also hold their own open days and other events throughout the year.

Not sure which colleges to visit?

The first thing to do is check which colleges offer your course. Then you can read more about each college on our college pages, which have links through to colleges’ own websites.

You might like to read our advice on choosing a college.

Teachers

As part of the University of Oxford’s ongoing commitment to engage with schools, we have developed a programme to simplify communication between the University and all schools in the United Kingdom. Each Oxford college is linked to a Local Authority to ensure that each school has a first point of contact within the University.  You may like to contact your link college to see if it's possible to arrange a visit.

Departments

University open days are the best time to visit. The final undergraduate open day in 2016 will take place on Friday 16 September. Most departments participate in the University open days, and some also hold their own open days and other events throughout the year. Open day programmes often include admissions talks, demonstration lectures, demonstration interviews, tours of the department and an opportunity to meet tutors and current students. You can view a sample open day programme here. Department open days are particularly recommended for science applicants as much of their teaching takes place in the department.  

Unfortunately, departments are not generally open to visitors on other occasions.  However, it is normally possible for potential students to visit other areas of the University and have a look around college grounds.