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In Oxford

Visiting the University through one of our events is an excellent opportunity to meet tutors and students, visit colleges and academic departments and get to know the city.

Open Days

Oxford's open days are your best way to find out what studying here is really like. You'll be able to visit parts of the University that are not usually open to the public, like laboratories and libraries. Read more about open days.

Further Education and Sixth Form Open Days

Mansfield College and Worcester College offer open days specifically for students at Further Education colleges and Sixth Form colleges. Find out more

School and college visits

We welcome school and college groups visiting the University, its colleges and academic departments throughout the year. If you'd like to arrange a visit to Oxford for a school or college group, please contact your link college.

UNIQ Summer Schools

UNIQ logoApplications to our UNIQ summer schools are welcome from students currently in their first year of A-levels (or equivalent) at UK state schools/colleges, from low socio-economic backgrounds and/or areas with low progression to higher education. The summer schools are free, week-long intensive academic programmes run by current tutors at Oxford. Participants live in an Oxford college and take part in a variety of social activities. The UNIQ application deadline is in January. Find out more.

Sutton Trust Summer Schools

In 2017 we are running a pilot summer school with the Sutton Trust to help maximise our engagement with students living in educationally disadvantaged areas. We particularly welcome applications from students living in rural and coastal areas. The pilot will offer an opportunity for students to gain experience of a wider range of subjects offered by the University and will run alongside Oxford’s established UNIQ residential summer programme. Find out more.

Oxford Pathways Programme

The Oxford Pathways Programme is an initiative coordinated by the colleges of the University of Oxford, with support from the Sutton Trust. The programme aims to provide information, advice and guidance on higher education and Oxford to academically able students, and staff members, in non-selective state schools with little history of student progression to Oxford.  All of our events are run in Oxford, and are free to attend. For more information, see www.pathways.ox.ac.uk.

Is my school eligible?

We work with specifically targeted state schools across the UK. On the whole these are schools without sixth forms, or schools with little, if any, history of sending students to Oxford.

Events we run

  • Year 10 Taster Days run from February to May.  
  • Year 11 Investigating Options Days take place in November and July.
  • Year 12 Study Days run in March.  
  • Year 13 Oxford Application Information Day takes place in September.  

Shadow an Oxford student

Each year, over 200 Year 12 students come to Oxford to shadow a current undergraduate through the Target Schools scheme run by OUSU. The aim is to debunk the various myths about studying at Oxford, and to increase representation from students whose schools don’t have much history of coming to study here. Find out if you’re eligible: email: studentshadowing@ousu.ox.ac.uk or visit: targetschools.ousu.org.

Find out if you’re eligible: email: studentshadowing@ousu.ox.ac.uk or visit: targetschools.ousu.org.

Independent visits

If you cannot attend any of the events above, please see information on making an independent visit.