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Student numbers

All figures are taken from the Student Statistics website and date from December 2016.

See below for an explanation of visiting and recognised student status.

Total students

Undergraduates make up 52% of the total student body, graduate students 46%, and other students 2%.

  Men Women Total
 Undergraduates 6,232 5,496 11,728
 Graduates 6,206 4,735 10,941 
 Visiting, recognised and other students 221 305 526
 Total 12,659 
 10,536 23,195

Undergraduates by subject

 Ancient and Modern History 58
 Archaeology and Anthropology 70
 Biochemistry 369
 Biological Sciences 329
 Biomedical Sciences 72
 Cell and Systems Biology 24
 Chemistry 688
 Classical Archaeology and Ancient History 63
 Classics 435
 Classics and English 27
 Classics and Modern Languages 25
 Classics and Oriental Studies 24
 Computer Science 91
 Computer Science and Philosophy 25
 Earth Sciences 121
 Economics and Management 261
 Engineering, Economics and Management 17
 Engineering Science 604
 English 696
 English and Modern Languages 72
 European and Middle Eastern Languages 35
 Experimental Psychology 145
 Fine Art 84
 Geography 233
 History 701
 History and Economics 43
 History and English 26
 History and Modern Languages 78
 History and Politics 123
 History of Art 40
 Human Sciences 81
 Law 696
 Materials, Economics and Management 3
 Materials Science 128
 Mathematical and Theoretical Physics 30
 Mathematics 573
 Mathematics and Computer Science 98
 Mathematics and Philosophy 58
 Mathematics and Statistics 94
 Medicine (Clinical, Preclinical, Graduate Entry) 963
 Modern Languages/Modern Languages and Linguistics 778
 Music 203
 Neuroscience 9
 Oriental Studies 157
 Philosophy and Modern Languages 58
 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) 704
 Philosophy and Theology 83
 Physics 617
 Physics and Philosophy 51
 Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (PPL) 89
 Theology and Oriental Studies 6
 Theology and Religion 125
 Other undergraduates 
 Continuing Education Certificates and Diplomas including Theology/Pastoral Studies (BTh, Cert, Dip)  545
 Total 11,728 

Graduate students by academic division

54% of graduate students at Oxford are reading for degrees by research.

46% of graduate students are studying for a taught degree.

  Taught degreesResearch degreesTotal
 Humanities 827 1,013 1,840
 Mathematical, Physical 
 and Life Sciences
 550 2,237 2,787
 Medical Sciences 214 1,390 1,604
 Social Sciences 2,756 1,172 3,928
 Continuing Education 694 88 782
 Total 
 5,041
 5,900
 10,941 

Students by nationality

40% of Oxford students are citizens of foreign countries.

60% of all graduate students are from outside the UK, as are 19% of all undergraduates.

  UK EU International Channel Islands/
Isle of Man
 Unknown  Total
 Undergraduates 9,485 861 1,360 22 - 11,728
 Graduates 4,383 2,079  4,468 8 3 10,941 
 Visiting, recognised
 and other students
 3 52 455 - 16 526
 Total 
 13,871  2,992 6,283 30 19 23,195

Students by country

Over 140 countries and territories are represented among the Oxford student body. The largest groups of international students are those from:

  1. USA  - 1,515
  2. China (including Hong Kong and Macao) - 1,142
  3. Germany - 905
  4. Italy - 417
  5. India - 386
  6. Canada - 342
  7. France - 317
  8. Australia - 301
  9. Singapore - 290
  10. Ireland - 248

 

UndergraduateGraduate

Visiting, recognised and other students

Total

Afghanistan

 -

 1

 - 1

Albania

3

 5

 - 8

Algeria

 -

 1

 - 1

Angola

 -

 1

 - 1

Argentina

1

 4

 2 7

Armenia

3

 11

 - 14

Australia

68 230 3 301

Austria

19

73

 - 92

Azerbaijan

2

 12

 - 14

Bahrain

 -

 4

 - 4

Bangladesh

4

 21

 1 26

Barbados

 - 2 - 2 

Belarus

1

 3

 1 5 

Belgium

21

 54

 1 76

Belize

 - 2 - 2

Bhutan

 - 3 - 3

Bolivia

1

 2

 - 3

Bosnia and Herzegovina

1

 2

 - 3

Botswana

1

 4

 - 5

Brazil

5

 55

 3 63

Brunei 

2

 6

 - 8

Bulgaria

41

 44

 3 88

Burkina Faso

 - 

1

 -  1

Burma (Myanmar)

1

 4

 - 5

Cambodia

 -

 1

 - 1

Cameroon

 -

 6

 - 6

Canada

40

 297

 5 342

Chile

 -

 31

 - 31

China (inc. Hong Kong and Macao)

395

 682

 65 1,142

Colombia

3

25

 - 28

Congo, Democratic Republic of

1

1

 - 2

Costa Rica

 -

4

 1 5

Croatia

4

19

 - 23

Cyprus

3

36

 - 39

Czech Republic

18

32

 1

 51

Denmark

23

58

 3 84

Dominica

 -

1

 - 1

Dominican Republic

 -

1

 - 1

Ecuador

 -

7

 1 8

Egypt

7

21

 - 28

El Salvador

 -

2

 - 2

Estonia

5

17

 - 22

Fiji

 -

1

 -  1

Finland

16

38

 1 55

France

92

205

 20 317

Georgia

1

5

 - 6

Germany

150

731

 24 905

Ghana

2

20

 - 22

Greece

14

122

 2 138

Guatemala

 -

1

 - 1

Haiti

 -1 - 1

Honduras

 -1 - 1

Hungary

25

24

 - 49

Iceland

1

4

 - 5

India

51

327

 8 386

Indonesia

11

36

 - 47

Iran

3

28

 2 33

Iraq

1

6

 - 7

Ireland

89

157

 2 248

Israel

 -

18

 1 19

Italy

75

334

 8 417

Ivory Coast

 1

 -

 - 1

Jamaica

2

8

 - 10

Japan

24

71

 5 100

Jordan

1

14

 1 16

Kazakhstan

 -

10

 - 10

Kenya

4

21

 - 25

Korea, South

63

76

 3 142

Kosovo

 -

1

 -  1

Kuwait

 -

4

 - 4

Kyrgyzstan

2 - -  2

Laos

 -

1

 - 1

Latvia

 6

10

 - 16

Lebanon

 1

16

 1 18

Lesotho

 -

2

 - 2

Liberia

 -

2

 - 2

Liechtenstein

 -

1

 - 1

Lithuania

 20

28

 - 48

Luxembourg

 1

8

 - 9

Macedonia

 3

2

 - 5

Madagascar

 -

1

 - 1

Malawi

 -

4

 - 4

Malaysia

 54

87

 4 145

Maldives

12 - 3

Mali

1 - 1

Malta

 -

10

 - 10

Mauritius

4

5

 - 9

Mexico

2

59

 2 63

Mongolia

 -2 - 2

Montenegro

- - 1

Morocco

5

 - 5

Mozambique

1

 - 1

Namibia

4

 - 4

Nepal

3

6

 1 10

Netherlands

 48

167

 1 216

New Zealand

22

44

 - 66

Nigeria

11

45

 1 57

Norway

13

34

 4 51

Oman

1

 - 1

Pakistan

10

66

 1 77

Palestinian Territory

3

 - 4

Panama

2

 - 2

Paraguay

3

 - 3

Peru

12

 2 14

Philippines 

3

11

 - 14

Poland

108

117

 2 227

Portugal

12

69

 - 81

Qatar

6

 - 6

Romania

88

78

 1 167

Russia

36

80

 3 119

Rwanda

-

3

 - 3

St Kitts and Nevis

-

1

 - 1

Saudi Arabia

21

 - 21

Senegal

-

1

 -  1

Serbia

 511 117

Seychelles

 1 - 1

Sierra Leone

 2 - 2

Singapore

187 97 6 290

Slovakia

15 20 1 36

Slovenia

1216 - 28

South Africa

11112 1 124

Spain

45139 3 187

Sri Lanka

214 - 16

Sudan

 2 -   2

Sweden

3766 - 103

Switzerland

 659 2 67

Syria

- 6 - 6

Taiwan

11 42 1 54

Tajikistan

 2 -  2

Tanzania

4 - 4

Thailand

1851 - 69

Togo

 1 -  1

Trinidad and Tobago

-12 - 12

Tunisia

 1 3

Turkey

1455 3 72

Uganda

-4 - 4

Ukraine

22 - 29

United Arab Emirates

19 - 10

Uruguay

11 1 3

USA

1591,056 300 1,515

Uzbekistan

11 - 2

Vanuatu

-1 - 1

Venezuela

3 1 4

Vietnam

420 5 29

Yemen

-2 -  2

Zambia

112 - 13

Zimbabwe

118 - 19

Students by college/permanent private hall

 Undergraduates GraduatesVisiting,  recognised and other students Total 
Colleges    
 All Souls- 8  - 8
 Balliol380 311 2 693
 Brasenose356 209 4 569
 Christ Church433 195 1 629
 Corpus Christi249 91 1 341
 Exeter323 180 27 530
 Green Templeton100 446 - 546
 Harris Manchester93 159 - 252
 Hertford397 198 36 631
 Jesus College335 189 1 525
 Keble425 246 8 679
 Kellogg- 984 - 984
 Lady Margaret Hall391 201 24 616
 Linacre- 448 - 448
 Lincoln293 304 3 600
 Magdalen402 177 5 584
 Mansfield231 158 34 423
 Merton291 244 2 537
 New College426 277 12 715
 Nuffield- 90 1 91
 Oriel324 179 6 509
 Pembroke365 242 34 641
 The Queen's College339 165 2 506
 St Anne's428 341 24 793
 St Antony's- 459 1 460
 St Catherine's497 409 48 954
 St Cross- 550 - 550
 St Edmund Hall409 294 26 729
 St Hilda's400 154 - 554
 St Hugh's432 336 2 770
 St John's386 215 4 605
 St Peter's350 198 19 567
 Somerville400 184 1 585
 Trinity292 147 - 439
 University College364 209 - 573
 Wadham462 189 26 677
 Wolfson- 561 - 561
 Worcester420 153 25 598
Permanent Private Halls    
 Blackfriars5 38 7 50
 Campion  Hall- 10  - 10
 Regent's Park123 54 15 192
 St Benet's Hall53 18 - 71
 St Stephen's House7 48 - 55
 Wycliffe Hall76 37 54 167

Visiting students are students from overseas (in most cases from countries outside the EU) spending up to one year in Oxford on an undergraduate course related to the degree course they are following in their own country. Visiting students are members of an Oxford college but are not awarded a degree or any other qualification from Oxford, although colleges can provide a record of achievement, for example for credit purposes at the home institution.

Recognised student status is given to graduate research students who are registered with another university and have been admitted by a University of Oxford faculty or department to undertake research for their degree for a minimum of one and maximum of three terms. It is also a status given to early career researchers admitted by a faculty or department to work with an Oxford academic or researcher. Recognised students are not affiliated to an Oxford college or hall and will not receive an Oxford qualification or any formal accreditation for their studies.

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