Balliol is one of the oldest colleges, and has a large student body. In the 19th century we led the University reforms that resulted in the selection of students solely on academic ability. We are committed to attracting women and men of exceptional potential regardless of their social, cultural or educational background.
Our dynamic student community is drawn from a broad spectrum of schools within the UK, the EU and overseas. College life is subsidised in many ways; in addition, eligible students can apply for a wide range of maintenance and hardship grants as well as special funds for research and travel. Many prominent figures in public life have graduated from Balliol. The college has a reputation for academic excellence alongside a friendly atmosphere and lively spirit of intellectual debate. The student body is arguably one of the most active in the University.
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…an education that is absolutely top-notch – tutorials are challenging and enjoyable.
…enhanced immeasurably by the other students …and a stimulating culture of intellectual debate, which greatly improves the overall learning experience.
…receiving the Les Woods Scholarship, which has helped give me a sense of confidence in my ability to learn new skills.
…being welcomed with open arms, despite being initially worried that I’d feel left out here. My closest friends span a huge number of subjects and backgrounds.
All first years on site: YES
Usually offered for three years: NO
Usually offered for first year and one other year: YES
Usually offered for all years: NO
Some vacation storage for international students: YES
Dining hall: YES
Gym on site: YES
Library open 24/7: YES
Computer rooms/stations: YES
Wi-Fi throughout college: YES
Music room: YES
Theatre/performance space: YES
Multi-faith prayer room: YES
Clubs & societies activities
Music society: YES
Dramatic society: YES
College student magazine/paper: YES
Some subject societies: YES
Other societies: YES
- Biomedical Sciences
- Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
- Classics and Modern Languages
- Classics and Oriental Studies
- Computer Science
- Computer Science and Philosophy
- Economics and Management
- Engineering Science
- English Language and Literature
- English and Modern Languages
- History (Ancient and Modern)
- History and Economics
- History and English
- History and Modern Languages
- History and Politics
- Law (Jurisprudence)
- Law with Law Studies in Europe
- Mathematics and Computer Science
- Mathematics and Philosophy
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Modern Languages
- Modern Languages and Linguistics
- Oriental Studies
- Philosophy and Modern Languages
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
- Physics and Philosophy