US Tour | University of Oxford

US Tour

The University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh undertake a joint annual undergraduate admissions Fall Tour each year in locations around the United States.

This annual tour aims to provide information, advice and guidance to potential full-time undergraduate students, parents and guidance counsellors about studying in the UK in general, and opportunities to study at the University of Oxford and the University of Edinburgh in particular.

Information on study at the graduate level is *not* included in these information sessions. If you are interested in graduate study at Oxford, please visit our website or contact our graduate team if you have any questions.

In 2016 we held open information sessions in the following locations:

Enquiries from North American applicants and their advisers can be directed at any time of year to Dr Eleanor Parker, Student Recruitment Officer in charge of North American recruitment at eleanor.parker@admin.ox.ac.uk

Detailed information about Oxford University and about the University of Edinburgh can be found on our websites, though we have also included a brief introduction below:

Oxford University

Oxford University is world-renowned for outstanding teaching and research. As the oldest English-speaking university in the world, Oxford has long attracted and recruited the brightest students to its beautiful city. Alumni include President Bill Clinton, scientist Sir Stephen Hawking and author Philip Pullman.

We are a collegiate university, allowing students to be part of a close-knit academic and social community. International students from around 140 countries make up 17% of our undergraduate student body. One prestigious opportunity for students wishing to start a second undergraduate degree or Masters course is the Rhodes Scholarship. Each year, 32 US citizens become Rhodes Scholars and take degree courses at Oxford University.

We offer a focused set of around 250 degree programmes in traditional academic areas. Details of these can be found at in our undergraduate courses section. Course areas include arts, humanities, sciences and medicine.

Entrance to Oxford is exceedingly competitive and the academic entrance requirements for students studying in the US can be found in our international qualifications section.

The University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's leading research universities, featuring in the top five in the UK and top in Scotland in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), and ranks as one of the world's top twenty-five universities in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16. Set in the heart of Scotland's stunning capital city, it is one of the most popular destinations in the UK for undergraduate study. It is a large public university with over 35,000 students, and more than 42% come from 150 countries outside of the UK. There are many reasons for students from America to choose the University of Edinburgh, including: the quality of our degrees, our flexible 4-year programme structure and the opportunities for international exposure. Plus, employers value our graduates for their intellectual ability and highly developed transferable skills.

We have built an enviable reputation for excellence in both research and teaching, attracting some of the world's leading thinkers to work and study here.

The University of Edinburgh's staff, students and alumni have been influencing the world since 1583. By joining our cosmopolitan community you could play your own role in shaping the innovations of the future - just like Sir Ian Wilmut, whose pioneering research led to Dolly the Sheep, or authors Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Arthur Conan Doyle and J K Rowling, whose novels have been read around the world.

We offer over 500 different undergraduate degree programmes so there is a huge choice of courses available. Admission is competitive. Information on our degree offering and policies can be found at www.ed.ac.uk/studying/undergraduate.

This website provides guidance on international qualification requirements as well as other key information: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international/country/americas/united-states-of-america.

Studying in the UK

Students wishing to do an undergraduate degree in the UK apply to study a specific degree (for example History and Politics); so from the outset of the programme they only study the subject(s) that they are passionate about. In Scotland, students can also pick up and drop outside subjects in the first two years and then decide on their major based on the subjects they have studied. UK universities do not generally offer a core curriculum and there are no general education requirements, so humanities students do not have to do science courses and vice versa.

Studying in the UK is good value for money and there are opportunities to study subjects such as Law or Medicine at undergraduate level which is not possible in the United States. If you would like to find out more about studying in the UK please visit the UCAS website. (UCAS is the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, which processes all applications for undergraduate study at UK universities.)