The University of Oxford’s history began in 1096 making it one of the seventh oldest universities in Great Britain and Ireland. This unique and historic institution is a part of The Russel Group – an association of the twenty-four best public research universities in the United Kingdom.
Oxford’s staff and students have made an enormous impact on the science world over the centuries. At Oxford, the research staff is provided with a huge range of support including funding, career advice and guidance for new principal investigators. No wonder why Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, peace and economics are awarded annually to Oxford graduates and researches.
The University of Oxford covers a vast territory. It operates the world’s oldest university museum, largest academic library system as well as a university press. Besides the central University, Oxford has thirty-nine self-governing colleges and six permanent private halls. All of them are close academic and cultural communities that bring together students and researches from different parts of the world. The university student body is represented by 140 countries and territories. The largest groups of international students are from the USA, China, Germany, Italy, Canada, India, Australia and Singapore.
Each college meets the needs of its students and academics and provides accommodation, catering, social spaces as well as resources such as laboratories and libraries, often consisting of a modern, working library and older collections. Moreover, most colleges are situated in the city centre giving access to local restaurants, bars and shops.
Oxford is a prestigious academic institution with about 100 major academic departments under four academic divisions: Medical Sciences, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. There are different faculties and other centres within each division. For example, the Faculty of Music, the Faculty of History and the Faculty of English Language and Literature are part of Humanities, while Mathematical Institute and Department of Computer Science belong to the division of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences. Also, the university has the Department of Continuing Education that offers summer schools, online short courses and part-time programmes, thus providing adult education for lifelong learning.
Oxford Language Centre offers teaching across eleven modern languages for those who make use of foreign languages for their study or research, and provides academic English courses - from intensive short courses to three-term programmes - for international students and staff.
As a rule, the education process and its content are regulated by the central University. Most tutorials, classes and lectures are delivered by world-leading experts with years of experience in teaching and research. Some teaching at the undergraduate level may also be delivered by postgraduate students, working towards their doctoral degrees.
Oxford students also enjoy access to plenty of international experiences while studying, including internships in different countries, courses with study abroad components or research conducted in partnership with other educational institutions.
Nowadays Oxford is an exceptional university that aims to contribute to modern society by delivering world-class education and carrying out high-level research. Every year the university welcomes thousands of brightest scholars and thriving students from all over the world. Studying here is very competitive and challenging, however, as a graduate, you will get more outstanding opportunities in your future career and your life!