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University of Oxford Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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The University of Oxford is very competitive to get in with an acceptance rate of only 18% for 2018 undergraduate admissions. University received 21,515 applications for around 3,300 undergraduate seats. Philosophy, Politics and Economics course received maximum number of applications (2,219). Admissions were offered to nearly 3,840 applicants, and over 86% accepted the offer and enrolled to University.

Students can opt to provide college preference while applying or submit an open application. Open applications are alloted college by University based on the availability of seats. Usually, students with open application (if accepted) are allotted college which received the lowest number of applications for the applied course.

  • Applications are invited through UCAS application for undergraduate admission.
  • Shortlisted applicants are invited for an interview round.
  • University accepts TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificate scores as proof of english proficiency.


Application PortalUCAS Application/Graduate Application
Application FeeUndergraduate: £18
Graduate: 150 (for MBA) 75 (for other programs)
Payment ModeCredit Card/Debit Card
Acceptance Rate for 201818%
Enrollment Rate86%
Undergraduate Courses Offered50 approx
Graduate Courses Offered350 approx

University of Oxford Application Deadline

Application deadline for 2019-20 session are as follows:

UndergraduateUCAS: October 15
Written work: November 10
Portfolio: November 2
GraduateVaries with Program

University of Oxford International Admission

University of Oxford enrolls over 10,000 international students from 150 countries constituting 43% of total student population. Over 8,000 international applications were received for 2018 undergraduate admission. China, followed by the USA and Singapore top the list for international students.

Admission Requirement for International Students

  1. Details about previous qualifications and education submitted through UCAS application (for undergraduate admission)
  2. Submission of University of Oxford Graduate application (for graduate admission)
  3. Official transcripts along with certified English translation (for graduate admission)
  4. Country-specific academic requirement
  5. Evidence of financial support for at least a year
    1. Letter of sponsorship by government or sponsoring agency
    2. Bank Statement

English Proficiency Requirement for International Students

International applicants from a country where english is not the primary language should provide one of the scores mentioned in the table below, to demonstrate language proficiency:

TestStandard Level ScoreHigher Level Score
-OverallPer SectionOverallPer Section
TOEFL100Listening: 22
Reading: 24
Speaking: 25
Writing: 24
110Listening: 22
Reading: 24
Speaking: 25
Writing: 24
Cambridge Certificate (CAE and CPE)185176191185

Standard level scores are accepted for admission in Computer Science, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. Higher level scores are accepted for all other programs.

English Language Test Score Exemption

University of Oxford also accepts below mentioned scores of following programs as proof of english proficiency, in lieu of the aforementioned test scores:

ProgramMinimum Score Required
English level GCSEGrade B or Grade 6
English level O-levelGrade B
International Baccalaureate Standard LevelScore of 5 in English (as Language A or B)
European BaccalaureateScore of 70% in English

Students who studied last two academic year with English as language of instruction, International Baccalaureate Program or Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) are not required to submit english proficiency scores.

International Students Visa Requirement

International students from Non-Europen Economic Area (EEA), admitted in a course of duration longer than six months, are required to apply for Tier-4 student visa. Other students can also use Short-term Student Visa. EEA students just need a passport or official ID for studying in UK.

Requirements for Tier-4 student visa

  1. CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number issued by University of Oxford
  2. Biometric Data: fingerprint and face scan (to be submitted at the nearest Visa Application Centre)
  3. A current passport/travel document
  4. Information about accommodation in UK
  5. ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) Certificate for science, engineering and technology subjects

Short-term Student Visa can be used if duration of course is less than six months and no extension or work experience in the UK is required as part of the program.

Requirements for Short-term Student Visa:

  1. Current Passport
  2. Letter from University, written especially for Short-term students
  3. Financial evidence

Note: Students should apply for visa within six months of receiving CAS.

University of Oxford Undergraduate Admission

Admission to some of the University of Oxford’s undergraduate programs require submission of test scores and written work. Written work can be submitted electronically or in hard-copy directly to the college. Students must get their test candidate entry number by 15 October as proof of entry to be eligible for admission.

Where to Apply: UCAS Application

Application Fee: £18

UCAS requirements:

  1. Academic details
  2. A personal statement describing the reason for choosing applied course
  3. A recommendation letter

University requirements:

  1. Completed UCAS application before deadline
  2. Written work and test scores (for selective courses)
  3. An interview (for shortlisted candidates)
CourseSubject RequirementTestAdditional Requirements
EngineeringMathematics; PhysicsPATNot Required
Economics and ManagementMathematicsTSANot Required
Fine ArtsNot RequiredNot RequiredPortfolio
Computer ScienceMathematicsMATNot Required
EnglishLatin, Greek or English Language; English LiteratureELATTwo Essays upto 2000 words

Note: Students can refer to the individual department’s guidelines for submitting written work.

Test Requirement for Undergraduate Admission

University of Oxford has specified test scores required to be submitted for admission in a particular course. These tests are conducted under administration of Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing (CAAT). Applicants must register for required test through a nearby test centre (school, college or open test centre).

Registration Deadline: October 15

Test Fee: Varies with Test Centre

Detailed information on some of the tests is provided below:

TestQuestion TypeTimeSectionRequired for
Thinking Skill Assessment (TSA)MCQ, Long Answer90 minutes
30 minutes
Thinking Skill Assessment Writing testEconomics and Management, Experimental Psychology, Human Sciences,
Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and Psychology,
Philosophy and Linguistics, Chemistry, History and Economics
Physics Aptitude Test (PAT)MCQ2 hrs.Physics, MathsEngineering, Materials Science, Physics, Physics and Philosophy
Classics Admission Test (CAT)Long Answer1 hr/sectionLatin Translation, Greek Translation,
Classics Language Aptitude Test
Classics, Classics and English, Classics and
Modern Languages, Classics and Oriental Studies.
Mathematics Admission Test (MAT)MCQ, Long Answer2 hrs 30 minutesMathematicsComputer Science, Computer Science and Philosophy, Mathematics,
Mathematics and Computer Science,
Mathematics and Philosophy, Mathematics and Statistics
History Aptitude Test (HAT)Long Answer1 hrBased on a paragraphHistory, History (Ancient and Modern), History and Economics,
History and English, History and Modern Languages, History and Politics
Modern Language Admission Test (MLAT)MCQ, Long Answer30 minutes
60 minutes
Czech, French, German, Italian, Modern Greek,
Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, Linguistics,
Language Aptitude Test, Philosophy
European and Middle Eastern Languages, Classics and
Modern Languages, English and Modern Languages,
History and Modern Languages, Philosophy and Modern Languages
English Literature Admission Test (ELAT)Long Answer90 minutesEnglishEnglish Language and Literature, Classics and English, English and Modern Languages

University of Oxford Graduate Admission

University of Oxford offers various masters, diploma and doctoral courses under research and taught category. Graduate taught programs received 18,202 applications while research programs received 8,712 applications for 2017-18 session. 5,872 students enrolled to university out of 9,050 accepted applications.

Where to Apply:Graduate Application

Application Fee: £150 (for MBA)

£75 (for other programs)

Academic Requirements:

  1. Official transcripts of institutes last attended
  2. An updated Resume/CV
  3. An interview (for shortlisted candidates)

Admission Requirement for some of the Master’s program:

RequirementM.Sc in EngineeringM.Sc in Computer ScienceM.B.AM.Sc in BiochemistryM.Sc in Mathematics
GRE/GMATNot RequiredNot RequiredRequiredNot RequiredNot Required
Research ProposalUpto 1000-1500 wordsNot RequiredNot RequiredNot RequiredNot Required
Letter of RecommendationThree (one must be academic)Three (one should be academic)TwoThreeThree
Personal StatementNot RequiredTwo pagesRequiredUpto 1000 wordsTwo pages
Additional RequirementNot RequiredNot RequiredTwo years experience, Upto 250 words essay, Online Assessment TestNot RequiredNot Required
Application DeadlineNovember 16
January 25
March 1
November 16
January 11
March 1
September 6
November 1
January 10
April 3
January 11November 16
January 25
March 1

Interview of shortlisted candidates are conducted in university only. Since undergraduate applicants shortlisted for interview are informed in November and interview is conducted in December, international applicants should apply for visitor/tourist visa at the time of filling UCAS application.

In some cases, college offering the applied course might decide to interview a candidate over telephone or video conference. Interview is not mandatory but is highly recommended to increase your chances of acceptance.

International graduate students applying for visa should submit application by the January deadline (if available).

University guarantees college accommodation for first year of undergraduate program. Graduate students can contact Graduate Accommodation Office for information on accommodation availability and cost.

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