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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.
|Application Portal||UCAS Application/Graduate Application|
|Application Fee||Undergraduate: £18|
Graduate: 150 (for MBA) 75 (for other programs)
|Payment Mode||Credit Card/Debit Card|
|Acceptance Rate for 2018||18%|
|Undergraduate Courses Offered||50 approx|
|Graduate Courses Offered||350 approx|
Application deadline for 2019-20 session are as follows:
|Undergraduate||UCAS: October 15|
Written work: November 10
Portfolio: November 2
|Graduate||Varies with Program|
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.
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:
|Test||Standard Level Score||Higher Level Score|
|-||Overall||Per Section||Overall||Per Section|
|Cambridge Certificate (CAE and CPE)||185||176||191||185|
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.
University of Oxford also accepts below mentioned scores of following programs as proof of english proficiency, in lieu of the aforementioned test scores:
|Program||Minimum Score Required|
|English level GCSE||Grade B or Grade 6|
|English level O-level||Grade B|
|International Baccalaureate Standard Level||Score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)|
|European Baccalaureate||Score 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 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
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:
Note: Students should apply for visa within six months of receiving CAS.
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
|Course||Subject Requirement||Test||Additional Requirements|
|Engineering||Mathematics; Physics||PAT||Not Required|
|Economics and Management||Mathematics||TSA||Not Required|
|Fine Arts||Not Required||Not Required||Portfolio|
|Computer Science||Mathematics||MAT||Not Required|
|English||Latin, Greek or English Language; English Literature||ELAT||Two Essays upto 2000 words|
Note: Students can refer to the individual department’s guidelines for submitting written work.
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:
|Test||Question Type||Time||Section||Required for|
|Thinking Skill Assessment (TSA)||MCQ, Long Answer||90 minutes|
|Thinking Skill Assessment Writing test||Economics and Management, Experimental Psychology, Human Sciences,|
Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and Psychology,
Philosophy and Linguistics, Chemistry, History and Economics
|Physics Aptitude Test (PAT)||MCQ||2 hrs.||Physics, Maths||Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, Physics and Philosophy|
|Classics Admission Test (CAT)||Long Answer||1 hr/section||Latin 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 Answer||2 hrs 30 minutes||Mathematics||Computer Science, Computer Science and Philosophy, Mathematics,|
Mathematics and Computer Science,
Mathematics and Philosophy, Mathematics and Statistics
|History Aptitude Test (HAT)||Long Answer||1 hr||Based on a paragraph||History, History (Ancient and Modern), History and Economics,|
History and English, History and Modern Languages, History and Politics
|Modern Language Admission Test (MLAT)||MCQ, Long Answer||30 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 Answer||90 minutes||English||English Language and Literature, Classics and English, English and Modern Languages|
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)
Admission Requirement for some of the Master’s program:
|Requirement||M.Sc in Engineering||M.Sc in Computer Science||M.B.A||M.Sc in Biochemistry||M.Sc in Mathematics|
|GRE/GMAT||Not Required||Not Required||Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|Research Proposal||Upto 1000-1500 words||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required||Not Required|
|Letter of Recommendation||Three (one must be academic)||Three (one should be academic)||Two||Three||Three|
|Personal Statement||Not Required||Two pages||Required||Upto 1000 words||Two pages|
|Additional Requirement||Not Required||Not Required||Two years experience, Upto 250 words essay, Online Assessment Test||Not Required||Not Required|
|Application Deadline||November 16|
|January 11||November 16|
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.