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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second oldest surviving university. While its exact founding date is unknown, there is evidence that teaching took place as far back as 1096.

Located in and around Oxford’s medieval city centre, the university comprises 44 colleges and halls, and over 100 libraries, making it the largest library system in the UK.

Students number around 22,000 in total, just over half of whom are undergraduates while over 40 per cent are international, representing 140 countries between them.

Called the 'city of dreaming spires' by Victorian poet, Matthew Arnold, Oxford has the youngest population of any city in England and Wales: nearly a quarter of its residents are university students, which gives Oxford a noticeable buzz.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medallists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers, among them).

The university is associated with 11 winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, five in physics and 16 in medicine. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins. The actors Hugh Grant and Rosamund Pike also went to Oxford, as did the writers Oscar Wilde, Graham Greene, Vikram Seth and Philip Pullman.

Oxford’s first international student, named Emo of Friesland, was enrolled in 1190, while the modern day university prides itself on having an ‘international character’ with connections to almost every country in the world and 40% of its faculty drawn from overseas.

As a modern, research-driven university, Oxford has numerous strengths but cites particular prowess in the sciences, having recently ranked number one in the world for medicine (if its Medical Sciences division was a university in its own right, it would be the fourth largest in the UK) and among the top ten universities globally for life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

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University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, United Kingdom

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Academically peerless, outside of that, and even occasionally within that, it too often feels that the students are not the priority. Mental health services are overwhelmed. Colleges are trying to force overseas students to pay for (expensive)...

Academically peerless, outside of that, and even occasionally within that, it too often feels that the students are not the priority. Mental health services are overwhelmed. Colleges are trying to force overseas students to pay for (expensive) vacation residence for their quarantine periods. In my personal experience, teaching has been invariably of the highest quality in all areas.

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I loved the tutorial system characterising teaching at the University of Oxford. This highly personalised and individual form of teaching means you can quickly progress and develop in your learning, acquiring new skills and knowledge at a very...

I loved the tutorial system characterising teaching at the University of Oxford. This highly personalised and individual form of teaching means you can quickly progress and develop in your learning, acquiring new skills and knowledge at a very high pace. Moreover, the highly intensive nature of a degree at course really prepares you for many high flying jobs in a vast array of sectors.

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The teaching I have experienced at Oxford is brilliant. Tutors seem to really care that you make progress and are satisfied with your studies, and the course is tailored to individual students- my weekly essays could be on whatever I wanted,...

The teaching I have experienced at Oxford is brilliant. Tutors seem to really care that you make progress and are satisfied with your studies, and the course is tailored to individual students- my weekly essays could be on whatever I wanted, within a literary time period, and there was a great deal of freedom in coursework.

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really not as busy/nerdy/posh as people describe. does look like hogwarts. tutors are mostly nice/understanding. very diverse. traditions are interesting. accommodation quality varies massively based on college/luck. wifi acceptable

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I love Oxford - I'm getting taught by amazing professors doing leading research in their fields, and get to live in a gorgeous, historic town with very active student life. I quite like the University town feel - it really makes it easy to make...

I love Oxford - I'm getting taught by amazing professors doing leading research in their fields, and get to live in a gorgeous, historic town with very active student life. I quite like the University town feel - it really makes it easy to make friends and feel safe and comfortable, but it's not small enough to ever get bored.

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I enjoyed the programme with a very supportive cohort and faculty. 10 years on our classmates try and help each other. During my MBA I learnt about many different problem spaces, which was mind opening. However, I found it a generalist...

I enjoyed the programme with a very supportive cohort and faculty. 10 years on our classmates try and help each other. During my MBA I learnt about many different problem spaces, which was mind opening. However, I found it a generalist qualification. My personal experience is specific to me doing a programme after ~15 years of work and not a generalisation. I observe in my technology circles the MBA degree is not a massive differentiator in making a professional move or getting a venture funded. I would consider it as a nice icing on the top up and the cake is more or less the professional experience one has had.

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Extremely smart professors who can certainly cover all aspects of the course. However, they need to have some courses on how to actually teach or only use professors who have experience in teaching or want to teach.

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Theology at Oxford is a stimulating and challenging course which I would recommend. There is a great breadth to this degree which means that you can take the path which interests you. As with any Oxford degree, I would just highlight that it's...

Theology at Oxford is a stimulating and challenging course which I would recommend. There is a great breadth to this degree which means that you can take the path which interests you. As with any Oxford degree, I would just highlight that it's full-on and demands a lot of you. This can take its toll on your mental health and, as much as Oxford is trying to combat this image, it does favour the rich and privileged. It's an expensive city to live in.

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Quality education. Professional teachers. Interesting training programs.

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