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About Oxford University

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Year of establishment1096
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Accepted Exams
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Total International Students6772
Male/Female Ratio0.86
UG/PG Course Ratio2.18
Endowments ValuePound Sterling 6 billion
No.of Campuses1
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Q:   What makes Oxford University famous?

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Oxford University is internationally famous for the following:

  • Gifted men and women have studied or taught at the University throughout its history. Among them are 28 British Prime Ministers, at least 30 international leaders, 55 Nobel Prize winners, and 120 Olympic medal winners, which are the top reasons that make the University of Oxford one of the most revered study abroad destinations.
  • Oxford University has excelled in research as well where its performance on the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) has been phenomenal. With a low acceptance rate, high academic and research standards, and a history of creating leaders, the University is bound to be famous.

Q:   Can I study at Oxford University for free?

A: 

Oxford University offers a range of scholarships and financial aid opportunities, grants and funds for international students that will help them manage their finances. The scholarships are mostly offered based on the academic merit and the overall academic record of the student. The scholarships and financial aid offered to students at Oxford University are given as follows:

Name of Scholarship/Financial Waiver/Grant/ BursariesValue (in INR)Coverage
Reach Oxford ScholarshipTuition fees Course Fees, grant for living cost, one return air fare per year 
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships14.36 Lcourse fees to entirety, grant for living costs, return airfares from home country, study travel, thesis grants
The Oxford and Cambridge Society of India Scholarships up to 2 LFinancial award, letter of support, complimentary life membership
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Q:   Is Oxford University better than IIT?

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Historically, Oxford has been ranked higher than IITs in India. Oxford has been ranked among the top 10 global universities and compared with universities like Harvard, Stanford and Cambridge. When it comes to ranking comparison, Oxford has always remained way ahead of the IITs. However, IITs are also considered the top higher education institutes in India. Ranked globally, the acceptance rate of both Oxford University in UK and IITs in India are considered to be highly competitive.

Acceptance Rate & Eligibility: On an average while 18 students are selected out of every 100 students that apply to Oxford University, only 1 student out of 100 is likely to be selected in top IITs in India.

Apart from SOP and SOP and LORs. However, for IITs, the admission is based on scores in national-level entrance exams such as JEE Main and CAT, followed by a Counselling round. Hence, the process of selection at IITs is comparatively competitive in nature.

Fee: Course fee of some of the prominent courses such as BTech and MBA at Oxford University are comparatively higher when compared to IITs in India.

Below table compares Oxford University with the top ranked IIT, i.e., IIT Bombay, based on their global rankings, acceptance rate, tuition fee and average package:

Category

University of Oxford

IIT Bombay

QS Global Rankings 2024

#3

#149

Acceptance Rate*

18%

< 1%

Tuition Fees (BTech)

INR 38.2 L - INR 46.8 L

INR 8 L - INR 20 L

Average Salary Package*

INR 24.87 L

INR 32 L

Q:   Is it expensive to study in Oxford?

A: 

An Oxford degree costs the same as most of the UK universities. The course depends largely on whether you are an international student or a UK (home) student as fee for both is different. Fee for home students applying to undergraduate programs for 2024 will be £9,250. Whereas, the fee for international students’ for Oxford ranges between £33,050 and £48,620.

Note: Clinical medicine fees will be significantly higher for Overseas students.

Q:   Which is better Harvard or Oxford?

A: 

The University of Oxford and Harvard are both the top-ranked universities and prestigious in the world. However, the decision to choose any one out of these two universities is subjective and will be based on personal choices.

Category 

University of Oxford 

Harvard University

QS Rankings 2024

#3

#4

Acceptance Rate

18%

4%

Tuition Fees (MS)

INR 26.3 L - INR 48.2 L

INR 17.7 L - INR 54 L

Average Salary (INR)

24.89 L

26.67 L

When it comes to selection criteria then Oxford University has an acceptance rate of 17% whereas, Harvard has acceptance rate of just 4-5%, however, GMAT/GRE score requirement for Oxford is higher than Harvard. Similarly, applicants need to have a GPA of 4.5 out of 5 for getting into Oxford, whereas, one can secure admission at Harvard with a GPA of 4 out of 5.

Oxford University Tuition Fees, Duration & Eligibility 2024

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Courses1st Year Tuition FeesDuration & Eligibility
M.A.(53 courses)
INR 25 L - 30 L
Duration9 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7.5 & Above
MS(44 courses)
INR 25 L - 48 L
Duration9 months-3 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 - 7.5
B.A.(30 courses)
INR 28 L - 45 L
Duration21 months-5 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7.5 & Above, PTE: 76 & Above
M.Phil(51 courses)
INR 25 L - 32 L
Duration21 months-2 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7.5 & Above
Others PG(21 courses)
INR 25 L - 32 L
Duration9-12 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7.5 & Above
LL.M.(6 courses)
INR 25 L - 46 L
Duration9 months-1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7.5 & Above, PTE: 76 & Above
MBA/PGDM(1 course)
INR 73 L
Duration12 months
Exam AcceptedGMAT, GRE, IELTS: 7.5 & Above
B.Sc.(22 courses)
INR 28 L - 45 L
Duration3-4 years
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 - 7.5, PTE: 76 & Above
MIM(4 courses)
INR 28 L - 55 L
Duration9-12 months
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7.5 & Above, GRE, GMAT
PG Diploma(5 courses)
INR 13 L - 30 L
Duration8 months-1 year
Exam AcceptedIELTS: 7 - 7.5
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Q:   What is the cost of living at Oxford University?

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University of Oxford living cost (per month) for 2023-24 is given below:

  • Overall: between £1,290 and £1,840 per month
  • Food: between £300 and £470
  • Accommodation: between £715 and £860
  • Personal items: between £180 and £305
  • Social activities: between £40 and £90
  • Study costs: between £35 and £80
  • Other: between £20 and £35

(Source: University of Oxford)

Read: Cost of Living for International Students in UK

Q:   Does Oxford University require IELTS?

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Yes, it is known that the University of Oxford is very competitive when it comes to admissions, so students are required to show the English language proficiency. As the university itself specifies that both the undergraduate and graduate courses are demanding and the applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of English proficiency to take admission, given below are the standard level and higher-level English language test scores.

Undergraduate Admissions

Test

Standard Level Scores

Higher Level Scores

IELTS

7.0, Minimum 6.5 per component

7.5, Minimum 7.0 per component

TOEFL

100, With 22 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 25 in Speaking, 24 in Writing  

110, With 22 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 25 in Speaking, 24 in Writing

PTE

66, Minimum 56 in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing

76, Minimum 66 in Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing

Graduate Admissions

Test

Standard Level Scores

Higher Level Scores

IELTS

7.0, With 6.5 per component

7.5, With 7.0 per component

TOEFL

100, With 22 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 25 in Speaking, 24 in Writing

110, With 22 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 25 in Speaking, 24 in Writing

Q:   How much does Oxford cost for Indian students?

A: 

Oxford University offers a range of undergraduate, and postgraduate level courses to international students every year. The first-year tution fees at the university are given as follows:

CoursesUniversity of Oxford Tuition Fees (1st-Year)
Others PG  (85 courses)
INR 25.9 L - INR 50.2 L
MS  (33 courses)
INR 26.3 L - INR 48.2 L
M.Phil  (51 courses)
INR 25.9 L - INR 33.4 L
MBA/PGDM  (1 course)
INR 75.6 L
Others UG  (24 courses)
INR 29.1 L - INR 46.8 L

Living Costs: As per information available for undergraduate courses, the living costs can vary as per the lifestyle of students. These can be estimated to be around £1,290 and £1,840 per month in 2023-24. A breakdown of the living expenses is given below:

Particulars

Lower Range (Per Month)

Upper Range (Per Month)

Food

£300

£470

Accommodation

£715

£860

Personal items

£180

£305

Social activities

£40

£90

Study costs

£35

£80

Other

£20

£35

Read: Cost of Living for International Students in UK

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Oxford University Scholarships 2024

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Q:   How can students apply for scholarships at Oxford University?

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Students at Oxford University can apply for their undergraduate or postgraduate courses through the online application. The steps to apply for UG scholarships are given as follows:

  • The UG applicants have to submit the online application form after they have been given admission to the university. 
  • The students can check if they are eligible for the scholarships offered and submit their application accordingly.
  • The student can only submit one application form even if they have used the form for more than one scholarship. 
  • Eligibility criteria and value of the scholarships will vary based on the student's course choice or country of residence. 
  • After submission, the university will inform the student through email whether they have been selected or not. 

The steps to apply for graduate scholarships at Oxford University are given as follows:

  • The student is only required to submit their online application by the December or January Deadline for their respective course
  • For graduate students, there is no separate application for scholarships or additional supporting documentation required for funding of the expenses or fees
  • The student will be considered automatically based on the eligibility criteria which is mainly the academic credit and record. 

Oxford University Admission Dates 2024

  • Application fees :Pound 20 - 150
  • Type of deadline :Depends on course
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Type of documentsApplicable for
SOPNeeded for few courses
LORNeeded for few courses
EssaysNeeded for few courses
CVNeeded for few courses
Additional documentsRequired
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Fall4ᵗʰ Jan - 15ᵗʰ Oct 2023
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Q:   What are the entry requirements for international students in Oxford University?

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Oxford University requires a bachelor's degree from a recognised university with an overall grade of 85% ('A') or 'Excellent', or a GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0.

For a graduate course, Oxford University requires

  • A professional bachelor’s degree (4 years) from a recognised institution and a cumulative GPA of 3.3 out of 4.0
  • A standard bachelor’s degree (3 years) from a recognised institution

Q:   When can I start applying to University of Oxford?

A: 

Oxford University currently has received more than 20,000 admission applications from approximately 3,250 places every year. International students can start applying during June every year and they must submit their competitive application by Oct 16. 

Q:   Who gets accepted to Oxford?

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For Oxford University admissions, the selection criteria specified below are followed:

Undergraduate Admissions

  • Applications are evaluated by the University of Oxford’s tutors using the selection criteria for each course
  • The academic tutors look for the academic ability and potential of students. They look for students with a deep interest in the subject to which they are applying
  • At Oxford, extra-curricular activities are not considered at the time of evaluation of the application, unless they are relevant to the course to which an applicant is applying and help to demonstrate the selection criteria for the selected course

Graduate Admissions

  • Oxford University graduate application is academically evaluated against the entry requirements for the course. The applications are relatively assessed in terms of the quality of previous academic excellence and future potential in comparison with the applications received from other applicants for that particular course
  • The University of Oxford seeks to admit the very best applicants. Note that meeting the entry requirements may not be enough to guarantee a place and competition for places is very strong
  • The University of Oxford departments receive many more excellent applications than they have places available, so it is crucial to take care of the application in order to showcase academic achievement and future potential

Q:   What is the Oxford University acceptance rate?

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University of Oxford has an acceptance rate of 18% according to unofficial sources. University of Oxford has received more than 24,000 admission applications for undergraduate courses in 2022, and over 37,000 students applied for graduate courses. Oxford University accepts admissions based on the eligibility criteria being fulfilled which includes the test scores, transcripts from previous institutions and grades received. 

Q:   Which University is harder to get into Harvard or Oxford?

A: 

Both, Harvard or Oxford, have a prestigious reputation and are considered among the best universities in the world. However, when it comes to entry requirements, then Oxford University has an acceptance rate of 17% whereas, Harvard has acceptance rate of just 4-5%, however, GMAT/GRE score requirement for Oxford is higher than Harvard. Similarly, applicants need to have a GPA of 4.5 out of 5 for getting into Oxford, whereas, one can secure admission at Harvard with a GPA of 4 out of 5.

Oxford University Placements

Top Recruiters

Rolls Royce
Deutsche Bank
McKinsey
Goldman Sachs
Deloitte
Bain and Company
Morgan Stanley
Credit Suisse
Boston Consulting Group
Bank of America
McKinseyCompany
KPMG
BCG
Genpact
Google
Johnson Johnson
Amazon
huawei
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Q:   What is the placement of MSc Financial Economics at Oxford?

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As per the data of 2020, in Financial Times rankings,  98% of the University of Oxford MFE graduates achieved employment within three months. The reported average salary of surveyed MFE graduates was $111,005. The increase in salary was 42%.

Q:   Does University of Oxford offer placements to international students?

A: 

University of Oxford has an employment rate of 91% which means that this percent of students have received employment or are pursuing higher education. Some of the placement highlights of the university are given as follows:

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Median salary  

INR 24.87 L

Graduates recruited across 

Education, R&D, Healthcare, etc.  

Searching for jobs 

4.1% 

the lowest salary recorded 

INR 16.87 L 

Graduates satisfied with their jobs 

89% 

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Oxford University Rankings 2024

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#3
#5
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#3
#1
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#2
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Q:   What is the current Oxford University world ranking?

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According to the QS World University Rankings, University of Oxford has a ranking of #3 in 2024 and in 2023, it has a ranking of #4. Some of the world rankings of Oxford University are given as follows:

YearQS World University rankingsTimes Higher Education rankings
202041
202151
202221
202341
20243NA

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Q:   Is Imperial College London better than Oxford University?

A: 

Oxford University has a ranking of #3 according to the QS World Rankings and Imperial College London has a ranking of #6 in 2024. The comparative QS rankings of Oxford University and Imperial College London are given as follows:

Year University of Oxford Imperial College London 
202049
202158
202227
202346
202436

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Average Accommodation Expense

INR 5.6 L (based on 65 colleges)

Average Meals Expense

INR 2.2 L (based on 3 colleges)

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Permitted

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Cost of Visa Application
Pound 363 = INR 37,091.3
Visa Application Process
Moderate

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FAQs

Q:   When was the University of Oxford established?

A: 
There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167. A unique and historic institution, Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The first international student, Emo of Friesland, had arrived at University of Oxford around 1190. Academic halls for women were established in 1878, and they were admitted as full members of the University from 1920. Moreover, Oxford University has made significant contributions to COVID-19 vaccine development and treatment identification.

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