University of Oxford
Oxford is one of the most international universities in the world. Oxford was ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2017 and 2018. There are over 23,000 students at Oxford, including 11,728 undergraduates and 10,941 postgraduates.
Today, one third of its students, including 17% of undergraduate students are international citizens, and come from over 140 countries. The University has a long experience of recruiting, selecting and supporting international students. Oxford offers more than 300 different graduate degree programmes. 5% of all the UK’s graduate research students are studying at Oxford University. Admissions tutors at the University of Oxford are seeking to select the brightest and best students for their courses. This means that the university has no quotas or targets for international students, so there is an entirely open competition for its places. Students and academics benefit from belonging both to the University, a large, internationally-renowned institution, and to a college or hall, a small, interdisciplinary academic community. The University of Oxford also offers a unique experience to graduate students, including the opportunity to work with leading academics and with some of the very best libraries, laboratories, museums and collections worldwide
There are 38 Oxford colleges, which are financially independent and self-governing, but relate to the central University in a kind of federal system. There are also six permanent private halls, which are similar to colleges except that they tend to be smaller, and were founded by particular Christian denominations. The colleges and halls are close academic communities, which bring together students and researchers from different disciplines, cultures and countries. There are roughly 100 major academic departments, which are overseen by the four academic divisions, which includes Medical Sciences, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. Each department organises teaching and research in a different subject area, from Anthropology to Zoology. There are also many smaller, specialist research centres and sub-departments.
The University of Oxford is not a campus university and its colleges, departments and other constituent units are found throughout the city of Oxford, rather than on one central site.
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