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Studying in Oxford – a city of academic wonder

posted on Thursday 28th July

Categories: Oxford
Article tags: academic, colleges, dreaming spires, Oxford, scholars, university

To study in Oxford is to join generations of scholarly minds who have sought academic inspiration and enlightenment in this city of ‘dreaming spires’. Oxford, home to the oldest surviving university in the English speaking world, is renowned worldwide as a seat of learning excellence. Alumni as diverse as playwright and poet Oscar Wilde, the current British Prime Minister David Cameron MP, and explorer Sir Walter Raleigh completed their studies here before making their mark on the world in their chosen field.

Each year visitors and students from all over the world are drawn to Oxford to embrace the wonder of the city’s academic environment and to explore the streets steeped in the rich history of scholarly success. Visitors can spot university students discussing theories and essays on Christ Church Meadows, stop for a drink in a local pub where author J R R Tolkein used to meet his fellow writers, and rub shoulders with current academics as they stroll down to the river for a spot of punting. Blackwell’s and numerous other bookshops and libraries stand side by side with the Ashmolean, the Museum of Natural History, and many other museums of international repute that are dedicated to the history of academic discovery.

Amongst the wealth of colleges, international language schools and private educational establishments in the heart of Oxford also lies the Oxford Union, a world famous debating society that was founded in 1823. The Union not only attracts the most notable of visiting speakers, including in the past the likes of Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein, but also provides a forum for future political leaders to hone their debating skills while completing their academic studies in Oxford.

Trinity Term sees groups of students flock to the imposing Examination Schools building on Oxford’s High Street, where for generations nervous scholars of the University of Oxford have sat their final exams to determine which class of degree they will be awarded.

Summer in Oxford also sees the colleges offer their lawns for open air Shakespeare performances, which are enjoyed in the shadow of the majestic college buildings that have housed numerous academic greats. The Oxford Literary Festival is another highlight of the city’s calendar, attracting swathes of celebrated authors to discuss their works face-to-face with their readership.

Wherever you are from, and whatever level of study you are undertaking, Oxford will provide you with scholarly inspiration and academic enlightenment. For centuries Oxford has offered world-class teaching and nurtured scholars of the highest renown, including writer C S Lewis, physicist Professor Stephen Hawking and architect Sir Christopher Wren.