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Oxford University is one of the most highly regarded universities in the world. Every year thousands of undergraduates flock to the city to study in its ancient colleges and wander amongst its dreamy spires.

Admissions policies are high at Oxford (usually AAB or AAA at A-Level) and this means that it takes only the brightest students from private and state schools.

Oxford’s graduates have included some 46 Nobel Peace Prize winners and 25 UK Prime Ministers. It also has one of the most famous debating societies in the world.

Being an Oxford student is a way of life, for example the gowns that undergraduates must don during their first week and during their exams is as much an integral part of the city landscape as the college buildings are themselves.

Of course, you don’t have to be academically brilliant to visit the colleges and you can take regular tours around several of them. The best place to begin your exploration of Oxford University is probably Christ Church College [map], St Aldgates.

Christ Church is the most famous Oxford college and the most photographed. Founded as Cardinal College in 1525 by Cardinal Wolsey, the college became Christ Church in 1545.

The college chapel, which is also the cathedral of the Oxford diocese, contains the reconstructed shrine of St Frideswide, the patron saint of Oxford, and a rare panel depicting the martyrdom of St Thomas A Becket.

For more information about Oxford University see below:

The University of Oxford
University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford. OX1 2JD. UK
+44 (0)1865 270000
www.ox.ac.uk

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