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Oxbridge FAQ

Common Oxbridge questions for international applicants

Here is a shortlist of the most frequently asked questions about applying to study at Oxford or Cambridge, as well as other leading UK universities. For more information about applying at undergraduate or postgraduate level, arrange a free consultation with SI-UK today.

Depending on the subject, conditional offers at A-level range between A*A*A and AAA. International Baccalaureate students are usually required to achieve a performance level of 38–40 points.

No. Applying to Oxford and Cambridge in the same admissions round is not possible.

Candidates are judged by how well they can think for themselves academically and how exciting a prospect they would be to teach.

Economics at LSE and Economics and Management at Oxford are among the best for getting a job in financial services, but generalisations can mislead. King’s College London is Europe's largest healthcare education centre, and London Business School offers the best MBA.

Yes, because the colleges are very different. For example, some take in far more international students than others.

No, the universities are going to huge lengths to widen access to candidates from non-Oxbridge backgrounds.

The tutorial system is a particular advantage of Oxbridge, but it is not suited to all potential students. Students at Oxford and Cambridge benefit from highly personalised teaching time with experts in their field. Oxford calls these sessions “tutorials” while Cambridge calls them “supervisions”.

An MBA at the London Business School will cost £115,000.

Without exception. You must succeed at an entry interview to be offered a place.

Your samples of written work, references, aptitude test scores and personal statements make the most difference.

An IELTS score of at least 7.0 is required.

Unfortunately, we cannot, but we will do our very best.

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