While choosing whether to apply to Oxford or Cambridge is likely to be tricky, applicants do have to choose just one; the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) only allows students to apply to one of the two.I’ll admit I could be biased here (I studied at one; can you guess which?
The UK’s two oldest and most famous universities, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge have a historic rivalry dating back more than 800 years.
These two halves of “Oxbridge” share many elements in common; both are made up of residential colleges, both use tutorial (or supervision) teaching systems, and of course both are steeped in centuries of traditions, stories and stereotypes.
In addition to course fees, Oxford advises students to allow between £11,636 and £17,191 per year for living costs, including accommodation, food, study resources, socializing and other items.
Cambridge recommends a minimum of £9,570 per year for living expenses.
Overall then, the cost of studying at Oxford or Cambridge adds up to a pretty substantial amount, though still coming in below the up-front price of a degree at most top universities in the US.
For many students, some kind of financial support is needed.
In terms of international diversity, both Oxford and Cambridge again get high scores; unsurprisingly, both are popular destinations for academics and students from around the world.
Oxford takes the lead both for its percentage of international faculty members and percentage of international students, although Cambridge is not far behind in either indicator, placing in the global top 100 for both.
The result of the UK’s EU referendum has meant that EU students may be concerned about whether their tuition fees may increase during their course.