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Admissions: 5 Things to Know About Getting Into Oxford and Cambridge

Posted by Imran Mahmud on 4/20/15 10:39 AM

Watch the Jeremy Irons Brideshead Revisited and tell us you don’t want to go to Oxford.

Oxford and Cambridge (affectionately known to many as “Oxbridge”) are amongst the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Hundreds of leading figures from virtually every sector of society have passed through the Ivory towers of Oxford and Cambridge, and have gone on to shape the world we live in dramatically, whether through politics, science, or the arts.

But what exactly does it take to get into Oxford and Cambridge? Oxbridge’s formidable reputation is matched by its exacting admissions processes, which received thousands of applications each year from students across the world. In particular, the Oxbridge Interview is notorious for its challenging nature: applicants can be grilled on serious questions pertaining to their chosen field. Questions are not about the applicant, particularly; rather, they are more like, “Here is a cactus. Tell me about it” or “What is language?” This sets it apart from the typical US college interview, which is much more about getting to know the student.

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