Applying for an undergraduate course
The application process for the undergraduate degrees in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is as follows:
1. Choose a course and check its entry requirements
2. Choose a College
3. Apply for your course through UCAS by 16th October 2023
Information about applying from outside the UK is available on the main University of Oxford website here.
The interview process
Interviews will take place online in December. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews with tutors in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and their chosen (or allocated, if they have made an ‘open application’) college. Interviews are not intended to be confrontational although they will undoubtedly be intellectually challenging. The tutors are interested in finding out what your intellectual potential is; they do not wish to catch you out. Remember to think carefully about the questions you have been asked; your interviewers will not mind if you pause to think. Try not to go in with some pre-packaged prepared piece you are determined to deliver at all costs.
The following criteria are to be applied in the assessment of candidates for Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. In the case of candidates for the Joint Schools with Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, these criteria are to be applied in assessment for the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies side of each school.
- Intellectual curiosity
- Conceptual clarity
- Flexibility - the capacity to engage with alternative perspectives and/or new information
- Accuracy and attention to detail
- Critical engagement
- Capacity for hard work
- Enthusiasm for their chosen subject
At various points of the admissions process candidates will be assessed against these criteria on the basis of information derived from a variety of sources:
- UCAS forms, including, in particular, personal statements, school reports, qualifications achieved and qualifications predicted
- Performance in interviews
- Comparison, in all these areas, with other candidates
Shortlisted candidates for 2024 entry will be told whether or not their application has been successful on 9 January 2024. Decisions will be released via UCAS Track early in the morning. This will be followed by direct communication from the college considering your application.
Confirmation of places
Applicants who were given conditional offers will receive confirmation of their places after the results for their outstanding qualifications are received by the university, providing they have met the conditions of their offer. For applicants sitting A-Levels, this confirmation will take place after A-Levels results day in mid-August.
Further information on applying to Oxford for undergraduate study can be found here.
Further information on applying to Oxford for undergraduate study can be found here. Video guides to undergraduate study at Oxford are also available here.
Students have written about their experiences studying some of the languages offered in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies for The Oxford Blue here.