the oldest university in the English-speaking world and
lays claim to nine centuries of continuous existence. As
an internationally renowned centre for teaching and
research, Oxford attracts students and scholars from
across the globe, with almost a quarter of our students
from overseas. More than 130 nationalities are
represented among a student population of over 18,000.
Oxford is a collegiate university, with 39 self-governing colleges related to the University in a type of federal system. There are also seven Permanent Private Halls, founded by different Christian denominations. Thirty colleges and all halls admit students for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Seven other colleges are for graduates only; one has Fellows only, and one specializes in part-time and continuing education.