Chance me for Oxford?

<p>Hi, I am an American Student applying to Oxford for oriental studies. What do you think my chances are? 1st choice: St. John's</p>

<p>ACT:
English:36
Math:33
Reading:34
Science:32
Composite: 34</p>

<p>GPA:
4.0 UW
4.6 W</p>

<p>SAT2:
770 World History
750 United States History
700 Chemistry</p>

<p>APs:
US History:5
English Lang:4</p>

<p>English Lit: End of this year (Pending)
European History: Pending
Env. Science: Pending
French Lang: Pending
(expecting 5s on all but French)</p>

<p>EC (Although I know not important, I touched upon in my Persnal Statement)
US nationally ranked top 50 debater
Captain of Debate team
Editor of Newspaper
Volunteer hours etc</p>

<p>I also touched upon how I taught myself Arabic over 5 years and I read and write it (Applying for Arabic)</p>

<p>I know my APs will hurt me, but Im hoping my SAT2s will make up for that.
Any feedback would be great :)</p>

<p>You have an excellent shot. Remember to prepare for your interview, dress appropriately. Good luck. What made you choose St John's?</p>

<p>I did Oriental Studies at Oxford :) I did Chinese at Pembroke though, not Arabic at St John's. </p>

<p>Your scores are good. Be aware, if you have that much Arabic experience already, you may find first year Arabic a little tedious, as they assume people are starting from scratch. There was a girl in my year who had done 4 years of Chinese at high school, and I know she found it boring. However, it will free up your time to work on Islamic history, Classical Arabic etc. so it shouldn't be too bad. Also, you will be well set up to take on a second language in your third year, if you choose to do so. </p>

<p>You will need to take the LAT, also, I believe.</p>

<p>By the way, you can dress however you want for the interview. If you feel most comfortable wearing ripped jeans and a t-shirt, wear that - I know people who did. If you feel most comfortable wearing a dinner suit and bow tie, wear that - again, I know people who did. They want you to feel comfortable and at ease, and you can't do that if you're wearing clothes you're not used to.</p>

<p>Thank you so much for your reply Laylah. I was just wondering, If I feel like changing my degree from Arabic to Arabic with Latin (Oriental Studies with Classics) once Im in the school, how hard of a switch would that be. Thank you!</p>

<p>It's possible, but hard. Some people do change courses every year, but you'd have to re-interview for the Classics department, and they'd only offer you a place on the new course if they had room and you performed well at the interview.</p>

<p>If you do get an offer, and you decide later on that changing is something you definitely want to do, I'd advise you to contact the Oriental Studies and Classics tutors at your college before you arrive to ask for more information.</p>

<p>Are you planning on traveling to Oxford for an interview?</p>

<p>You taught yourself Arabic?</p>

<p>Awesome! thanks so much Laylah.
Well I made it sound like more of an accomplishment than it actually is :P
My mom is Arabic, but I never grew up knowing it. we go to Lebanon every other year so I just really practiced it.</p>

<p>julia.tran thats a really good question, I have no idea. Any advice? There are no longer any interview centers in N.America so I either have to do a phone/webcam interview or travel halfway across the world for a few hours. The only prob with the phone one is that I feel that it might hurt you because they really dont get to know you or anything. What do you think?</p>

<p>If you can possibly swing it, I'd say go to Oxford for the interview. You'll get to meet your tutors in person, visit your college and get to know other applicants. Oxford is a really beautiful city, and since most of the students will be gone (interviews take place out of term time) it won't be too crowded. </p>

<p>Also, it won't be for a few hours. It will be a couple of days at least. I think I was there for 4 days. You have to stick around until they tell you you can leave, in case they decide to interview you again or another college requests to interview you. </p>

<p>The flights can be expensive, but you won't have to pay for accomodation or food. Apart from cost, the only other issue I can think of is jet-lag. Turning up jet-lagged for your interview would not be fun.</p>

<p>Thanks so much Laylah. Thats a hard call, whether or not to go to the interview at Oxford or not. But first things first... Lets hope I get an interview in the first place :)</p>

<p>hey!</p>

<p>I’m a Moroccan student who is currently studying a 5 year degree (“Licenciatura”) in “Business and management” at the University of Valencia (Spain) on a full scholarship.</p>

<p>I have studied the equivalent of the British A levels in a Morocco established Spanish school (“Centros de educaci</p>

<p>I'm an IB student and I'd like to apply to either PPE or E&M. My grades and subjects are as follows:
- HL Math - 6/7
- HL Econ. - 7
- HL Art - 7
- HL English - 6/7
- SL Environmental Systems - 7
- SL French B - 5</p>

<p>Also, the english and math are more on the 6 side but a 7 is POSSIBLE.
Does this give me a good chance at Oxford?</p>