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Oxford Admissions Interview

AlimiliAlimili 2 replies2 threadsRegistered User New Member
Well, I've submitted my UCAS and now we wait....
If I'm lucky enough to get an interview, do I have to fly over to the UK short notice?
What should I do to prep for the interview?
Thanks guys!!
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 6724 replies57 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    You can do the interview by Skype- you will get a note asking if that is ok for you. If you can, though, try to go: it's a great experience. It is short notice - depends how the dates fall & what subject (interviews are grouped by subject, and roll out over a 10 day period), but you should have at least a week. IIRC Law is usually towards the beginning of interviews.

    There isn't much that you can do to prep for the interview. You can **** youtube for some videos (there is an Oxford Law example), and you can review your PS (and make sure that you have really read anything you say that you read...). But first, if you applied for Law, there's the LNAT :-)
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  • HazeGreyHazeGrey 221 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Good luck with the LNAT. My son made the trip for his interviews and really enjoyed the experience. Made some good connections with other applicants so he had a few friends already once Fresher's week came around.

    His interview group was one of the later ones and he received his interview invitation over Thanksgiving, so we had almost three weeks to make travel arrangements. You don't need to worry about a room or meals as the college provides all of that for you.
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  • OxfordMom1OxfordMom1 3 replies1 threadsRegistered User New Member
    Read as much as you can about the subject you'll be studying. Also, It may be helpful to look at the research interests of the people who will like be leading your interviews i.e. college professor in your field. While interviews via Skype are available, I would recommend being in Oxford during interviews.
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  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 6724 replies57 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Actually, researching tutor interests is unlikely to be helpful*- only a few tutors will be doing the interviews, and there is no way to know who is doing yours. The interview time is short and It isn't common to have a way to drop a name into the interview. Also, where I have known it to happen (either an applicant mentioning a particular researcher/area of research, or having somebody whose work they know interview them) it has been more likely to backfire than help- typically the applicant gets out of their depth really quickly (and the tutors can be very alert to things that come across as tying to impress). I have heard some very rue-full stories of the kind that are funny- later!- from students.

    *at undergrad level- it is essential at grad level, but that's a very different scenario
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