Olá! Welcome to the student bridge between Brazil and the University of Oxford.

Here you will find information on activities and events organised by the Oxford University Brazilian Society as well as general information on the University of Oxford and Brazil

Radcliffe Camera by @viajoporqueteamo

There are nearly 24.000 students at the University of Oxford, including 11,747 undergraduates and 11,687 postgraduates. 82 of these students are Brazilian. We want to help you to get here and increase this number.

In our website, you will find information about the application process, about the student life at the University and a bit more about this beautiful city.

To begin with we want to tell you about the Colleges. Have you ever heard about them? You might think that they mean Faculties or a degree-awarding tertiary educational institution, but it is not quite like that. Colleges are small and friendly academic communities which are going to be like your house when you get to Oxford. They offer accommodation, dining hall, lending library, tutors’ teaching rooms, laundry, common room and so on.

The University of Oxford is made up of over 30 colleges and halls spread across the city. Every student belongs to a college as well as being a member of their course department and the University. Does it make more sense now?

Well, to help you understand why the Colleges play a big role at the University of Oxford let me tell you how they began. When in 1167 Henry II banned English students from attending the University in Paris, existing teaching developed rapidly in Oxford. But the people that lived in Oxford were not used to this and a lot of conflicts emerged.

Finally, in the 13th century, there was the worst riot between town and gown (townspeople versus students) and about 60 academics died, leading to the establishment of primitive halls of residence. These were succeeded by the first of Oxford’s colleges, which were University, Balliol and Merton Colleges, established between 1249 and 1264.

From 1878, academic halls were established for women. Lady Margaret Hall and Somerville opened in 1879, followed by St Hugh’s in 1886 and St Hilda’s in 1893. However, women were admitted to full membership of the University only in 1920 and most of the Colleges only allowed women in the 1970s.

You can learn more about Colleges by visiting the University of Oxford website or wait for our next post. See you soon!


Head image – Tuiuiús on marginal lakes at the transpantaneira highway, Mato Grosso, Brazil, 2010 . Picture by @shcc

Tuiuiús à beira da rodovia transpantaneira, Mato Grosso, Brasil, 2010