Our doors are always open to schools and pupils interested in studying at Somerville.
We are currently allowing prospective applicants and offer holders to visit Somerville; you can pick up a self-guided tour from the Porters’ Lodge when you arrive, or you can ask at the Lodge if there’s a member of the Academic Office or Access Office available to show you around.
We are now inviting schools to book in-person visits next term, on the proviso that these may have to be postponed or go ahead virtually if restrictions remain in place nearer the time. If you are a teacher, you can book a school visit for a group of students for next term using the following form, which includes options for schools to book both in-person and virtual visits.
In normal times, we participate in university-wide open days in July and September and host weekly visits from schools every Wednesday and Thursday during term time. We also host annual Year 12 Study Days and collaborate in university-wide Remote Interview Workshops in November for state school applicants to help demystify the interview process. See below for more information.
Members of the general public can visit us free of charge on most days during the University’s terms once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Virtual Open Days
Our Virtual Open Days provide the perfect opportunity to find out more about Oxford University, the various subject departments in which you might study and all the different colleges. These include a range of live video and typed Q&As with students and tutors across college and the wider university.
The last virtual open day was on September 17th, 2021. You can learn more about our Virtual Open Days by visiting our Virtual Open Day page or watching some of the videos from our previous Open Days, held in September, June and July 2021 and 2020. The videos below all contain chapter segments, so you can skip ahead to the subject Q&A you’re most interested in.
Virtual Open Days 2021
17th September 2021
The above video contains subject-specific advice from tutors and students in Maths, Computer Science, Classics, Classical Archaeology and Anthropology, Ancient and Modern History, Medicine and Psychology.
30th June 2021
The above video contains a welcome from our Senior Tutor as well as subject-specific advice from tutors in Maths, Law, Medicine, Physics, Computer Science and Biochemistry.
1st July 2021
The second of our Virtual Open Days 2021 contains subject-specific advice from tutors in Engineering, English, Biology, Music, History, Linguistics and PPE.
Virtual Open Days 2020
The above video contains subject-specific advice from tutors and students in English, Physics, Biochemistry, PPE, Biology, Classics/Ancient History, Linguistics, Chemistry, Law, History, Engineering, and Maths.
The above video contains subject-specific advice from tutors and students in Psychology, Music, Maths, Computer Science, Medicine, French, Biology, and Philosophy.
The above video contains subject-specific advice from tutors and students in Maths, Physics, History, English, Computer Science, Psychology and Medicine.
Open Days (In-Person)
The University hosts Open Days for schools at the end of the summer term and the beginning of the autumn term.
At an in-person Open Day, our team of warm and friendly student helpers will be on hand to guide you around the College and give you a first-hand account of life at Somerville. There’ll also be talks to help you learn more about the subject you’re interested in applying for.
Here is what a typical Open Day here usually looks like:
College Opening Hours: 08:45-17:00
There will be free drop-in tours led by current Somerville students available from 09:00-16:45
There will be a chance to meet our tutors, and an admissions talk from our Senior Tutor. We’ll put more details up here closer to the day.
There will be a free sandwich lunch from 12:30-14:00 in the Flora Anderson Hall. Tea & coffee will also be available throughout the day.
This year, our open days are all virtual, but we hope to return to in-person open days next summer (2022).
In the meantime, if you wish to arrange a personal visit to Somerville, please contact our Access & Outreach team.
Oxford Remote Interview Workshops
Somerville is one of the colleges which participates in the University-wide Remote Interview Workshops, which are held in November following applications but before the invitations to interview are sent out.
These are run for Oxford applicants from state schools on Microsoft Teams, and involve general admissions guidance, as well as subject-specific workshops and Q&A opportunities with tutors and current students.
The subject workshops may include mock interviews, discussion of sample questions, and advice about what interviewing tutors are looking for.
More information will be sent out nearer the time.
Year 12 Study Days
Somerville hosts several subject taster days called Study Days across the academic year. These are open to all Year 12 students currently at a UK state school or college.
These days offer a taste of university study, and include group seminars run by Oxford University academics in their own specialisms, which offer a challenging and entertaining introduction to university-level study of the subject.
The seminars are open to all Year 12 students from state schools who are taking a related subject, and/or who are thinking about going on to study a related subject at university. The students will also have the opportunity to ask questions of current undergraduates in their subject of interest, and to discuss the courses with the college tutors. The events are entirely free of charge, and will include an admissions talk from the Senior Tutor.
The booking form will be published here closer to the date.
Can’t wait until Open Days to have a look around? Luckily, thanks to our Virtual Map Tour, you won’t need to.
Or you can watch our Access Support Officer’s tour below:
You can also watch our students’ virtual tour videos to see college through their eyes and to see some of our first year accommodation:
Join the Somerville Mailing List
Schools may be interested in joining our mailing list in order to find out about the opportunities offered by Somerville and other parts of the University to learn more about studying at Somerville and Oxford. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to receive our regular newsletter or call 01865 270592 to find out more about applying to Somerville and organise a visit.
You can also find out about the latest outreach events by following us on Twitter.