Our doors are always open to schools and pupils interested in studying at Somerville.
Sadly, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we can’t open our actual doors to visitors at the moment. However, we’d love to host you for a virtual ‘visit’ instead – you can book a virtual visit using this form.
In normal times, we host several open days throughout the year, including visits from schools every Wednesday and Thursday of term, an annual Year 12 Study Day and an event aimed at ‘Demystifying Interviews’ for state school pupils. 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, of course.
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 present, we are inviting schools to book in-person visits next term, on the proviso that these may have to go ahead virtually if restrictions remain in place nearer the time. If you would like your school to attend an Open Day at Somerville, please use the following link, which includes options for schools to book both in-person and virtual visits.
If you wish to arrange a personal visit to Somerville, please contact our Access & Outreach team to discuss whether this will be possible.
Virtual Open Days
Our Virtual Open Days provide the perfect opportunity to find out more about Oxford University, the various faculties in which you might study and all the different colleges. You can learn more about our Virtual Open Days by visiting our Open Day portal or watching some of the videos from our previous Open Days, held in June and July 2021 and Summer 2020.
Virtual Open Day 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.
Virtual Open Day 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.
You can also watch last year’s Virtual Open Day videos below.
Oxford Remote Interview Workshops
Somerville is one of the colleges helping to run the university-wide Remote Interview Workshops for Oxford applicants from state schools. These are held online on Microsoft Teams and involve general admissions guidance, as well as subject-specific workshops and Q&As.
The subject workshops may include mock interviews, discussion of sample questions, and advice about what interviewing tutors are looking for.
The event is held in November following applications but before the invitations to interview are sent out.
More information will be available closer to the day.
Year 12 Study Day
Somerville hosts subject taster days called Study Days in Spring half term every 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 Tour, you won’t need to.
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 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.