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Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University offers a world class student experience in a beautiful city with a rich cultural and educational history that goes back for centuries.

The university can trace its history back as far as 1865 with the foundation of the Oxford School of Art. Over the years the school merged and grew until 1992, when it became Oxford Brookes University, naming itself after John Henry Brookes, first Principal of the Schools of Technology, Art and Commerce.

Brookes is the UK's highest-ranked modern university in the Complete University Guide 2015 and has recently been named as one of the world’s most international universities in The Times Higher Education’s ranking of the top 200 most international universities.The latest National Student Survey (NSS) in 2015 saw the university move in to the top quarter for higher education institutions in England with its highest ever score. An impressive 90 per cent of Oxford Brookes students agreed with the NSS statement ‘Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course’.

The university's teaching is underpinned by excellent research, which enjoys an international reputation attracting high quality staff and students and helping to generate major funded projects. This reputation was confirmed with the publication of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 results which showed that 94% of Brookes’ research is internationally recognized and 59% judged to be of ‘world leading’ quality or ‘internationally excellent’.

Programs at Oxford Brookes are designed to develop the practical, transferable skills you will need in your career. Many programs include work placements to develop the practical experience employers require. Oxford Brookes has well-established links with organizations and companies across a broad spectrum of relevant industries.

As well as an extensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees, Oxford Brookes offers high quality academic and English language courses to prepare you for successful university study. These foundation, pre-Master’s and pre-sessional English pathway programs are developed and delivered by the university's own lecturers on campus.

Brookes is located in Oxford, a great place to be a student. It is a world-famous and historic city, renowned for its architecture, museums, rowing, punting and scenic riverside walks. The city is also bursting with restaurants, cafés, theaters, cinemas and shops, and has its own covered market that was established in 1774. With almost 40,000 students from all over the world, the city has a vibrant, youthful and cosmopolitan atmosphere. All this only 60 miles from London, one hour away by train.


Oxford Brookes University has three main campuses in and around Oxford, each one with has its own library, student accommodation, and sports facilities. There are also plenty of places for you to relax and take a break in cafés and food outlets, where you can meet up with friends, have fun and socialize. All campuses are linked by the university’s own BrookesBus service connecting them with the city center and university halls of residence.

Oxford Brookes has recently invested £150 million in all its campuses to provide the teaching and learning facilities to meet the needs of a 21st century student. The new John Henry Brookes Building on the Headington Campus, which opened in early 2014, includes a new library, state-of-the-art lecture theater, teaching, support and social spaces.

Oxford Brookes is renowned for its sport and if you want to get involved there is plenty of choice and facilities to match:

  • Health and fitness suites
  • Climbing room and lead tower
  • A brand new boathouse on the Thames for our elite rowers
  • Badminton, squash and tennis courts
  • Floodlit all-weather pitch, suitable for hockey and football
  • Outdoor pitches for  netball, lacrosse and cricket
  • 25-meter swimming pool
  • 9-hole golf course

Students’ Union
Run by students for students, the Students' Union is central to Oxford Brookes life. It is home to around 60 diverse clubs and societies, including various international ones, which are a great way for you to meet new people and discover new hobbies and interests.

Support Services
The university caters to each student’s needs with support services ranging from study advice, careers and employment center, IT support, students’ union advice center, disability service, mature students service, counselling and research training. There are specialist support services for international students including the International Student Advice Team to help students with issues such as visas, employment and finance before arrival and at any throughout their time at the university.

The medical center on Headington campus is staffed by doctors and nurses who offer a confidential and comprehensive medical service. There is also a dental practice and osteopathy clinic.

The university provides excellent accommodation services for international students.

Accommodation options include single study bedrooms in halls of residence, many of which are en suite. These provide students with a safe and secure living environment and are a great way to meet new friends. International students are guaranteed a place in halls in their first year provided they meet the application deadlines.

If you would like to find out more about Oxford Brookes University, please contact one of our Across The Pond Advisors.

Student population: 15,297

Number of international students: 2,500

City population: 150,000

Closest airports: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London City, Birmingham

Date of establishment: 1865

Areas of expertise: Hospitality, Publishing, Architecture, Law, Motorsport Engineering

Cost of Tuition per year: from £13,150 (2018/19)

Accommodation cost: from £137 per week on campus

Oxford Brookes Offers Two New MA Courses

Great news!  Oxford Brookes University has added two new courses to it’s portfolio:  an online, distance-learning version of their MA in International Relations and a new MA in International Security. These two courses join their already existent MA in International Relations course.

Across The Pond Scholarship Now Open

Across The Pond has partnered with eight of its partner universities to offer Across The Pond students ONLY the chance to win a scholarship.

This isn’t your typical scholarship application, however.

While we are interested in understanding your financial need, we are more interested in your excitement about studying in the UK.  In other words, this is a fun application!

Show us why you deserve this scholarship in a way that uniquely reflects you as a student. Share your enthusiasm and excitement for this coming adventure in a creative, entertaining way. 

World-Leading School of Hospitality

You need look no farther than Oxford, England, to find one of the top three best Schools of Hospitality in the world. Oxford Brookes University was recently given this distinction at an awards ceremony in Paris.

Interested in an American student’s experience studying at Brookes? Check out this video: 

Oxford Brookes’s School of Hospitality 1st in the UK

Oxford Brookes has done well in the ratings again! CEOWORLD, the world’s leading business and technology magazine written strictly for CEOs, recently ranked the Oxford School of Hospitality Management (OHSM) 13th in the world and 1st in the UK. Praise indeed from such a publication.

Oxford Brookes Amongst "World's Elite"

The recent QS World University Rankings by Subject identified Oxford Brookes University as among the "world's elite" in 12 subject areas:

Start your studies in January

Missed out on university study in September? Don't worry. Oxford Brookes University offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses starting in January 2016.

If you need a foundation, pre-master's or pre-sessional English course to get you on your way to your chosen degree, you can start one of those at Oxford Brookes in January, too, and complete in time to start your main degree in September 2016.

Contact us now to speed you though the application process.

Rebecca Peterson

Oxford is obviously a great university town and it is nice because it is a big city but at the same time it still has a very kind of small town feel almost. It’s the perfect size!

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Kory Cox

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Here you get to do exactly what you want and you don’t waste a lot of time doing other stuff.

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