Univ is committed to ensuring that the students it admits can focus on their academic studies and get the most out of College life without undue anxiety about making the financial sums add up. Our students benefit from one of the most generous financial support packages for undergraduates anywhere in the UK.
For the generation of students entering the College in October 2020, we aim to offer bursaries to all UK undergraduate students whose annual household incomes are lower than around £52,000. These bursaries extend support beyond the government thresholds for maintenance grant support.
How much will living in Oxford cost?
We estimate that the annual cost of living in Oxford (including rent, food, travel and reasonable entertainment costs) in 2020-21 will be between £10,215-£14,850 for 9 months (October-June). People often think that living and studying at the University of Oxford is more expensive than at other universities. We think that the various sources of financial support available means that this isn’t the case.
How will I pay for this?
There are three sources of funding available to all Home/EU students who come to Oxford:
- Government support via the Student Loan Company: maintenance grants and maintenance loans (Home students only), and tuition fee loans (Home/EU students only)
- Oxford Bursaries which are funded jointly by the colleges and the University (Home/EU students only)
- Parental support: there is the expectation that parents or guardians will provide some level of support. The government makes some assumptions about how much parents and guardians should be able to contribute according to their “household residual income”
What if the funding from these three sources doesn’t add up to £10,215
Students can reasonably be expected to take full advantage of all the financial support that is available to them. But we recognise that some students may still not have enough to meet the cost of living (£10,215) and so for students from households with annual incomes lower than around £52,000 we will aim to fill the gap with an Old Members’ Trust Bursary.
Is there any other support available from the College?
There are two other ways in which the College may be able to help. First, the government’s student support arrangements, added to the Oxford Bursaries, mean that some UK students will already have access to more than the £10,215 minimum 9-month cost of living. However, these students may additionally be eligible for support from the Old Members’ Trust Bursary scheme, which will help meet living costs during the Long Vacation (July-September). These supplementary vacation bursaries will allow students to spend more time over the summer on their academic work, or to undertake unpaid internships, rather than take on paid employment. Undergraduates in their final year, who already have access to the minimum 9-month cost of living, will not be eligible for an Old Members’ Long Vacation Bursary, but may be offered additional vacation residence during the Easter Vacation, allowing them to prepare for Finals. Secondly, both UK and non-UK students who run into unexpected and unforeseeable financial hardship are eligible to apply to the College for an award from the Student Support Fund.
How can the College afford these bursaries?
The College can afford to offer such generous levels of support because former students (known as Old Members) have donated money over many years to help students meet the costs of studying and living in Oxford. This money is looked after by the Old Members’ Trust, which takes decisions about the best sort of bursary to offer. One of the other goals of the Old Members’ Trust is to encourage pupils to apply to Univ from schools and communities that have not traditionally sent students to Oxford.
Scholarships at Univ
Dr Andrei Klein Czech Scholarship
Univ is proud to offer the Dr Andrei Klein Czech Scholarship – please see the press release below; further details will be added in due course.
To find out more about the Dr Andrei Klein Czech Scholarship please contact: Eleanor Chamings-Manley, Admissions Manager, University College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BH – E: Eleanor.Chamingsfirstname.lastname@example.org
University College, Oxford – The Dr Andrei Klein Czech Scholarship
At a time when Britain’s relationship with Europe is changing, University College is cementing its links with the Czech Republic thanks to the generous support of alumnus Dr Pavel Klein.
University College, commonly known as Univ, is a truly international college: more than a third of our students come from outside the United Kingdom. The cultural diversity of those who study here is integral to the student experience we offer, and we work hard to maintain it, whatever the political climate.
That is why the College is pleased to offer the Dr Andrei Klein Czech Scholarship. The Scholarship has been generously funded by Dr Pavel Klein, a neurologist in Maryland, US, and named in memory of his late father. It supports the brightest and most creative students who are ordinarily resident in the Czech Republic, who aspire to study at University College of the University of Oxford.
Dr Klein came up to University College to study Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology in 1974. His exposure to the rich cultural and intellectual life at Oxford had a profound, positive effect on him, something from which he hopes the new Dr Andrei Klein Scholars will also benefit.
“Working and living together with those from different backgrounds, with different academic disciplines and different extracurricular interests and activities in the intimate College environment offers students an unparalleled educational experience,” Dr Klein said. “My aim is that the Dr Andrei Klein Scholars leave University College enriched by all that Oxford and Univ have to offer.”
Dr Andrei Klein, for whom the scholarship is named, was raised in Sevlus, currently Vynohradiv, a town in the Carpathian Mountains of former Czechoslovakia, and survived some of the most turbulent years of European history. He was a Jewish orphan and spent his formative years in the concentration camps during the Nazi occupation of 1939-1945.
After the war he became a successful doctor, and after the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968, moved to the United Kingdom, where he established his own medical practice. He worked hard during his life to ensure his son had the opportunities circumstance had never allowed him, including the chance to come to Oxford.
“My years at Univ and Oxford were a magical experience,” recalls Dr Pavel Klein. “The intellectual stimulation and learning, the tutorials, the extracurricular activities – drama, music, the night long discussions, the life-long friendships, all set in the extraordinary physical beauty of Oxford. I owe a large debt to my father and I hope that the Scholarship will keep his memory alive by offering to others what he was unable to experience himself.”
“I feel very lucky in having been able to spend my formative years at University College and Oxford. Going there changed my life; I hope the scholarship will allow others to have a similarly rich experience.”
The Dr Andrei Klein Czech Scholarship is currently open to new applications from students ordinarily resident in the Czech Republic who demonstrate exceptional academic merit and/or potential. The Scholarship will provide financial assistance for one student per year to support the cost of studying in Oxford, with a grant of £9,000 towards their academic tuition fees.
University College v Oxfordu – stipendium Dr Andreie Kleina
V době, kdy se vztahy Velké Británie s Evropou proměňují, upevňuje University College svoje vazby na Českou republiku díky štědré podpoře jednoho z jejích bývalých studentů, Dr Pavla Kleina.
University College, které se často přezdívá Univ, je skutečně mezinárodní kolej – více než třetina našich studentů přichází ze zahraničí. Tato kulturní rozmanitost tvoří nedílnou součást studentské zkušenosti, kterou nabízíme svým posluchačům a kterou se velmi snažíme udržet za jakéhokoli politického klimatu.
Proto naše kolej s radostí nabízí založení Českého stipendia Dr Andreie Kleina (Dr Andrei Klein Czech Scholarship). Toto stipendium, které štědře financuje Dr. Pavel Klein, neurolog z Marylandu ve Spojených státech, nese jméno na paměť jeho zesnulého otce. Je určeno k podpoře nejchytřejších a nejšikovnějších studentů, kteří mají trvalý pobyt v České republice a usilují o možnost studovat na University College na Oxfordské univerzitě.
Pan doktor Klein započal své studium psychologie, filozofie a fyziologie na University College v roce 1974. Jeho zkušenost s bohatstvím kulturního a intelektuálního života v Oxfordu ho hluboce pozitivně ovlivnila, a proto doufá, že tomu tak bude i pro držitele nového Stipendia Dr. Andreie Kleina.
„Život v oxfordské koleji, kde studenti z různých kultur a společenských vrstev bydlí a společně studují, poskytuje zkušenost, které se nic nevyrovná,“ říká Dr Klein. „Mým cílem je, aby držitelé Stipendia Dr Andreie Kleina opouštěli University College s tím, že využili všeho, čím je Oxford a University College mohou obohatit.“
Dr Andrei Klein, jehož jméno stipendium nese, vyrostl ve městě Vinohradov (dříve pod názvem Veľká Sevljuš) na Podkarpatské Rusi v bývalém Československu a přežil jedno z nejbouřlivějších období evropských dějin. Andrei Klein byl židovský sirotek. Za okupace, v letech 1939-1945, strávil významná léta svého dospívání v koncentračním táboře.
Po válce se stal úspěšným lékařem a po sovětské invazi do Československa v roce 1968 odešel do Velké Británie, kde si založil vlastní ordinaci. Celý život pilně pracoval, aby zajistil svému synovi možnosti, které jemu život nedopřál, mimo jiné možnost studovat na univerzitě v Oxfordu.
„Má léta v Oxfordu na Univ byla fantastická,“ vzpomíná Dr. Pavel Klein. „Intelektuální podněty a studium, individuální hodiny s profesory, mimostudijní aktivity – divadlo, hudba, debaty dlouho do noci, přátelství na celý život – a to všechno na pozadí nevýslovné fyzické krásy Oxfordu. Dlužím svému otci mnoho a doufám, že toto stipendium bude udržovat při životě jeho památku tím, že umožní jiným prožít to, co on sám nemohl.“
„Považuji za velké privilegium, že jsem mohl strávit důležitá léta svého mládí na University College v Oxfordu. Změnilo to můj život. Doufám, že toto stipendium umožní druhým získat podobnou bohatou zkušenost.“
Od nynějška se mohou studenti s trvalým pobytem v České republice, kteří prokazují výjimečné studijní výsledky a/nebo potenciál, ucházet o České stipendium Dr. Andreie Kleina. Stipendium poskytne finanční pomoc jednomu studentovi/jedné studentce ročně a přispěje £9000 k celkové částce školného.
Our First Andre Klein scholars Scholars
In September 2020, Univ was very excited to welcome to its student body the first two Andre Klein scholars, Karolina and Hana. Meet them in this video:
“My advice would be, for everyone thinking about applying to Oxford, to just give it a go, to try it, because you never know how it is going to end.”
Hana Bernhardova (2020, Biochemistry) – Gymnázium Františka Palackého, Valašské Meziříčí
Undergraduate Swire Scholarship
Established by The Swire Educational Trust for undergraduates tenable at University College.
• The scholarship is restricted to permanent residents of Hong Kong who have completed the majority of their formal education in Hong Kong. Applicants should have the intention of returning to Hong Kong after their studies to pursue a career in business, government, or in a recognised profession
- The full duration of the successful applicant’s degree course subject to satisfactory progress
- Awarded annually
- The award covers the scholar’s University and College fees, plus a maintenance grant (£15,096 per annum at current levels)
- In addition, economy class air fares between Hong Kong and London will be provided to the scholars at the beginning and the end of the period of tenure
How to apply
- Applicants will need to apply to University College as an undergraduate student by completing a UCAS application online by 15 October 2020
- Please read the details of the scholarship and the application procedure for programmes commencing in October 2021 carefully on the Swire Scholarship PDF
- The closing date for applications to the Swire Scholarship is 30 October 2020