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OXBRIDGE THE MOST PRESTIGEOUS UNIVERSITIES OF THE WORLD
HISTORY Of the two universities Oxford is the oldest. Nobody knows for sure when it was founded but the teaching was already going on there by the 12th century. Life was not easy that time: children were not allowed to play games, to sing and to dance and all the lessons were in Latin!
In the early centuries, Oxford and Cambridge were the only universities in the country- if you wanted a university education, that’s where you went. Until the late 19th century, only men were allowed to be students at the two universities.
DREAMING SPIRES Oxford and Cambridge are known together as “Oxbridge" (the word was invented by Lewis Carroll)
The chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, is the most famous symbol of both the city and the university
These Oxford students are wearing their full academic dress. They are living the matriculation ceremony.
The ‘Backs’ of Cambridge (as the part of the town behind the colleges is called) is the loveliest view of England.
Christ Church College was designed by Sir Christopher Wren
The Oxbridge buildings are often arranged round a square of grass.
LOTS OF COLLEGES Today, there are 70 colleges at Oxbridge, they all have their own names, coats of arms an their own buildings, including a chapel, a library, a dining hall and rooms for students to live in.
OXFORD BODLEIAN LIBRARY
THE DINING HALL OF THE FAMOUS CHRIST CHURCH COLLEGE
IN THE MEDIEVAL LIBRARY OF MERTON COLLEGE YOU CAN SEE CHAINED BOOKS OF THE 13TH CENTURY
TEACHING SYSTEM Each college has its own staff, known as ‘Fellows'. The Fellows teach the college students either one-to-one or in very small groups. The normal length of the degree course is three years, after which the students take the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Medicine or language courses may be one or two years longer.
SPORTS Sport is a very important part of Oxbridge life. The most famous competition between the two universities is the Boat Race on the river Thames. This event is shown on TV.
Members of Trinity College, Cambridge, have seen 31 Noble Prize winners pass through their doors.
Every year at sunrise on May morning the choir of Magdalene College, Oxford, gather on the top of the tower to sing a Latin hymn. The tradition goes back to the 15th century.
SOCIETIES There are lots of societies at Oxbridge: debating clubs, drama, philosophy and political clubs, cinema clubs and almost every activity under the sun!
INTERESTING FACTS Oxbridge has 35,000 students from the UK and all over the world. Oxbridge graduates often become powerful and successful in British society. Of 54 British Prime Ministers, 40 studied at Oxbridge.
DO YOU KNOW? Who invented the name ‘Oxbridge’? Can you name any colleges of the universities? How old is Oxbridge? What does every college consist of? How long is an average degree course? What do the students do after the classes?
7. What sport is the most popular among the students of both universities? 8. Are there any interesting traditions in Oxbridge? 9. How many students study at Oxbridge? 10. Is a good career guaranteed to graduators of Oxbridge? Prove.