If you can't come and visit us in person, why try our DIY visit?

Even if you’re not able to attend our Modern Languages Study Day in person, you can still access much of our academic and college life content independently. The Modern Languages tutors and students have created a set of videos introducing themselves, alongside some taster lectures in German and French.

Additionally, the Access & Admissions team have included some resources which offer guidance on the application process and admissions tests. This is aimed at current Year 12 and 13 students.

We’ve broken this DIY visit into nine simple stages.

This series of videos introduces some of the St John’s Modern Language tutors, and two of our current students.

Professor Barry Murnane, Tutorial Fellow in German

Dr Alice Roullière, Supernumerary Fellow in French

Ms Marie Elven, Lecturer in French Language

Professor Ben Bollig, Associate College Lecturer in Spanish

Meet the Students: why study languages and do a beginners' language

To hear from more St John's students about their experiences of studying a Modern Languages degree, click here. You will be able to hear from students studying: French & Philosophy, French & Linguistics, French & History, French, and German.

Watch the videos below to sample two academic taster lectures. You do not need to prepare anything ahead of watching these, but you may want to pause the videos as you go through to make a note of topics you would like to learn more about later.

Colonial Discourses in Austria

Professor Barry Murnane, Tutorial Fellow in German.

View the German Online Open Day material here.

Ghosts in Early Modern France

Dr Alice Roullière, Supernumerary Fellow in French

This talk focuses on introducing pupils to the University of Oxford, the courses and societies it has to offer and the application process. It includes information on financial support available at the university, the practicalities of picking a course and a college, and illustrates practical ways in which pupils can engage with their subjects outside the classroom.

This video offers a simple step-by-step guide to Oxford admissions and completing your UCAS application. Watch to find helpful tips to ensure your application runs smoothly, including the key dates for admissions tests and the deadline for submitting your UCAS application. For information on applying for Modern Languages, click here.

Why does Oxford use admissions tests? When do I have to register by and when do I take the test? You can find all the answers in this video that deals with test requirements, how to register, how to prepare and much more. There’s also a section on what to do if you encounter any problems.

If you are applying to either Oxford or Cambridge Universities, the deadline for submitting your UCAS application form is 6pm on the 15th October.

The last date for registration for admissions tests is 15th October (except LNAT).

This year (2022) the admission tests (except LNAT) will be held in on 2nd November. This includes the MLAT.

If your subject requires you to submit written work this must be sent by the 10th November.

Invitations to interview are normally sent out between late November and early December. Interviews (2022) will be held from 1st-20th December.

Offers are normally sent out in mid-January.

Why does Oxford interview pupils? Who gets invited to interview? How will I find out if I have been invited to interview? Find the answers to these questions and many more by visiting the University of Oxford Interview webpages. You can also watch the demonstration interview video below to see what an interview is like for yourself, or visit Inspire Digital to find out more about how to prepare for interviews and some useful resources.

Questions for a current St John’s student? If you’re in Y12 or 13 you can use our Ambassador Platform to ask any questions you might have about our Modern Languages Courses, or life at Oxford! You can also chat to our Access Officer, our Admissions Officer, or just view answers to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Follow the link below to access our secure chat platform.


There are two ways you can explore our facilities here at St John’s.

Click here to explore an interactive map of the College.

You can also explore our quads, old library and chapel here.

Digital Prospectus

Browse the University of Oxford’s first digital prospectus.

Inspire Digital

Our online resource platform for secondary school pupils. Inspire Digital is an interactive resource, with new material, hints and solutions to the questions posted on a regular basis.

St John’s College Super-curricular Resources

Students are welcome to browse our extensive range of super-curricular resources and programmes.


Oxplore is an engaging digital resource from the University of Oxford. As the ‘Home of Big Questions’, it aims to challenge those from 11 to 18 years with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Big questions tackle complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and reflect the kind of critical thinking students undertake at university.

Springboard Videos

Discover your new favourite topic with our Springboard videos, bringing you cutting-edge research from Oxford’s graduate students on topics from climate change and colonialism to microbiomes and mathematical logic. These videos are intended for school pupils in Years 11, 12 and 13. Each offers an introduction to a new topic, plus lots of activities and further resources to explore.

Virtual Tour of Oxford

An excellent resource created by the Chemistry department where students who are unable to visit Oxford can get familiar with the ins and outs of the city and colleges.

More outreach events

See how else Oxford can support can support your application by looking at the Oxford Outreach Calendar.

For further information, or if you have any specific questions about St John’s College, admissions or welfare and disability support the college offers please use the contacts listed below:

For information about St. John’s College: access@sjc.ox.ac.uk

Admissions: sarah.jones@scj.ox.ac.uk

Welfare and disability: elaine.eastgate@sjc.ox.ac.uk

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