Want to visit the college as a pupil? Find out about school trips here.

We are resuming in-person school visits to John’s from 11th October, prioritising non-selective state schools in our linked regions (Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex, Southampton, Ealing and Harrow). We can also offer virtual visits to schools that are unable to travel to Oxford. 

On a school visit to St John’s, you will get a taste of student life at the college and have hands-on experience of what it might be like to study at the University of Oxford.

A typical school visit will run from 10:30 - 15:30 and be made up of morning activities and the choice of one afternoon activity (to be chosen by your school). Here are some of the activities you can expect from an average visit:

Morning Activities

  • The Oxford Explained presentation: A presentation introducing you to Oxford, its history and what it’s like to study and live at the University. By the end, you will have a good idea of the application process, the different courses on offer and know what an Oxford ‘college’ actually is.
  • A Q&A with current undergraduate students at the college: This is your chance to ask current students at St John’s about their experiences at the University and what the application process was like for them. They can answer any questions about life at the college, from giving an account of an average day to giving an honest opinion of how good the food is in the dining hall.
  • A Critical Thinking Seminar: This gives you the opportunity to ask (and answer) some of the big questions relating to the subject of your choice. After splitting you off into small groups, our undergraduate student ambassadors will guide you through a range of topics and get you thinking outside the box of your current studies.
  • St John’s Tour: You will be taken on a guided tour around the historic grounds of the college. On this tour you will hear about the practicalities of living on site in the college, as well as find out about the important people and stories that make St John’s the college it is today.

Afternoon Activities (one chosen per trip)MT19 access summary - visiting St John's

  • Admissions Workshop (Years 12 & 13): A chance to get some good advice about applying to Oxford, focusing on Personal Statements, Admissions tests and Interviews.
  • Museum Visit (all ages): In this session, you will visit one of Oxford’s most prestigious museums: the Natural History Museum, the Pitt Rivers Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology or the Ashmolean Museum. On request, we can arrange object-handling sessions so that you can get stuck-in with the exhibits themselves.
  • Academic Taster Session (Years 11 & 12): You and your class will receive an academic taster seminar in a subject of your teacher’s choice. Delivered by a professional academic currently studying or working Oxford, this hour-long session will offer you an insight into what it would be like to study in the college environment.
  • Pre-GCSE Workshops (Years 9 & 10): These sessions give you an insight into a subject that you have not yet come across in school, aiming to give you challenge beyond the classroom. Topics for these workshops include:
  1. Dynamic DNA
  2. Global Justice
  • Tour of a second college (all ages): St John’s is not the only Oxford college – this tour will give you an exclusive look at another of Oxford’s 35 undergraduate colleges and an opportunity to see Oxford from a different point of view.

On each school visit, you and your class will have lunch in our historic dining hall and the opportunity to ask any questions that you have about the University.

If this sounds like something that you would like your school to be involved with, more information for teachers and schools can be found on the ‘For Teachers’ page.

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