Application

 Oxford

 Lincoln

 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

 2001

 offer made

Applicant

 A-levels

 post-qualification

 overseas

 India

 Independent – selective

 yes

A-levels

Details about the offer

 conditional

I studied Politics, Economics and majored with English Literature in my undergrad degree in India. I had a first class(above 60%) throughout my academic career. I had to get a first class in my final undergrad exams in India.

yes

yes

yes

I actually applied to both Oxford and Cambridge as a 2nd BA student. I ultimately chose Oxford as they offered me maximum scholarship (the British Chevening Radhakrishnan scholarship for Indians)

 offer met

Decisions about the application

Because of their international repute, one on one tutorial systems and also the opportunity to study in an excellent environment of learning.

I actually applied to both Oxford and Cambridge as a 2nd BA student. I ultimately chose Oxford as they offered me maximum scholarship (the British Chevening Radhakrishnan scholarship for Indians)

I chose it because of its central location, small number of students, close proximity to tutors and its good academic reputation.

Preparation

no

Pay careful attention to your Statement of Purpose and your essays(pieces of written work).

Interview

no

yes

I submitted two essays (being an international student I did not have an interview). One on Cooperatives and their role in Rural Finance in India and the other on Schumpeter and Economic Theory. I felt these pieces were relevant to the subject matter of PPE.

no

I did not have an interview as I was an international student.

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Impressions

I did not see my college before I joined as I was an international student.

Rooms are large sized with kitchens and bathrooms to be shared by 3-4 people (graudate accomodation as I am a 2nd BA student)

I can say with full confidence that the food at Lincoln is one of the best at Oxford.

Very approachable, good at their subjects and excellent teachers.

Based on my interaction with students, after I joined Lincoln, Oxford, I found them friendly, but slightly groupish.

Final stage

I got an offer letter which told me that I had a place based on the condition that I can guarantee fees(which my scholarship covered) and a first class in my final undergrad exams in India.

Looking back

Yes definitely, its a chance of a life time.

Be calm and present yourself in the best possible light. But remember to be yourself as that’s what counts ultimately.