An Oxford college is both an academic and a social community, and offers an essential element of the Oxford experience. All students on graduate programmes at the University of Oxford must also be a member of a college.
While the University (and your department) will decide the content of your course, organise your lectures and seminars, set and mark your examinations, examine your thesis, and award your degree, your college is your home in the University. It provides accommodation, meals, common rooms, sports and social facilities, academic support, intellectual stimulation and pastoral care.
At GTC we believe that we provide our students with an outstanding mix of all of the above. Read on to see some of the reasons why GTC is the college of choice for so many students:
A graduate-only college GTC focuses entirely on the needs of graduate students. GTC is particularly popular with students who are returning to study after a period of substantial work experience, perhaps bringing a family with them, or even for those considering a career change late in life.
A sizeable student population Over 500 students at GTC provide the basis for a large number of college sports teams, societies and other in-house groups, and a valuable support network for new initiatives, both social and academic.
An international college Students at GTC come from all over the world and bring with them a great variety of cultures and viewpoints. In 2011 we counted 66 nationalities from six continents among our students. This diversity helps everyone to feel at home at GTC.
Specialised and varied GTC maintains the academic variety which is particular to college life, enabling students to mix with people from different disciplines and backgrounds, while having a stated specialism in subjects connected with human welfare – medical, social, organisational and environmental. Our academic strategy sets out particular aims around policy and practice, including:
- healthcare policy (including global health, patient experiences, and management in medicine)
- social policy (including the future of work)
- the impact on emerging market countries of policies and practices in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Academic and financial support for all students GTC provides a College Adviser for every student from among the Fellowship and Senior Members of the college. We also offer learning grants for every student to support fieldwork and attendance at conferences, as well as financial support for language learning and grants for student-led academic activities.
A good range of accommodation GTC has a range of different types of accommodation including study-bedrooms for single students (on and off site), apartments for couples or sharers, and houses bordering the college site for students with families. GTC is committed to providing at least two years’ accommodation for students who require it, and is usually able to offer accommodation to most new students.
A varied social life Whether you’re interested in Balls, bops and the Bar, or Sunday brunches, yoga and croquet on the lawn, GTC offers something to suit everyone’s taste.
Browse the College Life section of the website for more information about facilities, support and activities available at GTC.