School Visits to Balliol

We are always pleased to welcome school groups to Balliol, so that they can see and experience Oxford and the College for themselves. 

We invite visits from students from primary school through to sixth form for a half-day of activities. Events are always tailored to the age, stage and requirements of the attending group:

  • Our work with year 12 and year 13 students centres on supporting prospective University of Oxford applicants through the admissions process by making it as clear as possible.
  • We work with students in years 10-11 to encourage them to think about applying to university and explore their options. Key to this is a discussion about A-level subject choices.
  • We enjoy receiving visits from younger students in primary school and through to year 9, to give them the opportunity to explore what university in general, and Oxford in particular, might offer them.

A typical half day timetable runs as follows:

Time

Event

10:45

Arrive at Balliol 

11:00

Talk from Outreach Officer

11:45

Tour of the College with a Student Ambassador

12:15

Lunch in Hall (charged at £5.85 plus VAT per head)

13:00

Finish

Here are some accounts of previous visits:

Educational activities in Oxford

When you visit Balliol, we encourage you to make the most of your time in Oxford by organising an afternoon activity. We collaborate with other institutions across the city to ensure that your school visit to Oxford is a success. We can suggest activities at local museums, libraries and places of interest (see this page) and tours of other Oxford colleges, and arrange special school visits to our archives at the Balliol Historic Collections Centre.

Student Ambassadors

On your visit, you will meet some of our team of JCR Student Ambassadors. Under the Student Ambassador Scheme, current undergraduates are trained to deliver presentations about the University, the application process and student life. They often visit schools and colleges in areas local to their home address during the vacation, and are also available to make special trips to schools on request.

They also write the Balliol JCR access blog, which aims to demystify Balliol for prospective applicants.

How to book and FAQs

If you would like to discuss arranging an event for your students, please contact outreach@balliol.ox.ac.uk. See also these Frequently Asked Questions.