School Visits to Balliol

We are always happy to welcome school groups to Balliol, so that they can 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 timetable runs as follows:




Arrive at Balliol 


Talk from Outreach Officer


Tour of the College with a Student Ambassador


Lunch in Hall (charged at £2.55 plus VAT for 1 course or £4.05 plus VAT for 2 courses)


Academic taster session/library workshop or museum activity

Here are some accounts of previous visits:

Educational activities in Oxford

We encourage you to make the most of your time in Oxford by organising an afternoon activity, which can be in another institution across the city. 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 vacations, and are also available to make 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 See also these Frequently Asked Questions.