Corpus Christi College Oxford

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My name’s Ellen and I’m coming towards the end of my first year studying Classics here at Corpus. I decided to apply to Corpus when I looked round on an open day - everyone was so friendly and helpful. I loved the cosy feel of the college and the slightly messy/eccentric garden had me sold. I can safely say that having been here for almost a year now, Corpus has definitely lived up to my expectations – I can attest that it fits its unofficial tagline of ‘small and friendly’ perfectly!

One of the best things about the Classics course at Oxford is how broad it is. You’re given a great grounding in language and literature, but also get the chance to learn about ancient history, philosophy, art, archaeology and even linguistics. I’m doing the 1B version of the course, which means I came to Oxford having done A Level Latin but had to pick up Ancient Greek from scratch when I started here. When you’re learning a classical language from scratch, most of the teaching takes place centrally at the Classics faculty, which is really nice because it gives you a chance to get to know people in your year who are studying your course at other colleges. As well as faculty classes and lectures, lots of teaching happens in college in the form of tutorials. Corpus is fortunate enough to have lots of Classics tutors and we also have the highest proportion of Classics undergrads out of any college, which makes for a really lovely Classics community.

While the infamous Oxford workload can seem pretty scary, I promise it is manageable (even when you’re as avid a procrastinator as I am…) and so there’s plenty of time to do lots of other things outside your degree. There are loads of clubs and societies to join, both within Corpus and uni-wide. I’ve recently got involved with helping backstage with plays which is a lot of fun, and Oxford puts on so many different student productions each term. As well as all the usual things like sports and volunteering, what I really love about Oxford is how many interesting talks there are going on every week, and so many of them are free so it’s a great chance to get to hear some wonderful speakers. Hopefully I’ve convinced you that Oxford life isn’t just about sitting in the library for hours on end - it’s lots of fun too!

Do feel free to drop me an email with any questions (no matter how silly/obvious they might seem) you might have about Classics, Corpus or Oxford in general – I’d love to be of help in any way!

P.S. The dog in the photo isn’t a subject ambassador, it’s just me sadly!

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