Hello! I’m Hugo, and I’m a first-year student from Sweden doing Mathematics and Computer Science (Maths & CS) at Corpus.
Growing up, I knew that I wanted to study mathematics at uni, but the thought of applying to a university abroad didn’t occur to me until I participated in a mathematics summer camp at Wadham College in 2018. This led me to further explore more advanced mathematics and to actually applying to Oxford. I found the whole process a bit overwhelming, but now that I’m here at Corpus I’m really happy I applied!
As I’m the ambassador for all joint degrees involving maths, it’s worth mentioning that Corpus only takes around one Maths & CS student per year, with the CS part of the degree being taught by tutors at Merton College. The other joint degrees (Maths & Philosophy; Maths & Stats) are taught completely by Corpus tutors.
Studying a joint maths degree means I take core mathematics courses that set the stage for even deeper courses in later years and CS courses, like functional programming (an amazing course!) and algorithm design instead of some applied maths courses. From second year onwards, I get to choose courses to take from both the Maths and CS course list, allowing me to explore anything I find interesting in both subjects.
The workload during first year will vary depending on your personal mathematical experience and will be challenging at some points, but the tutors are very understanding and really only want the best for us students. Of course, it helps that the courses are really interesting, and the tutors are always happy to guide you further in your academic explorations.
Away from the academic side of Corpus, I strongly encourage you to join college and University societies (socs). Personally, I’ve quite enjoyed the Corpus Chapel Choir, the Oxford Quiz Society, the Oxford Competitive Programming, the Oxford AI Society, Oxford University Racing (we’re building an electric Formula-1-type car - how cool is that!), and the Scandinavian Society (there are a lot of different regional/national societies). Basically, no matter what you like, there’s a soc or two that you’ll enjoy!
Coming to Oxford for the first time was an eye-opening experience for me and it may be for you too, so do attend an open day1, and, if COVID-19 allows, visit and take in the beauty of Oxford!
If you would like to know more about studying Maths & Joint Schools at Corpus, any of the societies I mentioned, studying at Oxford as an international student, or if you happen to have a fun maths puzzle to share, get in touch!
1 Please note that the Open Days on 30 June, 1 July and 17 September 2021 are virtual.
Resources categorised by subject and by Key Stage, as well as materials for applying to Oxford and finding out more about Corpus, can be found here.