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BA Oriental Studies (Persian with subsidiary language)

Catalog id : T6TX
 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

15295 GBP
9000 GBP
9000 GBP

Application fee

International 75 GBP
National 75 GBP
Faculty of Oriental Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7
TOEFL-IBT (min)110
TOEFL-PBT (min)600
SAT (avg)1470
ACT (avg)32

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About this course

Among subjects in the humanities, Oriental Studies is unique in introducing students to civilisations that are different from the Western ones that form the basis of the curriculum in most British schools and colleges.

  • The courses present both the major traditions of the regions studied and, in most cases, their modern developments.
  • All courses include language, literature, history and culture, and there is a wide range of options in such fields as art and archaeology, history, literature, philosophy, religion and modern social studies.Oriental Studies has a long history in Oxford.
  • The Bodleian and other libraries have acquired magnificent collections. The Oriental Institute, Institute for Chinese Studies, Bodleian Japanese and Indian Institute Libraries are specialists in their respective fields.
  • Adjacent to the Oriental Institute is the Ashmolean Museum, which houses superb collections.

OS Careers:

  • A degree in Oriental Studies is not a vocational degree, but a wide range of employers appreciate the skills our graduates gain from their studies.
  • Career options exist in finance, the media, commerce, the Civil Service, law, accountancy and the arts.
  • Around 30% of Oriental Studies graduates go on to further study.

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Eligibility Criteria


  • A-levels: AAA
  • Advanced Highers: AA/AAB
  • IB: 39 (including core points) with 666 at HL
  • Or any other equivalent 

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
  • TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
  • TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 110 with component scores of at least: Listening 22, Reading 24, Speaking 25, and Writing 24.
  • Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185.
  • English Language GCSE, or O-level: grade B (for IGCSE, please see below)
  • International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)
  • European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English.

Exemptions from this requirement will be considered for applicants who have

  • studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
  • studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL) 
  • been educated full-time in the medium of the English language throughout the two most recent years before the 15 October application deadline, and who remain in full-time education conducted in the English language until the end of the school year in their home country.

Other qualifications:

International Baccalaureate

A total score of 38, 39 or 40 points (depending on the course) including core points. Specific scores may be required in subjects taken at the Higher level. Please see the individual course pages for details.

American education system   

SAT Reasoning Test with at least 1,400 in Critical Reading and Mathematics and also 700 or more in Writing, giving a combined score of at least 2,100 (or equivalent)
ACT with a score of at least 32 out of 36.


Grade 5 in three or more Advanced Placement Tests in appropriate subjects
SAT Subject Tests in three appropriate subjects at 700 or better.

A combination of APTs and SAT Subject Tests (or other equivalent qualifications) is also acceptable, if they are in different subjects.

We are aware that the SAT is undergoing major reform in 2016. As the old-system SAT is still being used up to and including the January 2016 test date, any candidates with a test date prior to or including January 2016 will be assessed according to the current offer wording above.

Oxford will accept both old and new-system SATs. The exact details of our requirements for the revised SATs will be published here following the release of the College Board concordance in May 2016. Further information on the redesigned SAT.


Candidates are asked to enter all their scores for any tests taken when they complete their UCAS application, showing the relevant dates for each. This gives tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, rather than just the ‘superscore’ of best results for the different sections of any test taken on multiple occasions.

Candidates are also asked to include any pending test scores on the UCAS application: that is, details of any test they intend to take up until the end of Senior Year. Again, this is to give tutors a complete picture of the candidates’ academic record, including studies which are still in progress.

European Baccalaureate

An average of 85% or above, with scores of between 8 and 9 in specified subjects.

For further details, go through https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/international-students/international-qualifications?wssl=1

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Course Modules

1st year


Elementary language
Islamic history and culture

2nd year


Year abroad: approved course of language instruction

3rd and 4th years


Core work on language and literature
Specialisation or subsidiary language

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How to Apply

All candidates must follow the application procedure as shown in applying to Oxford. The information below gives specific details for students applying for this course.

Written work:

  • All candidates must also submit two pieces of marked writing in English by 10 November 2016.
  • The particular topic of your essay and the A-level (or equivalent) subject from which it is drawn are not important; it is intended to show how you construct an argument and express your ideas in English.
  • If you do not have any recent marked work written in English (for example, because of the combination of subjects you are currently studying), you may submit a separate piece of work, such as an essay in English on one of the topics you have been studying for your A-level (or equivalent).

Written test:

  • Candidates for course combinations which include Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew and Persian will need to take the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT), normally at their own school or college on 2 November 2016.
  • Candidates must make sure they are available to take the test at this time.
  • Separate registration for this test is required and the final deadline for entries is 15 October 2016.
  • It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that they are registered for this test.

OLAT: Oriental Languages Aptitude Test

  • The Admissions Testing Service works in partnership with the University of Oxford to administer the OLAT.
  • The OLAT is a thirty-minute admissions test taken by applicants wishing to read a Middle Eastern language as their main subject, either: Arabic, Hebrew, Jewish Studies, Persian or Turkish.
  • Candidates applying for the European and Middle Eastern Languages course will need to register both for OLAT and MLAT.
  • The test is not a qualifying examination; it is not used in recommending candidates for deselection and the score is not a weighted element in recommendation for admissions.
  • The aim of OLAT is to inform the process of interviewing by being one among a number of sources of information about the candidate.
  • The test is designed to assess your ability to analyse how languages work, in a way which doesn't depend on your knowledge of any particular language, in order to gauge your aptitude for learning a new language rapidly.

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