Information for applicants

Thank you to everyone who has applied for an undergraduate course at the University of Oxford and has chosen (or been assigned to) Hertford College. We are currently considering the applications which we have received and will update this page in the coming weeks to indicate when interview invitations have been sent. We encourage applicants to check this page regularly and to read more about the technology recommendations and what to expect in your subject.


Oxford receives over 20,000 applications for around 3,300 places every year and carries out around 10,000 interviews. With so many more applications than places it just isn’t possible to interview everyone. Tutors shortlist the candidates they feel have the strongest potential and meet their selection criteria best. Only those shortlisted are invited to interview.

We will email you to let you know if you have been invited to interview and update the table below. Applicants for different subjects may find out whether they have been shortlisted on different dates, but you should hear at least a week before your interview is due to take place. Please see the University’s interview timetable for details of when interviews will be scheduled in different subjects.

Online interviews

This year, all admissions interviews will be held online in December 2020 using Microsoft Teams. We have many years of experience in conducting online interviews for international students. We recommend that you prepare just as you would if the meeting were going to be face to face. You may be invited to more than one interview at more than one college. For each interview you will be sent a separate Microsoft Teams calendar invitation. When you click the link in this invitation, you will enter a virtual interview lobby and interviewers will then ‘admit’ you to your interview. Your emailed invitation will also include all the other information you need to be aware of in advance of your interview. Please see our Online Interview Technology page for more details about the set-up you will need to participate.

When will I find out if I have an interview?

We will let you know if you have an interview at least a week before the date set out in the University’s interview timetable. Once interview invites have been sent we will update this table so that you know when to check your inbox.

What to expect

Your online interview will be with at least two interviewers, who are usually academic tutors in your subject. It may be that one is there to take notes of the interview, so do not feel disconcerted if they do not ask you any questions. In the course of the interview you will probably be asked if you have any questions: it is perfectly fine to say no.

Interviewers are not looking for candidates who have been drilled in the ‘right answers’ or whose school or college has told them how to behave and what to say. We are looking for people who are genuinely interested in the subject they wish to study. Read back over the paperwork you have sent to us – your UCAS form, your personal statement and any written work you have submitted – and think about what questions might arise from it. You might also consider obvious questions such as ‘Why do you want to do this subject?’ to demonstrate that you have made an informed decision about the course.

Be prepared to think hard during your interviews. They are designed to distinguish between many well-qualified candidates and you should not expect a cosy chat; but interviewers are aware that you may be nervous and will take this into account. We’re primarily interested in the subject you’ve applied for, assessing your motivation to study it, and seeing how you can respond to new ideas. Be prepared to rethink your opinions, but don’t feel that you have to agree with the interviewer if you don’t!

Get in touch

We encourage you to get in touch if you have any questions or worries. Following interviews in December, final decisions will be available on UCAS Track in January 2021. If you have any questions about the application process, please write to Hertford’s Admissions Officer, Caitlin Kennedy. Her email address is

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