Cambridge vs Oxford
Cambridge University and Oxford University are two most famous and oldest universities situated in England. Both the universities are commonly known as Oxbridge. The foundation history of the universities dates back to more than about 750 years. Many politicians and scientists have been produced by these universities. Both these universities have been in competition since they started working out and there is different between them in many ways.
The universities are situated in two different cities which are completely different from each other. Oxford is bigger city and has got more industries whereas the city of Cambridge is small, with less industry and less population. The areas around Cambridge accommodate a number of high tech manufacturers while the areas around Oxford are related to motor industry which can have a huge impact on studying professions followed by different students based on the location they are at. BMW manufactures its Mini in the Oxford city. Both the universities use different terms for a number of major subjects. An example of this is that JCR is used in Oxford University to refer to undergraduate student boy while in Cambridge it is used in the full form as Junior Combination Room. The terms of academics in both the institutes are three but are named differently in both universities. These three terms are referred to as Michaelmas, Lent and Easter while the names in Oxford for these terms are Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity. Most of the colleges of Cambridge have got large grass compounds known as courts while they are referred to as ‘quadrangles’ in oxford.
Choice of college is an important decision if you are studying in Oxford. Students cannot apply for all the subjects available at Oxford University and a student can apply only for those classes which are teaching subjects of the student’s interest. In Cambridge, however, the students can join any of the subjects that are being taught by their colleges. The interview system of Oxford and Cambridge varies from each other. The Oxford University interviews its applicants in more than one college and they are asked to stay longer in the city so that they may be called for interview later on. Selection process is quicker and the result is published before Christmas. Cambridge, on the other hand calls students for second interview if they fail to get in college of their first priority. Interviews of Cambridge are shorter and results are late as compared to those of Oxford and usually appear in January. The process of interviews of both universities however starts at the same time i.e. Mid-December.
Rules of the universities also differ from each other. Cambridge University is not strict about ensuring proper university uniform is being worn but Oxford requires its students to wear the formal academic dress which is called ‘Sub Fusc’ before they are allowed to attend all examinations. The universities have also got some other differences based on their tradition and student activities. Oxford offers its students quality education with an industrial environment which helps in better nourishment of their minds and better chance to get a positive approach at professions.