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Life at Oxford

Life as a Rhodes Scholar in Oxford is a busy, enriching, and often transformative, experience. Here is a flavour of what the current Scholars get involved in during their time.

Character, Service and Leadership Programme

The Rhodes Service and Leadership programme is for Rhodes Scholars at Oxford. It has as its objectives to encourage Scholars to develop a lifelong commitment to lead and serve others, whatever their chosen field. In addition, it seeks to equip Scholars with the practical skills and tools to craft a life of risk-taking, impact and passion. The programme includes:

  • Welcome Week
  • First Year Retreat: Service & Leadership
  • Second Year Retreat: Building the Good Life: Purpose, Meaning and Balance
  • Skills workshop sessions
  • Speaker series
  • Weekly discussions on global challenges
  • Internships

Activities at Oxford

Rhodes Scholars are women and men drawn from diverse backgrounds in many countries. They are leaders in extra-curricular activities, committed to promoting the public good. In Oxford, as well as focusing on their studies and related academic and professional activities, Rhodes Scholars are active in their colleges, departments, University clubs and societies, and their local, national, and international communities. Many take part in sporting, musical, theatrical, political, religious, and other activities. They are also deeply engaged in community service activities in Oxford and around the world, and the advocacy of causes they believe important for the world’s future.

Clubs and societies at Oxford University

Reflections on life at Oxford

In June 2015, Rhodes Scholars shared their reflections on the Rhodes Scholarship in a competition to speak about their experience at the Going Down and Benefactors' Dinners of 2015. You can see some of their speeches below, and more on the Rhodes Trust YouTube channel

Katharine Noonan 

Benjamin Abraham

Arushi Garg

Alice Wang 

Rhodes Scholar Journey

This short film shows several Rhodes Scholars experiencing all that life at Oxford has to offer - from arrival to graduation.

Glimpses of Rhodes

Aspects of life in the Rhodes community in Oxford are reflected in these videos.

Glimpses of Rhodes 2018-19 

Created by Jung Kian Ng (Malaysia & Oriel 2017)

Glimpses of Rhodes 2017-18

Music: All About Your Heart (Instrumental) by Mindy Gledhill
Created by Francis Kaping'a (Zambia & Green Templeton 2017)

Glimpses of Rhodes 2016-17 

Music: 'Wings' by Nicolai Heidlas
Created by Favour Mandanji Nyikosa (Zambia & Linacre 2012)

Glimpses of Rhodes 2015-16

Music: 'Vacation' by ALBIS
Created by Courtney Wittekind (Ohio & St Antony's 2014)

Glimpses of Rhodes 2014-15

Music: 'Woman of the World' (Instrumental) by the Brightwings
Created by Tara Paterson (British Columbia & Trinity 2013)

Glimpses of Rhodes 2013-14

Music: ‘Naive’ (Instrumental) by The Kooks
Created by Kiron Neale (Commonwealth Caribbean & Linacre 2013)