Leaving a Legacy

As a result of the long-sighted planning of former generations, and the creativity of our Fellows, staff and students, St Catherine’s is renowned for its openness, ingenuity and creative spirit. By remembering the College in your Will, you are ensuring that this spirit lives on and that future generations of students benefit, not just from an education whilst in College, but from an education for life. Our Legacy Brochure provides further information about how you can make this very special and personal gift.

If you are planning to leave a Legacy to the College, we would be most grateful if you could inform us. You can do so by filling out our Legacy Notification Form online. You can also download the form and send it to us by post or e-mail. Please rest assured that any details you provide will be kept in the strictest confidence.
Legacies made to St Catherine’s College are exempt from Inheritance Tax in the UK and are simple to put into effect by making a revision to your Will or adding a Codicil. Under UK law, those who leave at least 10% of their estate to charity may be eligible to receive a 4% cut on their Inheritance Tax. Independent legal advice is essential in ensuring that a Legacy is made in the most appropriate and tax-effective way.

We are exceptionally grateful to all of the alumni and friends who have pledged to make this most personal of gifts. In gratitude, we invite our Legators to the Dean Kitchin Circle Lunch, which is held in College biennially. Named after the Delegacy’s first head-of-house, George Kitchin, the Lunch provides us with a fitting opportunity to celebrate our Legators’ generosity.


Studying in Oxford

Academic Opportunities at St Catherine's College

St Catherine's College is able to offer to those coming as Visiting Students the opportunity to choose from the widest variety of tutorial courses offered by any college at Oxford. To provide you with an illustration of what subjects have been taken in the past by registered visiting students please click here.  The list continues to grow as our students' requirements and interests change. Double and triple major applicants can be assured that their academic needs will be accommodated. It would be very useful if those students making applications provide a personal statement or statement of purpose in which they describe what they would like to study and why,  whilst they are in Oxford.

The Tutorial System

Tutors are assigned in advance of our Visiting Students arriving in Oxford.  Students meet with a tutor on a regular basis, either singly or in pairs.  Each student is expected to produce written work for every tutorial for which reading lists are provided.  Tutorial discussion revolves around or springs from the written work. Students normally take two tutorial courses a term, a primary course of eight tutorials and a secondary course of four tutorials. It is possible to replace the secondary course with an additional primary course extending over two terms. Tutorials are supplemented by lectures. In addition to the College undergraduate library, students have full access to the University’s main research library, the Bodleian, and may have access to departmental/faculty libraries.

Applicants should select subjects according to their own preferences and the requirements of their home universities or colleges.


Lecture lists for all subjects are available on-line from the faculty for applicants to consider.  They demonstrate the breadth of subjects taught at Oxford.  Visiting Students are welcome to attend all lectures that are open to matricutated undergraduates.  This widens the scope of study for each student and provides them with the opportunity to investigate new subjects.

Grades and Credits

At the end of each term tutors provide reports of the term’s work together with a grade calculated in accordance with normal Oxford standards. St Catherine’s College can forward these reports and grades directly to the student’s home college. St Catherine’s College does not award credits or other formal qualifications.   It is the responsibility of students to make proper arrangements in advance of coming to Oxford to ensure that their home colleges award credits for the work done at St Catherine’s. (US colleges normally award one semester credit for each tutorial hour; thus students normally qualify for up to 12 semester credits for each term’s work.)

At the end of the students stay with us we give each student an official sealed certificate as a record of their time with us.   



Why Catz?

  • Geography is one of the largest subjects at St Catherine’s and aims to admit 10 undergraduates each year.
  • Our results in final examinations over the past few years have been extremely good, and well above the subject average for the University as a whole.
  • We have tutorial fellows and several lecturers who are highly research-active in human, physical and environmental geography, and have a passion for teaching across the whole discipline. This enables us to meet the needs of individual students, whatever their interests.

Modern Languages

Why Catz?

  • We admit up to 10 students each year, making us the largest undergraduate subject in College and making Catz one of the most important Oxford colleges for Modern Languages.
  • We offer most joint degrees (Modern Languages and another subject) and language combinations, including a number of languages that can be studied from scratch.
  • Our tutorial fellows (full-time permanent tutors) in French, Linguistics and Spanish are internationally recognized experts in their fields.


Law & Law with Law Studies in Europe

Why Catz?

St Catherine's has a vibrant legal community attributable in part to the fact that the College admits a greater number of students to study the subject in comparison with most other colleges. With an annual intake of around 10 undergraduates and as many graduates, it is a diverse community comprised of over 40 students of different ages from all over the world united by a common interest in the study of Law.

Human Sciences

Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s boasts one of the friendliest Human Sciences departments in the university, with around four students in each year group. Current students comment that this helps each student in a variety of ways: there is always someone with whom they can discuss a particular idea, or with whom they can share a concern; they help one another practically, finding set books, or communicating with tutors. Their learning is not only intellectually demanding but sociable too.

History of Art

Why Catz?

  • The College has been an active promoter of the History of Art course, and usually takes three undergraduates each year (of the present intake of fourteen for the university as a whole). Professor Gervase Rosser is an Associate Professor in the Department of the History of Art, and the Fellow responsible for the BA course in St Catherine's. He was also involved in the construction of the degree.


Why Catz?

  • History is large and vigorous field with the College. At any one time, St Catherine's has about thirty undergraduates reading History, or the joint degrees of History and Modern Languages, History and Politics, History and Economics, and History and English.


Why Catz?

  • St Catherine’s has a large and enthusiastic English department. At any one time, St Catherine's has around thirty undergraduates reading the subject as well as a number studying for the joint degrees of English & Modern Languages or History & English.
  • Catz English tutors and students have founded their very own Literary Society, named 'Catz-22,' where students can develop their love of literature beyond the tutorial and classroom.


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