This university town is very beautiful. The oldest university
there is Oxford. The first of its colleges was founded in
1249. The university now has thirty-five colleges and about
thirteen thousand students, many of them from other
countries. There were no women at Oxford until 1878. When
the first women's college Lady Margaret Hall, opened. Now
most colleges are open to men and women. It is not easy to
get a place at Oxford University to study for a degree. But
outside the university there are many smaller private colleges
which offer less difficult courses and where it is easy to
enrol. Most students in these private school take business,
secretarial or English language courses.
Oxford is, of course, famous for its first-class education
as well as its beautiful buildings. Some of the most intelligent
men and women in the country live and work here. Oxford
gives them what they need: a quiet atmosphere, friendly
colleagues and the four-hundred-year-old library, which has
about five million books. Oxford has same of the finest
architecture in Britain. Some of their colleges, chapels and
libraries are there, four and even five hundred years old, and
are full off books and precious paintings. You can see there
many lovely gardens, where the students can read and relax
in the summer months.
1. What is the oldest university in Oxford?
2. When did it open?
3. What is Oxford famous for?
4. How many colleges are there in university?
5. Where do students relax and read?