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    Hello! I wonder if you could help me? My name is Dora and I'm almost totally blind. I am 18 years old. Originally I'm from Hungary, but I am fluent in English and I love it just as much as my native language, I speak with a British accent. I feel a passion for the language as well as the culture. Therefore I wish to move to England as soon as possible. I'm thinking of applying to Oxford University to study English language and literature. I still attend secondary school, it will be my last year next year. I have recently found out that it is actually possible to do A Levels here, so if I passed them, I could immediately move to Oxford instead of having to study first here and then work here for five years. At school, we learn English as a second language, therefore what we learn is too easy for me. I already know something about what I would be expected to know, for I have already started studying literature and language at a high level, but still, I would be extremely grateful if someone could give me a detailed explanation and the exact topics/literary works you are expected to be able to analyse. Also, do I have to take three or four subjects? Is music allowed as a fourth subject? (I am just as interested in music) If so, in what way and form? What about accessibility? Would I be allowed to use a laptop with a screen reader? Would my time be lengthened? Are the exercises in the tests accessible? (without pictures or difficult-to-recognise symbols, writing rather than completing texts with whole sentences) Or is anyone allowed to sit by me and help me in case I am not allowed to use a laptop? I do need a lot of information about Oxford English and literature courses, too, therefore if someone could add me on skype, it would be the easiest way for me to communicate. Anyway, I have been looking for such friends from Oxford University for ages.
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    I'm sorry but these are the sort of questions you need to ask the university and colleges, not a chat room

    EDIT: can people please stop negging me, I dodn't mean it in a mean way, I was genuinely trying to be helpful
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    Isn't she marvelous? I think everyone wishes you all the best and we hope you get a place at Oxford.
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    There are a number of problems with someone who can't read studying English. However, they can all be overcome - use audiobooks instead of the written kind. You can dictate exams to someone else who writes them down. I don't know about routine essays, but you managed to type the above ok - there will be ways around it. Basically, if you can manage to do A-level English without a problem, i can't see there being a problem at university, where resources are of a lot higher level.

    Of course though, the above poster is correct. Asking the university about these problems will give you much more definite answers.
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    I will do, but can you give me some information about how the blind study there? Where do Oxford students usually live and are they supported financially?
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    I will do, but can you give me some information about how the blind study there? Where do Oxford students usually live and are they supported financially?
    For the most accurate information you really need to contact the University, blind students are certainly in the minority.

    But it is definitely possible to study at Oxford as a blind student. I saw a blind student at interviews last December (I can't remember which subject they were applying for) and for example the St John's College website states "The College owns several rooms that are specially adapted for disabled students. These are all located within the College grounds, on nearby Museum Road, or within our new Kendrew Quad. Facilities available include specially adapted en suite and kitchen facilities, fixtures and fittings designed for blind or partially sighted students, as well as corridors and bedrooms that are fully accessible to wheelchair users."

    On a financial note, I believe EU students can get a loan in the same way as UK students to cover tuition fees and living costs. But there is probably additional support available in your situation, for example on the same webpage from St John's College: "The Higby Bequest allows St John’s to offer specific support to blind and partially sighted undergraduates within the College. In previous years this has enabled us to provide specialist equipment and the translation of resources into Braille, allowing every student to make the most of the academic resources available at Oxford. We encourage any students who feel they might benefit from this support to email the Academic Administrator to discuss their individual requirements."
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    (Original post by dorababy1995)
    My skype id is the same as my username here, dorababy1995
    I know you!! I'm Chiara, we used to have each other on Skype years ago
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    (Original post by dorababy1995)
    I will do, but can you give me some information about how the blind study there? Where do Oxford students usually live and are they supported financially?
    You'll probably live in college, but as an EU student you would almost certainly have to pay for your own maintenance costs (cca. 8000 GBP per year).
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    Hi, I'm currently studying psychology at oxford as a student with a severe visual impairment. We are definitely in the minority but there are a few of us around. Any exam arrangements such as modified text , laptop, a reader or extra time are not problem, it is the universities job to make sure your course is accessible to you and any reasonable adjustments are made. I'm not sure about the English course itself but you should definitely not worry about being a blind student at Oxford.
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    I hope it all goes well OP. Reading the replies it seems as if they could definitely help accommodate students.

    I'd focus on putting through a very strong application and contacting the universities as some people have suggested beforehand!

    Good luck OP.
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    If you haven't already found it, you might find this section of the admissions website useful: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/under..._students.html
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    Hi Dora,

    My friend recently started a non-profit in America which aims to empower visually impaired students in their pursuit of education. He is nearly blind himself and is wicked smart (a graduate of Columbia University). I told him I saw your post and he wanted me to pass this info along to you:

    "encourage her to post her question to the Blind International Student email group. Please tell her that to join the group, go towww.nfbnet.org. On the homepage, click on the link for joining mailing list. Then on the next page it shows a bunch of discussion mailing lists. Choose Blind International Students. My friend Hina is the moderator of this international student group. thanks man!"

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    Hello! I wonder if you could help me? My name is Dora and I'm almost totally blind. I am 18 years old. Originally I'm from Hungary, but I am fluent in English and I love it just as much as my native language, I speak with a British accent. I feel a passion for the language as well as the culture. Therefore I wish to move to England as soon as possible. I'm thinking of applying to Oxford University to study English language and literature. I still attend secondary school, it will be my last year next year. I have recently found out that it is actually possible to do A Levels here, so if I passed them, I could immediately move to Oxford instead of having to study first here and then work here for five years. At school, we learn English as a second language, therefore what we learn is too easy for me. I already know something about what I would be expected to know, for I have already started studying literature and language at a high level, but still, I would be extremely grateful if someone could give me a detailed explanation and the exact topics/literary works you are expected to be able to analyse. Also, do I have to take three or four subjects? Is music allowed as a fourth subject? (I am just as interested in music) If so, in what way and form? What about accessibility? Would I be allowed to use a laptop with a screen reader? Would my time be lengthened? Are the exercises in the tests accessible? (without pictures or difficult-to-recognise symbols, writing rather than completing texts with whole sentences) Or is anyone allowed to sit by me and help me in case I am not allowed to use a laptop? I do need a lot of information about Oxford English and literature courses, too, therefore if someone could add me on skype, it would be the easiest way for me to communicate. Anyway, I have been looking for such friends from Oxford University for ages. My skype id is the same as my username here, dorababy1995
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    I would be extremely grateful if someone could give me a detailed explanation and the exact topics/literary works you are expected to be able to analyse.


    If you are talking about English A level (before Oxford) then the texts will vary between different exam boards (AQA, OCR etc). Normally you will study about five texts a year, covering poetry, plays and novels. Most likely a Shakespeare play and something modern will be on there. You'll have an exam, and coursework in the form of an essay or two on texts. Here is an example http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/engli...erature-b-2745

    Also, do I have to take three or four subjects? Is music allowed as a fourth subject? (I am just as interested in music) If so, in what way and form?

    At A level, yes you have to study four subjects in your first year and three or four in your second year- but not at Oxford. Music is allowed as a subject (and okay with Oxford). Here is an example spec http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/a-level/music-2270

    What about accessibility? Would I be allowed to use a laptop with a screen reader? Would my time be lengthened? Are the exercises in the tests accessible? (without pictures or difficult-to-recognise symbols, writing rather than completing texts with whole sentences) Or is anyone allowed to sit by me and help me in case I am not allowed to use a laptop?

    There are access arrangements at A level, yes. It will depend partly on the school you go to and how prepared they are to handle situations like yours. You will definitely be given special conditions (longer time in exams, probably a scribe, maybe a laptop) - whatever you need to make it fair.
    The A level English exams will consist of writing an essay in response to a title.
    The exception to this is the particular syllabus AQA A where at A level English you have to read 2 pages of text in the exam and analyse it - but you can do another specification where this is not the case.

    I am going to study English at Cambridge next year so I'm sorry, I don't know enough about Oxford to be useful

    I am sorry, but I don't have skype. I hope you will find a way to read this. You are such an inspiration to us all :heart:
 
 
 
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