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  Oxbridge Online Research Programme


Elif decided to take the Immerse Education Oxbridge Online Research Programme following a recommendation to take it from her University Counsellor at her school in Turkey, who knew that she would be interested in carrying out research and chemistry programmes.

Elif is now studying Chemistry at Oxford University! Read her story below

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How has Immerse Education helped Elif with her University application?

Elif wanted to do something that would reinforce her interest in Chemistry. After looking at the Immerse programmes, she decided upon the Online Research Programme, with the focus of her report being on drug chemistry and the biosynthesis of chemicals.

Throughout the programme, Elif carried out many extracurricular activities, and found a huge amount of enjoyment in her subject. When it got to the point where Elif was applying for University, she described her programme and all that she had learned from Immerse Education, which made her stand out from other applicants.

What did you value about the Immerse Education Online Research Programme?

"I didn't know that the chemistry of drugs would be an area that I would pursue, but when I started the course it became more clear that I should definitely go for it"

Elif told Immerse that she valued the research-skills aspects of the course, which built her understanding of how to write research papers. She also thoroughly enjoyed the more technical parts of the course, including how to put a report together in terms of formatting and furthered her understanding of literature review skills.

Do you think that your experience with Immerse Education has prepared you for University?

"Overall, this was the perfect programme. The research sessions and lecturing sessions were perfectly combined and it gave me a taste of what to expect at Oxford in terms of teaching methods. I also learned other tools like how to write research papers, how to find a research topic and how to find literature to reinforce my arguments."

How did the Immerse programme help you with your university application?

The programme really helped with Elif's personal statement for Oxford. Since the programme, she could list what she experienced and learnt from the online research programme on her course. It helped to have the research experience on such a professional level, which enabled her to stand out in her application to university.

The programme demonstrated that she's a perfect fit for the course she chose and the university academic style.

In Elif's interview, she was able to explain what she came to like and appreciate about chemistry more articulately through her experience on the course.

“It gave me a lot of beneficial information to show in my personal statement, and even though I carried out other extracurricular activities this experience helped me the most in personal statement.”

What are you most looking forward to at Oxford University?

I’m most excited about the social life and visiting Oxford. I have an orientation coming up soon and I cannot wait to attend.

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I thought my tutor was very accommodating and helpful, he explained complex topics in easy to digest ways and was very patient with me when I struggled in understanding something.

Ahmed T

Attended Immerse in 2020