Kate Beckinsale thinking about returning to university

Back to school for Kate?

Kate Beckinsale is considering picking up her studies at Oxford University after a recent visit with her daughter.

The actress abandoned her academic dreams after a friend died, but now she admits she'd like to go back. And her old French tutor would welcome her with open arms.

"My friends (at college) were party people and I wasn't," she tells the MailOnline. "They'd all moved into a house and I stayed in the college, where I then got mono (infectious mononucleosis) and went home. While I was home, one of my dear friends there ended up jumping out of a window and dying. All my other friends were rusticated - basically expelled for a year and then you come back.

"When I was considering going back, nobody was there and there was this horrible whiff of death everywhere. That was the reason I didn't go back.

"I took my kid to my college and my French tutor was still there. She said, 'You know you can come back any time?'"

And the Serendipity star insists she'd make a much better student now she's in her late 40s.

"It's such a shame university is at this time of your life when you're thinking, 'Who should I get off with and am I a lesbian and what posters do I want on my wall?' Wouldn't it be better once you've actually lived a bit to go, 'I really like this'."

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