Around two thirds of Oxford's graduate students are from outside the UK, and the University is dedicated to supporting its highly diverse international community. Faith and cultural societies, language support and other services complement Oxford's famous academic provision to create a truly world-class learning environment for every student.
Settling in at Oxford
The University’s Student Information and Advisory Service provide a number of services to students including cultural awareness workshops and a ‘Meet and Greet’ service at Heathrow airport. At the beginning of the autumn term, the University holds an Orientation Day for students who are new to the UK, offering practical information sessions to help you settle into life in Oxford.
Improving your English
If you have been accepted on a programme of study and need to improve or consolidate your English language skills, the University’s Language Centre runs pre-sessional courses that are either eight or four weeks long. For information on who should attend, how to apply and payment details, please see the Language Centre website website.
Please note that in certain cases departments may recommend, or set as a condition of your offer, that you attend a pre-sessional course at the Language Centre before your programme commences.
During term there are also English language courses (available to any student whose first language is not English) on:
- Academic Writing
- Advanced Communication Skills
For detailed information on how to apply see the Language Centre website. Places on these courses are limited so you may want to think about investigating your options as early as possible.
If your programme will last six months or more, you are eligible for free National Health Service (NHS) treatment (including free doctor’s examination and hospital treatment) from your date of arrival in the UK.
If your planned period of study will be less than six months, you may need to pay for any treatment you receive under the NHS and your college will require you to take out insurance cover against this risk.
Irrespective of the length of your stay certain types of treatment will be free, including out-patient treatment in Accident and Emergency departments and treatment for most infectious diseases.