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International students

The University of Oxford has connections with virtually every country in the world. Our students come from 150 countries and our academic staff from 98. Academic research spans all regions of the globe, and tackles issues of major global significance, both within and across disciplines. Our international presence includes more than 60,000 alumni in 194 countries outside the UK, the world's largest university press and leading tropical medical research facilities.

International Microsites

Use the interactive map below to discover more about Oxford's connections with your country and/or events in your region.

Additional microsites are currently under development.

Other countries and regions

If your country does not yet feature on our interactive map, you can select your region from the list below.


Events and Updates


Sat 18 October 2014

International Graduate Student Fair

China Agricultural University, Beijing, China


Thu 23 October, 6-8pm
Fri 24 October, 4-6pm

Graduate Study Information Session

New York,
University of Oxford North American Office,
For further information about either event, please email


Sat 15 – Wed 19 November

Education UK Exhibition

Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata
Further information to follow


Mon 24 – Thu 27 November

Education UK Higher Education Fair

Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin
Further information


October - December 2014

For details of UK events, please see our Graduate open days and events page.

If the University is not currently holding any events in your region, sign up to receive more information about graduate study at Oxford and you will be notified when a local event is organised. You can also visit our Virtual Open Day YouTube playlist for an introduction to the key aspects of graduate study and life at Oxford.

Life in Oxford

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

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.

Medical treatment

If your programme will last six months or more, you are presently eligible for free National Health Service (NHS) treatment (including free doctor’s examination and hospital treatment) from your date of arrival in the UK. This eligibility is according to current UK Government policy, and may be subject to change at any time. Any changes will be notified here.

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.

Pre-Master's courses

The Department for Continuing Education offers two full-time pre-Master’s courses to prepare students for admission to postgraduate degree programmes at leading British universities. Read the course brochure or select a course below:

Both courses combine the study of academic subjects with intensive English language practice. In addition to the academic writing, communication and study skills essential for success at graduate level, students learn how to take responsibility for their own learning and also develop enhanced critical thinking, organisational and presentation skills.

Preparing your application

Before making an application, students should read our Application Guide. This will ensure that applicants are familiar with the English proficiency requirements and issues surrounding student visas for international students.  

English language requirements

For many students applying from outside the UK and/or whose first language is not English, it will be necessary to provide recent scores from a standardised test of English proficiency recognised by the University.

Read the full requirements in our Application Guide before applying.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships

The level of fees you will pay and the funding options available to you will vary depending on factors related to your nationality and your country of legal permanent residence.

The Fees and Funding website provides full details of scholarships and funding opportunities as well as fees and living costs.


Visas and Immigration

If you are a non-EEA/Swiss national and you do not have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, you will need to obtain a Tier 4 Student Visa before you can begin your studies.

Information for applicants who need a visa: TOEFL English Language tests still accepted for degree-level entry in October 2014

The University of Oxford is continuing to accept TOEFL tests for admissions and visa purposes for students starting degree-level courses in 2014. More informationArrow pointing right

Full guidance and detailed advice is available from the following sources:

University of Oxford Student Information & Advisory Service

Visit the SIAS website External link

UK Border Agency

Visit the UKBA website External link

UK Council for International Student Affairs 

Visit the UK CISA website External link

It is essential that you obtain your visa in good time to allow you to be able to start your programme of study on time. Please be aware that timescales for obtaining visas can be lengthy. 


Click the flag to enter the India microsite.

Academic staff: 83
Students: 354
Alumni: 1168
Alumni groups: 6


Click the flag to enter the China microsite.

Academic staff: 132
Students: 726
Alumni: 2853
Alumni groups: 5


Click the flag to enter the Germany microsite.

Academic staff: 250
Students: 767
Alumni: 2703
Alumni groups: 7


Click the flag to enter the Canada microsite.

Academic staff: 83
Students: 418
Alumni: 4401
Alumni groups: 8


Click the flag to enter the Brazil microsite.

Academic staff: 6
Students: 31
Alumni: 246
Alumni groups: 1


Click the flag to enter the Korea microsite.

Academic staff: 13
Students: 144
Alumni: 302
Alumni groups: 1


Click the flag to enter the Australia microsite.

Academic staff: 127
Students: 276
Alumni: 3674
Alumni groups: 6

New Zealand

Click the flag to view upcoming events.

Academic staff: 33
Students: 62
Alumni: 1017
Alumni groups: 4


Click the flag to enter the USA microsite.

Academic staff: 256
Students: 1549
Alumni: 25070
Alumni groups: 33


Click the continent to enter the Africa microsite.

Academic staff: 44
Students: 280
Alumni: 2000+
Alumni groups: 8


Click the flag to enter the Japan microsite.

Academic staff: 32
Students: 87
Alumni: 1001
Alumni groups: 3