Student Exchanges, Joint Programmes and Year Abroad

Student Exchanges

Oxford participates in Erasmus, which is the European Commission's flagship educational programme for higher education students, teachers and institutions. It aims to encourage student and staff mobility for study and work, and forms part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme (2007-2013).

Oxford participates in this programme within the areas of Study Exchanges, Work Placements and Staff Mobility.

At undergraduate level, many students within the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, and some students within the Law Faculty and the Department of Biochemistry participate in an Erasmus exchange or placement.

Further information on Erasmus at Oxford can be found here:  Oxford Erasmus

See also: European Commission - Erasmus+ and: British Council - Erasmus

"History under the Lens" by Joseph CaruanaOxford-Princeton
Building on longstanding connections between academics, Oxford and Princeton entered into a formal agreement in 2001 to further strengthen ties. Student exchanges is one of the three elements of this agreement, with the other two being research collaboration and a joint postdoctoral programme in global political economy.

This student exchange is mainly at the undergraduate level and sees up to 10 students per year, from each university, spend a half or full year at the partner university abroad. The programme is currently focused in four specific departments: Biochemistry, Engineering, and History.

Further information on this programme can be found here: Oxford-Princeton Programme

Each year, up to four postgraduate research students from Oxford’s Department of Social Policy and Social Work and up to four students from the University of California Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare spend between three to six months at the partner institution. These students serve as Visiting Scholars, Researchers, Academic Visitors or Recognised Students according to the designation of the host institutions.

Further information on the programme can be found here: Oxford-Berkeley

One current graduate research student at Oxford is selected each year to spend up to one academic year at the Australian National University. Students remain registered for a degree at Oxford during the period of the exchange.

Further information on the programme can be found here: Oxford - ANU

Gavel used in a law courtLaw Faculty and Institute for European and Comparative Law academic exchange
The Law Faculty has academic exchange programmes with New York University, Columbia University, and Melbourne University, involving Faculty members and research students working in areas of shared interest. The Faculty's Institute for European and Comparative Law operates a similar programme with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, Germany.

Further information can be found here: Law Exchange Partners

Departmental Exchanges
There are various other departmental-level student exchanges, as well as a number of programmes run by individual colleges, for instance the Maximilianeum Exchange at Balliol College, and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Exchange at Corpus Christi College. Students interested in exchanges should enquire within their department or college as to what else is available.

Joint Programmes

Oxford-National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Programme was started in 2001 in recognition of the fact that the most innovative and exciting biomedical research is increasingly a global and collaborative process. The programme is an interdisciplinary venture leading to a doctorate, and is designed to train outstanding students in various areas of biomedical research. Having gone through an extremely thorough selection process, 6-8 students per year split their time evenly between two world-class research centres and are supervised by leading researchers in both institutions. The selected students are supported financially by the NIH but are full students of the University. They are awarded a DPhil from Oxford University at the end of the four years. Scholars are fully funded and must be US citizens or permanent residents with a US bachelor’s degree.

Further information can be found here: National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program

Graduate student in lab.

Oxford - A*STAR
The Partnership DPhil Programme with A*STAR University in Singapore was started in 2009. It sees up to five students per year being selected for two years of DPhil study at the University of Oxford and two years at an A*STAR Research Institute in Singapore. DPhil research training will be carried out under the supervision of senior scientists from University of Oxford and an A*STAR Research Investigator. Successful students will be conferred a DPhil degree by the University of Oxford. The A*STAR Graduate Scholarship provides four years funding for the DPhil. It is open to Singaporeans, Singaporean Permanent Residents and ASEAN Nationals. Research areas fall broadly under two categories: Biomedical Sciences and Physical Science and Engineering.

See: Oxford - Singapore A*STAR

Oxford - Scripps Institute
The Skaggs Joint Programme at the University of Oxford and The Scripps Research Institute was started in 2004. It is a 5-year joint programme of study leading to the award of a joint PhD/DPhil. Up to two students per year study Biology, Chemistry, or Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla, California, and Biochemistry or Chemical Biology at the University of Oxford.

More information on the programme can be found here: Skaggs Joint Programme

Year Abroad

Modern LanguagesA few undergraduate degree programmes at the University of Oxford include a compulsory year abroad. These are the BA in Modern Languages, the BA in Law with Law Studies in Europe and the BA in Oriental Studies.

Further information can be found in the relevant course descriptions on our Admissions site here: Oxford Admissions