Some undergraduate courses include a compulsory year abroad. These courses are indicated on the Fees, funding and scholarship search. A small number of undergraduate courses may also allow an optional year abroad.
The fee for the year abroad is determined by the following factors: whether your year abroad is compulsory or optional, the year you started your course, the duration of time spent abroad, and your fee status. The programmes of study which include a compulsory or optional year abroad are listed below.
Compulsory Full Year Abroad
The following programmes of study have a compulsory full year abroad element:
Classics and Modern Languages
Classics and Oriental Studies
English and Modern Languages
European and Middle Eastern Languages
History and Modern Languages
Law (Jurisprudence) with Law Studies in Europe
Modern Languages and Linguistics
Philosophy and Modern Languages
2018/19 Year Abroad University tuition fee rates for students spending a compulsory full year abroad:
The figures above are supplied as a guide, based on the latest available information for students undertaking a year abroad in academic year 2018/19. Fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.
Optional Full Year Abroad
The following programmes of study have an optional full year abroad exchange available:
Engineering Science – The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Princeton University Materials Science – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2018/19 Year Abroad University tuition fee rates for students spending an optional full year abroad:
|Fee Status||Tuition fee|
|Overseas||Full course fee applies|
The figures above are supplied as a guide, based on the latest available information for students undertaking a year abroad in 2018/19. Fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.
*Home/EU and Islands students must be studying for less than 10 weeks in Oxford in order to qualify to pay the reduced year abroad fee (15% of the full tuition fee that applies in the year in which they are abroad).
Optional Part Year Abroad
Overseas fee status students who are studying or working abroad, including those on a placement, for some or all of an academic year will be liable for the full tuition fee regardless of the length of time spent in Oxford.
Home/EU and Islands students who have the option to spend part of the year studying abroad but who study at Oxford for 10 weeks or more of the academic year will be liable for the full tuition fee applicable to the year of study in question. This includes Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry students completing their research projects abroad and Medicine students undertaking their electives abroad. Home/EU and Islands students studying for less than 10 weeks in Oxford will qualify to pay the reduced year abroad fee as detailed in the 'Optional Full Year Abroad' section above.
Additional information for Erasmus students on a part year abroad
Home/EU Erasmus students who are abroad for 30 weeks or more will qualify to pay the reduced year abroad fee regardless of the length of time spent studying at Oxford during the academic year in question, in accordance with their UK government tuition fee loan entitlement.