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Undergraduate year abroad fees
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Undergraduate year abroad fees

Some undergraduate courses include a compulsory or 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. If you are not sure whether your year abroad is compulsory or optional, you should contact your department or college.

For any other questions about your fee liability whilst studying abroad, please contact the Student Fees and Funding team at fee.schedule@admin.ox.ac.uk to verify your fee liability.  If you are a Home/EU student and are unsure about your UK government support entitlement during the year in which you are completing a period of study abroad, please contact the Student Fees and Funding team at student.funding@admin.ox.ac.uk for further guidance. 

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
Modern Languages and Linguistics
Oriental Studies
Philosophy and Modern Languages

2018/19 Year Abroad University tuition fee rates for students spending a compulsory full year abroad:

Fee StatusCourse start date 2012/13 to 2015/16 inclusive

Course start date 2016/17 or later

Home/EU/Islands£1,350£1,385
Overseas£8,115£8,115

2017/18 Year Abroad University tuition fee rates for students spending a compulsory full year abroad:

Fee StatusCourse start date 2012/13 to 2015/16 inclusiveCourse start date 2016/17 or later
Home/EU/Islands£1,350£1,385
Overseas£7,880£7,880

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 StatusCourse start date 2012/13 to 2015/16 inclusiveCourse start date 2016/17 or later
Home/EU/Islands£1,350*£1,385*
OverseasFull course fee appliesFull course fee applies

 * 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.


2017/18 Year Abroad University tuition fee rates for students spending an optional full year abroad:

Fee StatusCourse start date 2012/13 to 2015/16 inclusiveCourse start date 2016/17 or later
Home/EU/Islands£1,350*£1,385*
OverseasFull course fee appliesFull course fee applies

 * 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

Fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.

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.