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Visiting Student status is given to students from overseas (in most cases countries outside the EU) who apply to a college to spend up to one year in Oxford on a course related to a degree in their own country. The status of visiting student is typically intended for undergraduate students taking a year abroad. Visiting Students are non-matriculated students, affiliated with a college or society, who have not been admitted to the University.
Visiting status may be held for a maximum of 3 terms. These 3 terms must be within the same academic year. Admission is at the discretion of the college and it is the college that will arrange for your tuition or supervision.
Upon successfully completing your studies, Visiting students are provided with a certificate of attendance, recommending you for credit at your home institution. In addition to providing details of the course taken and grades received, copies of the termly reports provided by your tutors may be provided.
Access to facilities
Visiting students have access to all college facilities and are members of the JCR (Junior Common Room - the undergraduate student body). You also have access to a wide range of University facilities, including the Bodleian Library, Faculty (subject) libraries, IT Services, and the great wealth of lectures organized by the University throughout the academic year.
As you are affiliated with a college, you will have access to college accommodation.
Arriving at Oxford
You should receive a University Student Contract, which includes the Card application form, from your college. This card acts as an identity card whenever you are on college or University premises, provides admission to University libraries, IT Services and the Language Teaching Centre, and in some departments you will need it as a payment card or to access buildings. On arrival your college will complete your University registration and provide you with your University Card.
Student Self Service
From Michaelmas Term 2011, Visiting students will have access to Student Self Service. Before arriving as a new student you should complete the first step of the registration process by verifying your details online via Student Self Service using your Oxford Single Sign-on IT account details. Your college office will then complete your registration. Once registered you will be able to print an enrolment certificate and check and update your personal details throughout the year via Student Self Service.
What if I have to postpone or cancel my study?
If your circumstances change and you have to postpone your arrival or cancel your study, please inform your college.