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Resources for staff and students
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Resources for staff and students

Here you can find out about services that support international students and staff, and meet some of our current international students and staff.

Visiting Researchers

Academics and doctoral students at universities around the world are able to apply to spend a period of time at Oxford as a visiting researcher. Information on how to apply, relevant fees, accommodation, and securing visas can be found on the International Visiting Researcher pages.


For information on what is distinctive about studying at Oxford University, for information on the admissions process and how to apply to Oxford please visit the Admissions website: Oxford Admissions.

For information available specifically for international undergraduate applicants, please go here: International Admissions.

Country-specific information for international graduate applicants can be found here: International Graduate Admissions.

Student Information and Advisory Service: International Students

The Student Information and Advisory Service is responsible for providing advice about issues affecting international students, including orientation, immigration questions, and assisting students who need to extend their visas.

The service also provides support for the University's broader international activities, and provides information on funds and opportunities for Oxford students wishing to study abroad.

The Student Information and Advisory Service is part of the Student Administration section of the University and is located at the Examination Schools on the High Street. Student Information Service.

College Support Services

Colleges also provide academic and other support services to international students. Students should check with their colleges for information about what support is available.

Oxford University Student Union (OUSU)

The Student Union represents all students at Oxford and provides support and services for home and international students alike. For further information please click here: OUSU.

Oxford Language Centre

The Oxford Language Centre provides resources and services for members of the University who make use of foreign languages for their study, research or personal interest. It also offers English courses such as academic writing and English for social and academic purposes for international students and staff. More information can be found here: Language Centre.


Support for staff is provided by your department and a range of central services. The Staff Gateway brings together information for those working at the University, and you may find the Welcome to Oxford and the New International Staff pages particularly useful. If you want to find out more about working for the university the Staff Handbook will tell you about terms and conditions and the benefits of working for the University.

For newcomers to the UK, the following website will give you tips of how to prepare for a move to the UK, and will explain what practical tasks need to be undertaken before and after your arrival. Living in the UK. For international staff and their families who are new to Oxford, please see the Oxford University Welcome Service.

Research Staff

There are a wide range of support services for our research staff , both to assist them in carrying out world-class research, and in their own professional development.

Research Services provide professional support to the University's researchers. They can provide advice on international sources of funding, review applications for international research funding and support negotiation of research-related contracts.

The University has been awarded the European Commission's HR Excellence in Research Award in recognition of the support it provides for researchers in their career and professional development. Once you start work welcome events will help you orientate yourself, and training and careers advice are available to help you get the most out of your time at Oxford - see the support for researchers pages for further information.

Legal Services

Solicitors in Legal Services provide legal advice to the University. They support academic staff on a range of issues, from drafting memoranda of understanding for international collaborations to providing advice on the right legal structures for overseas projects. For more information click here: Legal Services.

International Strategy

The International Strategy Office can provide advice to academics seeking to initiate formal collaborations with other institutions. More information about the office and contact details can be found here: International Strategy.

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