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Advice for international applicants

All applicants follow the same application process. We have no quotas or targets for international students – competition for our places is entirely open. 

Oxford and the EU

The University of Oxford is, and intends to remain, a thriving, cosmopolitan community of scholars and students united in our commitment to education and research. The departure from the EU will not change this; we are as committed as ever to welcoming the brightest students from all over the world for graduate study at Oxford. Further information for prospective EU applicants can be found on our dedicated Oxford and the EU page.

Preparing to apply

This section pulls together guidance that may be particularly relevant for international students.

Deadlines

The deadlines given on each course page apply to all applicants. Our deadlines are usually on a Friday at 12.00 midday UK time. However, due to the calendar, our March deadline for this admissions cycle will fall on Tuesday 2 March 2021. 

An explanation of our deadlines for graduate study in 2021-22 can be found in the Application Guide.

Entry requirements

Every individual course page has an ‘Entry Requirements’ section, which states the course’s minimum degree requirement in UK terms. 

International qualifications

If you have non-UK qualifications, you can check how these compare to the minimum entry requirements for your course using the guidance on our International Qualifications page. If you're unsure whether your qualifications meet the minimum requirements, contact the academic department for advice.

You don't need to ‘convert’ your grades to the UK system when you apply. The academic department assessing your application will determine how your academic background compares to the course's entry requirements. For further information about how to enter your qualifications in the application form, visit the Application Guide.

English language requirements

If your first language is English and you have always been a resident and citizen of a majority English-speaking country recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), or you are a current Oxford student applying for readmission, you do not need to demonstrate your level of English.

Otherwise, you may need to provide evidence that you meet the language requirement for your course in order to take up a place at Oxford. Each individual course page will show the level of English language proficiency required for the course: ‘Standard’ or ‘Higher’. Further information about English language requirements can be found on our dedicated page.

How much does it cost to study at Oxford?

The course fees for each course are shown on the 'Funding and costs' tab of the relevant course page. You may also wish to read our general information about course fees in our Fees and Funding section. 

You can use our fees, funding and scholarship search to get an estimate of your annual costs for living and studying in Oxford (course fees and living costs).

What funding is available to me?

An offer of a place at Oxford does not automatically include a scholarship or other financial support. You should start thinking as early as possible about how you intend to fund your studies. 

You can find out more about sources of funding available to international students in our Fees and Funding section. Use our fees, funding and scholarship search to find any Oxford scholarships and other funding sources within the University for which you may be eligible. You may also wish to explore our guide to other funding sources, which includes links to external scholarships sorted by region.

Visas and immigration

There is information and help available for students who require a visa to study in the UK on the University's Student Immigration website. Our guide to visa requirements for graduate study at Oxford provides advice about whether a visa is required and will help you to find relevant information on the Student Immigration website. Some of our graduate courses in science, engineering, medicine and technology are included in the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) scheme. You can find our more about the ATAS scheme and which courses are likely to be included on our visa and immigration page. 

Filling out the form

International applicants complete the same application form as UK applicants. This section pulls together guidance that may be particularly relevant for international students. You can find detailed guidance for completing each section of the application form in the Application Guide. 

Please note: you must complete your application form yourself. The University has no arrangements or relationships with agents, and you should not use an agency when preparing your application. All of the information you need to apply for graduate study at Oxford is freely available on this website.

Supporting documents

International students are required to submit the same supporting documents as UK students. Check the ‘How to Apply’ section of your course page to make sure you are submitting everything required to make a complete application. It is your responsibility to make sure we receive your documents in time, and that they meet the University's requirements.

Further information about requirements for supporting documents can be found in our Application Guide.

Official transcript

If your academic transcript is in a language other than English, you will need to submit:

  • the original official transcript, and
  • a translation of the transcript into English, visibly certified by a professional translator, the issuing body of the original transcript or an authorised notary.

If your transcript is not in English, you should allow time to obtain a translation before the deadline to which you are applying. Find out more about how to submit official transcripts as part of your application in our Application Guide.

References

References must be in English, unless:

  • a reference in another language has been explicitly permitted by the academic department, or
  • the reference is accompanied by a certified English translation.

References, and any accompanying translations, must be submitted by the referee directly, not the applicant. For further information about the University's requirements for references, visit our Application Guide.

Other documents

Documents you have written yourself, such as a research proposal or written work, must be in English unless your course page states otherwise or you have permission from your department. English translations by third parties are not acceptable unless explicitly permitted by the department. These documents must be entirely your own work, except where clearly indicated.

For further information about the University's English language requirements, visit our Application Guide.

Application fee

You must pay an application fee of £75.00 for each course application you make. This should be paid in British pounds sterling (GBP) by credit or debit card. If you require more information about paying the application fee, please consult our frequently asked questions (FAQs). 

If you are a resident of a low-income country (as defined by the World Bank), you may be eligible for a waiver of the application fee. More information about the application fee and this waiver scheme is available in the Application Guide.

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