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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. 

This page pulls together guidance that may be particularly relevant for international students. For more detailed instructions, visit the Application Guide.

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 3 March 2020. 

For an explanation of our deadlines for graduate study in 2020-21, visit our Application Guide.

Entry requirements

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

If you have non-UK qualifications, you can check how these compare to the minimum entry requirements for your course using 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 more information about how to enter your qualifications in your application form, visit the Application Guide.

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.

More 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 more information about the University's English language requirements, visit our Application Guide.

Fees and funding

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. 

EU students commencing graduate study in 2020-21 will have guaranteed 'Home' fee status for the duration of their course. For more information, visit our fee status page.

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.

Filling out the form

International applicants complete the same application form as UK applicants. You can find detailed guidance for completing each section of the 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.

If you have any queries when completing your application form, visit our help page.

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, visit our 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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