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International community

Oxford's international profile rivals that of any university in the world, highlighted by the breadth and depth of its research collaborations and a truly global student body and academic staff.

We welcome students for graduate study from across the globe. Of a total of 10,941 graduate students at Oxford, 55% of them arrive from countries outside of the UK and they represent over 150 different countries and territories. This diverse student population means that our alumni are spread worldwide with 204 alumni groups in 90 different countries. 48% of Oxford’s academic staff also hail from overseas.

International networks for research and collaboration

The University of Oxford enjoys research and collaborative links with virtually every country in the world. For example, our School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) boasts the largest community of area studies scholars in the world offering both research and taught courses dedicated to the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, China, Israel, Japan, Russia and Eastern Europe. 

The existence of specialist centres at Oxford like the Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre, the Latin American Centre, and the African Studies Centre provide valuable resources for students and attract scholars and academics from all over the world. 

Our tropical medicine laboratories are probably the most substantial overseas research presence of any university, employing some 1,500 staff in Asia and Africa to increase our understanding of how to treat tropical infectious diseases.

The University has international offices located in Japan, China and North America which work to foster relationships between the University, foundations and businesses in those countries as well as Oxford’s alumni. 

The Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University and is the largest university press in the world. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide in 60 languages. It is globally renowned for its English language learning and teaching resources that are used all over the world. 

Global opportunities for Oxford students

During their time at Oxford, students have a variety of opportunities to spend time abroad or work on areas of international interest. For example, the Careers Service runs a programme of international internships for students in all disciplines and all levels of study from first year undergraduates to DPhil (PhD) researchers. In 2016, 187 employers offered 473 placements in more than 40 countries.  

The University, its academic departments and colleges offer various funding options to enable students to spend time abroad during graduate study. Various study abroad and exchange programmes are available, as well as travel grants for students wanting to spend time overseas to conduct study or research as part of their degree.

The University of Oxford has been awarded an Erasmus charter to take part in this European Union (EU) funding programme for education and training, youth and sport. The programme is open to students and staff and promotes transnational co-operation projects among universities across Europe. (The Erasmus+ UK National Agency has confirmed that access to the programme will be available for the academic year 2018-19, although due to the result of the EU referendum in the UK the University does not yet know whether access will be extended beyond this.)

Language learning

For students and staff wishing to learn a new language for research, study, or personal interest before a trip overseas, the University’s Language Centre provides access to a range of language courses and resources. These include a pre-sessional English course designed for both new students and academics staff wishing to improve their spoken and written English and learn to confidently express their ideas in a group situation. 

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