Year abroad fees | University of Oxford

Year abroad fees

Some undergraduate courses include a compulsory year abroad. These courses are indicated on the Fees, funding and scholarship search. A small number of undergraduate courses may also allow an optional year abroad. 

The fee for the year abroad is determined by the following factors: whether your year abroad is compulsory or optional, the year you started your course, the duration of time spent abroad, and your fee status. The programmes of study which include a compulsory or optional year abroad are listed below.

From the 21/22 academic year onwards new students from the EU will be charged Overseas fees. Students from the Republic of Ireland will continue to be charged the Home fee rate.  

Information about these classifications is available from the fee status page. Further information for current students and offer holders on the implications of the UK leaving the European Union is available from the University's Oxford and the EU dedicated webpage.

Compulsory Full Year Abroad - Humanities

The following programmes of study have a compulsory full year abroad element:

Classics and Modern Languages
Classics and Oriental Studies
English and Modern Languages
European and Middle Eastern Languages
History and Modern Languages
Modern Languages
Modern Languages and Linguistics
Oriental Studies
Philosophy and Modern Languages

2021/22 Year Abroad University course fee rates for humanities students spending a compulsory full year abroad:

Fee StatusCourse fees*
Home/ROI/Islands£1,385
Overseas£10,620

*The figures above are supplied as a guide, based on the latest available information for students undertaking a year abroad in 2021/22.

Fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.

Compulsory Full Year Abroad - Law

The following programmes of study have a compulsory full year abroad element:

Law (Jurisprudence) with Law Studies in Europe

2021/22 Year Abroad University course fee rates for law students spending a compulsory full year abroad:

Fee StatusCourse fees*
Home/ROI/Islands£1,385
Overseas£9,645

*The figures above are supplied as a guide, based on the latest available information for students undertaking a year abroad in 2021/22.

Fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.

Optional Full Year Abroad 

The following programmes of study have an optional full year abroad exchange available:
Engineering Science

2021/22 Year Abroad course fees rates for students spending an optional full year abroad:

Fee StatusCourse fees
Home/ROI/Islands£1,385*
OverseasFull course fees applies

The figures above are supplied as a guide, based on the latest available information for students undertaking a year abroad in 2021/22. Fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges

*Home/ROI and Islands students must be studying for less than 10 weeks in Oxford in order to qualify to pay the reduced year abroad fee (15% of the full course fees that apply in the year in which they are abroad). 

Optional Part Year Abroad

Overseas fee status students who are studying or working abroad, including those on a placement, for some or all of an academic year will be liable for the full course fees regardless of the length of time spent in Oxford.

Home/ROI and Islands students who have the option to spend part of the year studying abroad but who study at Oxford for 10 weeks or more of the academic year will be liable for the full course fees applicable to the year of study in question. This includes Medicine students undertaking their electives abroad. Home/ROI and Islands students studying for less than 10 weeks in Oxford will qualify to pay the reduced year abroad fee as detailed in the 'Optional Full Year Abroad' section above. 

Additional information for Erasmus* students on a part year abroad

Home/ROI students who are abroad as part of the Erasmus programme for 30 weeks or more qualify to pay the reduced year abroad fee regardless of the length of time spent studying at Oxford during the academic year in question, in accordance with their UK government tuition fee loan entitlement.

*Please note that from 2021/22, the UK will no longer participate in Erasmus+ and the UK government has announced the introduction of the Turing scheme, but the details of that scheme have not yet been publishedYear abroad arrangements will continue to be in place.