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Interview arrangements for international students

International applicants apply in exactly the same way as other applicants: you will need to complete a UCAS application by 6pm UK time on 15 October and take any written test and submit any written work that is required for your subject. Please note that early registration may be required for any written tests, so it is important to check the details for your subject.  See Applying to Oxford for further information and also the Summary of written test requirements.

All UK students who are shortlisted are interviewed in Oxford on the dates shown on the interview timetable. Ideally we would interview all shortlisted international applicants in Oxford as well but because of geographical distance and visa requirements we understand this is not always possible. 

Please read the details below for further information about the interview arrangements for international students. We also suggest that you read our general advice about the interviews, including sample questions.

All applicants for Medicine

All shortlisted applicants for Medicine will be invited to come to Oxford for an interview in December. If you are shortlisted, you must attend this interview in Oxford if you would like your application to be considered.

Applicants for other subjects

Students holding a passport from the European Economic Area
(EU and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and Switzerland

If you hold a passport from this region then you will not require a visa to travel to the UK. If you apply from one of these countries and you are shortlisted and invited to interview in December, you must attend the interview in Oxford if you would like your application to be considered.

If you hold a non-EEA passport and you are a non-visa national (see below) already in the UK or EEA, on a study or other visa, then you must attend your interview here in Oxford.

Students from other regions of the world (ie countries outside the European Economic Area)

Once you make an application, your college will write to you to acknowledge receipt of your application. They will also ask whether or not you plan to attend the interview in Oxford, if you are shortlisted. If you are not able to attend for an interview this will not impact on the consideration of your application.

i. Visa nationals

If you hold a passport from a country outside the European Economic Area and you are a visa national, this means you will need to apply for a visitor/tourist visa before travelling to the UK please do not attempt to obtain a visa between shortlisting in November and the interviews in Oxford in December. There will not be enough time for your visa applications to be processed. You can check if this applies to you on the Home Office list of visa nationals (Appendix 2). We may instead interview you by telephone or Skype, but such an interview cannot be guaranteed.

If you are already in the UK, or already hold a suitable visa, then you must attend your interview here in Oxford.

ii. Non-visa nationals

If you are a student holding a passport from outside the European Economic Area and you are a non-visa national (ie someone who does not need to apply for a visitor/tourist visa before travelling to the UK - please check on the Home Office website by choosing the ‘tourism’ option), then you can ask to be given permission to enter as a visitor on arrival in the UK. You need to show you have the finances to support yourself during your stay and produce the letter inviting you to interview at your entry point (border).

We would recommend that students in this situation do try to attend an interview in Oxford in December if shortlisted. However, we understand that students from other parts of the world may not be able to travel at short notice. In this case the college considering your application may choose to interview you by telephone or Skype, but such an interview cannot be guaranteed.

If you are already in the UK or EEA, then you must attend your interview here in Oxford.

iii. EEA passport holders living outside the EEA

If you are an EEA passport holder but don’t usually live in the EEA, you can travel to the UK on your EEA passport.

We would recommend that students do try to attend an interview in Oxford in December if shortlisted. However, we understand that these students may not be able to travel at short notice. In this case the college considering your application may choose to interview you via Skype or telephone, but such an interview cannot be guaranteed.