We realise that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on everyone, including offer-holders.
We continue to be fully committed to delivering an outstanding academic experience to students regardless of the pandemic, and to maintaining our focus on personalised teaching and the safety and wellbeing of our entire community.
We will keep you updated with the latest information, so please continue to check this page regularly.
Health and safety
Reducing COVID-19 risks
Throughout the pandemic, the University of Oxford has taken steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to staff, students and the wider Oxford community.
In line with UK Government guidance, remaining COVID-19 restrictions have now been removed at the University (apart from in hospital settings). However, all staff and students continue to be asked to be considerate of others and take steps to minimise the risk of infection.
As throughout the pandemic, our approach to health and safety continues to be informed by Oxford’s clinical academics and local and national guidance. We will respond to any changes in public health recommendations caused by the virus if, and when, they occur.
You should get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible, if you haven’t already, and get your booster dose(s) as soon as you are eligible.
Anyone in the UK aged 5 or over can now get vaccinated, and there are many drop-in clinics available as well as the NHS online vaccination booking service.
If you’re outside the UK, and have access to a UK-approved vaccine, please get vaccinated as soon as you can. If you don’t have access, we expect that you will be able to get vaccinated for free when you arrive in the UK, regardless of your nationality or immigration status.
Make sure that you bring proof of the vaccines you have received with you when you travel to Oxford.
For more information about vaccines, go to the ‘vaccine FAQs’ below.
Teaching and assessments
We are committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of education, building on our experience over the course of the last two years.
Most teaching for the majority of courses will be in person, and we continue to focus on personalised teaching and supervision from leading academics, including tutorials and other types of small group learning, such as Masters’ seminar groups.
Building on the increased online teaching during the pandemic, we now have a range of new tools and technologies to support your learning. The University’s virtual learning environment, Canvas@Oxford, provides an accessible and high-quality digital learning experience, and feedback from students has been very positive.
We are encouraging teaching staff to retain online teaching elements where it makes learning more inclusive, and we are investing in technology, so that students can access high-quality teaching, whether in-person or online.
During the pandemic, the University developed remote forms of assessment, and now has a dedicated e-assessment platform, Inspera, which has been used by thousands of students across the University.
We are working to consolidate this experience – and will continue to offer a variety of different assessment types, from online open book exams to in-person examinations.
Oxford Transition Support
Starting at Oxford is an exciting time, but it is normal to feel some anxiety about making this move – particularly this year when your school, college or university education is likely to have been disrupted.
We want everyone to enjoy their time at Oxford and succeed in their studies. Irrespective of your background, and how COVID-19 has impacted you, we are working together across the University and colleges to help you make the most of your time here.
Go to the Oxford Transition Support page on the Oxford Students website to find out more about how we can support you as you adapt to Oxford. The website now includes information about resources available from colleges, departments and the central University.
Supporting your education in all scenarios
Throughout the pandemic, we have planned for a range of scenarios, and are committed to maintaining the highest standards of education, regardless of the impact of COVID-19.
While the core content of your course and the educational opportunities open to you will not change, we will have contingency plans in place to introduce measures if Government restrictions are re-introduced.
Travel and visas
Travelling to Oxford
Students are expected to reside in Oxford during term time (excluding part-time and some DPhil students), and residency requirements remain in place.
Those arriving in the UK from another country no longer have to get tested for COVID-19 or quarantine.
However, there may be different rules about testing and vaccination requirements, depending on the country or territory that you are from (and when you return to these countries after being in the UK).
These rules are subject to regular change, so it is vital you carefully review both local travel advice in your own country, and the UK Government website.
If you need to apply for a student visa, the Student Immigration team is available to help with any queries. Most visa centres around the world are now open although local government restrictions may occasionally continue to affect some regions or countries.
A comprehensive guide to completing the online visa application is available on the student visa webpages. It contains links to check if the visa centre is open in your country or local area and if there are government restrictions in place.
Please note that you must attend your biometrics appointment and obtain your student visa before coming to the UK. You cannot arrive as a visitor and switch status once you arrive here. We cannot enrol you on a visitor visa, which means you would not be able to start your course.
FAQs for undergraduate offer holders
Will Oxford accept the grades that students with conditional offers receive this year?
If you receive an offer but have not yet completed all your current qualifications, it is likely that this offer will be conditional. Normally, meeting these conditions involves achieving certain examination results and where examinations are going ahead as planned, we expect these conditions to be met. Oxford remains committed to a fair and flexible admissions process which aims to ensure no students are disadvantaged by the COVID-19 pandemic; in particular, those from under-represented and less advantaged backgrounds. We continue to follow Government announcements closely and will provide updated information whenever relevant.
In any case, providing you meet all the conditions of your offer with us by the deadline stipulated by UCAS, your offer will be confirmed and you will be accepted by the University. This applies to all our offer holders, wherever you are currently studying in the world.
Do I have to pass the science practical component of any science A-levels I am taking in order to meet the conditions of my offer?
In normal circumstances, if you have taken any science A-levels, we would expect you to take and pass the practical component, in addition to meeting any overall grade requirement. However, we are aware that students may not have had the chance to complete their practical tasks due to the pandemic. If this is the case, or if you have other extenuating circumstances that mean you cannot fulfil the practical requirement, you should contact the college offering you your place to discuss this. As always, we will seek evidence of extenuating circumstances from your school.
FAQs for graduate offer holders
Who should I contact if I have a question?
- If you are an offer holder and you have a question about meeting your academic conditions, providing a transcript or arriving in Oxford for the start of your course, please contact your academic department via the contact details in your Certificate of Offer.
- If you are an offer holder and you have a question about meeting your financial conditions, please contact your college via the contact details in your college offer letter.
- If you are currently applying for a course or have a general enquiry, please use this online form to contact the Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Office.
Vaccination FAQs (for all offer holders)
I am an international student. How will I get a vaccine?
If you can get vaccinated with a UK-approved vaccine before coming to Oxford, please do so. If this is not possible, you should register with a doctor (also known as a GP) as soon as possible and get an NHS number once you are in the UK. If you plan to register with a college doctor, you are encouraged to send your registration forms in advance of your arrival, so that you can complete your registration on the day you arrive. Find out more about registering with a GP on the Oxford Students website or contact your college for more information. Once you are registered, you will be able to book a vaccine online using the Government service or visit a walk-in vaccination centre (refer to the ‘Vaccinations’ section above for more information).
What should I do if I’ve received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination in my home country, and it is not a vaccine that is being offered in the UK?
If you have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine that is also available in the UK, you should receive the same vaccine for your second dose. If the vaccine you received for your first dose is not available in the UK, the most similar alternative will be offered. You should discuss with your UK GP which vaccine would be most appropriate for you so that they can make the necessary arrangements.
Do international students need to pay for the vaccine?
No. Nobody in England has to pay for the COVID-19 vaccination. The COVID-19 vaccination is free of charge and does not count as the kind of care that requires payment. If you see any requests for payment, you should report this to the University.
I am not sure whether the vaccine I have had is currently recognised in the UK. What should I do?
You can find the list of vaccines currently approved by the UK Government on its websites. When you come to the UK, you should ensure you have proof of the vaccines that you have received. If you are unsure about your vaccine status, you should speak to your college doctor or GP when you arrive in the UK, and they will advise you.
I have received a vaccine approved for use in the UK. Will this be recognised/do I still need to quarantine?
The UK Government does not currently require any travellers to quarantine. Other countries, and some airlines, may have rules about what you need to do to leave the country to travel to England. Please ensure you check with local authorities and monitor UK guidance before you travel.